Chief Research Operations Officer

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7087882
Posted: October 26, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities :
Harvard Medical School seeks a Chief Research Operations Officer (CROO) in the Office for Research Operations and Global Programs to lead the scientific administration of the HMS dean’s research initiatives, and in particular the Therapeutics Initiative, which is tasked with accelerating translation of the world-class fundamental science at HMS toward the medicines of tomorrow through translational research programs and partnerships. The CROO reports to the Dean for Research Operations and Global Programs (DROGP) and works closely to advise and support the Executive Director of Therapeutics Translation (EDTT), who leads the Therapeutics Initiative.

Responsibilities for the Office for Research Operations and Global Programs (the Office) include:
-Serves as chief advisor and thought partner to the DROGP on all matters of scientific administration, and head administrator for Office operations.
-Executes scientific administration for HMS dean’s research initiatives, including planning, program development, requests for proposals (RFP) process, and grants/awards management, in collaboration with dean’s office and faculty leads. Currently over $80M under management.
-Works with DROGP and HMS dean’s office to develop new research initiatives from federal and non-federal (gift, state, foundation) funding sources, such as the Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness (MassCPR). Designs overall scientific program operating structure, liaises with faculty leads, develops research workstreams, executes research proposal and review processes (including service as a proposal reviewer as appropriate), and oversees adherence to timelines and milestones of the overall program.
-Oversees and mentors direct reports, who currently include the Director of Administration (who in turn oversees Office administration and selected programs in conjunction with staff) and the Program Manager (who in turn oversees the Office’s program coordinator). In total, the Office currently has 8 team members.
-Together with the DROGP and Director of Administration, manages the overall functioning of the Office, including administrative, financial, and business issues and office operations.
-Oversees team to resolve complex issues for the Office such as contracts, legal issues, compliance, and other matters. Works closely with other senior leaders at the University.
-Serves on and/or leads various committees at HMS, such as the Research Operations Working Group.

Responsibilities for the Therapeutics Initiative include:
-Under the guidance of the EDTT, oversees or directly executes the administration of industry partnerships within the Therapeutics Initiative, including the existing $30M Harvard-AbbVie alliance. Responsible for overall program execution, project planning, and administrative relations with industry partners, in close collaboration with the Harvard Office for Technology Development.
-Together with Therapeutics Initiative staff, manages administration of internal HMS translational research programs such as the Quadrangle Fund for Accelerating and Seeding Translational Research (Q- FASTR) and the Blavatnik Therapeutics Challenge Awards (BTCA), including RFP development and process execution and contract execution. Serves as a proposal reviewer as appropriate.
-Serves as scientific administrator and advisor to EDTT in assembling, submitting, and executing large federal research grant and non-federal gift and grant proposals.
-Serves as partner to EDTT and Senior Director of Life Lab Longwood to plan and implement the Harvard Blavatnik Life Lab Longwood, an “incubator” space for translational research.
-Develops and implements administrative plan for the Therapeutics Discovery Service Center, including scientific services offered.
-Advises EDTT on scientific program planning, organizational and capacity planning, critical reports, fundraising, and overall Therapeutics Initiative administration.

Basic Qualifications:
Ph.D. or equivalent in life sciences or a related field. At least 10 years of experience in complex scientific program management or related fields. At least 10 years of supervisory/management experience.

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