Director, Office of Research Development

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Posted Date 2 months ago(4/15/2021 8:21 PM)
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Regular Full-Time


The Director of the Office of Research Development provides leadership for the education, communication, and research facilitation resources of the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The director is responsible for achieving strategic research goals, cultivating a collaborative and comprehensive research education, communication, and facilitation infrastructure, and promoting integrity and compliance with applicable federal and state laws and research regulations, professional and ethical standards, and institutional policies and procedures throughout the research enterprise The Director oversees and coordinates all areas of the Office of Research Development including research navigation, education and training, communication, and program management. This position will work collaboratively with the leadership team under the direction of the Chief Operating Officer of the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute.


1. Direct and oversee the operations of the Office of Research Development including direct supervision of the Research Navigators, Assistant Director of Research Education, Program Coordinator, Scientific Writer, and Communications Specialist.

2. Enable faculty research support including research navigation for resources and tools.

3. Develop and maintain education, training, and learning programs across the research enterprise.

4. In conjunction with the Medical Center Communications & Marketing team, develop and implement communication strategy for Manne Research Institute.

5. Manage internal competitions for limited submissions and seed funding, including development of tools for communicating and administrating opportunities.

6. Facilitate external reviews of proposals and building a resourced network of external grant writers and reviewers.

7. Oversee institute seminar, student, and impact metrics programs.

8. Lead continued process improvement initiatives and maintain standard operating procedures.

9. Review metrics against departmental goals and performance.

10. Develop and maintain office budget and staffing plans.

11. Perform job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our researchers, trainees, volunteers, co-workers and others.

12. Other job functions and special projects as assigned.




1. Bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration, business, education, communication or related field required.

2. Master’s degree and/or applicable certification preferred.

3. Minimum of eight experience in research administration, education, or communication in an academic research/hospital environment is required.

4. Demonstrated skill in developing and managing strategic initiatives, formulating policy recommendations, and creating education and training and/or communication plans.

5. Prior supervisory experience required.

6. Competent in strategic thinking, interpersonal/interdisciplinary communication, group process, facilitation, negotiation and conflict resolution.

7. Excellent written and oral communication skills to develop high level strategic planning documents, reports, position papers and deliver oral presentations that effectively communicate needs and engage stakeholders regarding research development initiatives and priorities.

8. Ability to network and interact, as well as support effective partnerships with key groups and individuals. Demonstrated ability to manage relationships with faculty, investigators, senior-level management, staff, colleagues as well as external collaborators.

9. Provides leadership to others in a collaborative and facilitative style within a matrix reporting structure as well as a complex organizational setting.

10. Demonstrates and sets high standards of behavior, performance, quality, credibility, and integrity. Exhibits judgment and business acumen necessary to effectively advocate for institutional research compliance.


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