Executive Director, Clinical and Translational Science Award


This position will drive overall program direction for the UT Southwestern CTSA. Provide outstanding scientific, programmatic, administrative, and operational leadership, coordination and support to the Communities and Cores of UTSW’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA – a $46,000,000 5-year NIH grant) hub to ensure the successful accomplishment of the vision and mission of the award and to accelerate the translation of scientific discovery into improved health of people of North Texas and beyond. Ensures the successful function of a highly matrixed organization.


This role will drive the scientific programmatic, operational execution and implementation for day-to-day activities for CTSA programs and maintain optimal efficiency. This includes the following:

  1.  Developing and implementing of the strategic scientific plan, supporting the Director as needed in all aspects of organizational decision making and participating in decision making with Director as needed.
  2.  Convening programmatic stakeholders and track progress, identifying hurdles, and providing recommendations to overcome them.
  3.  Monitoring and measuring the success of the scientific aims and operational activities related to the CTSA.
  4.  Developing all reports needed for the Director including internal and external CTSA Executive Leadership Committee along with those needed for annual federal reporting requirements.
  5.  Overseeing portfolio/project management, and financial health for the CTSA, ensuring compliance on all fronts.
  6.  Developing and implementing a comprehensive communication plan for all project leaders and the UT Southwestern community and its partners.
  7.  Leading in the hiring and firing of personnel.
  8.  Directing a variety of complex and independent activities involved in not only the administrative oversight of the CTSA but also be in driving all of the scientific aims set out by this large consortium grant.
  9.  Supervising and working alongside numerous senior faculty members and staff leaders within CTSA and across UTSW to accomplish these objectives. Creating synergies among the project leaders and collaborating with CTSA hub investigators on future large institutional Federal and non-Federal grants.
  10. Attending all project meetings and work in partnership with the CTSA core leaders to proactively plan, problem-solve, and develop strategies to ensure the successful execution of all CTSA priorities.
  11. Coordinating communications, collaborations, and interactions among the CTSA academic partners, health systems, public health departments, and community organizations.
  12. Serving as the programmatic liaison with NCATS Program Officials, participate in all scientific meetings, conference calls and workgroups. Identifying concerns, opportunities, and making recommendations.
  13. Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Skills
  • Work requires significant experience in grant writing, educational development, and budget management.
  • Work requires specific experience with large NIH grants or similar scope of award processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to develop relationships with University and outside stakeholders and effectively devise and implement collaborative initiatives.
  • Knowledge of scientific programmatic requirements of large-scale federal funded grant mechanisms related to clinical and translational research, such as career development awards.
  • Previous experience with the development and management of research support and infrastructure functions.
  • Proven track record in building credibility and strong relationships with faculty members/investigators and technical/professional staff.
  • Strong interpersonal oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong project management, administrative, planning, prioritization and organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage competing and changing priorities and multiple tasks under flexible timelines.
Qualifications: Experience

Work requires a minimum of nine years of progressively responsible experience in administrative management, to include proficiency in budgeting, grants and contracts, personnel supervision and space and facilities management.

The following is the acronym, "PACT", and is fundamental to all non-clinical positions at UT Southwestern Medical Center:

  • P-Problem Solving: Employees take ownership in solving problems effectively, efficiently, and to the satisfaction of customers, or managers. They show initiative in addressing areas of concern before they become problems.
  • A-Ability, Attitude and Accountability: Employees exhibit ability to perform their job and conduct themselves in a professional and positive manner reflecting a professional environment readily assuming obligations in a dependable and reliable manner. 
  • C-Communication, Contribution, and Collaboration: Who are our Customers?  Anyone who requests our help, needs our work product, or receives our services.  Employees focus on customer service with creative solutions while improving the customer experience through clear, courteous, and timely delivery and communication.  Sharing ideas with others helps expand our contribution to department goals.
  • T-Teamwork: Employees work to contribute to the department’s success by supporting co-workers, promoting excellence in work product and customer service, and in maintaining a satisfying, caring environment for each other.
Qualifications: Education
Master's degree
How to apply

Send CV or resume directly to Dr. Bob Toto, CTSA PI, at Robert.Toto@UTSouthwestern.edu

Application Instructions

Send CV or resume directly to Dr. Bob Toto, CTSA PI, at Robert.Toto@UTSouthwestern.edu

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