Executive Director, Institute of Translational Health Sciences

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Detailed Description: 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years.

The Institute of Translational Health Sciences has an outstanding opportunity for an Executive Director. 

The Executive Director of the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) directs the administrative, financial and operational affairs of this major, multi-institutional institute administratively housed in the University Of Washington School Of Medicine.  The ITHS is a $12M/yr health research institute, principally funded under the Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA), a national consortium created by NIH to transform the research and training environment to enhance the efficiency and quality of clinical and translational research.

The Institute has close partnerships with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children's Hospital, and more than 20 other organizations engaged in health research in five states in the Pacific Northwest region:  Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho (WWAMI). The ITHS's mission is to accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries to the clinic and beyond to improve the health of people in our region today.

The ITHS accomplishes its goal of a healthier region by developing critical resources to help innovators move their discoveries forward. ITHS provides the education investigators and others need to develop teams and approaches to impact and prevent disease. Most importantly, the ITHS studies the translational research process and develops breakthrough tools, technologies, and policies that can speed health care discoveries across the nation. Among the Institute's programs are clinical research facilities, technology cores, pre-doctoral and post-doctoral multidisciplinary training, and community engagement programs.

The Executive Director leads the ITHS Executive team, faculty and staff groups and is responsible for its multi-institutional administrative, financial, operational and programmatic activities. The Executive Director serves as the senior administrator for the Institute. The Executive Director is responsible for financial analysis and programmatic oversight of the Institute and management of the research, education, and associated clinical care enterprise including clinical research facilities and staff, information systems and security, grants administration, national networked site collaborations, health and safety, compliance, clinical research education and training, human resources, communication, and marketing. 

The Executive Director provides strategic planning, policy development and implementation, operational management, and systematic evaluation and analysis. The Executive Director is proactive in developing and operationalizing new scientific services and collaborative solutions, and in identifying and addressing novel regulatory, policy, and legal ramifications to regional and national CTSA grant mandates. This position serves as a key negotiator and liaison among all institutional partners, building efficient and cooperative interfaces and partnering with faculty leadership to manage significant challenges and opportunities. As the Chief Financial Officer, this position is responsible for all areas of financial planning and management, including all aspects of revenue flows or opportunities.

The Executive Director knows, understands, integrates and implements multiple and complex federal, state, UW, JCAHO, NIH, and FDA policies and procedures. These regulations are interpreted and applied in a highly novel context of clinical research and care facilities, which support a large number of clinical and pre-clinical studies across institutional boundaries and perform a broad range of protocols involving experimental drugs and procedures in human subjects.

Qualifications: Skills: 

Strategic Business, Operational Planning and Policy Development

  • Participate in strategic planning at the institutional, consortium, and national CTSA network level. Establish strategic objectives for administrative capacity and services to researchers throughout the consortium, and associated metrics for measuring and reporting progress achieved.
  • Oversee all ITHS budgets and revenue streams. Develop policies and procedures to ensure that all funds are managed within policy and regulations; actively steward funds to ensure optimal utilization to advance ITHS goals.
  • Develop policies and processes to assure that both clinical services and procedures, and research services and procedures, are billed accurately and timely. Analyze charge capture, denial reasons, and reimbursement patterns, and recommend process improvements.
  • Develop guidelines and provide education to physician researchers, nursing and technical staff, and nursing administrators on billing processes and practices to ensure compliance with all regulations governing both patient care billing and research billing.
  • Advise and assist Faculty Director in leadership planning and administration, including recruitment and retention of key faculty leadership appointees from all consortium institutions, professional development and service responsibilities, and negotiated faculty effort.
  • Analyze, negotiate and coordinate with UWMC, HMC, CHRMC, FHCRC/SCCA, and VA regarding strategic business planning, faculty support, facilities and services utilization and budgeting, human resources commitments and policies governing clinical research sites.
  • Analyze, negotiate and coordinate with all consortium partners and sites to develop, expand and integrate services, resources, and training programs.
  • Lead and direct consultations with compliance, legal, risk management, and HR institutional officials at UW and partner institutions. Lead the development of new policy, application of policy to new circumstances, and new guidance enabling fulfillment of ITHS' mandate and performance expectations from NIH.
  • Ensure ITHS communications strategies across all members, committees, sites, stakeholders, trainees, and staff are fully developed and enabled.
  • Serve on national advisory committees for CTSA sites; strategically represent ITHS in development of the national CTSA agenda and policies.
  • Manage ITHS information technology resources.
  • Manage ITHS facilities, including clinical sites, highly restricted clean room laboratories, instrumentation suites, and office environments. Liaison with other institutional officials and administrators to effectively manage facilities and physical resources throughout the ITHS-funded consortium sites.
  • Advise and assist Faculty Director in developing ITHS fundraising and promotional materials.

Supervisory Responsibilities: the Executive Director is responsible for managing diverse and complex HR needs throughout the consortium.

  • Directly supervise directors accountable for fiscal management including clinical revenue cycle management, continuous process improvement and evaluation, clinical research education and training programs, clinical services, information technology, communication and marketing, continuous performance improvement, human resources and payroll including selected clinical staff, facilities, fundraising, and administrative support.
  • Ensure active management of ITHS-funded faculty, staff, and trainee positions throughout UW schools and departments, and within consortium partner institutions.
  • Partner with faculty leadership positions to administer human resources within their workgroups within ITHS.
  • Partner with University medical center administration and partner institutions’ clinic administrators to assure skilled and efficient research nursing and clinic staff in the multiple clinical units.
  • Strategize human resources solutions to achieve the unique goals of the ITHS in both service and infrastructure.
Qualifications: Experience: 

A master’s degree in Health Care Administration, Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field. Seven years’ experience in a healthcare or complex biomedical research environment and demonstrated success in the management of complex programs, activities or units. 

Experience managing clinical research, patient care, and academic training programs. Experience with University of Washington or other large academic financial and HR systems.

How to Apply: 

You must apply by creating a profile through the University of Washington UW Hires portal


Additional Application Instructions: 

Learn more about working at ITHS: https://www.iths.org/about/jobs/

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