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University of Pennsylvania
  • Position Number: 2593214
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Position Type: Business - Finance


Managing Director (Palliative Research Center)


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Posted Job Title
Managing Director (Palliative Research Center)

Job Profile Title
Director D

Job Description Summary
The Managing Director will provide administrative leadership for the Perelman School of Medicine's (PSOM) Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center. The position reports directly to the Faculty Director of the PAIR Center with matrixed reporting to PSOM administration and the Chief Research Administrator of the DOM.
The Managing Director is responsible for ensuring that the programmatic and financial objectives of the Center are achieved. This individual will essentially function as the Chief of Staff to the Center Faculty Director for the PAIR Center's employees - currently 34 in number, expected to grow annually over the next 3 years. The Managing Director will have direct supervisory oversight of the following functions:
  • Financial management of Center activity (sponsored programs, operating budget, gifts, endowments)
  • Hiring, training, and development of research staff and students
  • Research administration (regulatory compliance, reporting to sponsor, milestone completion)
  • Communications and Engagement
  • Data management and data science
  • Space planning operations
  • Event planning and programmatic activities (Center educational series, visiting faculty, works in progress, training programs)
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives

    S/he will provide administrative oversight and strategic direction for the Center's signature initiatives, including the "Pitch An Idea for Research with the PAIR Center" (PAIR with PAIR) program and the Penn Roybal Center on Palliative Care in Dementia. Specifically, s/he will oversee pilot grants funded through these two initiatives and monitor study budgets. In collaboration with the Director of Portfolio Development, s/he will develop and release requests for proposals and guide the proposal review process for both programs. The Penn Roybal Center for Palliative Care in Dementia will also involve managing the relationship with implementation partner, Genesis Healthcare, convening and leading the Roybal Steering Committee, and planning an annual symposium with investigators and thought leaders from across the nation.

    S/he will work with the Senior Manager of Communications and Engagement to elevate the national profile of the PAIR Center. S/he will provide direction and guidance for the PAIR Center's communications and engagement strategies including, but not limited to, the annual report, the PAIR Center website, social and traditional media, local community advocacy, and partnership with national advocacy organizations. S/he will also support efforts to engage with potential donors in partnership with Penn Medicine Development.
    The Managing Director will be responsible for building productive collaborative relationships within the Penn Medicine community including, but not limited to the Palliative Care Program; PSOM Human Resources; the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics; the Leonard Davis Institute; Penn Medicine Data Science; the Penn Memory Center; the UPHS Center for Healthcare Innovation; the School of Nursing; the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care; the Division of Renal, Electrolyte, and Hypertension; the Division of Hematology and Oncology; Penn Medicine Communications; and Development.
    As a member of the PAIR Center leadership team s/he will provide support for PAIR Center Advisory Board Meetings and other Center-wide events as needed. This position will report to Dr. Scott Halpern, the PAIR Center's Faculty Director. A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible managerial and leadership experience, preferably in an academic medicine environment, is required.

    Job Description

    The Managing Director will provide administrative leadership for the Perelman School of Medicine's (PSOM) Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center. The position reports directly to the Faculty Director of the PAIR Center with matrixed reporting to PSOM administration and the Chief Research Administrator of the DOM.

    The Managing Director is responsible for ensuring that the programmatic and financial objectives of the Center are achieved. This individual will essentially function as the Chief of Staff to the Center Faculty Director for the PAIR Center's employees - currently 34 in number, expected to grow by 10-15% annually over the next 3 years. The Managing Director will have direct supervisory oversight of the following functions:
    • Financial management of Center activity (sponsored programs, operating budget, gifts, endowments)
    • Hiring, training, and development of research staff and students
    • Research administration (regulatory compliance, reporting to sponsor, milestone completion)
    • Communications and Engagement
    • Data management and data science
    • Space planning operations
    • Event planning and programmatic activities (Center educational series, visiting faculty, works in progress, training programs)
    • Diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives


    S/he will provide administrative oversight and strategic direction for the Center's signature initiatives, including the "Pitch An Idea for Research with the PAIR Center" (PAIR with PAIR) program and the Penn Roybal Center on Palliative Care in Dementia. Specifically, s/he will oversee pilot grants funded through these two initiatives and monitor study budgets. In collaboration with the Director of Portfolio Development, s/he will develop and release requests for proposals and guide the proposal review process for both programs. The Penn Roybal Center for Palliative Care in Dementia will also involve managing the relationship with implementation partner, Genesis Healthcare, convening and leading the Roybal Steering Committee, and planning an annual symposium with investigators and thought leaders from across the nation.

    S/he will work with the Senior Manager of Communications and Engagement to elevate the national profile of the PAIR Center. S/he will provide direction and guidance for the PAIR Center's communications and engagement strategies including, but not limited to, the annual report, the PAIR Center website, social and traditional media, local community advocacy, and partnership with national advocacy organizations. S/he will also support efforts to engage with potential donors in partnership with Penn Medicine Development.

    The Managing Director will be responsible for building productive collaborative relationships within the Penn Medicine community including, but not limited to the Palliative Care Program; PSOM Human Resources; the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics; the Leonard Davis Institute;the Penn Memory Center; the UPHS Center for Healthcare Innovation; the School of Nursing; the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care; the Division of Renal, Electrolyte, and Hypertension; the Division of Hematology and Oncology; Penn Medicine Communications; and Development.

    As a member of the PAIR Center leadership team s/he will provide support for PAIR Center Advisory Board Meetings and other Center-wide events as needed. This position will report to Dr. Scott Halpern, the PAIR Center's Faculty Director.

    POSITION IS CONTINGENT UPON FUNDING

    QUALIFICATIONS: (Qualifications should clearly indicate those that are required and those that are preferred.)

    Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 7-10 years of progressively responsible managerial and leadership experience, preferably in an academic medicine environment or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.

    Personal Characteristics of the ideal candidate
    • A person of integrity and accountability with a personal style that builds and nurtures relationships based on team play, trust, honesty, reliability, openness and confidence.
    • A leader who possesses tenacity, resilience and is able to both receive and give feedback in a constructive way.
    • A mentor with abilities to develop a strong center leadership team and engage staff in the focus on science
    • A high competence in communication, able to interact with all stakeholders expertly and effectively.
    • A prepared individual who runs effective meetings, has strong organizational skills and excellent follow-through
    • Ability to partner in developing strategic goals and vision, and translate into operations and logistics of accomplishing those goals
    • High level of enthusiasm and personal credibility, coupled with an appropriate sense of humor


    Job Location - City, State
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Department / School
    Perelman School of Medicine

    Pay Range
    $88,861.00 - $168,837.00

    Affirmative Action Statement
    Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

    Special Requirements
    Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

    University Benefits
    • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
    • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
    • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
    • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
    • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
    • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
    • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
    • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
    • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
    • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
    • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
    • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.



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