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(Archived) Vice President - Research Operations and Shared Facilities

Last Updated: 8/29/23

Job Description

DEPARTMENT: Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation (CCRF)

SUPERVISOR'S TITLE: Associate Director, CCRF

COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS: Director, CCRF; VP of Finance and Administration, CCRF;Vice-Chairs, Department of Pediatrics; Directors of Research, Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anesthesiology, and Patient Services; Chair, Clinical, Translational, and Outcomes and Health Services Research Committee; Chair, Basic Science Research Committee; VP of Planning and Construction; VP of Finance and Treasury

TITLES SUPERVISED: Director of Veterinary Services; Director of Operations for Shared Facilities; Director of Office of Clinical and Translational Research; Director of Research Operations; Director, Research Operations for Space; Sr.Administrative Assistant

~95 in Veterinary Services
~35 in Office of Clinical and Translational Research
~10 in operations
Note Veterinary Services and Office of Clinical and Translational Research are two large shared facilities run by CCRF

PURPOSE OF POSITION: Plans, directs, implements, coordinates and improves the services and technical operations regarding space, operations, equipment, and shared facilities across basic, clinical and translational research throughout CCRF. Works as a member of the Research and Discovery committee. Provides, communicates and implements strategic, operational and programmatic plans and policies for space, operations, equipment, and shared facilities to achieve the mission, vision and values of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Works with the Research and Discovery Committee to address space allocation, equipment, and technology.


  1. Strategic planning
    • Develop and implement a strategic plan for the management of CCRF space, infrastructures, and technologies to enhance research programs in alignment with the CCRF strategic plan.
    • Develop and implement green sustainability efforts
  2. Research Space:
    • Work in close collaboration with the Director and Associate Directors of the CCRF along with the Research and Discovery committee for overall space planning and optimal management of space allocation to enhance research activities at CCRF.
    • Be responsible for maintaining an accurate research space database
    • Co-lead (with CCHMC Planning and Construction) the Research Space Planning & Alignment Team to address building and infrastructure needs (e.g. renovations to existing space such as the R building and Vet Services)
    • Chair the Research Space Committee
  3. Research Shared Facilities:
    • Work in close collaboration with the Director and Associate Director of CCRF for the optimal management and utilization of Shared Facilities to enhance research activities at CCRF.
    • Leads the Shared Facility Management team with Shared Facility Scientific Directors to maximize their utilization and operations for CCRF investigators.
    • Develop and maintain clear operating procedures for quality control, accountability and the use of Shared Facilities' infrastructures, space utilization, and research program development for CCRF.
    • Develop administrative structures to optimize the development and financial management of Shared Facility resources at the CCRF.
    • Integrate Shared Facility business operations with the general CCRF research budget.
    • Develop educational program and processes designed to enhance the understanding and utilization of enabling technologies and Shared Facilities to enhance faculty and research activities.
  4. Research Operations
    • Oversee and ensure performance of the process to address and resolve research operational issues
    • Establish and manage processes to optimize purchasing, contracting, and utilization of service contracts and licenses needed to support research operations.
    • Oversee the Biosafety Cabinet Certification Program
    • Oversee the movement of laboratories
  5. Research equipment and consumables:
    • Oversee processes for research capital equipment allocations and purchases
    • Oversee price negotiations and contracts for research consumables and research equipment
    • Develop and implement standardization of processes for research equipment monitoring, safety, replacement, and repair.
    • Lead CCRF resource management program (cold rooms, dark rooms, sterilizers, etc.)
    • Identify needs and opportunities and lead efforts to generate external support for shared equipment across the CCRF.
  6. Collaborative efforts
  • Interact with all CCHMC departments (pediatrics, surgery, radiology, anesthesiology, patient services) and serve as an institutional liaison for research operations and shared facility management.
  • Partner with ORCRA and Sponsored Programs to coordinate and facilitate faculty onboarding and faculty departures
  • Partner with EVS, Clinical Engineering, Plan Engineering, Supply Chain, and Purchasing to facilitate fulfillment of research needs in these areas
  • Interact and serve as a liaison to CCHMC, UC-College of Medicine, and all UC Schools, Colleges, Centers, Institutes, Divisions, and Departments in relationship to research operations and shared facilities management.


Required Education/Experience:
  • Masters Degree
  • 10 or more years of progressively responsible senior leadership experience within a complex academic or medical center and experience managing a research laboratory.

Preferred Education/Experience:
  • PhD, MD or MD-PhD
  • Experience in funded research as a principal investigator
  • Experience in research regulatory affairs

REQUIRED SKILLS: Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. Organizational ability sufficient to plan and operate the activities and personnel of CCRF. Possess expert knowledge and experience to assume medical, professional, scientific, organizational and educational responsibilities for directing laboratories which conduct diagnostic analytic studies on infants, children and adolescents. Capable of developing, implementing, monitoring and acting on Quality Assessment and Improvement controls. Demonstrated innovative administrative abilities.

Cincinnati Children's is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and treasures Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We are committed to creating an environment of dignity and respect for all our employees, patients, and families (EEO/AA).

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