Vice President, Research Administration

  • Lifespan
  • Providence, RI

This position has been filled.

Lifespan is seeking a Vice President, Research Administration to facilitate research efforts of Brown University-affiliated faculty and hospital staff. Closely affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Lifespan is a 5-hospital, 1100+ bed, $2.3B not-for-profit health system with a strong history of clinical and translational research. The research enterprise includes nearly 350,000 square feet of research laboratories, approximately 350 active investigators, 550+ full-time research support staff, and around $80M per year in total research support, most of which is awarded by the NIH.

Lifespan, Rhode Island’s first health system, was founded in 1994 by Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. A comprehensive, integrated, academic health system affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Lifespan’s partners also include Rhode Island Hospital’s pediatric division, Hasbro Children’s Hospital; Bradley Hospital; Newport Hospital; and Gateway Healthcare.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer of Lifespan, the Vice President of Research Administration will facilitate and encourage research efforts of Brown University-affiliated faculty and hospital staff. Additionally, the successful candidate will serve as the Institutional Official for regulatory programs and committees, such as the Human Research Projections Program (HRPP); and for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). S/he will be responsible for institutional compliance with federal, state and other applicable research regulations and will direct administrative, financial and operational aspects of research for the Lifespan system. This role also will ensure all research-related policies, procedures and operations are delivered in a coordinated and supportive manner for all affiliates. The Vice President of Research Administration is responsible for the proactive management of grants and contracts, regulatory reviews, research operational budgets, research intellectual property, the conflict of interest management program, external accreditation programs, and core facilities. Lifespan employees are expected to embrace Lifespan’s mission of “Delivering health with care” and successfully model Lifespan’s values of compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence, which guide our everyday actions with patients, customers and one another.


  • Advanced degree in business administration, finance, management, healthcare administration or related field required.
  • Fifteen or more years of related research administration/finance experience required at a university, hospital or research institute, including ten or more years progressively more responsible management experience.
  • Demonstrated experience leading in a complex organization, including interfacing effectively with multiple faculty and staff with a strong customer service focus.
  • Thorough knowledge of regulatory, financial management and administrative requirements of research administration. Experience with computer systems and databases used for grant management and accounting.
  • Experience growing technology transfer/commercialization efforts.
  • Highly knowledgeable regarding translational and clinical research in an academic medical environment with specific knowledge and expertise in the areas of:
    • Current and emerging regulatory issues;
    • Grants and contracts from industry, private foundations, and government agencies;
    • Role of sponsors in clinical research;
    • Policy and guideline interpretation, communication, and application.
  • Respects the balance between the desire to conduct innovative research with requirements to adhere to external and internal regulations.
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering and implementing innovative solutions to facilitate efficiencies in clinical research.
  • Exceptional communications, problem solving, consensus building and leadership skills. Highly effective interpersonal skills, a sensitivity to and an understanding of the operational issues, which must be addressed in the management of a complex, research function.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
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