Vice President, Clinical Research Operations

  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • , MA

This position has been filled.

Grant Cooper, an executive search firm, is seeking a Vice President of Clinical Research Operations for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) is world-renowned for its leadership in adult and pediatric cancer treatment and research. A Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dana-Farber is a pioneer in cancer care and research. DFCI is a world leader in basic and clinical research, training, and application of advanced diagnostic and treatment methods relating to cancer. The National Cancer Institute named DFCI as one of the country’s seven original comprehensive cancer centers in 1973. Today, DFCI is the administrative home for the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), one of more than forty-five NCI designated comprehensive cancer centers. DFCI employs over 4,500 people supporting more than 450,000 patient visits a year, is involved in some 900 clinical trials, and is internationally renowned for its blending of research and clinical excellence. DFCI’s expertise in these two aspects of the fight against cancer uniquely positions it to develop and test the next generation of cancer therapies in both the laboratory and the clinic.

DFCI is a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, a federally designated Center for AIDS Research, and a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. Providing advanced training in cancer treatment and research for an international faculty, the Institute conducts community-based programs in cancer prevention, detection, and control throughout New England, and maintains joint programs with other Boston institutions affiliated with Harvard Medical School and the Partners Health Care System, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Research Administration, the Vice President of Clinical Research Operations is a senior administrator within the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). This senior executive position is responsible for the clinical research operations of the institute including, but not limited to oversight of DFCI’s Clinical Trials Office which manages all operations aspects of clinical research protocols for DFCI Disease Centers, and due to DFCI’s role as the central administrative site for the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) this position is also responsible for Clinical Trials Budgeting, Clinical Trials Agreements, the Office of Data Quality, and the Office of Human Research Subjects (Institutional Review Board) and activities related to protocol review, data management, and clinical trials activation.


  • Demonstrated experience leading clinical research operations in a complex organization, including interfacing effectively with multiple faculty and staff with a strong customer service focus.
  • Demonstrated business, technical and analytic skills. The ability to make sound and creative decisions in a timely manner and to utilize outside resources where appropriate.
  • Highly knowledgeable about 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, the role of sponsors in clinical research, and policy and guideline interpretation, communication, and application.
  • Organizational, project management, quality improvement and operational effectiveness skills.
  • Strong quantitative, analytic and problem-solving skills to evaluation all aspects of a situation and make appropriate and timely decisions. Proven ability to interpret complex policies and regulations.
  • Experience in increasing efficiencies and flexibility in the submission, review, and execution research protocols to ensure these processes are performed in the least burdensome manner.
  • Respects the need to balance the need to conduct innovative research with the need to adhere to external and internal regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to directly manage large matrixed teams of administrative staff.
  • An outstanding manager, a team builder, an individual with a track record of managing an organization through periods of significant change with success. An individual who is able to conceptualize the need for change and communicate that effectively to others in the organization.
  • Ability to support the ongoing mission and goals of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center.
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