Mount Sinai Careers

RESEARCH PROGRAM DIRECTOR - The Department of Tisch Cancer Institute

New York, New York

Job Description

Strength Through Diversity

Ground breaking science. Advancing medicine. Healing made personal.

Research Program Director - #2287656

Roles & Responsibilities: 


The Research Program Director is responsible for administrative, operational and business oversight of research projects within the Immunotherapy Research Program. Collaborates with and oversees Principal Investigators (P.I.) of a global research initiative in novel, patient oriented research. Reviews preparation of grants, negotiations of clinical trial agreements; integrates laboratory and clinical aspects of projects; creates and implements budgets; drafts agreements with external institutions; oversees staffing and related human resources activity.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Collaborates with members of the TRC and other academic groups in program development, consultation, and the planning and delivery of optimal unit operations

  • Responsible for creating and global annual TRC budgets and monitoring expenses
  • Analyzes monthly grant activity, monitors grant spending reports and expenditures posted to assigned grant projects and serves as a liaison to GCO office, sponsored projects and other collaborating departments to ensure that grants are properly managed.

Establishes goals and objectives for all ongoing research projects, consistent with Mount Sinai Health System policies as well as Federal, State and local regulations

  • Runs reports as needed by Divisional and Institute business office
  • May create and distribute funding opportunities packets, calendars and special alerts

Oversees the preparation of grants and IRB paperwork, financial activity and contracts

  • Works with PIs and related services to develop budget for individual projects
  • Collaborates and communicates with external agencies, sponsors, and institutions
  • Provides assistance and guidance in the preparation of budgets, GCO/IRB paperwork, application forms, no costs extensions and subcontracts
  • Monitors project to alert post-awards team when milestone is achieved, or if project is ready for closeout
  • Reviews and provides supplemental and amended information to extramural sponsors on grant applications
  • Reviews grants and contracts proposals and expenditures prior to submissions for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with all applicable policies, procedures, and regulations
  • Collects and maintains related data in agreements database
  • Maintains a library of bio-sketches, other support, and training records for grant proposals
  • Ensures that grants and contracts applications are submitted and routed to the appropriate committee (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Institutional Review Board, Bio-Safety Officer and Financial Conflict of Interest in Research Committee)

Facilitates timely and responsive communication and proactive responsible decision making

  • Maintains computer documentation and appropriate files for proposal submissions, awards, and research expenditures including payments to collaborators for work performed including per-patient reimbursements
  • Acts as a liaison with departmental administrators, faculty and extramural funding agencies (federal, state, local and non-profit organizations) to endorse any edits to the proposals prior to institutional endorsement
  • Flags and refers project over to regulatory bodies when needed
  • Acts as a liaison with the Institutional Bio-Safety Officer, Biomedical Research Alliance of New York and Committee on Special Awards and Fellowships

May arrange for the availability of human and material resources to facilitate positive outcomes for ongoing research projects

  • Works with directors, sponsors, collaborating academic centers and consortia, GCO, and MSIP to shepherd agreements (such as contracts, clinical trial riders, material transfer agreements) through completion and execution of agreements
  • Manages new correlative and translational agreements
  • Works with Divisional grants team and Sponsored Projects to open project account

Participates in the development and implementation of ongoing quality improvement activities as per policies and protocols

  • Acts as a liaison with departmental administrators and clinical unit leaders to implement and harmonize clinical processes that will facilitate alignment of personnel to research objectives while improving consistency of clinical care

May participate in the identification and response to potential and actual risk management issues

  • Responsible for human resources, includes of recruitment, hiring, evaluating, retention, discipline and termination
  • Helps create and implement strategies to find, reward and retain highly skilled research personnel
  • Reviews TRC staff evaluations annually and helps implement organizational improvements

Develops and maintains systems which support efficient and effective functioning of designated research areas

  • Fosters teamwork among all TRC staff (laboratory and clinical)

Performs other related duties

  • Manages other related special projects as required
  • Bachelor’s degree, Masters strongly preferred, in sciences or related degree
  • 5 years’ experience in a hospital/medical/research environment
    3 years’ supervisory
  • Intermediate MS Office, Access, Outlook
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to find creative solutions to organizational problems and barriers
  • Exceptional attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to motivate, develop and coach individuals
  • Experience in managing and financial management
Strength Through Diversity

The Mount Sinai Health System believes that diversity is a driver for excellence. We share a common devotion to delivering exceptional patient care. Yet we’re as diverse as the city we call home- culturally, ethically, in outlook and lifestyle. When you join us, you become a
part of Mount Sinai’s unrivaled record of achievement, education and advancement as we revolutionize medicine together.


We work hard to acquire and retain the best people, and to create a welcoming, nurturing work environment where you can develop professionally. We share the belief that all employees, regardless of job title or expertise, can make an impact on quality patient care. 

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Who We Are

Over 38,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.


Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospital campuses, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.


The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation. 


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