Senior Director of Research

Position Summary

Provides project directorship for research at Weill Cornell Medicine(WCM) in the Department of Population Health Sciences. Oversees research projects by envisioning, developing, planning, monitoring, and controlling processes involved in alignment with the PI's strategic priorities.  This role is responsible for managing a portion of the PI's research portfolio including grant submissions (budget preparations, deadline management, assigning responsibilities, and communicating progress), managing a large research staff, research compliance, managing the financial health of the research program, and supporting the research program's academic and scientific activity.  Provides leadership and oversight of data science teams.  Works to expand the data infrastructure and supports commercialization opportunities.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Follows project life cycle from planning and initiation to project close out. Keeps all stakeholders informed of any issues or risks that could impact the research program’s quality, scope, schedule, or costs.
  2. Develops long-range strategic and operating budgets for research. Ensures that the operating budgets are executed and consistent with the strategic plans of sponsoring institutions.
  3. Responsible to produce new and competing grant applications to government, foundation, and industry sponsors.
  4. Drafts annual and other periodic scientific programs reports for non-competing renewals of governmental, foundation, and industrial grants and sponsored programs. Assists in researching and drafting large sections of invited review articles.
  5. Works to expand research and commercialization opportunities, including vetting and securing new sources of data and protecting intellectual property.
  6. Manages and coordinates numerous, highly complex research projects, including but not limited to INSIGHT (PCORI), RECOVER (NIH), and High-Need High-Cost Patient Algorithms.


  • Master's Degree


  • Minimum of ten years of experience in a leadership capacity and management capacity.
  • Experience running large, multidisciplinary projects and teams across complex organizations.
  • Experience negotiating contracts.
  • Experience with consensus building.
  • Familiarity with human subjects research protections, data use agreements, and research compliance protocols.
  • Familiarity with data science.
  • Familiarity with clinical participant recruiting.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Nuanced and detailed understanding of data science and data management.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and planning.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, public speaking, and leadership skills.
  • Excellent management, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.
  • Data management and analytical skills.


  • Appreciates and understands the connection between individual goals, departmental goals and the organizational mission.
  • Approaches our job knowing that there are internal and external customers whose expectations we strive to exceed.
  • Demonstrates integrity and ethics at all times.
  • Maintains a flexible and forward thinking approach to the way work is done.
  • Maintains a team-oriented approach and possesses the ability to cultivate positive and collegial workplace relationships.
  • Possesses excellent work-related skills and the ability to apply them, while continually seeking ways to improve.
  • Possesses the ability to facilitate the flow of information through effective written and oral communication.
  • Understands the need to be responsible for our own outcomes and takes pride in delivering the best possible work product.

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