The Associate Director of CIMAR at Tufts will work closely with the Leadership and Core Faculty across the Boston, Medford and Grafton campuses of Tufts University and the Tufts Medical Center to manage the complexity of its operations, ensure successful implementation of its goals, and drive its growth in scope and activities. The AD will report directly to the Leadership and will have responsibility for grant writing and scientific development operations. They will initially begin with these responsibilities, growing as needed to implement and manage all activities of this new multi-disciplinary research center. The AD will be expected to have a solid understanding of the scientific principles driving CIMAR’s mission, in order to provide strategic planning and management assistance to the Leadership. They will be one of the public faces of CIMAR, occasionally speaking to press and science writers. They will help develop and manage CIMAR’s operational policies and procedures to ensure the successful implementation of CIMAR’s specific Scientific Plan. This includes grant writing, oversight of research operations toward milestones, and oversight of effective collaborations among multiple constituents, including but not limited to external faculty, Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center administration, industry and external foundation stakeholders, commercial vendors, as well as philanthropic institutions and the public.
Develop and refine CIMAR’s strategic plan together with Leadership. This includes plans to grow the institute across Tufts campuses and to meet long-range goals and acquire new funding for projects.
Seek and write grants for Core Faculty to expand funding portfolio, targeting government sources, foundations, and industry partners.
Shape and implement an operations plan to support CIMAR’s strategic research directions, as well as future opportunities for growth.
Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day research development operations of CIMAR by maintaining regular oversight and communication with all participants to ensure continued progress along CIMAR milestones and provide regular actionable reports to the Leadership.
Oversee the CIMAR budget by establishing and implementing spending priorities in consultation with the Leadership. Most importantly, the AD will identify and pursue novel funding opportunities in our scientific focus areas through grant proposals and other sources of extramural funding.
Supervise projects across Core Faculty members to facilitate timely completion of projects. Excellent interpersonal skills are a must; administrative and scientific interaction with scientists, from trainees to senior faculty, will be required.
Identify, assess and inform the Leadership, Core Faculty and its various stakeholders of internal and external issues that affect the research operations or technology development at CIMAR. Stay apprised of developments in industry and availability of new resources that may expand research opportunities.
Analyze current scientific literature to help identify new technologies, data, and human expertise that could impact aspects of the strategic plan. Bring new ideas and potential collaborations to the attention of the Leadership.
Direct efforts related to business development, identification and cultivation of new funding sources and industry relationships worldwide, including design and execution of marketing and public relations activities, and speaking in public forums on behalf of CIMAR.
Work closely with appropriate Tufts University/Tufts Medical Center administration to maintain accountability for directing the information and data integrity of CIMAR, its faculty groups and all their Information Technology functions.
Assist with regular progress reports to Tufts University/Tufts Medical Center.
Occasionally give lectures on CIMAR research and results to audiences of varying scientific fluency.
An MD and/or PhD degree in science or engineering (ideally biology); demonstrated significant experience managing an academic research center or consortium, or industry research group focused on basic discoveries. A degree in business administration would be a plus.
A strong background in biology (ideally, microbiology, infectious disease, cell biology or bioengineering). Expertise in antimicrobial resistance and related fields (computer and information science, mathematics, artificial life, engineering) is a plus, as is a significant publication record.
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills are essential, with an emphasis on synthesizing work products from multiple teams and facilitating interaction and accountability; excellent listening and collaboration skills are important especially in linking scientific vision to resource allocation and administrative operations.
Has demonstrated skills that can be applied to implement a vision for the strategic direction of an organization, engage and win the support of various stakeholders and constituencies, energize and integrate multidisciplinary groups with multiple priorities.
Experience in management of staff required. Management experience, especially in a results-focused, research and development start-up organization (academic or industry) strongly preferred.
Internal Number: 13365
About Tufts Medical Center
Tufts Medical Center is an internationally-respected academic medical center – a teaching hospital where we pride ourselves not only in the sophistication of the care we provide but the compassionate way in which we provide it. We care for all patients from the tiniest newborns at our full-service pediatric hospital, Floating Hospital for Children to centenarians in our specialized Geriatrics clinic.