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Institutional Research Cores Program Director

$90,000 – $100,000 yearly

Medical College of Wisconsin

Last Updated: 6/10/22

Job Description

Position Description:


Institutional Shared Research Cores at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) are a vital collection of centralized services offering state-of-the-art expertise and technical resources to faculty, staff and trainees. Our facilities provide cutting-edge instrumentation and approaches that are vital for MCW researchers to achieve their goals of biomedical discovery.

Reporting to the Associate Provost for Research, the Program Director will provide strategic input, coordination, oversight, and fiscal and budgetary advice for MCW’s institutional shared research cores. The Program Director will provide advice to the Cores Executive Oversight Board regarding strategic initiatives for supporting the research enterprise using core services. The Program Director will work with individual Shared Research Core Directors and staff to develop business plans and budgets, and will monitor those budgets to ensure institutional accountability.

The successful candidate will be able to collaborate effectively with the Cores Executive Oversight Board, a Core Directors Working Group and the faculty and technical staff within each core. In addition, the candidate will be able to perform and present programmatic and financial data analysis on core performance and be a strategic partner supporting the advancement of the research mission at MCW.

Primary Functions

The Program Director will provide:

  • High Level Scientific and Operational Leadership of Institutional Shared Research Cores
    • Advise the Associate Provost for Research and the Cores Executive Oversight Board regarding the scientific appropriateness and value for a wide variety of institutional research cores.
    • Identify the need, develop, and help evaluate new cores.
    • Advise the Associate Provost for Research and the Chief Administrator for Research Operations regarding physical space requirements for institutional shared research cores.
    • Lead evaluative procedures and technology and service capabilities for the Institutional Shared Research Cores and will make recommendations to the Associate Provost for Research and Cores Executive Oversight based on these results.
    • Create and implement best practices for cores management and monitoring, and identify opportunities for process improvement and burden reduction.
    • Collaborate with core scientific and technical experts to understand and mitigate operational challenges.
  • Financial Oversight of Institutional Shared Research Cores
    • Assist and advise the Core Directors in creating long and short-term business plans and yearly budgets.
    • Monitor and report on individual core performances using reports from iLab cores management system and other primary financial sources; investigate and provide resolution options to remedy variances from expected to actual business and performance indicators.
  • Communications Oversight for Institutional Shared Research Cores
    • Create educational opportunities and venues for Core Directors and personnel to meet and share best practices to promote operation at the highest possible level.
    • Serve as a liaison between the Office of Research, leadership of individual cores and researchers to ensure accurate communications of core capabilities, pricing and availability.
    • Work with communcations professionals within the Office of Research to promote use of the Institutional Shared Research Cores; this will include maintaining updated lists of core services and pricing.

Preferred Schedule:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Position Requirements:

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

  • Biomedical research and training; ideally a PhD with significant experience in the management of a research core or shared facility
  • Outstanding administrative skills
  • Financial planning experience: particularly creation of business plans and ability to interpret financial reports and identify issues on a recurring basis
  • Budget development/monitoring
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • Critical thinking for continuous process improvement
  • Ability to work in partnership with faculty and staff and leadership

Organizational Structure

Direct Reports (Titles): Research Support Specialists


Appropriate experience may be substituted on equivalent basis

Minimum Required Education: Bachelors

Required Experience: 10 years

Preferred Education: PhD

Preferred Experience: Demonstrated experience with core services and their operations in biomedical research

Commitment to Diversity

MCW is one of the largest healthcare employers in Wisconsin. We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace that includes individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We believe that embracing human differences is critical to realize our vision of a healthier world, and we recognize that a healthy and thriving community starts from within. We strive to integrate our human and social differences into MCW’s functioning, strategies and culture to create a diverse and equitable workplace. If you believe embracing individuality and working together makes us stronger, then MCW is the place for you. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

MCW as an Equal Opportunity Employer and Commitment to Non-Discrimination
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristic, or military status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the MCW community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

Company Details

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States