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Operating one of the industry’s largest and most respected research programs, Kaiser Permanente employs nearly 1,800 research experts at 9 specialized centers across the country. With a research budget of $221 million and more than 2,500 studies and clinical trials underway at any given time, this is a place where you can have a profound impact on the future of health.

Managing Director Division of Research

Location: Oakland, CA Additional Locations:
Job Number: 777352 Date posted: 03/06/2019

Leads and directs the operations of The Permanente Medical Group's Division of Research, one of the largest non-academic research organizations in the nation, with 600 employees and an annual budget of approximately $100 million. Determines research operational goals and priorities with the Regional Research Director and TPMG and KFH Executives. Develops national and regional research strategies, drives administrative processes, and integrates service, efficiency and organizational improvements aimed at positioning the Northern California region to be the market leader in high quality epidemiological research, health services research and clinical trials. Serves as the Division's research regulatory and compliance leader.

Essential Functions:
- Leads a team of research administrators and professionals in the areas of finance, human resources, grants and contracts, compliance, procurement and communications, and facility operations and support. Establishes and maintains research operational and performance standards. Directs, and with administrative professional staff, develops standards, procedures, policies, and timely and accurate
reporting processes designed to meet research operational requirements and needs. Ensures that all research conducted within the region is administered in compliance with applicable federal and state regulations and KP policies and procedures.
- Provides leadership and expert consultation to research scientists and other research professional staff on administering research studies and programs. Ensures all research is conducted in compliance with applicable federal and state regulations and KP policies and procedures. Ensures that all research activities, as well as operational plans and deliverables, are conducted in a timely, efficient and serviceoriented manner. Develops standard approaches related to key administrative processes.
- On an ad-hoc basis, provides thought leadership to other TPMG and KFH Executives regarding strategic research administration opportunities, as well as ongoing operational issues and challenges.
- Provides cost management and financial oversight of all Division operational budgets. Identifies opportunities to eliminate administrative redundancies and maximize operational efficiencies through technology. Oversees all physical plant and building operations, including major construction and renovation projects.
- Collaborates with other regional research administrative executives to develop and implement national research standards, best practices, policies and procedures. Participates as an active member of the national research administrative leadership council.
- Reviews and signs all research compliance documents for the region, including requests to review and share Kaiser Permanente member information for research purposes and protect Kaiser Permanente proprietary information. Oversees the Regional Research Compliance Committee and coordinates all responses to HIPAA privacy and security breaches. Manages in-house legal counsel and industry-funded research contracting functions.
- Kaiser Permanente conducts compensation reviews of positions on a routine basis. At any time, Kaiser Permanente reserves the right to reevaluate and change job descriptions, or to change such positions from salaried to hourly pay status. Such changes are generally implemented only after notice is given to affected employees.

Basic Qualifications:
- Minimum eight (8) years of general management experience in a complex, multi-faceted research and health care setting.
- Minimum five (5) years of supervisory experience in such areas as training, employee development/assessment and disciplinary actions.
- Minimum five (5) years of experience in financial management, program development, budget development and monitoring, and quality process and operations improvement.
- Master's degree in business administration, health care administration, public health, public health administration, health policy and management or related discipline OR six (6) years of experience in a directly related field.
- High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
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Additional Requirements:
- Seasoned leader who has been responsible for leading an organization of comparable size and complexity.
- Demonstrated ability to partner with the DOR Director and other leaders within The Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan to establish mutual operational performance measures.
- Demonstrated ability to determine the key operational issues and develop appropriate action plans from multi-disciplinary perspectives.
- Proven leadership skills in managing diverse teams of professional staff.
- Proficient in team building, group interaction, with demonstrated ability to lead professionals and manage others through influence and collaboration.
- Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
- Significant knowledge of applicable federal and state laws and regulations related to conducting research.
- Excellent skills in complex analytic problem solving and change management.
- Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Research administration experience.
- PhD, J.D. Or eight (8) years of experience in public health, health policy and management or related discipline.


Additional Preferred Qualifications:

- Strong comprehension of general business processes and systems.

- Ability to translate senior leadership priorities into a cohesive strategic plan.

- Expertise in developing and managing research grant funding, contracting, and administration processes.

- Knowledge of and experience in research financial and contract management, regulatory, and reporting requirements.


Primary Location: California,Oakland,2000 Broadway 2000 Broadway Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00 AM Working Hours End: 5:00 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Director/Senior Director Job Category: Research and Development Department: Division of Research Travel: No Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

About Research & Development Careers

Careers in Research & Development

Recognized worldwide for their scientific expertise, our researchers collect data on topics including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health, and drug safety — just to name a few.

In addition to studies centered at these facilities, our physicians and researchers conduct clinical trials of new drugs, medical devices, and other therapies through several organized centers and independently at single sites. Put together, Kaiser Permanente's research centers and scientists comprise one of the largest and most comprehensive nonacademic research programs in the United States.

As a member of this team, you'll engage in meaningful work that has the power to affect outcomes and improve global health. Focused on areas like public-sector health services, epidemiology, and behavioral and clinical research, the work you do will ultimately allow us to improve the cost effectiveness and quality of the care we deliver — all while saving lives.

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