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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Director of Grants & Contracts in New York, New York

Company Overview

At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), we’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. By working together and pushing forward with innovation and discovery, we’re driving excellence and improving outcomes. For the 28th year, MSK has been named a top hospital for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. We are proud to be on Becker’s Healthcare list as one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare in 2018, as well as one of Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Best Place to Work for 2018. We’re treating cancer, one patient at a time.Join us and make a difference every day.

Job Description

Are you passionate about working on complex issues where analysis of situations requires in-depth knowledge and expertise? Do you thrive on fostering a high performance culture, encouraging development amongst your team? Do you want to apply your background to contribute to our mission of dedication to exceptional cancer care, innovative, leading edge research, and forward-thinking education?

If so, we have an exciting opportunity for aDirector of Grants and Contracts(G&C) to join the Office of Research and Projects Administration (ORPA). We are a dynamic and expert team of research administration professionals. The Director of G&C is a key leader in ORPA, directing and guiding an effective group of G&C management professionals and driving outstanding practices. This position requires a dedication to business knowledge and operational excellence, through a culture of continuous improvement, collaboration, innovation and partnership.


  • Knowledgeable about your business and the marketplace and able to apply this knowledge to advance our goals.

  • A cultivator of innovation who builds and fosters new ways for the organization to be successful.

  • A good decision-maker, with proven success at making timely decisions that keep MSK moving forward.

  • Skilled at articulating the vision in a way everyone can relate to

  • Someone who draws upon multiple relationships to exchange ideas, resources and know-how.

  • A provider of work directives, delegating responsibilities as necessary and removing obstacles to get work done.

  • Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.

  • Able to hold yourself and others accountable into achieve goals and live up to commitments.

  • Skilled at painting a compelling picture of our strategy and vision that motivates others to action.

  • Someone who doesn’t shy away from difficult situations or people, saying what needs to be said.


  • Develop strategies to maximize our sponsored research portfolio by staying on top of industry trends and through programmatic planning enhancing the volume and quality of MSK’s sponsored research proposals

  • Work collaboratively within ORPA and with partners in the research community to motivate changes in work products and process that will improve unit and research enterprise efficiency and effectiveness

  • Provide full leadership responsibility for an effective G&C team comprising Fund Development, Grant Management and Contract Management.

  • Lead all aspects of unit operations and prioritize workflow to ensure efficiency, regulatory compliance and sound operation

  • Foster a strong results orientation within unit by motivating staff and holding them accountable to meeting the needs of constituents, department and organizational goals

  • Strategically partner with divisional leadership, faculty, administrative and clinical management staff to plan and implement new department-wide and/or divisional or institutional programmatic initiatives

  • Forge and maintain collaborative and positive relationships with constituents, senior leadership and external sponsors; Engage institutional partners to gain insights and/or to request system/process updates to meet business needs


  • A Bachelors degree

  • A Masters and/ or CRA is preferred

  • A minimum of 7-10 years experience in research administration experience

  • A minimum of 4-7 years experience leading and developing a team.

  • Experience working in a sponsored projects environment in an Academic / Medical or Research Institution



MSK is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.

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Requisition ID2019-36904

CategoryProfessional - Research Administration

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