Associate Dean for Clinical Research Keck School of Medicine of USC – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

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The Keck School of Medicine (“Keck School”) of the University of Southern California (USC) is seeking applicants to serve as Associate Dean for Clinical Research (ADCR), a position that also encompasses being Director of the Clinical Research Support (CRS) core of the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI).

As ADCR, the successful candidate will help lead expansion of the school’s clinical research and clinical trials portfolio, including capabilities for novel approaches to clinical research and clinical trials that engage patients and communities in real world settings. As CRS Director, the same individual will lead the SC CTSI core which provides a full array of services and resources for efficient, safe, compliant, and high-quality investigator-initiated clinical trials, from protocol development to close-out.

The ADCR and CRS Director roles are combined to maximize resources and facilitate a uniform approach to development, promotion and support of clinical research across the Keck School and USC more broadly. The dual roles will enable the creation of an environment that promotes and facilitates high quality clinical research that has real-world impact to improve health and health care for the diverse communities served by the Keck School and USC, as well as society more broadly.

Nominees should have deep expertise in the conduct and support of clinical research and trials; a track record of relevant research funding; and significant experience leading multifaceted, multidisciplinary clinical research programs. Experience in novel study designs such as distributed clinical trials would be a plus.

Job Accountabilities

The ADCR and CRS Core Director report to the same individual, who serves as Vice Dean for Research in KSOM and Director of the SC CTSI. This governance structure allows full coordination between KSOM and SC CTSI in all matters related to clinical research. Specific accountabilities for the roles include:

conduct strategic planning and implement initiatives and programs to advance quality, efficiency and impact of clinical research at the Keck School.   expand capabilities to support and conduct clinical research in real world settings to engage patients and the diverse communities of Los Angeles in clinical research, promote effective education, training and career development for faculty and staff engaged in clinical research to ensure safe and quality research conduct, work with other research leaders to promote partnerships between basic and clinical researchers and between clinical and community researchers to advance translation from bench to bedside to community, expand the Keck School’s portfolio of sponsored clinical research, including investigator- and industry-initiated research, working with other offices at USC, enhance efficiency of clinical research processes while ensuring high levels of safety and regulatory compliance, promote a culture that values wellness, diversity and inclusiveness of research participants and the research workforce, oversee staff, budget and operations for clinical research in the Keck School’s Office of Research oversee the staff, budget and operations of the SC CTSI CRS core, represent the Keck School conferences, promote the school to external sponsors, and participate in national CTSA consortium activities related to clinical research support.

It is anticipated that the positions of ADCR and CRS Core Director will require approximately 50% effort, divided approximately equally between the two roles. The successful candidate will devote remaining effort to other faculty responsibilities in their academic department.

Job Qualifications

Education

Minimum

  • M.D. degree or equivalent
  • California medical license active or eligible

Preferred

  • Additional formal training (e.g., certificate program, M.S., Ph.D. or equivalent) in clinical research and/or clinical trials

Experience

Minimum

  • Academic accomplishments that would meet qualifications for faculty appointment as associate or full professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • At least ten years of experience conducting clinical research and/or clinical trials as a principal investigator, with track record of relevant funding and publications.
  • At least five years of experience in a leadership position overseeing programs(s) and managing teams in clinical research and/or clinical trial development and support.

Preferred

  • At least fifteen years of experience conducting clinical research and/or clinical trials as a principal investigator, with strong track record of relevant funding and publications.
  • At least ten years of experience in a leadership position overseeing programs(s) and managing teams in clinical research and/or clinical trial development and support.
  • Track record of scholarly work on the discipline of clinical research and clinical trials, with particular emphasis on novel trial designs and/or methodologies to enhance efficiency, speed and/or quality.
  • Track record of training and mentoring in clinical research and clinical trials.

Skill and Qualities

  • Deep understanding of clinical research and clinical trials, including regulatory requirements, study design and conduct, budgeting and contracting, and dissemination of results for real-world impact.
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, assemble, lead and manage research teams that are diverse in skills, backgrounds and world views.
  • Ability to work successfully to promote engagement, collaboration, and innovation across academic, health system, and community stakeholders.
  • Expert in developing and executing programs that are innovative, building on existing best practices and establishing new ones.
  • Committed to thoughtful, people-centered leadership, including ability to listen, engage others, and gain consensus while providing direction.
  • Experienced in navigating complex organizations.
  • Responsive and organized with strong oral and written communication skills.

The annual base salary range for this position is $325,000-$380,000.  When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

Application

Interested applicants should apply here and upload CV and cover letter with interests in and qualifications for the position. For further inquiries, please contact: Dr. Thomas Buchanan, Vice Dean for Research, Keck School of Medicine of USC (buchanan@usc.edu), with cc to Cort Brinkerhoff (cort.brinkerhoff@med.usc.edu):

The University of Southern California strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.  Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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