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Henry Ford Health System Director-Cancer Research/Henry Ford Cancer Institute - One Ford Place in Detroit, Michigan


Reporting to the Henry Ford Cancer Institute (HFCI) Associate Director for Research and working as the dyad administrative partner with the Vice President and Executive Director, HFCI, the Director of Cancer Research is responsible for supporting development and implementation of strategies aimed at promoting HFCI Cancer Research including but not limited to: building collaborations with stakeholders to identify new opportunities and goals; promoting partnerships between Research Scientists and Clinicians; improving communication internally and externally; and enhancing the overall HFCI research profile. Ensures compliance with HFCI Membership expectations and standard processes. Performing other departmental administrative and financial duties as assigned.


  • Services as the administrative leader for HFCI research interfacing with the broader HFCI enterprise. This includes mandatory participation and engagement in HFCI related leadership councils and committee. Several of these include, but are not limited to, HFCI Clinical Council, HFCI Administrative Team Meetings, HFCI Huddle (all in addition to serving in a leadership and facilitator capacity of HFCI Research Committee and Cancer Research Advisory Group – also listed below)

  • Administratively oversees the functions of the HFCI research committee and Cancer Research Advisory Group and acts as an administrative liaison between these two committees.

  • Extensive partnership with the Clinical Trials Office physician/administrative dyad and the Precision Medicine Program physician/administrative dyad will be required to ensure alignment and progress of the broader HFCI research strategy with these two aspects of HFCI being major component pieces.

  • Provides administrative support for Associate Director of HFCI Research in efforts directed toward attaining “NCI-designation readiness”. These include, but are not limited to, developing strategies for increasing investigator NCI grant funding, working with clinical trials office to increase percent of cancer patients on clinical trials, and developing and supporting shared resources for cancer researchers.

  • Provides primary administrative responsibility with managing all aspects of the P30 program grant completion and preparedness ensuring that all requirements are met.

  • Works independently to manage complex projects involving coordination of crossfunctional teams; including but not limited to; managing development of IT infrastructure for HFCI resources (e.g., biorepository, bioinformatics, immunohistochemistry); cancer scientist recruitment efforts; web-site redesign.

  • Responsible for core resource interfacing including core resource management, administration, accounting, and reporting.

  • Provide written and verbal program status updates on a regular basis, including but not limited to, HFCI membership; member productivity in grants, publications, speaking engagements, etc.; research base accounting; maintenance of research grand rounds participation/attendance of members and other functions; accounting of ad hoc funding programs that support research activities; management of program leader appointments and support for program activities and inter/intra departmental collaborations.

  • Tracks and reports on performance metrics against objectives; develops work plans; addresses barriers to support successful implementation. Maintains a high level of responsibility for completion of projects.

  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with Marketing, Public Relations, and Philanthropy. Promote awareness and understanding of HFCI Cancer Research and disseminated cancer research-related news.

  • Develop tools and processes to cultivate new opportunities and relationships with external organizations

  • Performs benchmarking on HFCI Cancer Research Programs; develops year-end reports of HFCI research accomplishments

  • Coordinate and monitor accounting and budget system for HFCI Research.

  • Works closely with grants managers to perform administration of all internally awarded HFCI research grants including collection of progress reports and grant closeout.

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Health Care Administration or a related field. Master’s Degree in Business or Health Care Administration or related field, preferred. Three to five (3-5) years of progressive administrative experience.

  • Previous project management experience required; including leading initiatives that require coordination and cooperation from a multidisciplinary group.

  • Previous experience with core resource management.

  • Strategic planning experience preferred.

  • High energy; strong leadership, analytical, project planning and staff motivation/coordination skills to enable efficient, timely task completion of deliverables.

  • General understanding of the business and financial aspects of research, with particular emphasis on research conducted within integrated cancer centers.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to work and lead in a team environment with flexibility and adaptability

  • Effective interpersonal skills; ability to communicate effectively with all levels of management and staff across the System.

  • Must have excellent organizational skills.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including MS Access, MS Excel


    Henry Ford Health System, one of the largest and most comprehensive integrated U.S. health

    care systems, is a national leader in clinical care, research and education. The system includes

    the 1,200-member Henry Ford Medical Group, five hospitals, Health Alliance Plan (a health

    insurance and wellness company), Henry Ford Physician Network, a 150-site ambulatory

    network and many other health-related entities throughout southeast Michigan, providing a

    full continuum of care. In 2015, Henry Ford provided $299 million in uncompensated care.

    The health system also is a major economic driver in Michigan and employs more than 24,600

    employees. Henry Ford is a 2011Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. The

    health system is led by President and CEO Wright Lassiter III. To learn more, visitHenryFord.com.


    Whether it's offering a new medical option, helping you make healthier lifestyle choices or

    making the employee enrollment selection experience easier, it's all about choice. Henry

    Ford Health System has a new approach for its employee benefits program - My Choice

    Rewards. My Choice Rewards is a program as diverse as the people it serves. There are

    dozens of options for all of our employees including compensation, benefits, work/life balance

    and learning - options that enhance your career and add value to your personal life. As an

    employee you are provided access to Retirement Programs, an Employee Assistance Program

    (Henry Ford Enhanced), Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Time Off, Employee Health and Wellness

    and access to day care services at Bright Horizons Midtown Detroit, and a whole host of other

    benefits and services. Employee's classified as contingent status are not eligible for benefits.

    Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

    Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer Henry Ford Health System is committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, size, height, weight, marital status, family status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and genetic information, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.