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Vice President Research and Academic Administration

Work Schedule/Days:  Day / Monday - Friday 
Employment Type:  Full-Time


The Vice President, Research and Academic Administration is responsible for leading and managing Children’s academic programs and research partnerships. This leader manages research relationships with Emory University, Georgia Tech, and other institutional partners in a way that aligns with Children's mission, vision, values, and strategic objectives.


S/he also partners with academic and clinical leaders within Children’s to guide academic research strategies and develop innovative approaches for research and teaching.


The Vice President, Research and Academic Administration oversees and team of nearly 75 research administrators and staff and reports to the SVP, Academic Administration and Finance and to the Chief Research Officer of Children’s. The position has four direct reports including: Director of Research Administration, Director of Clinical Research, Manager of Technology Transfer, and the Manager of Graduate Medical Education.


  1. Partner with Chief Academic Officer, Chief Research Officer, and Chief Teaching officer to guide academic strategy and implementation plans.
  2. Serve as the primary liaison for academic partner relationships, including research and graduate medical education.
  3. Foster and enhance the working relationships between Children's and all academic partners.
  4. Lead the innovative development and management of collaborative academic initiatives between Children's and its academic partners.
  5. Partner with the Emory + Children’s Pediatric Institute Executive Director (Chief Academic Officer) and the Chief Research Officer regarding the management of pediatric research and related administrative operations.
  6. Partner with the Vice Presidents of Physician Practices to enhance and improve integration between the academic missions and clinical operations.
  7. Provide oversight and direction for research activities occurring between Children's, research sponsors, and institutional partners, including efficient administration of contracting, grants, and compliance with government regulatory agencies.
  8. Provide oversight and direction for Medical Student and Graduate Medical Education including strategic planning and fiscal management.
  9. Oversight of the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer function for Children’s.
  10. Partner with Children's Finance to drive efficiency in academic infrastructure between Children's and academic partners and develop a comprehensive financial analysis package.
  11. Partner with the Chief Compliance Officer to monitor academic policies and procedures for compliance with all regulatory agency requirements and standards affecting the system.
  12. Support the Chief Academic Officer in governance-related activities related to the Children’s Pediatric Research Trust and the Emory + Children’s Pediatric Institute Board.


  • At least ten (10) years of experience in progressively larger roles in healthcare organizations and/or universities with progressive experience in leading diverse clinical research and the associated administrative functions.
  • Experience managing and administering a clinical trials portfolio is required.


Bachelor's Degree in business administration, finance, healthcare administration, or related healthcare field. Master’s degree or advanced degree in business or a healthcare field is strongly preferred.


  • Demonstrated proficiency in communication (written and spoken), building effective relationships, resolving conflict, strategic evaluation and planning, financial analysis, conflict resolution, and problem solving.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in leading and balancing inter-institutional collaboration.
  • Demonstrated ability in leading high performing teams and developing future leaders and high performers.
  • Strong organizational, communication, presentation, leadership, conflict resolution, and project management skills.
  • History of building and fostering trusting, sustainable relationships, both internally and externally.
  • Able to collaborate and partner with other subject matter experts and business leaders.
  • Can effectively cope with change and easily shift gears. Willing to shift between strategy, design, and delivery. A track record of doing whatever is needed to get the job accomplished.
  • Highly effective in ambiguous environment and able to produce maximum results with little direction and guidance.
  • Practical in approach—has a natural orientation to getting things accomplished quickly in a high quality way and maximizes results with the available budget.
  • Self-motivated and directed, possessing an ability to motivate others.
  • Ability to manage multiple complex assignments with proven ability to assess competing priorities in a high energy, fast paced environment.
  • Strong business acumen, client-service, and results orientation.
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, PowerPoint and MS Project.


Certification in Healthcare Research Compliance and /or Research Administration is strongly preferred.


  • Successful experience in leading teaching administration, such as graduate medical education programs preferred.
  • Experience managing an intellectual property portfolio is preferred.
  • Experience in a pediatric setting is preferred, but not required.


About Us:

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent committed to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow.

With 3 hospitals, 28 neighborhood locations and a total of 638 beds, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 70 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Children’s has been ranked on Fortune magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” for thirteen consecutive years and named one of the “100 Best Companies” by Working Mother magazine. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefit package that supports our mission, vision and values. We are proud to offer an array of programs and services to our employees that have distinguished us as a best place to work in the country. Connect to our mission of making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. 

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Requisition #:  30235     
Location:  Office Park (1584)  -  1584 Tullie Circle, Atlanta, GA  30329
Function:  Leadership/Management - Executive

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta

Job Segment: Medical, Medical Research, Clinical Research, Executive, VP, Healthcare, Management