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Director, Research Administration

Work Schedule/Days:  Day / Monday - Friday
Employment Type:  Full-Time
Location:  Support II 
Requisition #:  82221



Every medical treatment available today was discovered through research. Children’s is dedicated to seeking new treatments, medical techniques, and methods of care to improve the health of children. Our researchers met challenges presented by COVID-19 head on in 2020, culminating in a No. 1 ranking for National Institutes of Health (NHI) funding among pediatric departments and many other notable achievements. The 2020 Research Report honors our great strides forward in breaking barriers and fighting for the future.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Children’s) is seeking a visionary and collaborative professional to join our team as Director, Research Administration.

The Director, Research Administration will work with the VP of Research to develop, lead, and manage research activities occurring within Children’s and via Children’s collaborative relationships in a manner that fosters a growing research environment, ensures compliance with regulatory agencies, and is in alignment with Children’s overall mission and strategic plan. The Director will also support the facilitation of research projects, including budget development, grant administration, contract facilitation, and ongoing compliance, while providing excellent leadership and people management.


  • Bachelor’s degree business, health care administration, or related health care field required


  • No professional certifications required


  • Minimum ten years’ experience in research administration in a health care or academic setting, with five years’ experience in a leadership role focused on research administration


  • MHA, MPH, or MBA
  • CRA, CHRC, CIP and/or CCRP certification
  • Demonstrated experience building cross-functional teams and creating shared team objectives, focus, and performance in a complex organization
  • Demonstrated experience in administration and provision of regulatory oversight of funded research, including NIH, private, and industry-sponsored research


  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations, policies, and guidelines governing research, including those governed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, federal Office of Research Integrity, FDA, and federal Office for Human Research Protections
  • Thorough knowledge of financial and internal control systems related to grants administration, including OMB circulars A-110, A-122, and A-133 and government auditing standards
  • Demonstrated excellent communication, analytical, organization, interpersonal, and leadership skills, as well as aptitude for conflict resolution, problem solving, and staff development
  • Strong background in research administration, developing and implementing tools for process improvement, and ability to create ad hoc reports
  • Active participation on system-level committee, such as HIOC, information security guiding team, research and academic guiding team


  1. Participates as a member of Children's Research Enterprise Leadership team through participation on Research Operations Council and Research Advisory Council.
  2. Oversees and manages personnel involved with the Human Research Protections Program, including Institutional Review Board and Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement,
  3. Oversees and manages personnel associated with grants and contracts operations including pre-award, post-award and research compliance programs 
  4. Provides oversight for the clinical trials management system.
  5. Collaborates with corporate compliance staff to maintain the research compliance program.
  6. Facilitates communication with federal agencies, such as the Office of Human Research Protection, as required.
  7. Provides education (key business policies, processes, and guidelines at Children’s; policy and regulation updates, etc.) at system faculty-level meetings.
  8. Maintains collaborative relationships with academic partners, including Emory, Georgia Tech, and Morehouse.  
  9. Serves as a co-leader in Pediatric Institute strategy, process improvement and quality improvement initiatives (Weekly Huddle meetings, Deep Dive, PI Workgroup, etc.)
  10. Participates in development of board-level reporting for Research Enterprise.
  11. Conducts research productivity reporting (Research Scorecard, business process turnaround times) and maintains metrics applicable to responsible work units.
  12. Maintains continued AAHRPP accreditation of IRB.
  13. Develops annual research QA/QI and education plan.
  14. Promotes staff engagement and retention.
  15. Oversees compliance with institutional agreements of academic partners (Master Research Agreements, IRB reliance, etc.).
  16. Supports faculty recruitment and program development processes including development agreements and financial plans for transfer of grants and recruitment packages.
  17. Identifies operational problems, issues, obstacles and barriers across all projects and recommends/implements solutions based on established metrics, audit reports, input from project leaders, faculty, statisticians, project team members, business development staff and sponsors.
  18. Supports strategic planning process with a focus on research administration including, identifying and implementing methodology for tracking and process improvement. Work closely with department leadership and principal investigators to assess their future direction and immediate concerns.


Safety: Practices proper safety techniques in accordance with hospital and departmental policies and procedures. Responsible for the reporting of employee/patient/visitor injuries or accidents, or other safety issues to the supervisor and in the occurrence notification system.


Compliance: Monitors and ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements, organizational standards, and policies and procedures related to area of responsibility. Identifies potential risk areas within area of responsibility and supports problem resolution process. Maintains records of compliance activities and reports compliance activities to the Compliance Office.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified.


Ability to lift up to 15 lbs independently not to exceed 50 lbs without assistance
Bending/Stooping - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)
Climbing - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)
Hearing/Speaking - Effective communication with employees, supervisors/managers and staff. Effective communications with patients and visitors, as required.
Lifting - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)
Pushing/Pulling - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)
Sitting - Constantly (activity or condition exists 2/3 or more of time)
Standing - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)
Walking - Occasionally (activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of time)


Some potential for exposure to blood and body fluids


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, 20 neighborhood locations and a total of 673 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 60 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 recognized as a Fortune 100 Best Place to Work, a Best Place for Working Mothers, and as a top employer for diversity and millennials.  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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Address:  1575 Northeast Expressway, Bldg 2, Atlanta, GA  30329
Function:  Leadership/Management - Director/Senior Director

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta

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