The Executive Director (ED), Administration reports and provides direct support to the Salk Cancer Center (CC) Director as a high-level advisor. This new position will be a key member of the Salk CCâ™s executive leadership team and is responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives and objectives of the Salk CC. Working closely with the CC Director, Associate Director of Administration (AD Admin), and other senior leaders, the ED will serve as the lead administrative officer responsible for growth opportunities in cancer research, coordinating and facilitating grant writing, fundraising (in collaboration with Salk External Relations), and outreach for the Salk CC consistent with the NCI Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG). This position will represent the Salk CC Director in public settings, including scientific, philanthropic, and other events.
In alliance with the Salk CC Director: develop, promote, and execute an integrated strategic plan and scientific vision to enhance the programsâ™ productivity and scientific collaborations; initiate and nurture critical partnerships throughout the Salk CC research enterprise and with external stakeholders; enhance inter-institutional interactions and corporate engagement. Communicate with the NCI Office of Cancer Centers for all Salk CC CCSG functions. Assist Salk CC Director with scientific/technical writing of the CCSG Research Plan (Overview); Leadership, Planning, and Evaluation component, and Program sections of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) annual submissions and P30 CCSG renewal in 2023.
Collaborate with Salk Institute Grants office to facilitate creation of additional collaborative programmatic grant applications from NCI as required by the CCSG. Work closely with Salk CC Director and Director for Research Development to identify additional cancer-related funding opportunities outside of the NCI with the goal of enabling competitive individual and team research and facilitating research excellence; assist in grant ideation and completion. Provide leadership in building and maintaining government (local and state) and private sector relationships that enhance the Salk CC mission and secure funding from these entities.
In partnership with the AD Admin: oversee/manage CCSG research programs, shared resources, training and education, community outreach and engagement, and grant management; lead regular meetings among Salk CC leadership/members to communicate administrative and scientific developments; direct and implement all processes for the NCI CCSG site visit in 2023 and annual CC External Advisory Board (EAB) visits; review and prepare CC member bio-sketches as needed for RPPR and CCSG submission; recruit internal/external scientific reviewers for all CCSG pilot programs and the philanthropic Padres Pedal the Cause (PPTC)/Cancer Centers Council (C3) pilot grants to ensure transparency and stewardship and support scientific rigor; develop Cancer Research Career Enhancement and Related Activities (CRCERA) core activities; assist in authorship of CRCERA sections of the RPPRs and P30 CCSG; participate with Postdoctoral Office in creation of pre- and post-doctoral cancer fellows database and longitudinal tracking. Additional objectives include: develop and enhance linkages among the consortium institutions and partners to nurture and expand the scientific and translational research collaboration potential and to facilitate institutional interactions in support of cancer research.
In alliance with the Salk CC Director: regularly engage and report to C3 consortium members, PPTC executive board, and the EAB on progress/challenges and proactively monitor/track data to ensure targets/goals are achieved; support in Cancer Center Faculty searches and recruitment.
In collaboration with Salk Institute Communications department: assist in creation and updating of Salk CC website and cancer-related news story content.
Work with Salk Institute External Relations in support of philanthropic efforts, advising and supporting development strategies to raise funds for specific initiatives. Working with CC faculty, develop program content and slides for Conquering Cancer Initiative (CCI) external relations events (i.e., Conquering Cancer Summit, CCI lunch series, specific CCI events); review/update bio-sketches for CCI-related promotional events; create content for CCI-related handouts, programs, websites; provide updated strategic plan for presentation to Conquering Cancer Advisory Committee; serve as lead with coordinating the Bench to Bedside to Bench Seminar series (twice a year) launched by the CCI.
As needed, assist Salk CC Director in the writing/editing and ad-hoc review of scientific data for manuscript submissions, position papers, and presentations.
Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.
Masterâ™s degree in public health or related field (i.e., basic sciences).
Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Doctor of Philosophy(PhD)
Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
Successful completion of the Instituteâ™s background investigation.
Salk scientists are dedicated to innovative biological research. The Salk Institute consistently ranks among the leading research institutions in the world for its faculty's contributions and the impact of their findings. Focused both on discovery and on mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes and infectious diseases by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines. "We lead biological research. We prize discovery. Salk is where cures begin."Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, the Salk Institute offers a warm, collegial and collaborative work environment, where employees enjoy a generous benefits program. Social activities on campus encourage interaction as a community.