• Director, Therapeutics Operations

    Job ID 2019-33669
    Area of Interest
    Location Name
    Olive Lab at MPW
    FTE/Hours per pay period
    1.0 FTE (80 hours per bi-weekly pay periods)
    Work Status
    Research Institute Admin
    Day Shift
    Primary Location : City
    Primary Location : State/Province
  • About Us

    Hope. Care. Cure. These three simple words capture what we do at Seattle Children’s – to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.  Are you ready to engage with a mission-driven organization that is life-changing to many, and touches the hearts of all? #HOPECARECURE


    As one of the nation's top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children's Research Institute is dedicated to providing hope, care, and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.

    Our investigators are involved in hundreds of projects that cover every phase of research, from studying how diseases work to improving investigational therapies. They have pioneered groundbreaking cystic fibrosis treatments and cutting-edge cancer therapies that help a child's immune system defeat cancer, and made other major contributions to pediatric medicine. 


    Researchers work in close collaboration with one another, their colleagues at partner institutions including the University of Washington and Fred Hutch and our healthcare providers at Seattle Children's Hospital, one of U.S. News & World Report’s top children's hospitals. This collaboration is one of our key strengths, allowing our faculty to draw on a variety of disciplines and techniques as they pursue solutions to some of medicine's most complex problems.


    We are committed to not only treating disease but to eliminating it. Help us achieve our vision of being a worldwide leader in pediatric research aimed to improve the health and well-being of children. If you are interested in a challenging career aimed at groundbreaking research, Seattle Children's Research Institute is the place for you.


    Seattle Children’s is seeking a Director of Therapeutics to provide operational leadership through high quality implementation of end-to-end business functions for the Therapeutics division.  The Therapeutics division will be the overarching business operation that houses the immunotherapy efforts that transform the way pediatric cancers are treated.  These efforts can cure the disease without the long-term effects that diminish survivors’ quality of life.  This Seattle-based position will facilitate the Therapeutics Business Council, bringing together leaders from across the Immunotherapy Integration Hub (IIH) and CureWorks (CW) to create and implement operational strategy that support the Institute’s business objectives.  Seattle Children’s is an international leader in the effort to better treat cancer in children, adolescents, and young adults by equipping the immune system with the ability to recognize cancer cells as targets.  This type of therapy activates and increases the number of anti-cancer immune cells within the body.


    BUSINESS OPERATIONS:  Develop, implement, and direct an integrated business operations group that provides broad operational services supporting the therapeutics program including operations that span multiple sites with a multi-disciplinary focus.  Provide end-to-end business operations support including financial management, fiscal regulatory management, business management, recruitment, and equipment purchasing.  Set strategy and execute external/internal communications plans and initiatives that support the Therapeutics business strategic goals and objectives.  Develop short and long-range strategy to successfully manage a dynamic workload in an evolving organization, anticipate and meet evolving stakeholder and customers’ expectations, utilize maximum use of resources, and conduct business in an open and transparent manner.  Measure and improve customer satisfaction outcomes by applying system-wide tools and practices.  Empower business staff in identifying barriers to work flow and provide problem solving tools and methodologies to improve processes and meet goals.  Implement systems that collect data and develop metrics that provide for process measurement and identify improvement opportunities.  Utilize SDI Management Systems in a manner that meets lean system goals and methodologies.  Leads efforts to continually improve quality, cost, safety and engagement.


    LEAD THE REVENUE ATTAINMENT STRATEGY: Working with IIH/CW leadership, conduct sophisticated revenue modeling to determine how to meet annual revenue goals and fund annual plans and priorities. Work with IIH leaders to refine plans and priorities to align plans with resources to maximize impact. Responsible for determining business strategy for meeting revenue goals and delivering results to achieve agreed upon goals.


    IMPROVEMENT & INNOVATION:  Support change management as the Therapeutics division transitions through start up and build out phases.  Provide education, mentoring, and coaching to leaders and team members on the application of lean principles.  Ensure the creation and continual evolution of visibility systems throughout Therapeutics as a means of (a) communicating operational demand, (b) alerting management to problems through an environment of escalation, (c) identifying areas for improvement, and (d) continuously engaging teams.


    FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT:  Create and direct the preparation, implementation, and management of operational, business development, and core services budgets and resources to meet organizational priorities.  Acknowledge and manage competing interests and broader needs of the organization.  Develop and implement best practices and improve the quality, reliability, and timeliness of outcomes.  Provide financial analysis for long-range financial and capital planning and for other organizational initiatives. 


    PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT: Collaborate with leadership and staff to develop, deliver, and sustain quality within the department and throughout the organization.  Continually assess and improve quality and efficiency by identifying and monitoring quantitative indicators for the quality, efficiency, access, and effectiveness of work tasks.  Utilize “plan, do, check, act” to hardwire quality improvement as an on-going expectation of departmental operation.  Seek comparisons to benchmarks and best practices.



    Required Education/Experience:
    - Master's Degree in Health or Business Administration, Finance, Business Management or related field.
    - Minimum of ten (10) years increasingly responsible leadership experience of a multi-disciplinary, multi-functional operations team in a fast-paced biotechnology or high technology setting.
    - Demonstrated strategic planning experience and ability to lead in an environment of rapid change.
    - Proven leadership experience and demonstrated competency and capability in effective use of CPI methodology.

    - Management experience in fast-paced biotechnology/tech environment.
    - Management experience in start-up phase organizations.
    - Change management experience.


    Seattle Children’s Research Institute provides a competitive compensation and benefits package including relocation assistance.  Located in one of North America’s fastest growing cities, we provide outstanding opportunities for urban and peninsula living as well as unlimited opportunities for recreation and leisure.

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    Our community welcomes diverse experiences, backgrounds, and thoughts as this is what drives our spirit of inquiry and allows us to better connect with our increasingly diverse patients and families. Our organization recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


    The people who work at Seattle Children’s are members of a community that seeks to respect and celebrate all the qualities that make each of us unique. Each of us is empowered to be ourselves within this community, which cultivates and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels.


    Seattle Children’s is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Workplace and Affirmative Action Employer.


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