Director, Center Business Operations

Job ID 2021-39993
Area of Interest
Location Name
Jack R MacDonald Building
FTE/Hours per pay period
1.0 FTE (80 hours per bi-weekly pay periods)
Work Status
Center Business Operations
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.


This position will oversee our Center for Childhood Health, Behavior, and Development and the Center for Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine. The researchers in the Center for Childhood Health, Behavior, and Development are working with families, communities, schools and healthcare providers to translate research findings into action. The goal of the researchers in the Center for Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine  is to heal damage caused by childhood developmental abnormalities and acquired illnesses by studying the body's response to injury. The ideal candidate is an experienced leader in research administration with experience in clinical and basic science research and with broad experience managing teams/research projects using lean methodologies and visibility tools to guide decision-making.


The Director, Center Business Operations provides leadership and directs the day-to-day center business operations. Working closely with the VP for Center Business Operations, Center Directors, and leaders across Seattle Children’s to direct the development and execution of operational goals, monitors and analyzes performance metrics, and ensures researchers are financially sustainable. Responsible for monitoring assigned Center(s) business research portfolio, ensuring compliance with applicable regulatory standards and organizational goals and priorities. Provide leadership to develop, implement and oversee infrastructure to enhance research at Seattle Children’s.


Seattle Children's Employer Highlights:
- Leader in Pediatric Care: Because of our people, Seattle Children’s is recognized as a leading teaching, research and specialty care center at the forefront of pediatric care.
- Competitive Benefits: We support a healthy work–life balance. Our benefits include employee care, paid time off, health insurance and retirement savings.
- Transportation Discounts: Company bike program, on-site zip cars, unlimited ORCA transit pass, daily commute bonus provided to staff who us alternate methods of travel to/from work, company vanpools.
- Diversity/Inclusion: We strive to maintain an atmosphere that reflects our values of inclusion by providing effective and respectful care compatible with each patient and family's beliefs, values, and heritage.


Required Education/Experience:
- Master's Degree in Health Administration, Public Administration, Business Management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Minimum of five (5) years increasingly responsible experience in a complex research/healthcare setting, including at least three (3) years managing staff.
- Minimum of seven (7) years experience in research administration, including pre- and post-award management experience with NIH and/or federal grants and contracts, private foundation grants and awards, and industry-sponsored research and clinical trial agreements.
- Demonstrated ability to lead in an environment of rapid change.
- Proven leadership experience with Lean methodology.

Required Credentials:

- Certified Research Administrator.
- Academic Medical Center Experience.


In accordance with new Washington law for healthcare workers, Seattle Children’s requires that all staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on or before October 18, 2021, or before beginning employment for start dates after October 18th.

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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