Director- COG Business Operations

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19146

Job Type: 

Req ID: 25561

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The Director, Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Business Operations is responsible for the administrative and financial operation of COG research administration at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute (CHOPRI). The Children’s Oncology Group is an international, unincorporated cooperative group comprised of legally independent member healthcare institutions and professionals and ancillary personnel that conduct clinical and laboratory research and studies related to cancers that affect infants, children, and young adults.


The Director will oversee research administrative functions on behalf of CHOP who serves as COG’s legal and fiscal agent. Responsibilities for COG support include oversight and management of: i) the submission of funding applications, negotiation and acceptance of award terms and conditions, and execution of subcontract agreements ii) the financial and business management of sponsored projects, iii) oversight of the COGent system, and iv) metric and benchmark reporting. A number of COG Support staff will report to the Director, including but not limited to Sponsored Projects Officers, Grants and Contracts Specialists, and Research Business Managers. The Director will coordinate operations with CHOP Research Finance, Sponsored Projects and Research Business Management, Office of General Counsel and the Office of Technology Transfer staff as it relates their support of the COG program. Serving as critical member of the Vice President, Research Administration & Operations team, the Director will serve as the lead on several initiatives to ensure a seamless and effective integration of all of COG’s administrative and fiscal operations at CHOP. Furthermore the Director will work very closely with executive stakeholders of COG and CHOP to include the COG Chair, COG Chief Operating Officer and COG Executive Director of Administration.

Job Responsibilities

1. Funding Applications, Negotiations and Subcontracts

  • Oversee the sponsored projects administration of COG funding, including representing the hospital to sponsors and subcontractees.
  • Supervise the negotiation of agreements, resolving issues through mediation and if necessary escalation of problematic agreements, so that business decisions will inform outcomes.
  • Serve on behalf of the hospital Trustees as institutional signature authority for COG sponsored projects.
  • Oversee review of funding applications to ensure conformity with relevant sponsor guidelines, federal regulations and hospital policies.


2. Financial and Business Management

  • Supervise the financial management of all sponsored project funding supporting COG, including grants, industry sponsored clinical trials, special purpose accounts, etc.
  • Provide oversight of the financial management of all sponsored grants and contracts in compliance with hospital policies, project deliverables and funder regulations.


3. Direct CHOP Research Administration Group in Support of COG

  • Represent CHOP as COG’s legal and fiscal agent to COG sites and sponsors
  • Develop and organize a comprehensive strategy to streamline the administrative and financial operations associated with COG research administration at CHOP
  • Communicate effectively across departments
  • Ensure seamless, efficient and transparent processes for the CHOP-based research administration infrastructure in support of COG.
  • Develop and maintain standard operating procedures specific to CHOP research administration’s support of COG.
  • Function as the expert for all aspects of the research administration infrastructure supporting COG and serve as the primary point of contact for COG grant PIs and COG staff seeking to resolve research administration queries/issues.
  • Serve as liaison to COG Operations and COG Foundation


4. Manage the COGent system

  • Ensure appropriate support for COG administrative and operational needs.
  • Serve as system owner. Oversee upgrades and assist in the successful integration with other systems, as required.


5. Develop, mentor, coach and support staff

  • Serve as a resource to the team to ensure challenges are addressed in an effective and efficient manner
  • Serve as liaison to Research Finance, Internal Audit, Research Compliance and other units as necessary
  • Develop and present reports and metrics staff productivity
  • Identify areas that are underserved and reallocate staff resources as necessary


6. Other Duties as Assigned

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree


Required Experience:

  • At least ten (10) years of experience in a research environment or management in an academic or higher education environment.
  • At least five (5) years management or supervisory experience. 

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: Master’s Degree in Business Administration


Preferred Experience:

Experience in cost analysis and budgeting or in sponsored projects management.

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Highly developed creative and managerial skills
  • Ability to function as a team leader
  • Ability to influence and direct others without direct authority
  • Demonstrated strategic and project management skills
  • Ability to function independently and resolve problems
  • A proven track record of providing excellent service in a complex organization.
  • Ability to learn regulatory policies, procedures and guidelines
  • In depth computer knowledge, familiar with spreadsheets and Microsoft packages

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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