The Vice President of Research (VPR) reports to the Chief Academic Officer and oversees and directs all functions of the Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI). In that role, the VPR provides vision for growth and development of the research mission, fostering innovation and the advancement of biomedical knowledge that enhances the capabilities of MaineHealth (MH) in patient care activities and the overall health of the region.
The VPR works in partnership with research center directors, medical education, physician and staff leadership and MaineHealth IT to advance the research enterprise at MaineHealth.
The VPR oversees and directs the hiring of research-intensive faculty, the development of research space, major research equipment acquisitions and IT and technology services, as well as the building of interdisciplinary research programs.
The VPR oversees financial planning and the financial viability of MMCRI, and works in collaboration with Maine Medical Center Research Finance Office to develop, implement and manage the Institute’s budget.
The VPR is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of research administration, integrity and compliance.
The VPR’s goal is to attract and retain the most qualified basic, health services, population health, and clinical research professionals available by creating an environment where people of distinction, stature, and reputation will want to work.
The VPR strives to enhance the profile of the research faculty and staff within MaineHealth, the region and nationally, in part though intramural, interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations.
The VPR ensures that faculty, staff and trainees have access to state-of-the-art research training and education, and facilitates their participation in research activities across the breadth of biomedical investigation.
The VPR will be responsible for enhancing and promoting the clinical and translational research mission of MaineHealth by strengthening ties with the Tufts Clinic and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network (NNE-CTR).
- Provides leadership and vision for MMCRI and MH’s research programs, by stewarding and growing a thriving research portfolio through sponsored research, scientific collaboration and dissemination;
- Leads the design and development of innovative programs to enable the achievement of Maine Medical Center’s and MMCRI’s goals and priorities;
- Works collaboratively with clinical departments, service lines, and IT to promote growth of research programs that support institutional strategic objectives;
- Develops a high performing MMCRI staff and provides guidance and support for their career growth and professional development;
- Represents MMCRI through service and participations on boards, committees, panels, and conferences to represent organizational, health, and research interests at the local, regional, and national level;
- Assures system-wide research activities are aligned with Maine Medical Center’s and MaineHealth’s goals;
- Provides oversight of all aspects of MMCRI’s long-range planning and mission, direction, and objectives. Develops and fosters a diverse and meaningful scientific portfolio that results in a world class scientific program that translates into knowledge that improves health for a variety of stakeholders, including MaineHealth patients and our local communities;
- Provides scientific leadership and guidance to improve the research activities of others. Represents Maine Medical Center, MMCRI and MaineHealth at national groups and represents the interests of MMCRI to external funders;
- Develops and tracks measures of research productivity and seeks ways and venues to further disseminate and implement research findings;
- Promotes and facilitates the utilization of technical and analytic resources within the Research Institute, and in collaboration with IT, in the evaluation of health system data to advance scientific knowledge and clinical care;
- Facilitates intra-institutional cooperation and interactions with external research and academic partners to spur collaborative growth and research synergies;
- Serves as MaineHealth’s Research Integrity Officer (RIO) as well as the Institutional Official (IO) with oversight responsibility for the IRB, IACUC and IBC.
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- An M.D. or Ph.D. with a minimum of 10 years of research administrative experience in research, with progressive responsibilities.
- Demonstrated ability to lead, plan, organize, coordinate, and facilitate the work of large groups of working scientists.
- Interpersonal skills to effectively interact in delicate, sensitive, or complex situations; effective and persuasive presenter to a variety of audiences.
- Successful track record of leading an externally funded research program in the biomedical sciences.
- Scientific leadership experience in a health-related research setting.
- A recognized scientific leader as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications and direct contact with leaders in health care and research communities.
- Has a broad understanding of high-level goals and the ability to translate into effective action plans.
- Has experience communicating both technical and non-technical concepts with collaborators, stakeholders and community members.