The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) seeks an experienced and enthusiastic leader in sponsored research administration to be the next Director of Sponsored Research. Since its founding in 1929, The Jackson Laboratory, an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution, has helped to make people healthier by sharing its research findings, data, and mouse models with the global scientific community. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, its mission is simple, yet profound: We discover precise genomic solutions for disease and we empower the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health. With two additional campuses in Farmington, Connecticut and Sacramento, California, JAX leverages its almost nine decades of expertise in genetics and genomics to increase understanding of human disease—advancing treatments and cures for cancer, neurodegenerative and immune disorders, diabetes, aging, heart and infectious disease, among others. JAX employs over 1,800 staff members and more than 60 principal investigators from around the world who lead research teams in these disease areas. With an operating budget of $316 million, JAX receives 25% of its support from the National Institutes of Health, and other federal and state agencies. Private foundation grants, philanthropic contributions, and surplus revenue from the sale of JAX® Mice and related in vivo services further support the Laboratory’s research mission.
Stationed at JAX’s main campus in idyllic and coastal Bar Harbor, Maine, the Director reports to the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and also has significant accountability to the Vice President of Research. The Director oversees all functions of three diverse departments (Pre-award, Post-award, and Sponsored Project Accounting), a significant staff and is ultimately responsible for all pre-award and post-award activities for JAX research grants and contracts. The Director is expected to assist in the development and submission of grant proposals; coordinate all scientific and administrative reviews; manage the administration of institutional grants; oversee all sponsor technical reporting and relevant compliance requirements; and coordinate financial analytic support to faculty, including compliance with Uniform Guidance (formerly OMB A-133). The Director provides counsel to the faculty and research staff on program management and also provides counsel to the JAX leadership on sponsored programs and research strategic, administrative, financial, and resource allocation issues.
Ideally, the successful candidate for Director will bring most, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, characteristics, skills, experience, and personal qualities: proficiency generally obtained through at least ten years of relevant professional experience with at least five years experience in management of sponsored project administration; critical problem solving skills and creativity to balance effectively the needs of researchers, sponsors and the institution; ability to lead and motivate others towards the accomplishment of shared goals in support of JAX’s mission; previous supervisory experience; a broad working knowledge of Federal funding agencies (deep knowledge of NIH funding requirements is particularly valuable); comprehensive knowledge of research compliance domains including the protection of human subjects in research, humane care and use of animals, stem cell research, export controls, conflict of interest policies, and research integrity; experience in developing and implementing sound internal fiscal controls and familiarity with Uniform Guidance as well as subcontractor flow-downs; demonstrated history of fostering a culture of customer service; experience with strategic and institutional planning; and dedication to quality and accuracy in all aspects of his/her work. A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required and an advanced degree and/or relevant certification is preferable.
Dan Rodas and Rebecca Kennedy are leading this search with Jane McMahon.
The Jackson Laboratory has been and will continue to be an equal opportunity employer. To assure full implementation of this equal employment policy, they will take steps to assure that persons are recruited, hired, assigned and promoted without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, veteran’s status, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.