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Vice President of Human Research Affairs Boston, MA

Partners HealthCare (Partners) invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President of Human Research Affairs. The Vice President of Human Research Affairs (HRA) reports to Partners’ Chief Academic Officer, Anne Klibanski, MD, and is responsible for the strategic planning, and oversight of the administration and operations of the Partners HRA office. The Vice President’s primary responsibilities are to ensure that all aspects of human research conducted by any of Partners HealthCare’s more than a dozen hospitals are carried out so that the rights and welfare of participants in research are protected and that Partners HealthCare and its hospitals are in compliance with institutional, state, local, and federal regulations governing human research. The Vice President leads the execution of the strategy to align the activities of the HRA office with these regulations and with the needs of researchers at the Partners institutions.


The next HRA Vice President will over see a system that currently is currently conducting 8,500 active human research protocols by 1,659 physician and PhD researchers. Amongst the top NIH funded independent hospitals in FY 2017, PHS’ founding members – Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s – ranked first  and second respectively. In recent years, Partners researchers have been affected by the tighter funding environment and thus, a greater push has been made to collaborate and receive more funding from private industry sponsors and other sources. While currently over 60% of Partners’ $1.6 billion in total research funding is from federal sponsors, private industry sponsors accounted for approximately 10% ($166 million) of that in FY 2017.


The next Vice President of HRA will bring an extensive background in and a keen understanding of the field of human research and related regulatory affairs.  With a passion for clinical investigation, proven success in strategic planning and implementation, and an in-depth knowledge of the regulations guiding clinical research, the next Vice President will be an experienced leader who is an accomplished mentor of clinical research professionals and professional staff.  This is a highly visible role. The Vice President will interface on a regular basis with other leadership within governmental agencies, and both not-for-profit and for profit entities, as well as with senior leadership across Partners. The Vice President will interact and collaborate with other senior administrators at PHS who oversee system-wide research and education infrastructures to support hospital based investigators. These include the Clinical Trials office, Innovation, Partners Personalized Medicine, Research Computing, Research Compliance, Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development.


Patricia Hastie is leading this search with Kahn Lee.


Partners HealthCare is an Equal Opportunity Employer & by embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, military service, genetic information, and/or other status protected under law.



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