MBA or other equivalent advanced degree in a related field, at least five years of senior executive level experience with a non-profit organization with annual revenues of approximately at least $2 million, and relevant and current knowledge of medical research administration; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Record of successful fundraising and development initiatives highly desirable.
Job Description Summary:
The Executive Director / Chief Executive Officer (ED/CEO) of the Veterans Medical Research Foundation provides overall leadership, direction, and administration for all programs and services. Takes an active role in identifying, soliciting, and securing new research funding sources for the organization, which includes grants, cooperative research and development agreements (CRADA), as well as donation funding. Develops and maintains strong working relationships with principal investigators and their staff to ensure they are provided with appropriate support systems and responsive, quality service in the areas of grant preparation and management, project and fiscal accounting, human resources, information technology and other administrative functions. Works closely with the Board of Directors and VMRF’s leadership team to develop and update the Foundation’s vision and strategic plan. Implements and complies with policies set by the Board of Directors and applicable grantor, federal and state requirements, and serves as an authorized representative of the Board of Directors in all matters. Ensures fulfillment of contractual obligations, and adherence to all applicable federal, state and funding agency regulations. Conducts annual negotiations with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regarding indirect overhead rates. Fosters productive relationships with members of the VASDHS, VA Regional Counsel and other regional and national VA offices, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), National Institutes of Health, DHHS, and the National Association of Veterans Research and Education Foundations. Leads VMRF initiated facility planning activities. Stays abreast of the non-profit medical research arena and industry/market needs and shifts; recommends and implements modifications to meet changing needs; manages government relations. Researches successful programs to introduce new ideas to advance VMRF’s programs and financial well-being. Leads efforts and involves the Board of Directors to develop and implement activities and events to identify, solicit, involve and retain donors and funders. Develops and maintains quality community relations on behalf of the Foundation. Promotes an open communication system at all levels and develops and maintains a strong leadership and management team; supervises VMRF’s CFO, CHRO, IT Director, C&G Director, Legal Counsel/Contract Negotiation, Executive Assistant, and other assigned staff. May perform additional duties as required.