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Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona (US)
$95,000 - $150,000 per year; DOE
Date posted
Feb 27, 2024

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Position Type
Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Executive Director, Clinical Research Core Facilities & Operations

Arizona State University

Clinical Research Operations

Campus: Tempe



Job Description

As the Executive Director – Clinical Research Core Facilities & Operations, you will be responsible for the leadership, development, and management of all functions within Clinical Research Services portfolio working with a multi-disciplined team. You will have hands-on responsibility in building the clinical research services business plan and shaping the direction of the clinical research services to meet the needs of the growing clinical research enterprise.


Salary Range

$95,700 - $150,000 per year; DOE


Close Date



Essential Duties

  • Develop a Clinical Research Services business plan and get approval from leadership. Update as necessary.
  • Ensures compliance with internal SOPs and external regulatory standards.
  • Management of others and in building a fast-paced, empowered, dynamic team.
  • Coach, guide and review staff and their performance
  • Foster cross-functional collaboration, working seamlessly with internal teams to translate into tangible support and revenue generating activities.
  • Engage key external stakeholders to support the strategic growth/direction of clinical research.
  • Develops, analyzes, and reports performance metrics.
  • Sets operational goals, key performance indicators and targets.
  • Manages budget, forecasting, long-range planning.
  • Oversees clinical systems and any integrations with databases for execution of a clinical research project.
  • Responsible for overseeing all clinical research start-up activities through closure such as patient recruitment, screening, consenting, enrollment, retention, obtaining vitals, labs specimens, etc.
  • Ensures adequate staffing and effective scheduling.
  • Performs other related work as required.


Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND eight (8) years of related administrative experience which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.


Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of clinical research operation and laboratory processes
  • Experience in creating a team culture of camaraderie, integrity, and trust
  • Experience in effectively coordinating and integrating programs with others in departments, and organization.
  • Evidence in being a strong communicator – able to influence, negotiate, set expectations with a diverse team and with others throughout the organization.
  • Experience in overseeing the execution of clinical research activities
  • Demonstrated leadership, independent initiative to interpret and apply applicable regulations, policies, and procedures in a university or an agency funding or conducting research.
  • Experience building processes and strategies.
  • Experience in leading teams and creating talent.


Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse;
  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
  • Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing, and pulling up to 25 pounds.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions.
  • Drives University vehicle and/or cart to campus site.


Department Statement

For the ninth year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative school in the nation, recognizing the university's culture of groundbreaking research and partnerships, as well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all nine years the category has existed.


ASU Knowledge Enterprise advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and international development. Our success arises from solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research; an entrepreneurial approach that is embedded in every school and department; and a commitment to transform society in a positive way. To learn more about how Knowledge Enterprise is a place for your career to grow, visit


At Clinical Research Operations, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway. We value your unique background and perspective, and you may be just the right candidate for this position or other roles on our team.


Working at ASU has additional perks and OUTSTANDING benefits, which include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; ASU/UA/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to ASU recreation and cultural activities; and more. To estimate the value of your total compensation, please visit


ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit


AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.


Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


Notice of Availability of the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.


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ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.


Fingerprint Check Statement

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.


Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.


Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.


Resume and Cover Letter should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.


ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.


Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.


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