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FTDC Assistant Director (Department of Neurology)

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 15, 2024

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

FTDC Assistant Director (Department of Neurology)

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
FTDC Assistant Director (Department of Neurology)

Job Profile Title
Manager D, Research

Job Description Summary
The Assistant Director will collaborate with the Clinical Research Program Lead to help oversee the day-to-day research operations of the Penn Frontotemporal Degeneration Center's (FTDC) federal, foundation, and philanthropic research portfolio, including the supervision of FTDC scientific research staff providing advice and guidance to FTDC directors and associated faculty researchers working within the Center, and managing all aspects of research personnel activity, including the development and use of training initiatives and standard operating procedures (SOP).

Job Description

The Assistant Director collaborates with the FTDC Co-Director(s) on strategy development and ensures that appropriate research strategies are aligned with institutional and project objectives. The Assistant Director will develop best practices, methods, techniques, and operational standards for research across the Penn FTD including ovesight of internal/external data sharing inititaves, data dictionary management, and maintenance of SOP protocols related to post-data/specimen acquisition materials.

The Assistant Director ensures streamlined and standardized processes, eliminates redundancies, and ensures sound financial stewardship of space, equipment and expenditures of federal, foundation, and philanthropic resources. The Assistant Director partners with the Neurology Business Office, the University's Office of Research Services, and other of finance and administration offices throughout the University as needed to manage federal, foundation, and philanthropic research budgets and ensure accurate allocation of personnel.

The Assistant Director develops and maintains collaborative partnerships and scientific initiatives with organizations and individuals both internal and external to the University, and acts as a liaison between and among key stakeholders (e.g., donors, academic partners, community members). The Assistant Director will support direct communication of FTDC and research priorities to these stakeholders to ensure execution of goals and milestones through regular meetings, status updates, and other written communications.

Where appropriate, the Assistant Director operationalizes and oversees the data collection, archival and reporting of data/specimen collection metrics. Assistant Director establishes data collection methodologies, data validation, and the implementation of reporting technologies and oversees preparation of annual progress reports s to ensure adherence to quality standards, operational best practices, and to identify potential risks.

The Assistant Director is responsible for participating in, the overall conceptualization, planning and execution of a coordinated program of scholarly and scientific research for the FTDC.

The Assistant Director supports educational activities associated with the FTDC including academic coordination of associated NIH T32 training grant activities and related coursework on topics relevant to FTDC.
  • Participate in grant-writing and other internal and external fundraising initiatives for the Center;
  • Additional activities to support the Center's research as appropriate.

  • Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and 5 to 7 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Position contingent upon funding.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $90,000.00 Annual Rate
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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