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Executive Director, NextGen Precision Health

University of Missouri
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 15, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
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NextGen Precision Health

Executive Director
University of Missouri

The University of Missouri -Columbia (Mizzou or MU), the flagship, land-grant, comprehensive research university of the University of Missouri System (UM System), seeks an Executive Director for NextGen Precision Health Initiative. The successful candidate will build collaborations across all disciplines; coordinate faculty recruitment in strategic research areas among departments and colleges as outlined by research growth plans; and drive new strategic initiatives to enhance the UM System research mission, especially MU’s mission as a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). This individual will be instrumental in efforts to define research initiatives that drive creative and scholarly works.

Founded in 1839, MU is a research one (R1) university and one of only 66 public institutions in the prestigious AAU. The state’s largest university, Mizzou, offers more than 300 degrees and certificates to nearly 31,000 students, including almost 6,000 graduate students and 1,200 professional students, and employs more than 13,000 people including more than 2,000 faculty. As a truly comprehensive institution, Mizzou offers a full constellation of schools and colleges that collectively serve as vital knowledge centers for the entire state. The university also contains a robust, successful clinical and research medical enterprise, including the University of Missouri Health Care , the leading health care provider in mid-Missouri. As a land-grant institution, Mizzou also maintains the State’s Extension and Engagement Program, providing access to the university’s resources and expertise in all 114 Missouri counties.

MU is in the midst of an aggressive and successful push to elevate research expenditures to enhance economic development from discoveries and innovation. Expenditures have grown from $193M in FY15 to $389M in FY21 (62% growth in the last decade) and awards have grown to $376M from 1474 different awards during that same time. Both expenditures and awards continued to climb and maintain a positive, steep trajectory. Since 2018, the increase in the value of submitted proposals per faculty is 84% and MU currently has $388 million in total expenditures, moving the institution up 22 spots to 67th among the nation’s leading research universities. A robust infrastructure of core facilities and research centers exist, offering researchers shared resources to elevate the impact of their work. This includes the 10-megawatt MU Research Reactor, the most powerful university research reactor in the United States.

MU’s current momentum is significant, and the University is taking important strides to ensure a strategic focus with targeted, significant investments. To forge this path, the University has launched MizzouForward , a transformational blueprint and Mizzou’s boldest investment ever in its people and programs. MizzouForward’s investments have started to accelerate MU’s research performance, strengthen its AAU status and educate the next generation of leaders.

MU’s research infrastructure is also expanding. The university’s goal is to put together resources so its faculty can continue to compete for federal research grants at the highest level. The UM System’s number one capital priority the past two years was developing the NextGen Precision Health Initiative, a collaborative entity that is focused on discovery research that can help mitigate the diseases that impact health internationally. The University seeks an inaugural Executive Director to utilize this groundbreaking facility and the team science it supports to achieve unexpected research breakthroughs. The Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building is just the beginning of how we plan to elevate our research ingenuity.

On the health care campus, a new Children’s Hospital opening in 2024 will integrate into NextGen’s mission. Mizzou is also creating new research facilities, including a veterinary diagnostic lab, influenza center and lab for infectious disease research, among others. The university is looking to expand its capabilities in nuclear medicine as well. Two key expansions are underway, including a $20 million investment for the MU Research Reactor West and a $27 million investment by the Department of Energy to build a Radio Isotope Science Center. Completion of both is expected by 2024.

In the past 5 years, 16 Mizzou startup companies were created with MU licensed technologies and companies signed 200 license and option agreements, producing $33M in revenue for MU while generating profound impacts on local and state economies. A recent study conducted by Tripp Umbach found Mizzou contributed $5 billion to Missouri’s economy from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021. That impact starts with people. MU currently supports nearly 50,000 direct and indirect jobs, both full-time and part-time — and our 153,000-plus alumni who live and work in Missouri have an additional $27 billion yearly impact on our State’s economy.

Overall Responsibilities:
  • Develop and implement the next steps for NextGen with a comprehensive strategy for dynamic growth of the NextGen Precision Health Initiative that will establish clear pathways for continued success in research, innovation, economic development and cutting-edge discoveries.
  • Create a comprehensive NextGen Precision Health program with NextGen scientists, both in the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building and throughout the MU Columbia campus and the other three UM campuses, to develop and promote precision health research of all types including laboratory science, clinical trials, population health and dissemination/implementation science. This program will engage stakeholders from all four campuses and from across our communities. In addition, the program will engage with industry to bring cutting edge drugs, devices, and biomarker research to the MU campus as part of the NextGen Precision Health Initiative. Programming will focus on accelerating basic and translational research that can ultimately improve the health of Missourians, the region and beyond.
  • Promote the NextGen Discovery Series and charge the committee in selecting diverse speakers for the Series that stimulate interest and address the goals of the Initiative.
  • Jointly oversee the operation of the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building with the Vice Chancellor for Research. The Associate Director will jointly report to the Executive Director and the Vice Chancellor for Research.
  • Develop a comprehensive strategy for the growth (e.g., in scale, AAU tier 1 grant success, cross-campus engagement, etc.) of the NextGen Precision Health Initiative. The ED will also be responsible for budgetary oversight of initiative funds (see below).
  • Develop a communication plan for the Initiative and expertly communicate the vision of the initiative to scientists, non-scientists, alumni and the public.
Important Collaborations and Milestones:
  • Work closely with the leaders of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) partnership between Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Missouri and have a role in co-developing joint programs with the WashU Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) leaders. The Executive Director should envision the infrastructure of the NextGen initiative as a blueprint towards goal of MU submitting a freestanding NIH CTSA application in the next 5 to 10 years.
  • Assist the leaders of the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in developing and expanding a cancer research program so that MU can become a NCI recognized Center, initially in partnership with Washington University’s Siteman Cancer Center, but eventually with a goal of MU obtaining our own NCI designation in 10 years.
  • Assist leaders of the Alzheimer’s disease program at MU to develop and expand research in this area and obtain a NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Center grant in 10 years.
  • Assist other research leaders in select NextGen focus areas to develop and obtain large, multi-faceted NIH funded center and program project awards (U54, P30 etc.).
Reporting Relationships and Administrative Support:

The Executive Director will:

  1. Report directly to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs (EVCHA) with a dotted line reporting relationship to the Vice Chancellor for Research.
  2. Receive a personal startup package to bring their research team to MU to maintain their research program.
  3. Manage funding to develop the Initiative. The funds can be used to assist chairs/deans with recruitment packages for precision health scientists throughout the campus and UM System. The Executive Director will be responsible for providing an annual budget report to the EVCHA and an annual state of the NGPHI report to the EVCHA.
  4. Lead a team that includes faculty leaders in key topic areas, program leaders in bioinformatics, team science programming, education, genomics and implementation science, a communications specialist, a senior executive assistant, and the Associate Director with additional staff for operations.

  • Senior, established, federally funded researcher and will hold the rank of Professor who has tenure or would be eligible for tenure at the University of Missouri.
  • Terminal degrees may be PhD, MD, DO or MD-PhD with a health-related focus. Preferred areas of professional expertise include oncology, neuroscience, cardiovascular health, metabolic disorders, reproductive health, infectious disease, and genomics.
  • Track record of leading large-scale federal research projects and conducting/encouraging team science research enterprises.
How to Apply:

The University anticipates this appointment starting in the Fall of 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applicant material is requested to be received by June 1, 2022. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Candidates should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and/or Resume, and one-page summary of research administration experiences. The University of Missouri values diversity and is committed to working towards achieving equity and inclusion within all its programs.

Inquires, nominations and applications may be sent in confidence to the University’s executive search partner:

Tim McIntosh,

Senior Director of Recruitment

University of Missouri System

The City of Columbia , home of the University of Missouri, has been consistently rated as one of the most desirable places to live and work in the United States. This college city of 113,000+ residents have the best of both worlds – small-town convenience and warmth with urban sophistication and amenities. Located halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City, the city boasts affordable housing, moderate cost of living, diverse cultural and economic opportunities, and excellent public schools.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:
Vaccination Statement

After careful consideration of COVID-19 virus trends and the overwhelming evidence of COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness, the School of Medicine, along with MU Health Care, the Sinclair School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions, recently announced the decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations by Oct. 1, 2021, for all employees, unless granted a medical or religious exemption.

All new hires will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to your start date. If you would like to request a medical or religious exemption, you must do so upon acceptance of employment so our team has time to review prior to your scheduled start date. You will not be allowed to begin work until you have submitted proof of vaccination or received an approved medical or religious exemption.

Thank you for helping us to create the safest environment possible for our colleagues, students and our patients by protecting yourself and others through COVID-19 vaccination.

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