Assistant Director, Cancer Career Development and Education - Military Veterans

at Duke University and Duke University Health System

Durham, North Carolina

School of Medicine:


Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.


Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.



Organizational Summary

The Duke Cancer Institute [DCI] has a cross-institutional oncology infrastructure to facilitate and foster basic, clinical and translational research through integration of programmatic research and disease group areas with shared resources across the University and Duke University Health System [DUHS].  The DCI is part of the School of Medicine [SOM] and reports up to the Dean of the School of Medicine, and the President of DUHS.  It is the institutional home for the Cancer Center Support Grant [CCSG] and funded by the National Cancer Institute [NCI].   


Occupational Summary

Provide operational management and leadership for the Cancer Research Career Development and Education program [CRCDE]; a key requirement in the NCI CCSG designation. This position manages the steering committee including development and implementation of the strategic plan, monitors and measures the success of the mentor and trainee activities, and develops reports for leadership.

Oversees portfolio of program management activities and communications.  Directs a variety of complex and independent activities involved in the success of the program.

Manage the training grants and career development activities related to cancer or associated with DCI, including curriculum planning and designing new initiatives, metrics for trainee success including publications, coursework, outreach activities and career outcomes.  Provide oversight of funding partnerships.  Facilitate mentorship programs for pre-doctoral, PhD, and MD trainees who are eligible to apply for fellowships.  Coordinate faculty mentorship activities and career development awards programs.

Collaborate closely with the CRCDE Associate Director faculty to implement and manage the program.   


Work Preformed

Program Management 

Collaborate across the institution with colleagues, partners, stakeholders and leadership to create, grow and sustain the directives of the CCSG workforce development including fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration to support basic, clinical and translational research through integration of programmatic research areas and resources across the institution.

Develop and implement processes to foster and sustain cross-institutional collaboration in basic, clinical and translational research while eliminating redundancy and duplication of effort and resources.

Manage systems and processes to provide metrics on the CRCD’s activities and programs.  Develop reports and analyzes, make appropriate recommendations, and draw conclusions in presentations for leadership, committees, grants, and site visits.   

Convene and manage all CRCDE meetings; communicate activities to leadership and stakeholders.

Be an active partner in all NCI DCI-CCSG training grant applications.  Develop and write grant applications to support training programs at all levels, including secondary school summer training, undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate.

Monitor the progress and performance of all CRCDE projects to assure quality of provided services, timeliness of deliverables, compliance with regulatory requirements, and adherence to financial targets.

Monitor budget including infrastructure and project expenditures.  Develop strategies to meet budget expectations and streamline costs for deliverables.


Strategic Development 

Expand and enhance the education and training capability of the DCI.  Promote interaction and training across basic, clinical and population sciences.  Develop strong training experiences for students pursuing cancer-focused research.

Implements and leads strategies to integrate trainees into the research and community outreach and engagement programs of DCI.

Provide operational leadership essential to the development and implementation of the CRCDE strategic plan to ensure long-term sustainability and alignment with the DCI Strategic Plan.

Develop and implement strategies to establish robust and active partnerships.  Assist with donor proposals, provide progress reports. 

Develop and implement strategies to keep stakeholders engaged including facilitating growth of the community through identification and engagement of new trainee members.

Collaborate and support faculty and staff’s development of sponsored research awards, proposals, and budgets.

Lead the effort to improve the institution’s ability to recruit and retain underrepresented minorities as well as attracting potential trainees from established areas.



This position is part of the CCSG team and will develop and maintain effective working relationships with CCSG team members and DCI leadership to ensure synergy and communications.

Develop and implement communication plans for internal and external stakeholders.

Keep abreast with emerging developments and trends through networking, participation in professional organizations and review of the literature.



Manage the day-to-day assignments, work schedule, work location, time including time-off, complete yearly evaluations, actively engage in performance management, hire, terminate, and be a mentor and coach for direct reports. 

Other work as assigned. 


Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong administrative, organizational, planning, prioritization and project management skills and exceptional attention to detail
  • Proven track record in building credibility and strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders including faculty members/investigators, professional/technical staff and community members
  • Strong analytic and writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to exercises sound judgment in decisions
  • Knowledge and experience in business and management principles involved in strategic planning
  • Knowledge of Federal funding mechanisms, e.g. the National Institute of Health [NIH], and the National Cancer Institute [NCI], preferably training mechanisms such as T32 and R25
  • Grant writing skills


The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.  Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.


The intent of this job description is to be representative of the level and the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of this position and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total specific duties and responsibilities. 



The preferred candidate will have a degree or post-graduate training in life sciences, clinical research, health policy, health administration, or business.  Eight years of experience in project and program management at an academic research or health care institution.  Post-graduate training in a research laboratory, preferably in cancer.  PhD preferred.


Minimum Qualifications




Work requires knowledge of science methods and educational principles, curriculum development, and instructional design, as well as analytical, organizational, and communications skills generally acquired through completion of a masters degree program. Ph.D. preferred.




Work requires a minimum of five years experience within a OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE university, preferably to include direct experience teaching with undergraduate and/or graduate students, conducting and/or supervising research, and working with faculty to develop and improve curricular requirements within a department or school.


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Durham, North Carolina

As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.

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