Program Director - The Allison Institute

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Jun 1, 2022

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Health Sciences
Organization Type
The James P. Allison Institute at MD Anderson is a visionary research and innovation hub created to conduct groundbreaking science that integrates immunobiology across all disciplines. With exceptional discovery, translational and clinical research, the Allison Institute will rapidly advance breakthroughs into novel and synergetic therapies that bring the benefits of immunotherapy to all patients.

The Program Director proposes, plans, directs and coordinates established new and developing programs for the Allison Institute. The Program Director provides administrative leadership support for the Director of the Allison Institute and to interact with the executives across MD Anderson Departments, pharmaceutical alliances, and multi-institutional consortium networks.


Scientific Oversight
  • Provides high level scientific and operational oversight for largescale projects/grants for the Director of the Allison Institute and/or Institute researchers such as Stand Up to Cancer, training grants, CCSG.
    • This includes, but is not limited to, programmatic scientific writing, financial reporting, content for program websites, and participation in planning committees.
  • Works closely with the Director of the Allison Institute, identifies and prioritizes new funding/award opportunities for the Institute and assists in meeting institutional and outside commitments.
  • Maintains continuity of the Institute's collaborative research projects through direct involvement, coordination of transfer of data, and manuscript preparation.
  • Acts as a liaison with OSP, Development Office, collaborators, and funding agencies to meet all requirements of the current funding sources.

Scientific Writing and Publications
  • Manages publication of manuscripts.
    • This may include: coordinating creation of figures and tables from raw data, integrating written sections from individual researchers, scientific editing, overseeing implementation of the Director's direction for revision, and writing correspondence for publishers and reviewers.
  • Authors, coordinates, and creates technical reports, abstracts, slide presentations, spreadsheets, posters, and manuscripts for submission to corporate and federal sponsors, conferences, and scientific journals.
  • Supports production of medical illustrations, publication graphics, scientific posters, and slide presentations for national and international meetings.

Research Development, Programmatic Planning and Communications
  • Supports the overall scientific management of the Institute, including fostering collaborative relationships with faculty, academic leaders across departments, division, and institutional boundaries, to assure advancement of the department's overall research goals.
  • Plans, directs and oversees execution of Annual research retreats (and other related retreats) to enhance areas of department focus and identifies opportunities for additional collaboration. Under direction of the Allison Institute Leaders, implements resulting short-and long-term strategic research goals.
    • This may involve collaboration with other departments and centers.
  • Assists GSBS students as needed and represents the department's interests in dealings with the GSBS program, including retreat and seminars.
  • In consultation with departmental faculty, uses web publishing and data analytics tools available through MD Anderson's Strategic Communications department to create, maintain, analyze, and improve webpages that communicate the message and work of the Institute.
  • Distributes targeted communications to MD Anderson researchers and the wider immunology research community regarding departmental faculty recruitment and new research initiatives funded from programmatic sources.

  • Ensure that strategic and tactical plans for the Allison Institute activities are developed and executed effectively and efficiently.
  • Develop and implement the business development strategies, including corporate partnerships, philanthropic, licensing and entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Ensure that Allison Institute activities and research are aligned with strategic priorities.
  • Direct the ongoing development and presentation of the Allison Institute strategic, operating, and staffing plans, both long- and short-term, as needed to assure achievement of defined outcomes and targets.
  • Implement, review and report on business development plans, ensuring the strategic objectives are well understood and executed.
  • Evaluate emerging technology, make recommendations to Director, and negotiate with producing corporations to bring or make available new technologies and services.
  • Responsible for staff supervision to include recruiting, training and evaluating staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required: Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, healthcare administration or related field.


Required: Five years project/program management experience to include three years supervisory experience. May substitute required education degree with additional years of equivalent experience on a one to one basis. Successful completion of the LEADing Self Accelerate program may substitute for one year of required supervisory or management experience. Must pass pre-employment skills test as required and administered by Human Resources.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

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