Chief Research Officer


Associate Dean of Clinical Research

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

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The Opportunity

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth have opened a search for a dynamic and engaging leader to provide strategic direction, oversight and collaborative leadership between the research functions at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health is an organization with significant depth in clinical and translational research. By providing a centralized infrastructure to enhance patient safety, promote quality research, ensure fiscal and regulatory compliance, and encourage research collaboration, there exists a world-class opportunity that blends a highly attractive environment with exceptional career opportunities.

The Geisel School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s long-standing and deeply rooted commitments to research provide faculty, trainees and staff with state-of-the-art facilities as well as the important support they need at all stages of the research process. By linking other collaborators, facilitating studies and clinical trials, and helping navigate the administrative and regulatory landscape, our researchers have the foundation for research innovation and excellence.

“ Our growing research infrastructure, in continuing collaboration with our colleagues at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, has Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health poised to join the ranks of the nation’s major academic health systems. From our Clinical and Translational Science Award program – SYNERGY – to our multidisciplinary research projects in all areas of medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock researchers are exploring innovative solutions to some of the major health issues facing our nation in more than 500 studies or trials that are actively enrolling across our system. We look forward to finding an experienced, forward-looking clinician-researcher to assume the new role of Chief Research Officer and lead us to the next level of research excellence.”

~ Joanne Conroy, MD President and CEO – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Full Position Description

Chief Research Officer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Associate Dean of Clinical Research, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

The Chief Research Officer/Associate Dean for Clinical Research will have the primary responsibilities of leading the strategic growth of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) research portfolio and providing oversight of research-related operations and research compliance within D-H. In collaboration with the CTSA Director, the CRO will also foster productive collaborations among research programs within the broader Dartmouth community. The individual will serve as a member of the D-H and Geisel senior leadership teams and will be expected to make important contributions to the development and delivery of all key research strategies. Additionally, this role includes faculty/teaching opportunities at the medical school.

“The greatest challenges in human health will be overcome through the seamless integration of biomedical discovery and care delivery—the very space where Geisel excels. This would not be possible without our close clinical, research, and educational partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock.”

~ Duane Compton, PhD – Dean, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth


  • Develop and implement a forward-looking strategic plan for growth of the research portfolio (clinical, translational, population-based) that will have impact locally, nationally and even internationally and that will promote a culture of innovation within D-H;
  • Develop strategies to promote the entrepreneurial efforts of faculty and the commercialization of D-H research including partnership with external partners;
  • Oversee the D-H research budget aligned to the strategic plan including financial commitments for faculty recruitment and retention, capital equipment, and research programs. Promote steps to facilitate long-term sustainability of the research programs;
  • Oversee the D-H Office of Research Operations and ensure that it provides outstanding service in the areas of grants management as well as compliance with all federal, state, and local requirements for clinical research programs;
  • Oversee the D-H Committee on the Protection of Human Subjects and ensure that all clinical research programs adhere to the highest ethical standards in collaboration with the D-H Research Compliance Officer and the D-H Office of General Counsel;
  • Serve as an Associate Director for Dartmouth’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), SYNERGY, working with the SYNERGY Director to ensure that SYNERGY is optimally integrated into D-H’s larger research initiatives, and that D-H effectively participates in the national CTSA consortium;
  • Co-chair the Dartmouth Clinical and Translational Research Steering Committee;
  • Serve as D-H’s principal research liaison to Dartmouth College leadership and create strategies to build
    effective synergies between D-H- and DC-sponsored research programs;
  • Work closely with the Joint Development Office (JDO) to facilitate philanthropic/foundation support for D-H’s
    research goals/missions;
  • Oversee allocation of research space and equipment to programs and departments/centers;
  • Oversee training and communication to the members of the research community;
  • Review and in collaboration with appropriate partners, respond to all requests for waivers to institutional
    policies related to research program support and sponsorship;
  • Provide appropriate oversight of research training programs;
  • Provide ongoing evaluation of existing research programs;
  • Foster and facilitate proposal development and promote interaction for large multi-disciplinary research


  • Chief Clinical Officer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

  • Dean – Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth


  • D-H Chief Academic Officer/Dean, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Director, SYNERGY
  • Clinical Chairs & Center Directors, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
  • VP Office of Research Operations
  • D-H Senior Operations Team


  • An MD, MD/PhD or other equivalent terminal degree and with academic credentials sufficient to meet eligibility for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or (preferred) Professor
  • Outstanding scientific background with an established record of obtaining extramural funds
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership and management of research strategy and operations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

All applications must be submitted by November 30th, 2019

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