Director of Research
Boys Town National Research Hospital - Omaha, NE

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Director of Research

Boys Town is changing the way America cares for children, families and communities by providing and promoting an Integrated Continuum of Care that instills Boys Town values to strengthen body, mind and spirit.

Since the opening of Boys Town National Research Hospital in 1977, the hospital has been internationally recognized as a leader in clinical and research programs focusing on childhood deafness, visual impairment and related communication disorders. We have developed national programs that are now instituted in hospitals and clinics across the country.

Accredited by The Joint Commission, Boys Town National Research Hospital is dedicated to providing leading edge clinical care, pioneering translational research and improving the lives of children and their families through applied technology and educational outreach programs. The hospital annually serves more than 45,000 children and families from across the United States.

In our Research Program, internationally recognized scientists pursue multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of neurobiological aspects of hearing, hereditary communication disorders, and clinical and behavioral measures of human communication.

The Boys Town National Research Hospital Research Program consists of 21 laboratories spanning a wide range of disciplines and topics related primarily to communication disorders in children. The 14 laboratories headed by faculty members with full-time research positions are grouped into two centers, the Center for Hearing Research and the Center for Sensory Neuroscience. Additional laboratories in the Center for Childhood Deafness, Language and Learning and Center for Audiological and vestibular Services are headed by faculty with combined clinical/research positions. We are expanding the program to include a new Center for Neurobehavioral Research to conduct imaging studies of children with neurobehavioral disorders. The Hospital works closely with neighboring institutions, including Creighton University and the University of Nebraska, but functions independently, with its own IRB, IACUC, and other administrative support functions. This has allowed us to develop a unique environment optimized for translational research.

As our Director of Research you will develop and direct research programs and projects aligned with the strategies and objectives of the Hospital. This position also develops and manages budgets, advises on research evaluation and program development, supervises the central research support staff, and coordinates the research program across centers within the Hospital. This position reports to the Executive Vice President of Health Care.

Some of the essential functions & duties for the position are:
  • Oversees research operations, projects, and personnel.
    • Supervises and administers research compliance, budgeting, grant development, grant accounting functions, and core support functions including the Animal Care Facility and Laboratory Computing.
    • Coordinates research programs across centers that combine research and clinical functions to encourage collaboration and ensures equitable use of institutional resources.
    • Directs the work of research staff and establishes and maintains uniform procedures for recruitment, development, and evaluation of research faculty.
    • Oversees and manages the development of budget projections and requests for extramural funding, and advises project teams on budget and grant changes. Prepares and submits proposals for extramural funding.
    • Develops and conducts ongoing projects maintaining communication on project progress.
    • Maintains an active, externally funded research program in an area of neurobehavioral or communication disorders that is consistent with organizational goals in health care and youth care.
    • Represents BTNRH research program in meetings with internal executives and external contacts.
    • Develops educational programs for staff, students, postdoctoral fellows, and general public in areas related to neurobehavioral and communication disorders research.
To be considered for this unique opportunity you will need:
  • Doctoral degree;
  • 7 to 10 years of experience including research administration and management and an established, externally funded research program in a field related to neurobehavioral or communication disorders;
  • Experience with federal agencies that support research including NIH and NSF.
For more information about the Boys Town National Research Hospital, please visit: . For more information about the position, please contact Sandy Penny at 402-498-1784 or in Human Resources.

Boys Town Hospital is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, who participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, veteran’s status, or any other classification as required by applicable law. If you have a disability and need an accommodation as part of the application process, please contact us toll-free for assistance at 1-877-639-6003.

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