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Deputy Director

Job Description


BSD PED - Section Administrator: Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation-Pediatric Cancer Data Commons (PCDC)

About the Department

The Biological Sciences Division’s ‘Data for the Common Good’, is a rapidly growing team of experts in medicine, clinical research, public health, data standards, data infrastructure and programming, data governance and international data sharing. Headquartered in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago, Data for the Common Good works to connect and share disparate data sets in order to alter long standing research paradigms and enable the study of new research questions that drive cures. Its signature flagship project, the Pediatric Cancer Data Commons (PCDC), houses the world’s largest set of clinical data for pediatric cancer, uniting clinical data from across five continents for almost all types of pediatric cancer. Leveraging its expertise in establishing data commons, Data for the Common Good is expanding to create similar infrastructure across other rare diseases, including diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and adult cancers, as well as a university-wide initiative called the Sociome, a scalable and extensible infrastructure and architecture that will ultimately assemble, quantify and organize the entirety of social context experienced by every individual.

Job Summary

This leadership position oversees the science, strategy, resources and talent acquisition, funding, new initiatives and partnerships, operations, training, and educational development of Data for the Common Good, as the organization has become increasingly central to Divisional and institutional priorities of advancing scholarship in computing, quantitative methods, data-resource sharing, health equity, and outcomes. With the faculty director, the Deputy Director will drive the organization’s growth and development to respond to demand from research collaborators and partners across the Division and University, as well as from federal and international entities, to envision new methods for data and research interoperability.
This at-will position is wholly funded by contractual grant funding, which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.


  • Serves as the divisional/institutional representative and operational lead of the organization. 

  • Partners with the ITM for developing Sociome and other informatics initiatives with the Biological Sciences, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences Divisions. 

  • Develops data commons partnerships and projects with researchers and departments including but not limited to the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Kovler Diabetes Center, Neurology, and Gastroenterology. 

  • Develops collaborative strategies to identify effective growth, partnerships, and expansion opportunities. 

  • Leads resource deployment.  

  • Provides high-level project management support for Lab initiatives, including hiring and recruitment, strategic planning, timeline and milestone development, tracking of deliverables, and recommends necessary communications, resource allocation, and approvals. 

  • Oversees resources to track planning, prioritization, and implementation of portfolio and strategic initiatives. 

  • Oversees the development of brand identity, communications strategy, presentations, and special events.  

  • Develops opportunities for formal and experiential learning across the training pipeline, including undergraduate, doctoral and postdoctoral fellows.  

  • With the faculty director, represents Data for the Common Good, structuring frameworks for new partnership development.  

  • Provides leadership for and oversees all financial, purchasing, grant, facilities, human resources and support services management activities for the unit. 

  • Acts as liaison to academic departments, professional organizations, and administrative units of the University. 

  • Establishes department priorities, may be responsible for the management of the center budget, allocates resources, and executes strategic plans. 

  • Provides strategic leadership for a Center with senior management and serves as a liaison to academic departments, professional organizations and administrative units of the University. 

  • Works closely with faculty, students and other leaders across campus to foster experimentation and multi-disciplinary inquiry and teaching by coordinating and developing Center programming. This may include workshops. Conferences, colloquia, training programs, community outreach, etc. 

  • Manages multiple related teams. Establishes department priorities, is responsible for the management of the center budget, allocates resources and executes strategic plans. 

  • Oversees a communication strategy and marketing efforts aimed at increasing the visibility of the Center. Collaborates with others to make the center a valuable resource to all students and contributes to the broad goals of creating a stronger campus community. 

  • Performs other related work as needed. 

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications  



  • MPP, MPH, MS or MA in a related field. 



  • Seven+ years of progressively responsible relevant professional experience in management, financial planning, and administration. 

  • Seven+ years of professional work experience, with significant experience in health care research working with a diverse set of stakeholders. 

  • Seven+ years of people management experience, including building teams of direct and indirect reports with significant technical and leadership skills as well as overall center management. 

  • Progressively responsible talent management experience in coaching, communication, recruiting, hiring, and performance management. 

  • Directly related financial and budget development experience in a complex environment. 

  • Experience with Financial Management Systems. 

  • Significant experience within an academic health sciences environment. 

  • Knowledge of research funding and appreciation for working in a research-intensive academic culture. 


Preferred Competencies   

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate across a broad range of stakeholders, including technical information in a way that can be understood with varying levels of technical background. 

  • Highly organized with excellent project management skills and the ability to anticipate needs before they arise. 

  • Comfortable navigating situations with varying degrees of ambiguity in an environment where priorities may shift. 

  • Excellent people management skills, with an ability to build an open, positive, team-oriented work culture that is diverse and inclusive, sensitive to cultural differences, and where everyone feels valued. 

  • Working knowledge in complex partnerships including between research, nonprofits, business, funding agencies, and governments. 

  • Oversee budgets and financial reporting. 

  • Fundraising from individuals, institutional and governmental funders, and philanthropic foundations. 

  • Running an organization, or significant business unit within an organization. 

  • Interacting with a variety of other major institutions relevant to health care research infrastructure.  


Application Documents   

  • Resume (required) 

  • Cover Letter (required) 

When applying, the document(s) MUST  be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Administration & Management

Role Impact

People Manager

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward .
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.


Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.


We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.


All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.


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