Executive Director, Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development

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Clark Atlanta University invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director, Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD).

The CCRTD is dedicated to basic and translational research, training a new generation of cancer scientists, and community outreach and education to eliminate prostate cancer health disparities. It is one of the largest centers in the nation, with a unique and comprehensive program to study prostate cancer and develop therapeutics. Current core faculty have expertise in genomics, cell and molecular biology with a focus on understanding mechanisms involved in the development and progression of the elimination of disparate oncologic outcomes. There are also faculty members from various departments across Clark Atlanta University affiliated with the CCRTD, whose research focuses on social and behavioral factors in cancer health disparities.

Clark Atlanta University is a private, coeducational, historically black, four-year university located in Atlanta, GA. It is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a “Doctoral University – High Research Activity.” The University’s students are engaged in 38 areas of study in four schools: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education and the Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work. Clark Atlanta University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.

Reporting to the Provost, the Executive Director will provide strategic vision and direction, scientific leadership, and promote faculty development and innovative research and training programs. As a CCRTD spokesperson, the Executive Director will promote collaborations, strengthen its brand among various stakeholders, including the local and extended community, and increase local, national, and international recognition of its unique status and accomplishments. The strategic plan prioritizes basic, translational and therapeutic discoveries, collaborative efforts with expansion of multi-investigator projects and interactions with our community to refine research questions and focus.

The Executive Director is responsible for oversight and integration of the CCRTD’s cancer researchers and their links to the Center’s research programs. The Executive Director must embody and promote scientific excellence with a culture of discovery, innovation, integrity, training, and collaboration that takes place in an environment that emphasizes diversity and inclusive excellence. The Executive Director will strengthen the research culture within the CCRTD and will ensure that all grants will include appropriate resources for infrastructure, research support, and graduate student needs.

Applicants must have an understanding and passion for the CCRTD’s mission and vision, a record of scientific achievement in cancer research recognized at the national/international level by peer review and recommendations, demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills, and a commitment to the education and mentorship of both students and faculty with attention to underrepresented individuals at all levels, in addition to unquestioned integrity and the highest moral standards.

Qualifications, attributes and more information regarding the University and The Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development can be found in the leadership profile above.

Nominations and Applications

To apply for the Executive Director position, candidates should apply by May 5, 2023 for best consideration. 

Applicants are requested to submit the following:

  • A Curriculum vitae or resume;
  • A letter of interest that addresses the candidate’s research; experience with an NCI designated comprehensive cancer center; educational, administrative and leadership goals, and how the candidate’s research, teaching, mentoring and collaborative efforts promote diversity, equity and inclusion in cancer research; and
  • Contact information for five references (to be contacted with candidate’s permission at a later date).

Application materials should be sent to: ClarkAtlanta-CCRTD@agbsearch.com

Nominations and expressions of interest in the Executive Director position are encouraged.

Please direct them to: ClarkAtlanta-CCRTD@agbsearch.com

or to:

Kimberly Templeton, JD, Principal, kimberly.templeton@agbsearch.com / (540) 761-9494

Jerry Gilbert, Executive Search Consultant, jerry.gilbert@agbsearch.com / (662) 769-1021

Dalene White, Executive Search Associate, dalene.white@agbsearch.com / (309) 536-0372

Clark Atlanta University values diversity and is an AA/EEO/ADA Employer.