Executive Director of Research and Evaluation

Craig Hospital
March 13, 2019
Englewood, Colorado
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Rebecca Lerol


Scion Executive Search (https://scionexecutivesearch.com) has been retained to lead the search for a new Executive Director of Research and Evaluation for Craig Hospital, a world-renowned hospital and center of excellence that specializes in spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) rehabilitation.

About Craig Hospital:
Craig Hospital (https://craighospital.org/) is a 93-bed, private, not-for-profit long-term acute care and rehabilitation hospital that provides a comprehensive system of inpatient and outpatient medical care, rehabilitation, neurosurgical rehabilitative care, and long-term follow-up services. Half of Craig's patients come from outside of Colorado each year, and in the past four years, Craig has treated patients from all 50 states and several foreign countries. Craig’s medical staff has pioneered rehabilitation and survival techniques that have been adopted around the world. Their nursing staff is among the best in the country. Craig Hospital has been ranked among the nation’s top 10 rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News and World Report for 29 years. It was rated a 2018 Best Places to Work (The Denver Post).

The Executive Director of Research and Evaluation is accountable for the overall strategic direction of research and evaluation for Craig Hospital to ultimately provide improvements in care and outcomes to patients and families. This includes evaluation of the current research framework and team structure and also the unification of Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury research scientists and clinicians under one team to advance both fields. This opportunity also includes helping lead an innovative process to embed research teams within clinical teams. The Executive Director will oversee a staff of 29 and a current annual budget of $5.5 million. Given Craig’s national and international role in clinical care and research of spinal cord and brain injured persons, this role affords the executive director with exposure to the most innovative and world-renowned researchers and teams studying these conditions.

As a seasoned executive scientist and people leader with a proven track record of fostering innovative research excellence and a positive organizational culture, the Executive Director of Research and Evaluation will lead and help shape the policies, culture, and personnel decisions that drive the hospital’s research success. This full-time opportunity is based on-site in Englewood, Colorado.

The Executive Director of Research and Evaluation will guide the department in producing the highest quality research products by:
- Overseeing, prioritizing and seeking research department funding, including leading and participating in grant writing efforts
- Ensuring the development, scientific rigor, implementation, execution and completion of all research
- Ensuring compliance with established regulations and protocols, and meeting budget and resource goals

Activities and Responsibilities:
Research and Evaluation
• Serve as Principal Investigator and/or Co-Investigator on major research studies and also assist with design and initiation of research studies for the department. This includes clinical trials.
• Participate in providing support and input into the planning, design, preparation, initiation and execution of study and evaluation protocols. Will collaborate in designing strategies and data collection instruments for projects.
• Ensure the scientific rigor and data-quality of all research conducted at Craig and oversee all phases of projects including data collection, data quality, analysis, evaluation and dissemination. Ensure compliance with federal regulations, good clinical practice, and best practices.
• Oversee and assist in the coordination of research preparation, quality, timeliness and approval process of relevant research documents (e.g. investigator brochures, regulatory dossiers, clinical trial reports, manual of procedures, study protocols, Institutional Review Board, etc.).
• Develop data collection policies and practices and monitor uniform data collection compliance and quality across organizations.
• Develop and prepare internal reports of status, progress and outcomes of research and evaluation activities.

Internal People Leadership
• Keep all stakeholders and clinical team members apprised of research and evaluation activities and decisions that impact research and hospital deliverables.
• Assure organizational awareness of research activities through ongoing hospital wide engagement and communication.
• Consult with other departments, physicians and administration regarding their research needs.
• Exchange ideas, information and opinions with others to formulate policies and programs and arrive jointly at decisions or solutions.
• Prepare annual departmental budget and monitor concurrently. Monitor and analyze costs associated with supplies, staffing, etc.
• Mentor other researchers/investigators and grow the next generation of research scientists, especially those interested in pursuing advanced degrees (i.e., PhD).
• This position is responsible for the supervision of all Research personnel and volunteers.

External Partnerships and Communications
• Represent Craig’s research interests by attending and presenting at local, regional, national and international scientific meetings and by maintaining active involvement, serving on committees, and/or holding leadership positions in professional associations/organizations.
• Write professional peer reviewed scientific articles to summarize research findings.
• Develop relationships with other agencies and providers to assure access and links with other data systems.
• Act as scientific liaison between internal teams and external groups such as investigators, regulatory authorities, etc.
• Design program evaluation reports for stakeholders that include designing data visualization to display evaluation findings, summarize results and make recommendations for program improvements.
• Explore outside clinical or academic responsibilities with local scientific, research and medical groups or universities.

• Eight or more years of progressive clinical research experience and prior leadership experience required.
• Demonstrated ability to drive organizational strategy and empower high performing teams (6+ years’ experience building and managing effective teams).
• Prior proven experience as a principal investigator on funded clinical research studies, with federal grant funding experience preferable.
• Recognized leadership and publication record in the field of rehabilitation research or other neurologic-related field or similar area preferred.
• Education: Doctoral Degree required (i.e. MD, PhD, etc.).

Skills & Abilities:
• Ability to foster and maintain collaboration with other departments, institutions and programs.
• Display a positive philosophy and understanding regarding rehabilitation medicine and individuals who are severely disabled.
• Demonstrated excellence as a people leader; ability to engage, inspire, unify and manage an innovative research team.
• Positive, high-energy, and optimistic professional demeanor, with a sensitivity to the needs of others and high level of emotional intelligence.
• Experience working as part of a successful executive leadership team.
• Ability to provide excellent leadership, as well as followership, and work well in various capacities as a team member.
• Proven ability to secure and maintain funding for research purposes.
• Knowledge of the grantmaking process and landscape with experience writing grants and gaining funding.
• Excellent project management skills to complete studies on time and within budget according to a written plan of work.
• Experience developing expense budgets for complex projects, conducting financial projections, and managing projects within set budget expectations.
• Ability to analyze data from a wide variety of research designs, including randomized controlled trials.
• Proven grant writing success including ability to teach and mentor others in seeking grants.
• Ability to budget for and provide resource allocation across multiple research projects.
• Display creativity in addressing a variety of issues that need resolution, adjusting, revising or repairing.
• Ability to meet frequent deadlines within short time frames.
• Experience creating and refining processes, and leading complex projects that required the coordinated activities of multiple groups.
• Experience interpreting and presenting (both in oral and written form) scientific principles for audiences of all levels of expertise.

Compensation and Benefits:
This wonderful full-time, exempt opportunity offers the ability to make significant impact leading innovative, cutting edge research in Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury. This career opportunity offers a competitive salary including Key Employee Bonus after completion of 1 year of service and 1,000 hours, an exceptional benefits package (including retirement plan, medical/dental/vision/life insurance, 27 days PTO, paid holidays), and an incredible, mission-driven, passionate team atmosphere.

How To Apply

Applications and Nominations:
Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made. Nominations, applications, and inquiries should be sent in confidence to:

Rebecca Lerol, Regional Recruitment Manager
Scion Executive Search
(888) 487 – 8850 x126

Electronic submission is required for formal consideration. Please submit your cover letter, CV, and salary requirements in MS Word format through the link above.

Craig Hospital provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, ancestry, creed, national origin, age, genetics (results of genetic testing), disability or veteran/military status in accordance with applicable federal laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to, hiring, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfers, leaves of absences, compensation and training opportunities.


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