This senior administrative staff position will work independently with faculty leadership of the Cancer Center and be responsible for (1) coordinating and supporting the broad spectrum of cancer survivorship initiatives of the Cancer Center and its members across all campuses, including new program development, (2) providing leadership for and organization of the Cancer Center’s community outreach and diversity initiatives, (3) seeking and developing funding opportunities, including grant initiatives and philanthropic resources, in support of cancer control, and (4) developing and supporting initiatives targeted at advocacy and influencing public policy as it affects cancer control.
Please Note: Position will function predominantly in a routine office environment. Duties will require regular inter-campus travel as well as off-site visit, including out-of-area travel.
Coordinating and supporting the broad spectrum of cancer survivorship initiatives of the Cancer Center:
Will assume a staff leadership role in the development of the Center for Families After Cancer, an inter-campus clinical and research program addressing fertility and other quality of life issues of cancer patients/families.
Will provide staff leadership for coordinating/integrating and promoting the Survivors Taking Action and Responsibility (STAR) Program, a clinical and research program for adult survivors of childhood cancer with components on the Children’s Memorial and downtown campuses.
Will help support/promote Patient Navigation initiatives providing information and resources to patients/families.
Will interface with key faculty leaders in cancer control to identify/develop new programmatic opportunities that impact survivorship and quality of life.
Will coordinate and promote all of the above activities including communication to keep leadership, faculty and staff informed and involved and to maximize programmatic impact in the survivorship arena.
Providing leadership for and organization of the Cancer Center’s community outreach and diversity initiatives:
Will work proactively with faculty to develop outreach initiatives focused on minority and underserved populations.
Will provide staff leadership in developing relationships with community organizations/agencies serving these populations (eg. Community clinics; Ill. Dept. of Public Health; Chicago Dept. of Public Health).
Will coordinate and promote new and existing outreach initiatives including regular communications to keep leadership, faculty and staff informed and involved in the full scope of activities.
Seeking and developing funding opportunities, including grant initiatives and philanthropic resources, in support of cancer control:
Will assume responsibility for proactively identifying established extramural funding opportunities for cancer control initiatives and linking these to appropriate faculty.
Will assume a leadership role in exploring NIH Roadmap opportunities for cancer control initiatives and coordinating efforts of faculty leadership in developing same.
Will identify and develop relationships with philanthropic funding organizations potentially supporting cancer control initiatives, and coordinate appropriate follow-up with faculty and staff leadership and Medical Development as indicated.
Developing and supporting initiatives targeted at advocacy and influencing public policy as it affects cancer control:
Will work with Cancer Center Public Affairs and Communications staff to maximize impact of existing relationships with patient advocacy organizations, identifying opportunities for and helping to coordinate new joint initiatives.
Will assume a leadership role in developing relationships with local, state and federal officials positioned to impact public policy affecting cancer control.
Will be responsible for developing position statements representing the Cancer Center on public policy issues.
Will represent the Cancer Center in inter-organizational initiatives coordinated by other entities.
Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public health or equivalent required.
Five to seven years of relevant experience in cancer control, public policy or advocacy activities.
Demonstrated experience with program planning; development and implementation.
Highly effective interpersonal skills.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge and abilities)
Takes forceful stands on issues without being excessively abrasive; expresses own opinions even when adopting an unpopular position.
Finds common ground to accommodate the conflicting needs and wants of different stakeholders.
Formulates realistic plans and contingencies and establishes appropriate measurements of anticipated results.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Master’s degree in business administration, public health or equivalent strongly preferred.
Experience with federal grant funding strongly preferred.
Experience in academic administration desirable.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge and abilities)
Knowledge of minority and underserved populations strongly preferred.
Knowledge, skills and ability to effectively support fund-raising activities.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 36119
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.