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Sr Director, Research (FT) Johnson City, TN

The Sr Director, Research will promote, expand, and manage research efforts within Ballad Health in accordance with the priorities outlined in the Cooperative Agreement and Certificate of Public Advantage. This individual will guide the development of Ballad's strategic research plan and work in conjunction with Market research directors and regional academic institutions to develop the infrastructure and resources to build a robust research venture. This individual will be the administrative lead within the newly formed Research Council as a part of the regional Consortium currently under development. The Director will collaborate with Ballad Health leadership, Corporate Compliance, Medical Affairs, Patient Care Services, and other departments as indicated to develop research policies and procedures and will serve as the liaison with the Institutional Review Board. The incumbent will also participate in the oversight and internal audit of the research efforts within the department. The Director will review proposed projects for compliance with Ballad policies, guide internal and affiliate researchers through the system to accomplish their project goals, and monitor the status of approved projects. The Director will seek partnerships with external agencies and investigators to promote research that meets Ballad's mission and serves as a consultant for study design, contracts, protocol development, data collection, and analysis.  

The Director will facilitate oversight of the research infrastructure within Ballad Health and assist in developing that infrastructure to meet the needs of the mission and vision of Ballad Health Research in the future. The incumbent will assist in the direction of the education of Ballad Team Members and those in the region interested in the research process and develop expanded research skills.  Additionally, the Director will conduct research within her or his area of expertise. The Director will be responsible for supervision of personnel and assist in the budget process within the Department of Academics and Research. The Director must be self-motivated, serve as a strong leader and coach, be committed to continual performance improvement, and assist Ballad in achieving quality recognition and accreditation.

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​Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate clinical discipline or demonstrated mastery of directing a research program with ten or more years of experience.  In addition, Master’s or Doctoral level education completed (or plan for completion within five years) of the Master’s, PhD, DSN, or other appropriate degree program is preferred. Must demonstrate knowledge of an Institutional Review Board, contracting, and regulatory requirements within research. Must have experience in development and implementation of research plans at the institutional level.