Executive Director- NGI Center


Washington University School of Medicine


St. Louis, Missouri

Principal Investigator

Carlos Cruchaga



The NeuroGenomics and Informatics (NGI) Center is a multidisciplinary team working at the forefront of personalized medicine. The goal of the NeuroGenomics and Informatics Center is to understand the biology of neurodegeneration by using high-dimensional omic, human phenotype data, and functional genomic approaches. The center leverages these approaches to identify novel genetic variants, genes and pathways implicated in disease, and new molecular biomarkers and therapeutic targets. The NGI Center is seeking qualified candidates to become the Executive Director (ED) of the NGI. The ED works closely with the director of the center to identify the future direction for growth and services and creates action and business plans to meet established goals. The ED will also work with other faculty members of the NGI to administer, coordinate, and facilitate collaborative research in neurodegeneration. Duties include managing center budget, coordinating and managing internal grant program activities, managing and coordinating the seminars of the center.

Position Summary

The ED plans, manages and directs daily, strategic and long-term center activities.

The ED works with the director of the center to identify the future direction for growth and services and creates action and business plans to meet established goals.

The ED will lead a strategic planning process to define the strategic direction of the center, identify the administrative structural changes necessary to achieve this strategic direction, and develop strategies for achieving center strategic goals in a cost neutral manner.

The successful candidate will become a faculty member of the Psychiatry Department on the Research faculty track; title and salary will be commensurate with experience.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Directs center managerial activities

  • reports to the director and manages a team of individuals (center administrative coordinator) to keep the center running
  • oversees all aspects of the daily management and operation of the NGI and its members and serve as the NGI’s lead representative to internal and external parties
  • with the assistance of the center administrative coordinator, answers specific e-mails, communicates center activities via e-mail, maintains and improves website, performs media tweets on center activities
  • plans and coordinates NGI center daily and yearly activities (working group meetings, journal clubs, employee morale activities …)
  • with the assistance of the center administrative coordinator, facilitates preparation of annual budget, to present a complete budget package to the School of Medicine
  • develops, implements, and manages the NGI operational budget in consultation with the director
  • responds to the needs of faculty, staff, and students and ensures quality service is provided to all
  • evaluates and communicates all new and revised University policies and procedures to the appropriate administrative staff, ensuring compliance while maintaining operating efficiency and effectiveness
  • defines appropriate staffing, faculty and organizational structures needed to carry out center activities
  • the executive director will work to promote an integrative working space a good relationship among center faculty
  • Is responsible for the NGI manual book for faculties and personnel
  • coordinates quarterly faculty meetings and circulates minutes and needs for those meetings

Directs center scientific and outreach activities

Organizes activities to disseminate the research interests of the center (NGI Seminar, invited speakers)

Coordinates agendas of invited speakers and Faculty with assistance of center administrative assistant

Coordinates promotion and evaluation of Pilot grants

Coordinates and promotes training workshops for NGI personnel and affiliated labs

Develops, refines, and publicizes programming consistent with the NGI mission based on resource availability and acquisition.

Assists in center growth (faculty recruitment, center needs)

Promotes and announce conferences, courses and grants of interest faculty and students

Directs planning efforts and shapes decision-making

Presents information regarding national trends in similar center services and business models

  • designs a program strategic plan aligned with similar centers
  • performs feasibility studies, cost and revenue analyses, and business projections of center growth, revenues, patient service levels, etc.
  • includes a multiyear financial forecast based on center objectives
  • ensures long-term, fundamental financial stability and growth of the center
  • provides a strong, sound infrastructure to support the faculty and mission of the Center
  • creates and implements fundraising activities that benefit the Center, including grant proposal preparation, donor events, and project and capital fund campaigns


Minimum qualifications

Terminal degrees may be Ph.D., M.D., D.O., or M.D.-Ph.D. with a health-related focus.

Preferred areas of professional expertise include neuroscience, neurodegeneration, genomics and related omics, and bioinformatics.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong leadership, management and organizational skills, with emphasis on analytical thinking, negotiation, and conflict management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in strategic planning, financial and business forecasting, financial management, and budgeting.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations in a complex academic environment.
  • Ability to deal effectively with ambiguity, make quality decisions, motivate staff, be flexible, and multitask.
  • Proven ability to define issues, strategically plan options, propose solutions, and effectively implement changes in a timely fashion in a complex environment.
  • Thorough knowledge of university financial system is strongly desired

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.