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University of Colorado Research Initiative Program Lead in Aurora, Colorado


University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Center for Women’s Health Research

Research Initiative Program Lead [Business Services Principal Professional]

Position #00704458 – Requisition #20437

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  • The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine Center for Women’s Health Research on the Anschutz Medical Campus has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Research Initiative Program Lead.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

Nature of Work

The Center for Women’s Health Research (CWHR) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus invests in and conducts groundbreaking research in women’s health and sex differences with a current focus on cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and the intersection of physical and mental health. Given that research on women’s health was largely not included in studies until the 1990s and has historically been underfunded, the CWHR is dedicated to funding the next generation of scientists focused on women’s health and sex differences research. In addition, we are committed to mentoring and training young scientists while educating the community and health care providers about findings in the field.

The Research Program Lead will collaborate with CWHR leaders and team members to develop and implement plans for rapidly growing CWHR research programs in order to help achieve the vision and mission of the CWHR. This position will be responsible for coordinating and leading CWHR research and mentoring initiatives, including the Faculty Development Research Award program, the CWHR researcher training program and the CWHR biennial national conference. The position is tasked with day-to-day coordination, support, execution, and evaluation of research, training and mentoring programs, events and endeavors at CWHR and works collaboratively with researchers, faculty, community advisors and team members of CWHR.

Supervision Received

The position will report directly to the CWHR Deputy Director.

Supervision Exercised

This position does not directly supervise others.

Examples of Work Performed

Programmatic duties include but are not limited to:

  • Facilitate the development and execution of CWHR research initiatives: Faculty Development Research Award program; donor specific research grant programs (Jacqueline’s Wish for the Heart, List Family Foundation Travel Award); The Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health program, The Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists and the new Translation to Impact program and scholar programs.

  • Support the Director and Deputy Director in preparing for grant review.

  • Develop program marketing materials/plans, applications, agreements, process timelines, and scoring materials for CWHR research programs.

  • Coordinate research program review processes and committee meetings; prepare committee structures, schedules, minutes, reports, and lay summaries.

  • Ensure timely, accurate and appropriate funding distributions and track of all applicants, awards, final reports, extensions and other grant requirements.

  • Measure and report on program metrics for all CWHR research, training and mentoring initiatives.

  • Assist in the development and implementation of the research, scholar, fellowship and mentoring programs: processes, applications, agreements, committees, measures and reports.

  • Identify stories of impact from research initiatives and assist in writing content for donor reports, website, newsletter and other communications.

  • Survey CWHR scientists and report on productivity and impact, identify stories of impact and suggest program improvements.

  • Coordinate and work with leadership to determine National Conference goals and objectives, agenda, funding and speakers.

  • Facilitate the development and execution of the CWHR National Conference program plan including, but not limited to; budget, registration, speakers, poster session, community session, conference and sponsorship materials, location, marketing plan, funding plan and donor recognition.

  • Track and review National Conference program results and feedback and recommend changes as necessary.

  • Facilitate the development and execution of the CWHR Researcher Training program: plan and execute monthly trainings; evaluate trainings and adjust accordingly.

  • Provide strategic planning analysis and lead projects as assigned: creation of a multi-year, multi-mode researcher training curriculum including the potential creation of additional e-learning training modules, develop the means to evaluate and measure mentoring programs and development of new programs and processes.

  • Coordinate logistics and services and prepare materials for programmatic events, conferences, and symposiums

  • Provide general support for program event planning and execution for the CWHR as assigned.

Operational, Financial and Administrative duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in preparing and tracking of research initiative budgets and expense/revenue forecasts: CWHR research program, National Conference and Researcher Training and other programs as assigned.

  • Serve as the CWHR research program archivist.

Fundraising duties include but are not limited to:

  • Prepare grant/donor proposals, impact reports, presentations and analysis for CWHR research initiatives, National Conference, Researcher Training program and other programs as assigned.

  • Coordinate and bring to life the Adopt-a-researcher program with the Community Advisory Board.

  • Support the Deputy Director in leading the CWHR Medicine Cabinet: agenda/speaker ideas, notes, meeting preparation, member recruitment, coordination of liaison(s), and other support as assigned.

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $55,357 - $77,500.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, public health, accounting, finance, business administration, communications, business social/behavioral sciences, physical sciences, nursing, healthcare, or a directly related field from an accredited institution. A combination of education and experience may substitute for the bachelor’s degree on a year-for-year basis.

  • Three years of relevant related program and grant management (research, foundation, private, etc.) experience

Required: Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be willing and able to occasionally represent the Center at events that occur on weekends and or weeknights.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in business, public administration, public health, accounting, finance, business administration, communications, business social/behavioral sciences, physical sciences, nursing, healthcare, or a directly related field from an accredited institution.

  • Experience working with donors, and/or volunteer boards including correspondence, development of proposals, event planning, and management of expectations.

  • Experience utilizing and managing databases using electronic software.

  • Experience working in an academic medical center.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of, and ability to apply, accepted theories, practices and principles of general management and administration.

  • Ability to evaluate, analyze, and interpret data, recommend solutions, and implement the preferred course of action.

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and ability to problem solve and multi-task.

  • Effective project management skills and ability to maintain a cooperative, supportive, and productive relationship with other members of CWHR’s staff, clients, partners, and university staff.

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

  • Actively seeks and is receptive to feedback; willing to learn and willing to undertake personal growth and change; embraces continuous improvement.

  • Demonstrated professionalism, a strong work ethic, a commitment to high standards, integrity, stability, a discriminating judgment and accountability.

  • Ability to meet multiple concurrent deadlines with continuous changing of priorities.

  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.

  • Strong computer and technology skills; proficient in all Microsoft Office applications.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Job: Business Services

Primary Location: Aurora

Job Category Business Services


Schedule Full-time

Posting Date Mar 10, 2021

Unposting Date Ongoing

Posting Contact Name Carly Pilius

Posting Contact Email

Posting Number 00704458

Req ID: 20437

The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.