Director, Genomics Research & Projects

Rady Children's Hospital San Diego, CA
Rady Children's Hospital has retained Kirby Partners to conduct a nationwide executive search for candidates for their Director, Genomics Research & Projects.

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is the region’s pediatric medical center serving San Diego, Imperial and southern Riverside counties, treating children from birth to 18 years old as well as a small number of adults with certain conditions that are served by Rady’s specialized services.

In addition, Rady Children’s Hospital is:

  • The largest children’s hospital in California (based on admissions)
  • The only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare
  • The region’s only designated pediatric trauma center
  • Provider of care to 91 percent of the region’s children

Rady Children’s, in partnership with UC San Diego School of Medicine, is also the region’s teaching hospital for the next generation of pediatric physicians. Each year, Rady trains more than 550 residents, 240 medical students and 150 fellows.

Rady Children’s is a major pediatric clinical research center, with more than 770 active research studies underway, including more than 170 active clinical trials. 

Rady collaborates with world-class institutions, including: 

  • UC San Diego
  • The Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
  • The Scripps Research Institute
  • The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine is a non-profit research organization embedded within Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. The Institute assembles a team of world-class scientists, researchers and clinicians who focus their talents on preventing, diagnosing, treating and curing childhood disease through genomics and systems medicine research.

Director, Genomics Research and Projects Position Overview

Reporting to the VP of Genomics Research and Clinical Management, the Director Genomics, Research & Projects functions as both a collaborative and independent administrator, strategic planner, and project manager. 

The Director will design, implement, maintain, and monitor institute-wide research and project priorities, initiatives, activities and policies and procedures that optimize day-to-day operations, promotes research, and builds a positive culture to support research across the institute. 

Responsibilities include seeking new extramural funding sources and communicating with external funding agencies. 

Additionally, this person oversees the regulatory aspects of research and ensures with ongoing compliance. As a skilled technical writer, the director facilitates and mentors team members developing scientific presentations and articles. 

Additionally, the Director:

  • Assists with harmonizing data sets
  • Engages in decision making which has a positive impact on people, cost, risk and quality of services
  • Develops and fosters optimal communication and collaboration between leadership, staff, faculty and collaborators 

Culturally, Rady Children’s is a mission-driven organization and progressive children’s hospital.  They seek out employees who “care about their career as much as they care about kids” and they’ve built an exceptional employee culture of strong performers. There is a lot of tenure within the organization, and for an individual committed to making a difference, this is a great position. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree 
  • 7+ years of related experience 
  • 5+ years of project management experience

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • PhD, in an area of study in a field related to the position
  • PMI Certification 
  • Research Administration Certification 
  • Clinical Research Coordination Certification 
  • Membership in regional or national research administration professional organization

Please note that Kirby Partners exclusively represents this job opportunity and all candidates will be presented through our team of executive recruiters. If you have questions about this position, please email Steve Bennett.