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Director, Research Operations

Seattle, WA, USA Req #551
Friday, November 8, 2019
Formerly Puget Sound Blood Center and Lane Blood Center, Bloodworks is backed by more than 70 years of Northwest history and 250,000 donors. A national leader in transfusion medicine, Bloodworks has been chosen to serve more than 90 hospitals in Washington, Oregon and Alaska – partnering closely with local hospitals to deliver the highest level of patient care. Patients with traumatic injuries, undergoing surgeries or organ transplantation, or receiving treatment for cancer and blood disorders all depend on our services, expertise, laboratories and research. We are local, nonprofit, independent, volunteer-supported and community-based.

Bloodworks has a fantastic opening for a Director of Research Operations. In this role, you will provide management leadership, strategic planning and policy development to the Research Institute, meeting organizational objectives and positioning the Institute for scientific and financial success.



  • Develop strategic direction with guidance from CSO, Research Advocacy Committee, Scientific Advisory Board and Institute Members.
  • Manage Research Institute’s operating and capital budgets, grants/contracts and other administrative needs, and liase with Directors across the organization to support human resources, information technology, and other technical program needs.
  • Leverage a broad understanding of the current funding environment to: Guide principal investigators  in  grant  planning and submissions so as to support their and Research Institute funding targets, determine additional sources of funding, with CSO, educate and motivate investigators to reach their extramural funding targets, serves as institutional Signing Official for federal grants/contracts, promote grants and contracts compliance
  • Collaborate with the CSO, Bloodworks Chief Quality and Compliance Officer, and others to assure compliance with research regulations and procedures.  Lead or assist with the development and implementation of policies and procedures related to compliance. 
  • Continually evaluate  the  biotechnology/biopharmaceutical  environment  to  foster  sponsored research, collaborations and agreements
  • Manage intellectual property portfolio and related professional service arrangements and agreements
  • Prepare and manage confidentiality, consulting and transfer agreements
  • Serve as Institutional Officer, per requirements of the DHHS, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
  • Perform other duties as assigned.





  • Master's degree from an accredited university (M.A., M.B.A., M.S., M.P.A.)
  • At least 7-10 years of research administration responsibility with a minimum of 5 years of senior leadership in a non-profit environment that includes: Research organization management with philanthropic fund-raising; Strategic planning with accompanying capital and financial planning/modeling; Grants and Contracts administration; Positive relationships with research institutes, business, government, non-profit, university and foundation leaders
  • Research facility and major capital projects planning/management linked to strategic vision and plan
  • Team-oriented management skills
  • Development, communications and fund-raising expertise and experience highly preferred.
  • Financial management and analysis, including that within the frameworks of OMB circulars A-133 and A-122 for Federal grant compliance
  • Biotechnology and biomedical leadership community relations
  • Participation in successful principal scientist recruitment processes, including negotiation of employment agreements, preparation of recruitment materials and ongoing communications with the principal scientists in the areas of strategic and business topics
  • Experience with chemical and radiation safety programs
  • Proficiency in financial and data analysis.  Experience creating and monitoring budgets and taking corrective action as needed.
Bloodworks Northwest is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 
  • Seattle, WA, USA