Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Oklahoma City, OK

Job posting number: #7079583 (Ref:2289018)

Posted: June 9, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

President, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Salary: Commensurate with experience
Closing date: 7/31/2021

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) seeks biomedical scientists interested in becoming OMRF's next president. A nonprofit independent research institute celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, OMRF focuses its research on cardiovascular biology, diseases of aging, and immunology and autoimmune disease. The National Institutes of Health has three times designated OMRF an Autoimmunity Center of Excellence, one of only 10 in the U.S. In partnership with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, our scientists have also secured two NIH Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging grants, making Oklahoma home to one of just eight Shock Centers. With a record of consistent budget surpluses, a strong portfolio of extramural grants and philanthropic fundraising, an endowment of $150+ million, and another $150+ million held in trusts for its benefit, OMRF stands on the kind of firm financial footing that will enable scientific growth for decades to come.

OMRF's next president (i) should have a proven track record of scientific accomplishment and be a recognized authority in his/her field of research (ii) should have leadership experience at a departmental, research center or institutional level (iii) should have the ability to map out and achieve a strategic vision for the future of OMRF, (iv) should be the positive face of OMRF to the scientific community, to the public, and to the institutions and organizations with whom OMRF has existing relationships and seeks to build new relationships, and (v) must be willing and able to help obtain financial support for OMRF and its activities and programs.

Key Experiences and Competencies
  • At least 10 years of leadership experience in academic biomedical research or similar scientific environment
  • Understanding of key scientific disciplines relevant to OMRF and the biomedical research ecosystem
  • Commitment to institutional mission and values, with a record of modeling consistently high standards of professional ethics and integrity
  • Ability to recruit, develop and retain outstanding scientific and operational talent
  • Capacity to inspire the organization through innovative, dynamic and compassionate leadership
  • Demonstrated impact as a change-maker and entrepreneurial leader
  • Experience as a fundraiser and in working with the media
  • Personal commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • An MD and/or a PhD in a biologically relevant field

    Preferred Additional Experiences
  • Representation of diverse communities
  • Experience in working with legislators and governmental affairs

    Additional Information
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