Director, Office of Research Development

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We are seeking to hire a Director for the Office of Research Development (ORD) at the Cleveland Clinic, which is a world leader in science-based healthcare. The mission of ORD is to provide strategic and catalytic support through research and proposal development to enhance Cleveland Clinic research scientists in their efforts to obtain extramural funding for world-class research that improves human health. The Director is expected to collaborate with research scientists across the Cleveland Clinic enterprise to facilitate the development of highly competitive research grant applications with a priority given to Center/Program Project and Network grants (e.g. NIH P01, P30, P50, U01, U19, and U54 mechanisms). The director will engage with federal, state and private sponsors and support the Cleveland Clinic research community by building grantsmanship skills and capabilities. Our funding portfolio ($140M in new federal awards in 2021) is expected to grow significantly in the next few years through our anchor role in building the new Cleveland Innovation District. As part of the Innovation District, Cleveland Clinic has pledged to double its research footprint and output in the next five years.  

The Director will strategically lead an office of 8 employees and 11 external consultants. Responsibilities of the Director include developing and coordinating competitive grants activities, facilitating and building a community of practice that supports research development, and providing a wide range of services to faculty in support of successful grant seeking. The Director also oversees the Lerner Research Institute’s Internal Funding program (~ $2M/year) and Cleveland Clinic’s Limited Submission program. The Director will report to the Vice-Chair of the Lerner Research Institute.

Applicants should have an advanced degree in clinical or biomedical science (MD, PhD, DrPH or similar) and 3+ years of relevant leadership experience in proposal/research development. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in proposal development for various federal sponsors (NIH, NSF, DoD) and experience in leading and managing a research development team. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required since the position involves the development and delivery of training, presentations to individuals and groups, scientific writing and editing, and grantsmanship. Applicants with a track record in capture management, program development, and building collaborative research teams across multiple scientific disciplines will be considered highly competitive. Rank will be commensurate with experience.

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information of three references to Dr. Donna Driscoll, Vice-Chair, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic at

About Us

Cleveland Clinic's vision is to become the best place for care and the best place to work in healthcare. We are committed to providing a safe, stable, and financially fulfilling work environment.  Even in these uncertain times, Cleveland Clinic is ambitiously investing in growth. Being a physician-led organization means doing what is best for the patients, every day.

Cleveland Clinic is one of the world's largest and busiest health centers.Patients come to Cleveland Clinic from all over the world. We offer advanced treatment for all illnesses and disorders of the body. We enjoy a strong reputation for outstanding quality care. U.S News & World Report Hospitals ranking of 2022-2023 has named us the No. 4 hospital in the nation once again and No.1 hospital for Ohio and metro areas for Cleveland, Akron and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. Cleveland Clinic’s heart program has ranked No. 1 in the nation since 1995. 

We are ranked nationally in 13 specialties, including nine in the Top 10 and six in the Top 5.

Other specialties noted for national excellence include ENT and pediatrics. Cleveland Clinic Children's offers highly specialized pediatric care in a family-centered atmosphere. It has been ranked the best children's hospital in Ohio by Child magazine.

In addition, Cleveland Clinic has been recognized as the No. 2 hospital in the world by Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals 2022 list.

Cleveland Clinic main campus and Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital are ranked internationally while four other locations are listed among the best hospitals nationwide -

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  • Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
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Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 as a not-for-profit group practice, integrating clinical and hospital care with research and physician education. In addition to our Cleveland location, we have Cleveland Clinic Florida, Cleveland Clinic Nevada, Cleveland Clinic Canada, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Cleveland Clinic London. Take a tour of our main campus!

Cleveland Clinic has more than 4,200 salaried physicians and scientists on staff, representing approximately 120 specialties and subspecialties. Patients came to us from across America and from more than 180 nations. We also lead an extensive system of community hospitals in Northeast Ohio called the Cleveland Clinic Hospitals.

This system is made up of Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Akron General Hospital, Avon Hospital, Euclid Hospital, Fairview Hospital, Hillcrest Hospital, Lodi Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, Marymount Hospital, Medina Hospital, Mercy Hospital, South Pointe Hospital, and Union Hospital. Ashtabula County Medical Center is also an affiliate of Cleveland Clinic. With approximately 5,895 staffed beds, Cleveland Clinic Hospitals offers broad geographic coverage, a full continuum of care, improved quality and lower cost of care to Northeast Ohio residents.

Cleveland Clinic was named a top hospital and health system by Diversity Inc. in 2022. Companies on this list score well in talent pipeline, talent development, leadership commitment, and supplier diversity.



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Cleveland Clinic values a culture where caregivers integrate diversity and inclusion throughout the enterprise. We respect and appreciate our similarities and differences; they enable us to better serve our patients, one another, and our global communities.

Cleveland Clinic is pleased to be an equal employment/affirmative action employer: Women/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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Cleveland is part of Northeast Ohio which is composed of six metropolitan areas. Each of them provides affordable real estate, excellent schools, safe communities as well as an abundance of outdoor activities. Find out here how great it is to live in Cleveland!

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