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Assistant Director of Administration, Cancer Center


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Job Location

One Bungtown Road
Cold Spg Hbr, NY 11724
United States


Commensurate with experience


Comprehensive Benefit Package 

Job Description

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is seeking a skilled programs coordinator to serve as Assistant Director of Administration and Education for the Cancer Center. The CSHL Cancer Center is a basic research facility committed to exploring the fundamental biology of human cancer and to training the next generation of leading cancer researchers. This position requires someone with a scientific background in the biological sciences, outstanding communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-departmental team, experience developing education and training programs, and solid organizational/project management skills. The Assistant Director of Administration and Education will help develop and oversee Cancer Center education and training initiatives and will ensure such initiatives are coordinated with institutional education initiatives. In addition, this person will be responsible for evaluation and assessment of these initiatives, particularly in areas related to outcomes and diversity, and will assist with reporting requirements pertaining to education and diversity. This person will co-report to the Cancer Center Deputy Director of Education and Diversity and the Deputy Director of Administration.


Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

·       Planning, implementing, and evaluating Cancer Center educational events and initiatives.

·       Working with CSHL’s Director of Academic Programs and the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Office to develop and oversee joint Cancer Center-institutional educational, professional development, and diversity and inclusion events.

·       Developing and overseeing cancer-relevant public lectures in partnership with the Communications Department.

·       Managing the operation of the T32 Postdoctoral Cancer Research Program by soliciting nominations for open slots, communicating with trainees and mentors, establishing committees for trainees, implementing T32 activities, tracking trainee compliance with T32 requirements, scheduling T32 Executive Committee meetings, serving on the T32 Executive Committee, and helping to draft the T32 Grant Renewal and Progress Reports.

·       Communicating opportunities for training and professional development to members of the Cancer Center community via campus announcements, flyers, and social media.

·       Establishing positive relationships with educational leaders in other Cancer Centers and keeping abreast of educational news at other Centers by attending educational conferences and working group meetings relevant to Cancer Center training and diversity.

·       Coordinating with CSHL’s Director of Research Operations to ensure training and mentoring of early-stage faculty are in line with current Cancer Center guidelines. 

·       Developing and implementing procedures for the acquisition, maintenance, and quality-control of data related to Cancer Center members, trainees, staff, and events.

·       Summarizing data related to Cancer Center members, trainees, staff, and events to formulate recommendations and satisfy reporting requirements for the T32 and Cancer Center Support Grants.

·       Helping to draft sections of the Cancer Center Support Grant Renewal and Progress Reports.

·       Working with Cancer Center Administrative Staff on other projects as needed.


Education: Minimum: education in the life sciences at the level of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Preferred: Graduate-level degree in the life sciences.

Skills/Experience: Required: Demonstrated interest and experience with academic program development, particularly assessment and evaluation. Strong scientific writing skills. Strong communication skills, such as those developed through teaching, building partnerships, or cultivating relationships in academic environments. Strong organizational, problem solving, and analysis skills. Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. Ability to form positive working relationships with people in different departments and at different levels. Familiarity with common Administrative software programs such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Docs, and Google Sheets.   Prior experience in a biomedical research environment. Preferred: Experience working in a Cancer Center or scientific administration. Familiarity with NIH training grants and/or Cancer Center Support Grants. Familiarity with survey and database software solutions.

We offer a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits program and an onsite childcare center.

Applicants should submit an online application here:  Position ID: 02953-R

About Our Organization

Founded in 1890, CSHL has helped shape contemporary biomedical research and education with today’s research endeavors encompassing cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. CSHL is a private, not-for-profit institution in New York and has been home to eight Nobel Prize winners. Today, CSHL’s multidisciplinary scientific community is bolstered by more than 600 researchers and its Scientific Meetings & Courses Program, which hosts more than 9,000 scientists from around the world each year on its campus.

For more information about CSHL, please visit us at

CSHL is an EO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status.

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