Director of Genomic Analysis & Technical Operations

Institute for Genomic Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center
Job Location
701 West 168th St, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10032
Based on experience
Job Description

The Institute for Genomic Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center is a brand new department established by the University in January 2015 with the goal of creating a genetics environment that offers the benefits of scale and the expertise that will facilitate the integration of genomic analysis across the entire Columbia University community. Towards this goal we are looking for an experienced and dedicated individual to act as our Director of Genomic Analysis and Technical Operations.

Reporting to the Institute Director, the Director of Genomic Analysis & Technical Operations will oversee the IGM’s entire Genomic Analysis Facility and provide general facilities management for the Institute. S/he will serve as a senior analytical and technical officer of the Institute working together with the Institute's Director and Administrative Director to set departmental goals and objectives as well as manage its relationship with the Medical School, CU Medical Center and other affiliated organizations. She/he will direct the department's Genomic Analysis Facility, including Biobanking, Sequencing, High Performance Computing, and Shared Resources.

The Director of Genomic Analysis & Technical Operations will establish close working relationships with department chairs, center/institute directors and their administrators to support the Institute's strategic goals, particularly with regard to building strong ties with academic units and supporting jointly appointed faculty. S/he will oversee technical operations in order to meet the financial, academic, research goals and strategic initiatives of the Institute. The Director of Genomic Analysis & Technical Operations will serve on key Institute committees and will work with University leadership to manage the Institute. Other responsibilities include the establishment of effective partnerships with University schools/departments and other partners. 


Research Management

  • Provide oversight and administrative direction for all DNA extraction, biobanking, sample tracking, sequencing, and genotyping activities in the Genomic Analysis Facility.
  • Troubleshoot problems as they arise in any of the cores with the help of other technical staff
  • Support and monitor research-related activities to assure compliance with University, P&S, and funding agency regulations; prepare reports as required.
  • Work with CU Research Administration as needed to achieve goals.


Financial Management:

  • Manage the institute’s finances related to the core activities of the Genomic Analysis Facility. 
  • Prepare annual budget for the Genomic Analysis Facility.   
  • Monitor, report and explain variances to approved budget; address variances and present alternatives for achieving the goals.
  • Meet fiduciary responsibility for financial controls and comply with all audit requirements.


Human Resources Management:

  • Supervise laboratory managers, who will oversee technical staff and manage  human resource functions .
  • Determine the appropriate organizational structure and mix of staff to maximize departmental laboratory operations and minimize expenses.
  • Assure that annual staff performance evaluations are conducted in a timely fashion and that job descriptions are accurate and up-to-date.
  • Assure adherence to CU, CUMC, and Medical School human resource policies and regulations.

Facilities and Information Technology Management:

  • Manage facilities and space for the Department, collaborating with CUMC facilities and space management staff.
  • Guide the establishment and maintenance of all laboratory equipment, laboratory protocols, and technical operations.
  • Establish and coordinate databases storing specimen information, genomic data and clinical data. 
  • Develop and monitor a capital plan incorporating short and long term capital needs of the department
  • Support project managers with building design, functionality concerns, and monitoring of capital expenditures for the Institute.   
  • Responsible for the departmental space and equipment inventories
  • Coordinate with CUMC facilities management on departmental renovation and construction projects.
  • Develop and implement department information technology plan and policies.
  • Interact directly with facilities management to ensure proper power, heating, and cooling delivery


Compliance Management:

  • Assure compliance with CU, CUMC, Medical School, NYP, union, and governmental policies, procedures, and regulations related to financial affairs, physician billing at all practice sites, grants and contracts, practice enhancement, and philanthropy matters.
  • Cooperate with all audit requirements and implement all audit recommendations in a timely manner
  • Ensure department activities comply with sponsoring agency (e.g., National Institutes of Health) and external audit.


Development/Strategic Planning:

  • Assist and participate in the formulation of strategic plans for the department; create plans that support the overall goals of the department; coordinate strategic planning processes.  
  • PhD in biological sciences is preferred, with a minimum of seven years of progressive scientific responsibility at a managerial level required, preferably in an academic health center.
  • Effective leadership and organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to manage and lead staff in a changing environment.
  • Knowledge and experience with complex information and computer systems,
  • Understanding of the evolving academic science marketplace
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students; experienced in the supervision of administrative and support staff personnel.
  • Ability to provide initiative, judgment and creativity in the resolution of complex problems
  • Effective communication/presentation skills, and a proven track record of forming collaborative and effective working relationships with physicians and administrative leaders.
  • Ability to establish realistic and achievable priorities and the ability to lead staff to achieve departmental goals and objectives. 
How to Apply

Please apply through the CUMC employment site:  

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