The primary focus of the Director, Center for Cell and Gene Therapy will be to develop a coordinated institutional effort across clinical services, clinical labs and production facilities involved in transplantation and cell/gene therapy. At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) there are currently over 700 bone marrow transplants (BMT), 5 autologous gene-transduced BMTs, and over 100 immune effector cell (IEC) infusions performed annually with significant expected growth over the next five years in both hematological malignancies and solid tumor. The mission of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy will be to provide a unifying structure across the diverse activities supporting cell-based therapies at MSKCC in order to accelerate new developments and/or products into clinical trials. Additionally, the Center aims to better understand the immune environment resulting in the best outcomes for advanced cell/gene therapies. The Director will report to the Physician-in-Chief.
The Director will have the independence to shape the strategic and programmatic priorities of the Center, ensure clinical and operational excellence, including the rapid development of capacity for clinically relevant discovery through investigator-initiated trials, and the recruitment, professional development and retention of trainees and faculty within the Center.
The successful candidate will be an internationally recognized clinician-scientist with strong academic credentials and experience with the clinical care of hematologic malignancies and solid tumor patients with immune effector cells. In terms of the performance and personal competencies required for the position, we would highlight the following:
Collaboration and Influencing:
Eager to partner with other MSKCC leaders to establish a multidisciplinary, coordinated framework for cell-based therapies
Able to communicate and collaborate across different internal and external teams and stakeholders to influence and ensure support for initiatives
Encourages others to share the spotlight and celebrate successes.
Demonstrated ability to drive improvement and align a team.
Particularly skilled at creating energy and commitment of others to engage in the change process, addressing concerns, and maintaining commitment through completion.
Adept at instilling confidence in and commitment from the extended team, and senior leadership.
A 'getting things done' mindset - a proven executor with the ability to manage multiple efforts simultaneously.
Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty; the ability to adapt nimbly and lead others, through complex situations.
An ability to balance the desire/need for broad change with an understanding of how much change the organization is capable of handling, creating realistic goals that are achievable and successful.
An ability to persevere in the face of challenges and exhibit a steadfast resolve and commitment to higher standards, which commands respect from followers.
An ability to outline transparent metrics for success and measure output with adjustments and course corrections as needed
A leader who is viewed by others as having a high degree of integrity and credibility in their approach to making decisions.
An ability to act in a transparent and consistent manner while always taking into account what is best for the organization.
Leading by example and driving the organization's performance with an attitude of continuous improvement by being open to feedback and self-improvement.
Candidate Profile- Ideal Experience
At a minimum, qualified candidates should be/should have:
Internationally recognized clinician as well as a leader in clinical, translational, laboratory based or population science.
Extensive administrative experience
Extensive knowledge of the clinical care of patients with Immune Effector Cells, with experience in both Hematologic Malignancy and Solid Tumor care.
Board-eligible or board-certified in (Pediatric) Medical Oncology and/or Hematology
Eligible for licensure in New York State and New Jersey
Nomination and Application Procedure
MSKCC has a strong commitment to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. Applicants from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. MSK offers competitive salaries and benefits. Interested applicants should send curriculum vitae and letter of interest to Valentina Salkow firstname.lastname@example.org and Monchell Johnson at email@example.com
Internal Number: 2021-49744
About Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
As one of the world's premier cancer centers, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is committed to exceptional patient care, leading-edge research, and superb educational programs. The close collaboration between our physicians and scientists is one of our unique strengths, enabling us to provide patients with the best care available today as we work to discover more effective strategies to prevent, control, and ultimately cure cancer in the future. Our education programs train future physicians and scientists, and the knowledge and experience they gain at Memorial Sloan-Kettering has an impact on cancer treatment and the biomedical research agenda around the world.