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President (SCRI)

Seattle Children’s seeks a leader with vision, and a dynamic, inclusive, and enterprising style to serve as the next President of the Seattle Children’s Research Institute.
Seattle Children’s is a top-tier pediatric institution, united by a compelling mission: to provide hope, care, and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Dedicated to delivering superior patient care and identifying new discoveries and treatments through research for over 100 years, the organization’s annual net operating revenue of $1.7 billion places it among the largest children’s hospitals in the country today. It includes a 407-bed hospital, a foundation supported by thousands of donors and guild members and the Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI) – one of the top five pediatric research centers in the country, internationally recognized for its work in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention and bioethics with over $208 million in extramural funding. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research Institute, and Foundation deliver superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients.
Reporting to CEO Jeff Sperring, MD, and a member of his Executive Leadership Team, the President, SCRI participates in the development and ongoing assessment of corporate strategy. The President works collaboratively to develop, secure support for, and implement a vision for the strategy, policy, and infrastructure that will position SCRI as a leading research institution and works with stakeholders to promote and enhance a dynamic, ambitious, and highly collaborative research agenda across Seattle Children’s that builds synergies among areas of the organization in pursuit of greater impact.
The President, SCRI attends Board meetings and staffs the Boards Research Committee and works closely with the President of the Seattle Children’s Foundation. The President also serves as an Assistant Dean for Research and will hold a faculty appointment at the University of Washington School of Medicine. 
The successful candidate will have a track record of leadership and innovation in the national and international research establishment and experience in linking research to graduate education as well as a demonstrated ability to provide strategic leadership in multi-disciplinary and academic research and scholarship and strong skills in planning communication, and organization. The President will have a track record of experience managing individuals with differing backgrounds and experience with a passion for developing talent and fostering opportunity and growth and in a workplace culture that is inclusive and equitable. The President will possess the ability to enhance the educational and research mission by creating further opportunities for global collaboration among researchers, students, and faculty as well as a history of strong interactions with government agencies and the corporate sector and knowledge of national and international research agendas and enterprise. A robust knowledge of the role of philanthropic foundations in research and scholarship in liberal arts, science, technology, and health care education in addition to knowledge of intellectual property guidelines to develop a culture of academic research excellence while building on technology transfer and economic development activities is required
SCRI’s next President must possess a PhD or MD as well as ten years of increasing operational management responsibility and experience in primary research at the academic level and a minimum of five years at the executive level in a large, complex, and horizontally integrated healthcare setting. Familiarity with patenting and licensing and an understanding of federal and state appropriations processes, budgeting in a complex environment, grants and contracts administration, and strategic planning with accountability measures is highly preferred.
The full position profile can be viewed here.
Seattle Children’s has retained Opus Partners to support the recruitment of this position. Katie Dean, Associate Partner, and Thomas Lapierre, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent by email to Thomas (
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