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Chief Operating Officer

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Job Description

The Burke Neurological Institute is one of the few institutions in the world focused on curing disability after patients have exhausted everything the health care system has to offer. To execute on this mission we have a growing base of Cornell faculty who focus on basic, translational and clinical research. These investigators collaborate internally and across the globe to discover, implement and transform clinical care.

Despite a nearly flat NIH budget in real dollars over the past two decades, BNI has grown its NIH base by more than 500 percent. The research efforts are seeded by an endowment, but there is a desperate need to grow our grant revenue and diversify our funding sources via commercialization and philanthropy. To meet the growing societal and institutional demands created by our mission to cure disability, BNI seeks to hire a dynamic, forward thinking, and experienced Chief Operating Officer who will work synergistically with the Executive Director to grow the scientific and clinical impact of BNI in a manner that minimizes financial exposure and institutional risk.

Major Responsibilities

  1. To help develop and implement a strategic and financial plan that optimizes revenue from grants, commercialization and philanthropy, but that optimally leverages current resources available to the Institute.
  2. To develop and implement a strategic plan for the physical plant of the Institute that creates a prescription for growth that is consonant with available resources.
  3. To develop and implement an organizational strategic plan that aligns our administrative capacities with the demands of our investigators, trainees, and administrative personnel.
  4. To work closely with Board Committees to achieve optimal communication and balance of governance and operations.
  5. To manage the goals, expectations and performance of the administrative staff of the Institute along with the Executive Director.
  6. Assist the Director in optimizing risk management including use of outside counsel in employment, commercialization, and institutional collaborations.


  • Master’s degree and eight years of experience in sponsored research, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in higher education or research-intensive institution preferred.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Expertise in both pre-award and post-award aspects of sponsored research administration.
  • Advanced understanding of specific sponsor guidelines and regulations, including NIH, NYSDH and other major foundations.
  • Experience in proposal development, contracts and grants administration, regulatory compliance, and financial management.
  • Impeccable commitment to high ethical standards and integrity.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, able to carry out multiple projects and tasks simultaneously and independently.
  • Willingness and flexibility to accommodate and effectively support changing priorities, processes, and systems.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with a focus on customer service and collaboration.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; able to effectively and clearly communicate and coordinate with individuals across all levels of the University community.
  • A demonstrated commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace.

How to Apply

We thank you for your interest in this position and welcome your application. To apply, interested candidates should complete the online application, upload a cover letter, a resume/CV, and include three contacts for references.

About the Institute

At the Burke Neurological Institute in White Plains, New York, just 35 minutes outside of New York City, we bring hope to those living with neurological disabilities caused by a host of afflictions, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and Alzheimer’s disease. Our world-class neuroscience helps people see, remember, talk, write, and walk again. Hope demands innovation and brilliant science, and every day with our academic affiliate, Weill Cornell Medicine, we transform groundbreaking research into promising neurological treatments.

Burke Neurological Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

Faculty Mentor

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Executive Director
Burke Neurological Institute
Burke Professor, Associate Dean (affiliate)