Children's Mercy KC

Medical Director, Research Learning Center

Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 1 year ago(4/15/2021 11:29 AM)
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Do you envision finding a meaningful role with an inclusive and compassionate team? At Children’s Mercy, we believe in making a difference in the lives of all children and shining a light of hope to the patients and families we serve. Our employees make the difference, which is why we have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top pediatric hospital, for eleven consecutive years.


Children’s Mercy is in the heart of Kansas City – a metro abounding in cultural experiences, vibrant communities and thriving businesses. This is where our patients and families live, work and play. This is a community that has embraced our hospital and we strive to say thanks by giving back. As a leader in children’s health, we engage in meaningful programs and partnerships throughout the region so that we can improve the lives of children beyond the walls of our hospital.





The primary purpose of the Medical Director of the Research Learning Center is to nurture, develop, and mentor our clinician scientists in partnership with academic chairs, the Children’s Mercy Research Institute leadership, and the Office of Faculty Development. This position reports directly to the Physician-in-Chief and requires a commitment of a 0.40 to 0.70 FTE based on the qualifications of the candidate, allowing for additional efforts up to a 1.0 FTE to be tailored to individual professional interests.  This leadership position requires administrative skills to guide an office crafted to provide all aspects of research support for clinician-scientists.  This support will include opportunity discovery, grant writing/editing, study design, and biostatistical support, among others.  The successful candidate will show evidence of significant research success as defined by NIH funding and experience to poise the medical director for effective mentoring of clinician-scientists at all levels of development.  This includes individual mentorship as well as organizational support of group workshops or practice sessions for scientific meetings.  Finally, this position requires the ability to work with a diverse set of faculty from multiple departments, and to be the institutional representative for our Research Learning Center to the Board of Directors and other external groups of interest.  Success in the position will be determined by faculty engagement with the Research Learning Center and the successful upward research trajectories of our clinician-scientists. The upward trajectory will be measured in large part by successful external funding applications. 


At Children’s Mercy, we are committed to ensuring that everyone feels welcomed within our walls. A successful candidate for this position will join us as we strive to create a workplace that reflects the community we serve, as well as our core values of kindness, curiosity, inclusion, team and integrity.



- Provides administrative leadership to a team of individuals inclusive of administrators, grant editors and biostatisticians focused on nurturing, developing, and mentoring our clinician scientists at all levels
-Designs and facilitates hands-on learning opportunities for groups of faculty interested in exploring research as a career path
-Creates and promotes standardization for academic work products, including presentations
-Provides mentorship to clinician scientists at all levels of career development
-Develops and Implements processes that foster robust internal grant review prior to submission to funding agencies
-Provides advice and insight to our academic chairs on the trajectory of the clinical scientists in their respective departments
-Fosters collaboration and partnership with our Office of Faculty Development and our Leadership Center for Physicians to maximize the impact of everyone’s efforts


  • MD or PhD required
  • Evidence of a track record of significant external funding (e.g. NIH)
  • If MD and planning to have a clinical role, State Medical License Required, BNDD and DEA Certificates Required, and BE/BC Required

EEO Employer/Disabled/Vet

Children’s Mercy hires individuals based on their job skills, expertise and ability to maintain professional relationships with fellow employees, patients, parents and visitors. A personal interview, formal education and training, previous work experience, references and a criminal background investigation all are factors used to select the best candidates. The hospital does not discriminate against prospective or current employees based on the race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, creed, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry or veteran status. A drug screen will be performed upon hire. Children’s Mercy is smoke and tobacco free.


Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

CM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. Our patients and families come from all walks of life, and so do we. We know that our greatest strengths come from the people who make up our team so we hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our hospital stronger and our patient care more compassionate.

If you share our values and our enthusiasm for service, you will find a home at CM. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring, including education, ideas, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, languages spoken, veteran status, color, religion, disability and beliefs.



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