The Batten Group, a national executive search and consulting
firm specializing in nonprofit, health, and mission-based
philanthropy, has been retained by the V Foundation to conduct a
national search for their Chief Scientific Officer. This position
will be based out of the organization's office in Cary,
Under the general direction of the Chief Executive Officer, the
Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) will lead as a visionary ambassador
of the V Foundation, working with the V Foundation’s Scientific
Advisory Committee to steer the funding to the most promising
research opportunities. The CSO will develop, and articulate
research priorities meant to enhance the V Foundation’s research
portfolio. He/She/They will also have responsibility to identify
and secure gifts, grants and sponsorships that advance the V
Foundation’s distinctive brand of cutting-edge and disruptive
research. As a strategist and revenue engine, the CSO will partner
closely with the Chief Development Officer and Chief Marketing
Officer, and their teams, to ensure the strongest possible case for
The CSO in insightful, data-driven, and considered an expert in
the field of cancer research. The CSO will be a relationship
builder, forging strong bonds with researchers, funding partners,
cancer centers, cancer research foundations, university and
institute partners, government entities, and other stakeholders.
The CSO also possesses a strong entrepreneurial spirit,
understanding the important relationship between fundraising and
successful scientific outcomes.
The CSO will be highly influential in helping the V Foundation
attain its vision of achieving Victory Over Cancer®. The CSO will
have a visionary outlook and help the team anticipate future
research opportunities by continually looking 2-3 years down the
road. The CSO will serve as a key member of the organization’s
executive management team by enriching team culture and creating
and implementing overall strategy. The CSO will be collaborative
across the organization and at all levels of team engagement.
The successful candidate will be goal-oriented, creative,
mission-driven, and a collaborative team player who can unlock
potential to achieve transformational results. The CSO will be a
visionary leader who harvests entrepreneurial thinking to unlock
the potential of the V Foundation. He/She/They will understand how
to maximize the potential of the Scientific Advisory Committee as
an extension of organizational resources.
Current direct reports include SVP of Research and Grants
Administration, who oversees three additional grants administration
Position Duties and Responsibilities
Lead the strategy and operational effectiveness of the V
Foundation grants program. Collaborate with the Scientific Advisory
Committee to recommend and deliver a highly impactful portfolio
that is in alignment with the mission, vision, and V Foundation
Strategic Plan. (40%)
- Oversee the short- and long-term planning and management of the
research portfolio and grants administration team.
- Chart and execute a framework for current and new research
- Create clear and comprehensive annual performance goals.
Develop performance goals, forecasts and budget expectations.
Collaborate with the CEO and CFO on the allocation of resources
alongside research initiatives.
- Collaborate with the SVP for Research & Grants
Administration to administer the research portfolio to ensure
investigators fulfill grant requirements and that all documentation
is organized and tracked appropriately for current and future use.
Ensure business practices are consistent with a research roadmap
that solidifies and elevates the V Foundation’s reputation.
- Cultivate the Scientific Advisory Committee to utilize talents
and expertise in the most strategic ways possible and help recruit
a talented and diverse Committee. Network amongst cancer
researchers and administrators to help identify future leaders and
ad hoc reviewers.
- Assure a thorough analysis of the success and productivity of
all V Foundation scientific programs since their inception,
providing examples and statistics to aid in program evaluation and
strategic planning and to facilitate fund raising.
- Provide strategic insights to the CEO, senior management, and
the V Foundation Board on latest cancer research advances and
trends that will have a direct impact on the future of the mission,
including recommendations on how the foundation will need to adapt
to maintain a competitive edge.
- Visit and develop relationships with leaders of NCI designated
cancer centers and scientific directors at other philanthropic
- Assist staff, donors, and key partners in making connections
with and referrals to cancer centers.
- Provide the CEO, SAC, and V Foundation Board of Directors with
metrics and analytics to justify strategic direction and highlight
advances to which our funding contributes.
Personally cultivate and solicit financial support from
foundations, business/industry, and major donors. Influence
revenue-generating activities, including programming meant to
enhance awareness, education, events, and market development.
Engage current and new audiences in the work of the V Foundation.
- In collaboration with the CEO, Chief Development Officer, Chief
Marketing Officer, and Vice President for Business Partnerships,
serve as a revenue engine for the organization. Identify,
cultivate, and solicit charitable gifts, joint funding, and
sponsorships from current and prospective donors and partners.
- Communicate the deliverables from completed projects to current
and prospective stakeholders. Leverage impact of past funding to
secure new funding opportunities.
- Conduct site visits with research partners to uncover unique
opportunities to sustain and build collaboration.
- Visibly represent the V Foundation at regional and national
meetings, with media partners, and through promotional
opportunities in an effort to bring greater awareness and resources
to our mission.
- Proactively partner with Marketing and Communications to
support strategic and tactical plans for promoting scientific
research funding. Help communicate the organization’s case for
Lead efforts to build entrepreneurial partnerships,
Fund-A-Need opportunities, joint ventures, and secure
mission-centric acquisitions. (20%)
- Source and evaluate competitive or complementary organizations
that would fit within the overall collaborative co-funding, joint
venture, and partner acquisition strategy of the V Foundation,
- Build relationships with cancer centers, research institutions,
and within diverse science and health communities to establish
focused strategies that advance the most significant research
opportunities within the V Foundation portfolio.
- Build and scale new research enterprises, such as V Foundation
branded mega-grants and a bolder cancer health inequities
- Be an active and energetic participant on any integration teams
of newly acquired organizations as opportunities and needs
- Serve as the executive point person for the V Foundation
Board’s Entrepreneurial Partnerships & Innovation Committee.
Proactively and reactively source targets for evaluation.
- Proactive self-starter with strong planning, analytical and
project management skills.
- Entrepreneurial strategist who can conceive and deliver
results. Comfortable building and sustaining relationships.
- Experience identifying and scaling best practices for research
intensive or research funding organizations.
- Familiarity with the technology, systems and data that drive
research tracking, reporting, and presentations to internal and
- Experience soliciting gifts, external support, or joint venture
funding for research projects that achieve organizational
- An ability to organize strategies and resources that align with
performance goals. Proven ability to coach and mentor teams to
achieve individual and collective potential.
- A belief in the value of diversity, equity and inclusion in the
workplace, and action that demonstrates this commitment.
- Strong sense of initiative and an outcomes-oriented
- Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal
- D. or Ph.D. degree.
- Minimum of 5+ years of direct involvement with cancer
- Ability to travel up to 50%.
Experience in the following areas is strongly
- A clear and deep understanding of how cancer research is
conducted across the United States.
- Recognition as a leader administratively and/or scientifically
in the cancer, research community.
- Experience with the National Cancer Institute, National
Institutes of Health, health care systems, and related federal and
state agencies. Familiarity with current grant mechanisms and
history of success in competitive grant applications from the NIH,
NCI, Department of Defense CDMRP, and FDA.
- Demonstrated relationships with public or private foundations
that fund cancer research.
- Fundraising prowess emphasized by personally securing
substantial gifts from leading donors to an organization.
- Experience with joint ventures, mergers, and acquisitions.
- Visibility within the cancer research and cancer fundraising
- Significant experience engaging and collaborating with
governing boards and volunteers.
- Ability to understand and engage with diverse audiences and new
- 10+ years in leading teams and managing staff performance to
achieve record-breaking results.
- Familiarity with the use of data and analytics to inform
POLICY ON PLACEMENT AND RECRUITMENT
The Batten Group and the V Foundation are equal opportunity
employers committed to the principles of non-discrimination in the
workplace. Candidates will not be discriminated on the basis of
age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
national origin, disability, marital status or any other basis that
is prohibited by federal, state, or local law.