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Job Postings


Director of External Business Relations, University of Washington

Opening Date: 8/17/2015

Closing Date: 9/19/2015

Location: Seattle, Washington

Job Number: 123801

Apply At: http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/jobs/index.html


The UW School of Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a Director of External Business Relations, a position which is responsible for a variety of external business related activities for the School. The School is nationally and internationally recognized for excellent programs in clinical care, teaching and research activities. The School has 30 academic departments with over 2,000 paid and 4,000 courtesy faculty members, over 1200 residents, and more federal research support than any other public medical school, with an annual budget of over $1.1 billion. The School is part of UW Medicine which includes the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), Harborview Medical Center (HMC), Northwest Hospital and Medical Center (NWH), Valley Medical Center (VMC), UW Neighborhood Clinics (UWNC), UW Physicians (UWP) and Airlift Northwest.

Under the general guidance of the Director of Business and Regulatory Affairs, the Director for External Business Relations is responsible for School of Medicine business administration operations relating to a wide­range of external business relationships and contractual matters, including non- clinical goods and services contracts, research­related business agreements, related licensing and intellectual property matters, physician services agreements with other UW Medicine entities and third parties, clinical and research affiliations, and selected matters involving faculty and staff outside work, medical education affiliations and business related compliance issues.

The Director for External Business Relations has management responsibility for advising School of Medicine leaders and managers on specific business issues related to real estate and leasing, tax, risk, and intellectual property and for ensuring that appropriate provisions to protect the School’s business and legal interests are incorporated into agreements with other entities. The Director is also responsible for working with others to develop policies and internal operating guidance related to business operations.

A service orientation is as important as are substantive skills in contracting and business operations. Also required is the demonstrated ability to work closely and credibly with faculty and staff in highly personal and sensitive matters. Finally, a demonstrated ability to understand and work with highly ambiguous subject matter is necessary, to create and bring consensus among faculty, staff and administrator to action plans.

This position has a primary reporting relationship to the Director of Business and Regulatory Affairs in the Business Unit of the Dean’s Office and works closely with the Director of Business Projects and the Director of Regulatory Guidance.


A JD or Master’s degree in Business Administration or Health Care Administration is preferred along with 5 yrs. experience in an academic, governmental or health care environment. You can find a detailed description of requirements and responsibilities for this position by following the application process referred to below.

Application Process:

Part of the application process for this position includes completing an on­line assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. Go to https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/eng/candidates/default.cfm? szCategory=jobprofileszOrderID=123801szCandidateID=0szSearchWords=szReturnToSearch=1

The assessment will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply for this Job" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete. A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.


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