Director of Research Administration & Operations
Pacific Neuroscience Institute


Please click on the links below to watch video messages from the leaders of the Pacific Neuroscience Institute, Pacific Neuroscience Institute Foundation, Providence Saint John’s Health Center and Pacific Brain Health Center

Click here for video message from Daniel F. Kelly, M.D., Director, Pacific Neuroscience Institute

Click here for video message from Melissa Coleman, Esq., Vice President, Pacific Neuroscience Institute Foundation

Click here for video message from David A. Merrill, MD, PhD, Director, Pacific Brain Institute



Founded in 2015 by Drs. Daniel F. Kelly (neurosurgeon), Chester F. Griffiths (otolaryngologist – ENT), Howard R. Krauss (neuro-ophthalmologist) and Santosh Kesari (neuro-oncologist), Pacific Neuroscience Institute (PNI) ® provides precision leading-edge care for patients with a wide spectrum of neurological and cranial disorders including:

  • Benign and malignant brain and skull base tumors
  • Pituitary tumors and related hormonal disorders
  • Stroke and other neurovascular diseases
  • Adult hydrocephalus syndromes
  • Vision, hearing, swallowing and sinus disorders
  • Facial pain syndromes
  • Movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor
  • Cognitive and mood disorders including all types of dementia, depression, anxiety and addiction disorders
  • Autoimmune syndromes such as multiple sclerosis

With 37 physicians and 12 medical and surgical subspecialties represented including neurosurgery, neurology, neuro-oncology, neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-psychology, psychiatry, endocrinology, ENT (otolaryngology), interventional neuroradiology, radiation oncology, neuro-anesthesia and neuropathology, the PNI team provides a truly collaborative and comprehensive diagnostic and treatment approach for each patient. PNI’s goal is to rapidly and accurately understand the patient’s condition and provide focused minimally invasive and maximally effective care to help restore quality of life. PNI Medical Group is based at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance.

Through support by the PNI Foundation and Saint John’s Health Center Foundation, and in collaboration with the John Wayne Cancer Institute, PNI is striving to change the standard of care for patients with neuroscience conditions and advance brain health and wellness through translational research and clinical trials, provide fellowship training, as well as offer neuroscience education to patients and the community.


Pacific Neuroscience Institute is devoted to i) providing personalized, precision multidisciplinary patient care, ii) advancing the neurosciences and promoting brain health through novel research and innovative clinical trials, iii) training the next generation of clinician and research neuroscientists, and iv) educating patients and the community at large on vital neuroscience issues.

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Pacific Brain Health Center

Thanks to a very generous gift by SJHC Foundation of almost $5M, PNI was able to launch Pacific Brain Health Center (PBHC) in July 2018, the mission of which is to create a world-class multidisciplinary team of clinician scientists focused on prevention, early diagnosis and novel treatments of all brain health-related disorders. The Brain Health Center is envisioned as the “umbrella” Center for the entire Institute given that all disorders for which PNI has clinical and research programs have an impact on brain health; and vice versa, strategies for brain health and resilience can readily be applied to minimize impacts of other conditions such as brain tumors, stroke and hydrocephalus. Thus, PBHC is focused not only on specific neurodegenerative disorders causing memory and cognitive decline, but also is PNI’s cohesive and collaborative platform promoting a broader understanding of brain disorders, and novel evidence-driven treatments to optimize all aspects of brain function, the human experience, longevity and quality of life.

The core Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) research and treatment team at PBHC was brought to PNI through a collaborative recruitment effort by the PNI founders and the current PBHC Director Dr. David Merrill. Building on their preexisting clinical research collaborations, the PBHC team of Drs. Merrill, Verna Porter, William Buxton, Scott Kaiser, Sarah McEwen, Shanthi Gowrinathan and Stella Panos have seen and treated hundreds of AD, MCI, other dementia and memory loss patients per month since mid-2018 using a patient-centered multi-disciplinary approach.

In August of 2020, PBHC received a transformational gift of $40 million dollars from Will and Cary Singleton. This represents the largest single gift received by Saint John’s Health Center Foundation and will greatly assist PNI and the PBHC in their pursuit of novel and effective treatments for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory and cognition disorders.

$40 Million Gift to Pacific Brain Health Center

Pacific Brain Health Center - 2020 Roadmap

As a result of the Singleton’s $40 million gift, a newly created position of Director of Research Administration and Operations has been created to assist the Pacific Brain Health Center, Pacific Neuroscience Institute, and Pacific Neuroscience Institute Foundation team create and build processes, procedures, budgetary and operations infrastructure and pursue additional research. The new Director will be an employee of PNIF and have a dual reporting relationship to the Director of PHBC and the Vice President of PNIF.

Pacific Neuroscience Institute Foundation

The PNI Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization whose purpose is to facilitate the research, teaching and education mission of PNI ™ and its faculty. It serves as the primary conduit to providing education and awareness of the research and services of the PNIMG faculty, as well as fundraising from a variety of sources – philanthropy, corporate support, industry, and federal and non-federal grants.

PNI Foundation support extends across multiple areas of need at PNI, including fueling innovative, translational and clinical research projects, clinical trials support, peer-reviewed publications, database infrastructure, neuroanatomical skills laboratory, fellowship training, faculty recruitment, patient education and community outreach. In collaboration with John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI), the PNI and SJHC Foundations are specifically focused on advancing the care of patients with primary and metastatic brain tumors, and to support training and education in neurosurgery, neuro-oncology and related disciplines.

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Director of Research Administration and Operations

Reporting dually to the Director of Pacific Brain Health Center and the Vice President of the Pacific Neuroscience Institute Foundation (PNIF), the Director of Research Administration and Operations oversees the research operations for the Pacific Brain Health Center (PBHC). This role would oversee the grant proposal submissions (Federal, State, and Private including Industry) for the PBHC and other programs including review and approval of proposed salaries and effort, appropriate application of fringe benefits and indirect cost rates; reviewing, approving, and tracking any cost sharing commitments by other Providence entities or partnerships. The Director will also be responsible for strategic planning and evaluation of the research operation, leveraging data and analytics, and developing tracking tools. He/she will audit operations, including clinical research procedures to ensure compliance with applicable regulations; provide leadership in identifying and implementing corrective actions/processes. He/she will oversee financial resources, as needed, and create internal and external budgets for research protocols, ensure financial accountability for PNIF and other resources. In addition, the Director will be familiar with identifying and completing research grants.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Fosters and stimulates wide engagement in development, execution, and monitoring of the current and future strategic plans to optimize the research mission of the PBHC. This includes leveraging data and analytics, developing tracking tools, and fostering transparent internal and external communications.
  • Coordinates all research cores within the PBHC
  • Oversees financial resources, as needed, and creates and approves internal and external budgets for research protocols
  • Supervise the Research Services Core Manager
  • Other duties as assigned or that are related to above
  • Quickly establish trust and credibility throughout the organization and become known as a positive, can-do, energizing leader who is well-liked and respected
  • Effectively work with all constituents including researchers and clinicians to help the organization achieve its overall goals and strategic vision
  • Create structure including processes, procedures, budgets, and workflow “from the ground up”
  • Make key hires when and where necessary to help build and support operations
  • Master’s degree in business/healthcare administration or related advanced degree is required with additional education and/or experience in strategic and operations management preferred (Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education)
  • 7 years progressive, successful leadership experience preferably in academic healthcare human research
  • Management experience in a large, multi-faceted or clinical department/division in a school, corporate or hospital environment

Experience, Style and Personal Characteristics

  • A proven, hands-on leader with superb operating skills and a track record of success in a similar environment
  • Must be comfortable in a “start-up” environment where the organization is “building the ship while sailing it at the same time”
  • A consensus builder with strong negotiating skills and ample diplomacy
  • A decisive “task-oriented” problem solver who can quickly but prudently assess a given situation and develop multiple plausible solutions.
  • Has improved day-to-day operational efficiency and has built and/or grown a department or organization of similar complexity
  • Must be compassionate and emotionally mature to match the environment and culture of PNIF
  • Possesses excellent analytical, tactical planning and problem-solving skills, as well as a strong patient and physician focus. A tough, resilient leader and manager who can operate comfortably in a busy and highly pressurized environment.
  • Possesses the highest integrity and honesty
  • Must have an entrepreneurial spirit and be ready to operate in a newly created environment that doesn’t yet have the structure and resources of a large academic research organization
  • Must have cultural intelligence, compassion, and sensitivity to work with people of all backgrounds

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For the selected candidate, a complete and competitive compensation package will be offered which includes salary, incentive bonus, major insurances, PTO, retirement, and relocation reimbursement.

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