Director of Youth Care Translational Research Center – Boys Town

January 31, 2020

Omaha, NE

Job Title: Director of Youth Care Translational Research Center
Location: Omaha, NE

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The Boys Town National Research Hospital is seeking to hire an established scientist with a strong research background in research specifically focused on disorders in children, a history of external funding and an interest in leading and expanding a dynamic research program supported by diverse sources of funding. Boys Town’s research program currently includes 25 laboratories spanning the range from basic neuroscience to human translational research studies of human growth and development. Institutional and state funds are being used to expand the research program. We have close ties to local universities, but function independently.


Provides overall direction for planning and conducting research and evaluation activities in the Institute.

• Meets regularly with organization leaders to create strategic directions for Youth Care research.
• Sets annual goals and objectives for the TRC, evaluates progress on these on a regular basis, and makes progress reports to Youth Care leaders.
• Develops annual budgets for the TRC in collaboration with the EVP for Youth Care.
• Develops and maintains collaborative working relationships with university-based research, funding agencies, and other external partners to conduct nationally recognized research the supports the Boys Town mission.
• Applies current knowledge from Boys Town studies as well as relevant external research literatures to the development and practice of prevention and intervention programs at Boys Town.
• Conducts and supervises selected nationally significant research projects in collaboration with external partners and Boys Town staff.
• Carries out other external professional responsibilities commensurate with areas of expertise, including funding agency review panels, peer reviews of manuscripts and grant proposals, and holding offices in professional societies.
• Hires, supervises, and evaluates directors, research scientists, senior research analysts, research analysts, research assistants, and clerical staff.
• Travels as needed to consult to external programs, to direct or conduct on-site data collection activities, to present results of research/evaluation projects, or to collaborate with external partners and clients.

Directs an individual research program within the TRC that is productive, collaborative and capable of securing external support.

• Designs and conducts nationally and internationally significant research and evaluation studies which make significant contributions to scientific literature and are relevant to the development and implementation of prevention and treatment programs at Boys Town.
• Takes a leadership role in working on teams to design research plans, disseminate the results of research projects, and assist with program development and operations.
• Conducts annual performance evaluations of laboratory heads in the TRC, research assistants and postdocs assigned to the Director’s own laboratory, and key clinical staff.
• Monitors compliance with Boys Town policies by members of the Center staff and takes steps to assure compliance when necessary.
• Serves as a member of the Research Executive Committee and on other committees as assigned by the Director of Research and/or the EVP of Youth Care.
• Consults with Boys Town staff and approves research projects conducted outside the Research Institute.
• Mentors laboratory directors by advising on the content of grant applications, reviewing Summary Statements and encouraging others to maintain a collegial, supportive environment.
• Provides regular reports on relevant research and evaluation projects to key stakeholders.
• Publishes results of research and evaluation projects for articles and presents results to internal and external audiences.
• Participates in the development of research grant proposals to secure extramural funding for research.

Serves as a role model in carrying out the Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home mission.

Job Requirements:

• Ph.D. in Psychology, Social Work, Education, or related field.
• At least 10 years of experience including design and implementation of research and evaluation in one or more of the following areas: education, child welfare, outcomes evaluation, criminal justice, family studies, or behavioral healthcare; experience supervising high-level professional staff, administrating programs, and publishing empirical research.
• Demonstrated research capabilities with a record of sustained extramural funding and publications in major scholarly journals.
• Available to travel.
• Knowledge of research design and statistics, and design and implementation of research and evaluation in one or more of the following areas: education, child welfare, outcomes evaluation, criminal justice, family studies, or behavioral healthcare.
• Knowledge of strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, and coordination of people and resources in a non-profit organization. Knowledge of organizational strategies and ability to apply those strategies in practice.
• High level of professionalism and interpersonal skills. Excellent critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills.
• Ability to communicate at all levels within the organization and with external business contacts in an articulate, professional manner while maintaining necessary degree of confidentiality.
• Ability to successfully lead a team of associates.

About the Village of Boys Town:

A National Historic Landmark since 1985, the Village of Boys Town is now the only National Historic Landmark District in Nebraska. At any given time, about 400 boys and girls live in the Village, receiving care and guidance for a wide range of behavioral, emotional and academic issues.

Boys Town touches the lives of more than 2 million children and families nationwide each year. As one of the country’s largest nonprofit funded child-care organizations, Boys Town is nationally recognized for its research-proven child, health and family care programs. From our start in 1917, we’re poised to make even greater strides forward as we lead the way in changing how America cares for children, families and communities for the next 100 years.

Schedule: Full Time
Date Posted: January 10,2020
Job ID: 14943

Contact Alison Merkel at or call 531-355-1767 with any questions.