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Assistant Director of Research Operations, Stravitz-Sanyal Institute for Liver Disease

Richmond

Assistant Director of Research Operations, Stravitz-Sanyal Institute for Liver Disease

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  • Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23284
  • SOM Stravitz-Sanyal Institute for Liver Disease and Metabolic Health
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine is a premier academic medical center located in the heart of Richmond. Accounting for almost half of VCU’s sponsored research, the School of Medicine is internationally recognized for patient care and education. All full-time university staff are eligible for VCU’s generous benefits package that includes: competitive health benefits, paid annual and holiday leave, retirement planning and savings options, tax-deferred annuity and cash match programs, Virginia Retirement System (VRS), professional development & certifications, tuition waiver, parental leave, caregiving leave and community service leave. Learn more about VCU’s benefits here: https://hr.vcu.edu/careers-at-vcu/why-work-at-vcu/

**Administrative Leadership Opportunity - Clinical Research**

Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking an experienced basic and clinical research management professional to serve as the Associate Director for Basic and Clinical Research Administration and Operations in the Stravitz-Sanyal Institute for Liver Disease and Metabolic Health (the Liver Institute). This key administrative leadership position is essential to support clinical faculty in a diverse and growing clinical and basic research portfolio. This position is focused on administrative, financial, regulatory, and operational oversight of clinical and basic research conducted in the Liver Institute. This candidate will have a strong background in basic research and expertise in specimen collection, specimen management, and basic histology. The Associate Director for Basic and Clinical Research Administration and Operations is responsible for ensuring the Liver Institute has efficient and effective administrative processes and infrastructure in place to support: efficient study activation, compliant study conduct, financial feasibility, data management, and reporting.

Position Summary:

Areas of responsibility and focus will include:
  • Represent the Liver Institute and serve as key contributor to improve basic and clinical research administration and operations. Seek input from appropriate stakeholders; advocate and make recommendations to leadership for improvements to policy, process, staffing, training, reporting, etc. Oversee subject recruitment and study enrollment goals. Determine effective strategies for promoting/recruiting research participants and retaining participants in long-term clinical trials.
  • Resource Needs: Analyze infrastructure and resources in place that support research and recommend improvements that support strategic growth of the Liver Institute’s research portfolio. Recommend staffing models for research coordination and management within the Liver Institute.
  • Monitoring and Reporting: Develop, implement, and maintain reporting program for research operations management. Develop reporting and analytics to aid the Liver Institute in evaluation of research activity aimed at increasing productivity and improving data quality to enhance study management, resource allocation, and decision making.
  • Research staffing, onboarding, and training: Develop and maintain a central pool of Project Managers and Clinical Coordinators to support various Liver Institute units in need of fluctuating coordinator or regulatory support. Develop and implement standard onboarding and training processes for new clinical research team members.
  • Oversee Budget Development Processes: Ensuring completion of budget development, and budget negotiation for all applicable projects and studies.
  • Collaboration and External Partnership Management: Develops and maintains relationships with external stake holders such as pharma companies, sponsors, and other collaborators (i.e. consortia) to ensure access to clinical trials and projects to develop a strong research portfolio. Manage vendor deliverables and performance
  • Biorespository Monitoring: Oversees all aspects of biorepository operations. Accountable for all clinical specimen collection, tracking, handling, management, reconciliation and disposition for studies/programs. Provide accurate and timely updates to the study team, functional leadership, and other key stakeholders.
  • Imaging Core and Data Warehouse Management: Oversee data management for research projects. Develop and manage systems to organize, collect, report, and monitor data collection. Extract, analyze, and interpret data.


Minimum Hiring Standards:


Required background:
  • Bachelor’s degree in healthcare or business-related field with at least 8 years of progressively responsible experience in clinical research management.
  • Must possess a thorough understanding of both clinical trial coordination and administration in areas such as: feasibility assessment, coverage analysis, budget development/negotiation, clinical research billing, regulatory management, study conduct, and data management.
  • Must possess a through understanding of biorepository operations
  • Prior experience supervising others is required.

Required Skills:
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement in decision making, program management, and interpretation of complex rules and regulations.
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, time management, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Must be dedicated to leading a staff that provide high levels of customer service while managing multiple projects in a fast paced, deadline driven environment.
  • Ability to work in a diverse environment required.

Preferred Hiring Standards:


S trongly prefer:
  • Master’s degree or other advanced degree;
  • Nationally recognized certification in clinical research management, i.e., ACRP or SOCRA certification;
  • Extensive clinical research leadership experience.


Position will remain open until filled.

The School of Medicine continuously strives for our workplace and learning environment to reflect the demographic and social milieu of the communities we serve. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.

 

Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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