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Assistant Director of Project Management (Palliative Research Center)

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Posted Job Title
Assistant Director of Project Management (Palliative Research Center)

Job Profile Title
Manager Research Project C

Job Description Summary
The mission of the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center is to generate high-quality evidence to advance healthcare policies and practices with the goals of improving the lives of all people affected by serious illness and removing the barriers to health equity that seriously ill patients commonly face. We are seeking an experienced senior project manager to lead a number of Center-wide efforts to improve our research practices and to support underserved patients. First, the Assistant Director for Project Management will guide the development of the PAIR Center Project Management Core. Specific responsibilities include refining standard operating procedures, developing organizational toolkits and templates, creating opportunities for knowledge sharing and professional development among the PM Core group, supporting the training of junior staff, with an emphasis on teaching culturally sensitive research practices recommended by our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. Second, he/she will be the senior and lead project manager responsible for an ongoing multi-site clinical trial among 3,200 underserved smokers.

The Assistant Director for Project Management will be responsible for an ongoing 11MIL clinical trial funded by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, including managing the project scope, budget, and timelines; coordinating with health system leads at the four partnering health systems to ensure regulatory compliance (e.g., data use agreements, subawards, IRBs, invoicing, etc.); consulting on major protocol changes in conjunction with the investigative team; undertaking monthly and quarterly reporting to the funding agency; liaising with the Engagement leads to coordinate Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings comprised of health system executives, payers, community organizations, and underserved smokers; and supervising a Project Manager B responsible for all day-to-day operations of the study.

The Assistant Director will be responsible for developing and sharing best practices with our staff. He/she will be responsible for: Developing an organizational toolkit for PAIR faculty, staff, and trainees for clinical trials and longitudinal studies; Standardizing research practices (e.g., Standard Operating Procedures), with a special emphasis on encouraging culturally sensitive research practices; Consulting on external stakeholder material development and clinic trainings; Curating existing Center-wide materials into a central repository (e.g., stakeholder materials, manual of operations, regulatory documents, consent forms, trainings; surveys, etc.); Providing an additional layer of organizational training support to Project Managers supervised by Center Core faculty; and Designing programming and trainings for Clinical Research Coordinators in conjunction with the Manager for Education and Training,

We seek a candidate with a minimum of 5-7 years prior experience in health services research and/ or public health, Masters-degree required. The ideal candidate will have experience with clinical trials and multi-site program management across health systems. The Assistant Director for Project Management will function independently in carrying out most responsibilities and must feel comfortable communicating regularly with multiple stakeholders throughout the health systems. This position reports directly to the Director of Portfolio Development within the PAIR Center.

Position contingent upon funding.

Job Description

The mission of the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center is to generate high-quality evidence to advance healthcare policies and practices with the goals of improving the lives of all people affected by serious illness and removing the barriers to health equity that seriously ill patients commonly face. We are seeking an experienced senior project manager to lead a number of Center-wide efforts to improve our research practices and to support underserved patients. First, the Assistant Director for Project Management will guide the development of the PAIR Center Project Management Core. Specific responsibilities include refining standard operating procedures, developing organizational toolkits and templates, creating opportunities for knowledge sharing and professional development among the PM Core group, supporting the training of junior staff, with an emphasis on teaching culturally sensitive research practices recommended by our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. Second, he/she will be the senior and lead project manager responsible for an ongoing multi-site clinical trial among 3,200 underserved smokers.

The Assistant Director for Project Management will be responsible for an ongoing 11MIL clinical trial funded by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, including managing the project scope, budget, and timelines; coordinating with health system leads at the four partnering health systems to ensure regulatory compliance (e.g., data use agreements, subawards, IRBs, invoicing, etc.); consulting on major protocol changes in conjunction with the investigative team; undertaking monthly and quarterly reporting to the funding agency; liaising with the Engagement leads to coordinate Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings comprised of health system executives, payers, community organizations, and underserved smokers; and supervising a Project Manager B responsible for all day-to-day operations of the study.

The Assistant Director will be responsible for developing and sharing best practices with our staff. He/she will be responsible for: Developing an organizational toolkit for PAIR faculty, staff, and trainees for clinical trials and longitudinal studies; Standardizing research practices (e.g., Standard Operating Procedures), with a special emphasis on encouraging culturally sensitive research practices; Consulting on external stakeholder material development and clinic trainings; Curating existing Center-wide materials into a central repository (e.g., stakeholder materials, manual of operations, regulatory documents, consent forms, trainings; surveys, etc.); Providing an additional layer of organizational training support to Project Managers supervised by Center Core faculty; and Designing programming and trainings for Clinical Research Coordinators in conjunction with the Manager for Education and Training,

We seek a candidate with a minimum of 5-7 years prior experience in health services research and/ or public health, Masters-degree required. The ideal candidate will have experience with clinical trials and multi-site program management across health systems. The Assistant Director for Project Management will function independently in carrying out most responsibilities and must feel comfortable communicating regularly with multiple stakeholders throughout the health systems. This position reports directly to the Director of Portfolio Development within the PAIR Center.

Position contingent upon funding.

Qualifications
Master's Degree with 5-7 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Working Conditions
Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table; Occasional lifting 25 lb. or less; Typically standing or walking

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$72,837.00 - $116,539.66

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Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
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