Myeloma Research Program Manager (Cancer Center)

Myeloma Research Program Manager (Cancer Center)

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Posted Job Title
Myeloma Research Program Manager (Cancer Center)

Job Profile Title
Manager Research Project B

Job Description Summary
The Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) of the University of Pennsylvania is a world leader in developing and conducting innovative clinical trials for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. The ACC Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is instrumental in the development and implementation of cancer clinical trials that offer cutting-edge oncology treatments. The ACC CRU is currently comprised of 14 Research Teams that support disease/discipline specific cancer programs within the ACC. This Program Manager will have oversight of the ACC CRU- Myeloma Research Team.
The Program Manager position will directly report to the Physician Leader of the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC), Clinical Research Unit (CRU)- Myeloma Research Team and indirectly report to the CRU Central - Associate Director of Clinical Research Operations. The successful candidate will work closely with Physician leader and Lead Research Nurse of this CRU Research Team to oversee all aspects of the clinical research portfolio being performed for their research program. He/she will oversee the start-to-end processes for study start-up and ongoing study management. This includes assisting with study feasibility and selection, prioritization of the team's work, working closely with the CRU Regulatory coordinators to manage, review and initiate trials to ensure competitive activation and enrollment timelines. The Program Manager is expected to actively manage ongoing research projects, troubleshoot operational issues on a daily basis and assist with any and all aspects of their team's work during absences or when a specific team member's workload exceeds capacity (including, but not limited to, managing the research team protocol portfolio including budgets, patient visits, transporting specimens, data entry, query resolution and working with study monitors).
The Program Manager will work closely with major internal (PI, CRU Central - Operations, Regulatory, Education/QA, Budget, Legal, Finance, Billing Compliance, Infusion/CHPS, Investigational Drug Services/Pharmacy) and external (sponsors, facilities, CROs, Subcontractors, Collaborators) stakeholders to develop project plans and support day to day operations of clinical research proposals for their team. The Program Manager will work with Investigators and data informatics teams/programs to ensure the Research Program is supporting the patient population they are studying.
The Program Manager for the CRU will oversee Phase I-IV clinical trials. Additional activities may include recruitment, and enrollment of patients according to protocol requirements for their team. He/she may schedule patient visits and any necessary testing, monitor patients per protocol requirements and ensure adherence to protocol requirements, organize and maintain all documentation required by the sponsor or CRO- includes source documentation, case report forms, and research charts. He/she may collect, review and report study data, complete case report forms and resolve data queries, process and ship study specimens including blood, urine and tissue samples, participate in initiation, monitoring, audit and close-out visits, coordinate study team meetings, disease site and/or discipline group meetings, and ongoing protocol training/compliance meetings. The Program Manager will assist in the development/maintenance of study specific case report forms and source document tools, show vigilance in patient safety, protocol compliance and data quality.
Adhere to the requirements of the University of Pennsylvania, GCP, FDA and all applicable regulatory bodies

Position is Contingent upon Funding

Job Description

Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
  • Supervising the clinical research nurse(s), clinical research coordinator(s), and research assistants for the team. This will include recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, performance management, and paid time off for the staff. Conduct weekly or every other week meetings with team members to review the status of their studies in detail, items that are outstanding, and troubleshooting issues needing to be addressed

  • Work with research team physician investigator leaders to ensure balanced staff workload, select and optimize study portfolio for currently available resources in conjunction with available patient population statistics, anticipate any need for the group to hire additional staff based on data analysis and develop a business proposal to reflect any needs
  • Work with CRU Central to facilitate the initiation of new trials from feasibility review, new study submission, through activation, including tracking of protocols, contracts, and budgets through the start-up process, working with sponsor to schedule SIV's, and maintain communication with study teams and collaborative UPHS departments regarding progress.
  • Perform group-specific regulatory activities, such as site selection visits, document completion (site selection questionnaires, 1572's and financial disclosure forms), and IRB and IND report completion (with investigator input), including AE reports, deviations, CRs and modifications.
  • Work in conjunction with the ACC Budget Specialist, Billing Compliance staff, and Finance office to develop clinical trial budgets. Communicating any specialized study budget needs to the budget specialist, including any changes necessitated by a protocol modification and assisting the financial department by working with the study team to provide study visit information and invoiceable items as needed to the Finance Office.
  • Work closely with the Regulatory Coordinators of the CRU to manage review and startup of trials. Submit complete Initial and Amendment study packets and logistical review forms to regulatory, along with appropriate study contacts.
  • Work with team members to ensure accurate and timely data entry into electronic Clinical Trials Management System (Velos), including study status, screening logs, serious adverse events and subject enrollment status. The Program Manager may also have primary study coordinator responsibility for at least 1 study.
  • Closely monitor and report to their team the status of all studies within their group, including accrual, data entry, query resolution, deviations and patient issues, identifying and addressing any issues

  • Collaborate with CRU Central:
    • Review of program metrics (performance, portfolio, enrollment)
    • Timely communication of significant challenges encountered by the team
    • Participate in CRU Central leader meetings and serve on subject matter expert work groups as needed to enhance overall workflow efficiencies and quality of research.
    • The candidate will work closely with the CRU Associate Director of Operations to develop and implement SOP's, report team study metrics, and communicate issues that may affect overall research with CRU Trials.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned


Master's Degree with 3-5 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required, related experience in Oncology clinical research experience preferred. And: Bachelor's degree required and 5-7 years of related experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience);
Effective problem solving abilities; effective communication and writing skills; strong organizational and time management skills; flexible and able to multi-task; demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently; knowledge of IRB and human research protection regulations.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

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