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Research Program Leader, Sr

100% Grant/Sponsor Funded 


Description of Portfolio Responsibilities:

Develops strategies to improve or maintain the effectiveness of the research program/shared resource. Engages large groups of diverse stakeholders and facilitates the development of actionable plans and measurable outcome goals. Manages progress of collaborating stakeholders toward achieving project/program goals. Establishes risk, cost, time, scope, communication and quality management plans, updates with input from stakeholders, and direct staff in execution of plans. Provides overall leadership of large research program/shared resource provides guidance/mentorship as an operational subject matter expert to others who develop or manage large research programs or studies. Develops, negotiates, and oversees budgets. Allocates and forecasts resources. Oversees, supervises, or mentors staff who manage the day-to-day operations. Provides guidance to faculty investigators, divisional or Duke office leaders on best practices in research study or program conduct (e.g., recruitment, consenting, study documentation, program evaluation, data capture, etc.). Provides significant intellectual contribution to the research program/shared resource, including substantial leadership in developing the scientific content of research proposals and manuscripts. Establishes and maintains internal (Duke) and external communications to ensure successful research partnerships. Suggests hypotheses, research strategies, research partnerships, and research opportunities. Frequently represents research program or shared resource on behalf of the PI. 


Mostly observational and some translational and clinical trials research. 10-12 projects in # Will oversee 2-3 RPLs Size of budgets vary in CAGPM division. $50,000- $5 million grants 


Position will serve as a liaison to the sponsor collaborators and other stakeholders to ensure successful completion of the research 

Operations:For complex scenarios, recognizes when agreements are necessary within the research program. Facilitates the process by coordinating with study teams and appropriate Duke offices. Prepares FDA regulatory submissions in collaboration with ORAQ, including development, submission, and maintenance of relevant documentation. Addresses FDA review and/or potential hold issues in collaboration with the Principal Investigator (PI). May train or oversee others. Knowledgeable in regulatory and institutional policies and processes; applies appropriately in study documentation, protocol submissions, and SOPs. May train others in these policies and processes. Independently navigates conversations with foreign agencies and study teams to develop or obtain the required documentation for compliance with international regulations. May assist others with ensuring regulatory compliance with international studies. Oversees the management and documentation of investigational products (IP) for multiple study teams/research program. Serves as an IP expert resource for study teams. Designs, implements, and optimizes methods for handling IP. Participates in or leads development of monitoring and audit training sessions and/or policies and guidelines for research program. Serves as an expert resource to address and correct findings. Provides oversight, training, and expertise to multiple study teams/research program regarding participant level documentation for all studies, including those that are complex in nature (e.g., procedural and interventional studies) and/or require DUHS billing. Serves as an expert resource for multiple study teams/research program for participant retention. Liaises with other resources at Duke to optimize retention rates. Develops and oversees the implementation of strategies for meeting recruitment goals for the research program(s). Provides training. Develops, oversees adherence, and trains in the use and development of SOPs across research portfolio. May provide input for institutional SOPs. Creates, optimizes, and oversees the systems for managing specimens for multiple study teams/research program. Serves as an expert resource and trainer in specimen collection, processing, preparation, shipping and maintenance. Provides expertise to research program team members in study level documentation. Provides oversight and training and lends expertise to research program. Serves as an expert resource and trainer to multiple study teams/research program for preparing and conducting complex study visits, developing tools, and implementing operational plans. Prepares for and leads research program meetings. Ensures good communication within the research program, including mentoring staff to improve communication strategies. 


Ethics:Ensures that multiple study teams/research program team members are appropriately identifying and documenting adverse event information. Develops consent plans and documents for participants in a variety of studies. Develops and submits documentation and information for IRB review. Communicates with the IRB staff and reviewers and handles issues appropriately. Provides oversight and training to multiple study teams/research program team members who prepare and submit documents needed for regulatory and safety reporting to sponsors and other agencies. May train or oversee others.


Data: Coordinates with institutional leadership on initiatives and priority setting to ensure appropriate QA processes. Oversees implementation of data quality processes across research portfolio. Follows required processes, policies, and systems to ensure data security and provenance. In addition, recognizes and reports security of physical and electronic data vulnerabilities. Serves as an expert resource to multiple study teams/research program with regard to mapping data flow. Predicts areas of vulnerability in the data flow plan. Determines areas where data provenance may be compromised, and helps study teams/research program staff work through solutions. Ensures that study teams are familiar with data flow resources at Duke. Seeks out, integrates, and applies new technical knowledge towards innovation and performance improvement, as relevant. Oversees implementation of new technologies and ensures continuous evaluation of technology solutions throughout the research portfolio. 


Science: Independently develops funding proposals and grants, including leading the drafting of research aims, background, methods, etc. Independently reviews articles, synthesizes the literature, and uses to independently develop manuscripts or grant proposals. Serves as an expert resource to faculty, trainees, and staff for the development of protocols for complex investigator-initiated studies. Uses expertise in research design to provide significant contribution to protocols or research proposals. Provides significant contribution or leadership on accepted, peer-reviewed publication or conference presentation. Mentors others in this area. 

Study and Site Management: Mentors, trains, and oversees activities related to how teams communicate with sponsors and/or CROs. Oversees activities related to site visits. Oversees use of systems and system reports to manage research participants' activities and tracking/marking financial milestones. Oversees use of systems and system reports to manage research protocol activities and maintaining current protocol information. Makes feasibility recommendations for multiple study teams/research program. Develops and oversees processes to determine participation in trials. Oversees the research resources and/or finance processes for a broad research portfolio. Works with central offices to optimize process. Works with the CRU or departmental leadership to ensure that studies within the research program are conducted in compliance with institutional requirements and policies. Oversees implementation of operational plans across research program, including at multiple sites. Works with the CRU or departmental leadership to ensure that studies are closed according to best practices and guidelines.


Leadership: Evaluates and implements the department, CRU, or division professional development and/or training programs to ensure they meet the needs of staff retention, continuous improvement, and development. Keeps current with advances in the scientific area and considers the impact on the research program. Keeps self and team current with research updates by attending external offerings; applies learned material on the job. Plays key/leadership role on committees and workgroups. Navigates processes and people involved in Duke clinical research, demonstrates the organizational awareness, and has the interpersonal skills necessary to get work done efficiently. Develops and implements solutions that work within the existing leadership or organizational structure. Demonstrates resilience, leadership, and actively facilitates change for research portfolio. Uses advanced subject matter expertise in the therapeutic area or clinical research to solve complex problems or foster innovation across the broad research portfolio. Communicates effectively with others, regardless of reporting relationship, to accomplish shared work objectives. Establishes and assigns activities of other managers to accomplish goals of the broad research portfolio.


Type of Research:Human subjects research w ID mostly obs. Inpt and community. Mostly investigator-initiated research. Some sponsored research. Coordinating w VA efforts 


Special skills: Experience w international collaborators. Fluent in Spanish is beneficial.

Minimum Qualifications




Completion of a Bachelor's degree




Work requires a minimum of eight years of research experience (e.g., experience. research, clinical, interaction with study population, program coordination). A Master's degree may substitute for two years of related


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Durham, North Carolina

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