Houston, Texas


This position is responsible for developing policies, coordinating resources and implementing design strategies to provide HMH researchers and support teams with the maximum benefits available from electronic research data management systems.  This individual will also serve as the ORP data management super-user and system administrator in order to produce the greatest effectiveness possible in serving the educational, research and compliance missions of the ORP. This position is required to proactively interface among internal and external research clients, technical/programming colleagues (i.e. Academic Technology; IT) and 3rd party resources, when appropriate, to ensure effective definition of and delivery of business applications. 

  • Analyze vendor supplied software and help determine optimal configuration for interfaces between hardware and application systems.
  • Ensure the integrity of approval workflow processes, security, and permission structures for these applications.
  • Refine the business requirements for systems by working with ORP leadership and coordinating with internal IT resources for future software modifications to meet user requirements.
  • Define and provide support for changes in web-based forms and workflows.
  • Oversee systems implementation by the primary user groups consisting of investigators and research staff, committee members and ORP staff by providing various levels of assistance in understanding system applications and the uses.
  • Manage the design, research and development, and delivery of effective technology solutions for “mission-critical” business applications.
  • Obtain the necessary content information for a project client to determine project requirements and facilitate the interchange of information.
  • Assist HMRI Academic Technology and IT, when applicable in the performance of emergency system diagnosis after system failures.
  • Direct application design through the various life cycle stages from business need through design and delivery through ongoing contact with research stakeholders for evaluation of deliverables and proactive identification of gaps.
  • Contribute to an over-all plan to organize and roll out the implementation of technical solutions and issues standards for database administration concerns as access, back-up, confidentiality and research-related documentation.
  • Contribute to short range assessment plans of existing applications and database systems while ensuring that the system architecture is compatible with the HMAI/HMRI long-term strategic and business objectives.
  • Serve as a project lead/liaison with Academic Technology and IT for programs designed to implement new database systems in support of HMAI/HMRI initiatives.
  • Responsible for the content management of the ORP website and ORP data management systems to include applicable electronic protocol submission and tracking systems.
  • Responsible for providing desk top support to the ORP staff and ORP committee members, as needed.
  • Serve as the primary source of technical support for end users of applicable ORP data management systems for the HMAI/HMRI research community including researchers, administrators, departmental and other ancillary approvers, and ORP committee members.
  • Responsible for contributing to an over-all policy maintaining the security of network-based data infrastructure and individual client accounts.
  • In collaboration with Academic Technology support teams as appropriate, required to fulfill 24/7 on-call support duties as required to respond to applicable application/systems issues.
  • Other duties as assigned. Job descriptions are not intended and should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with a job. Management reserves the right to revise duties as needed.


Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

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  1. Engages and interfaces with stakeholders within and outside the organization. Effectively partners with team members to complete assigned projects. (EF)
  2. Fosters relationships and engages in regular communications within the department, IT and the organization at large in the areas of issue resolution, status updates and their effect on customers. Acts as liaison between the customer and the technical team facilitating requirements gathering sessions, sets expectations and coordinates team members utilizing effective teamwork and collaborative skills. (EF)
  3. Engages customers and elicits requirements using various methods. Negotiates priorities and resolves conflicts between customers, technologists and management. (EF)


  1. Proactively seeks out opportunities to meet internal and external customer needs. Responds promptly to internal and external customer requests. (EF)
  2. Mentor and guide team members in achieving standards set by management in order to exceed clients' expectations. Provides training for team members through formal and informal methods. (EF)
  3. Fosters relationships and engages in regular communications within the department, IT and the organization at large in the areas of issue resolution, status updates and their effect on customers. (EF)
  4. Leads discovery and analysis phase of projects and efforts. Also leads requirements elicitation workshops. This includes the utilization of various methods design and development in conjunction with developers to documents business case/scope/plan, business/functional requirements; including specifications for package solutions, and/or software development. (EF)


  1. Represents requirements information in graphical forms that augment textual representations in natural language. (EF)
  2. Creates requirements plans that directly translate into project planning. Identify and document requirement risks along with risk mitigation. Translates functional and non functional user requirements. (EF)
  3. Facilitate the prioritization of requirements into a product maturity roadmap. (EF)
  4. Leads the setting, monitoring, and meeting of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with customers. Develops detailed system test plans, execute system test cases and provide issue tracking and consolidation. Manage a coordinated User Acceptance Test (UAT) effort. (EF)


  1. Utilizes department resources and supplies effectively. Provides costs and resource estimates, work plans and documentation to ensure timely project completion. Manages and prioritizes time effectively to meet established timelines. (EF)
  2. Identifies cost saving or revenue opportunities by engaging in process improvement efforts. (EF)


  1. Stays abreast of emerging technology, process trends and methodologies and seeks out innovative methodologies to provide solutions that improve productivity,workflow, production, efficiency and effectiveness. Shares knowledge with team and stakeholders as appropriate. (EF)
  2. Proactively manages own professional development. Completes Individual Development Plan (IDP). (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.


  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Computer Science, Business Administration or related discipline


  • Five years experience supporting IT projects in an IT analyst role or similar function to include three years leading and facilitating IT projects and three years experience in clinical, business or financial operations


  • PMP certification preferred


  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
  • Ability to talk with individuals and groups about their needs and ask the right questions to surface essential requirements information.
  • Ability to critically evaluate the information gathered from multiple sources, reconcile conflicts, decompose high-level information into details, abstract up from low-level information to a more general understanding, distinguish presented user requests from the underlying true needs, and distinguish solution ideas from requirements.
  • Ability to engage customers and technicians for the purpose of extracting discussion, ideas, opinions, and general contribution in individual settings, meetings, or to lead requirements elicitation workshops.
  • Ability to communicate information effectively to customers, managers, vendors, and technical staff.
  • Ability to work with a vast array of information gathered during elicitation and analysis and to cope with rapidly changing information and priorities.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to interact at all level of the organization
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Knowledge of healthcare operations desired.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of business concepts and requirements as applicable to a large academic, research, and/or healthcare facility preferred
  • Knowledge of project management tools preferred
  • Ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated success in project improvement
  • Ability to prioritize effectively and adjust to organizational needs and demands


Work AttireYes/NoUniformNoScrubsNoBusiness professionalYesOther (dept approved)No


On-Call* Yes, on a regular basis (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.


May require travel withinYesHouston Metropolitan area 


May require travel outsideYesof Houston Metropolitan area 

**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Please note any other special considerations to this job: __________________________

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist Academic Institute was formed to rapidly and efficiently translate discoveries made in the laboratory and the clinic into new diagnostics, therapies and treatments. The Research Institute was created in 2004 to provide the infrastructure and support for these endeavors and to house the technology and resources needed to make innovative breakthroughs in important areas of human disease. A 540,000-square-foot building dedicated to research and clinical trials, the Academic Institute houses over 2,110 credentialed researchers conducting 1,387 ongoing clinical protocols.

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