Director, Clinical Research Operations, Harvard Catalyst (Director, Connector and Network Programs) at Harvard University

Posted in Other 15 days ago.

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Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description:

Duties & Responsibilities
Harvard Catalyst's Connector & Network Program assists CT research teams across all translational domains in developing and conducting high-quality study protocols. To accomplish this goal, the program works across Harvard University's 17 Academic Health Centers (ACHs), departments, disciplines, and at all levels of the organization to address issues of feasibility, efficiency, community needs, patient needs, ethics, and safety in CT research.

The Director, Clinical Research Operations, Harvard Catalyst will report to and work in close collaboration with senior professors of Harvard Medical School faculty for programmatic direction, and to the Harvard Catalyst executive director for administrative and financial matters. The director will partner with Connector & Network program leadership on strategic planning and program development, implementation of activities and services, and evaluation. The director will play a leadership role in helping define and develop new Connector & Network initiatives to improve the support of clinical and translational research at all Harvard-affiliated ACHs. In addition, the director will assist in developing and implementing resources and best practices in multi-site CT research across Harvard-affiliates and with other CTSAs across the country. The director will play a central role in defining the program's priorities in close collaboration with Harvard Catalyst leadership, and the leaders of clinical and translational research at Harvard-ACHs. S/he will be charged with guiding integration of ACH-based resources and staff into a unified, single program. Working closely with senior-level administrative counterparts at the ACHs and senior management and leadership of other Harvard Catalyst programs, the director will lead the development and implementation of best-practices in CT research across Harvard. In this capacity, s/he will direct and coordinate efforts of a large and distributed team of central and local personnel. In addition, s/he will be responsible for working with colleagues on a national level across other CTSAs on initiatives related recruitment and retention to multi-site clinical trials, as well as the development of tools for streamlining and improving CT processes. The director will work collaboratively with other Harvard Catalyst program faculty and staff to integrate and leverage resources, services and expertise to achieve program goals. As the program grows and expands, the director will be responsible for recruiting and supervising support staff for the program.

The Director, Clinical Research Operations, Harvard Catalyst will have depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in conducting CT research including study design, regulatory, and operations in a fast-paced, academic setting. S/he will understand and help develop plans to address special populations (e.g. pediatrics, geriatric, and minority) in clinical research. S/he will have outstanding communication skills and will be able to navigate successfully within a complex, decentralized organizational environment. S/he will actively collaborate with patient partners and advocacy groups to achieve patient-centered research objectives. S/he will develop and effectively manage cross-institutional Connector and Network committees and workgroups, and participate in national working groups to facilitate multi-site CT research objectives. The director should be skilled in program development, project management, risk assessment and mitigation, and will be responsible for in developing budgets, work plans, progress reports, marketing materials, and evaluation/utilization reports as necessary. S/he will be responsible for developing detailed budgets totaling $9M (direct costs) and monitoring spending adherence to these budgets by the institutions subcontracted to administer funds. The director will also develop and manage relationships with external vendors.

Basic Qualifications
Candidates for this position must have at least a bachelor's degree and 10 years of senior-level professional experience in an academic or similar institution, a demonstrated track record in design/conduct/operations of CT research, as well as significant relevant management experience. This position will work in close collaboration with senior-level administrative counterparts at the hospitals and in the hospital-based clinical trials offices having signing authority for CT research policies and procedures.
Additional Qualifications
Master's degree preferred. Commitment to the Harvard Catalyst mission of collaboratively accelerating clinical and translational research to improve human health; Experience in program development and program management; Command of best practices, policies and regulations regarding CT research including multi-site studies; Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty and staff colleagues at all levels in a decentralized organization; Proven analytic skills, including ability to use data to make strategic and policy decisions; Ability to recruit, develop, and retain talent; Supervisory experience as there is an expectation that the program will grow and expand staff; Creative problem solving skills; Ability to work closely and collaboratively with faculty and staff at all levels of the organization; Proven verbal and written communication skills; Proven consensus building skills; Possess advanced administrative and scientific skills, knowledge and experience in order to be effective in this position.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.


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