The Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer's Center seeks qualified applicants for a Clinical Research Program Manager. The candidate will plan, develop and execute multiple clinical studies for the newly developed NIA-funded Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, under occasional guidance from the Center Director and faculty leadership. High-level responsibilities will focus on organizing and implementing new protocols, hiring and training new staff, allocating and monitoring staff responsibilities, tracking study progress and milestones, and overseeing data collection activities. Successful applicants will enjoy working in a fast-paced environment with colleagues and participants from diverse backgrounds. This position is ideal for applicants looking to grow their clinical research management skills in a highly collaborative environment. Exceptional organizational skills, verbal communication, written communication, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail are required. Proficiency in all Microsoft applications is also required. Experience with project management, especially in a research setting, is preferred.
The Department of Neurology boasts a strong research portfolio across its subspecialties. Faculty members are regular contributors to scientific journals and receive generous funding from public, private, and government institutions. Grants and contracts are growing, and faculty members are focused on recruiting and supporting clinical and translational research programs focused on precision in diagnosis and treatment. These research activities provide patients with hosts of opportunities to participate in clinical trials and other investigations aimed at improving quality of life and ultimately changing the course of neurological disease. Total sponsored research in the department has doubled since 2016, and there has been a three-fold increase in clinical trials in recent years.
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Oversees the creation, coordination, and implementation of all protocols related to the new Vanderbilt Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.
Proactively addresses issues related to staffing and visit logistics. Seeks continuous improvement in clinical research protocol implementation.
Displays strong attention to detail and commitment to responsible conduct of research.
Works collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds and exhibits cultural competence and cultural humility.
Manages program budgets, including creating new budgets and allocating resources appropriately.
Provides training and guidance for staff, trainees, and volunteers who contribute to the program's clinical research activities, including monitoring quality assurance standards and procedures
Promotes growth and expansion of the program by actively seeking stakeholder feedback to improve processes, systems, and outcomes.
Effectively prioritizes tasks and work assignments. Delegates tasks as appropriate, reviews work, and follows up to assure successful and timely completion.
Evaluates program activities and milestones, including providing updates at team meetings with table and figure summaries.
Recognizes and takes charge of responsibilities. Takes ownership of problems brought to their attention. Analyzes problems and follows through to problem resolution. Takes responsibility for mistakes and learns from them.
Distinguishes critical needs from less urgent ones. Demonstrates the ability to prioritize tasks. Plans, organizes, and completes projects in an efficient manner.
Communicates objectives, goals, and program progress within and across the interdisciplinary team to maximize effectiveness, efficiency, and information sharing.
Accepts constructive criticism. Demonstrates a positive attitude in response to suggestions for improvement and actively integrates feedback.
Provides constructive feedback. Identifies situations that require feedback and communicates needed modifications effectively.
Assesses the configuration of the team and their responsibilities. Identifies potential modifications or improvements to team structure and individual responsibilities.
Develops and communicates team goals and provides follow-up as needed to assure timely completion.
Creates an environment that encourages and supports self-development and learning through regular, timely feedback.
Listens and understands other team members' points of view. Considers suggestions from others. Creates and supports a climate of trust, openness, and honest communication.
PROGRAM MANAGEMENT (INTERMEDIATE): - Planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific program goals and objectives.
PEER LEADERSHIP (INTERMEDIATE): - The ability to show leadership and influence people of equal rank in an effort to accomplish team goals.
FINANCIAL PROCESSES (INTERMEDIATE): - Ability to monitor costs, expenses and revenue as well as the ability to manage those costs and expenses in relation to budgeted amounts.
QUALITY MANAGEMENT (INTERMEDIATE): - Developing a systematic process of checking to see whether a process or service is meeting specific requirements.
NETWORKING (INTERMEDIATE): - Build relationships through industry contacts, professional organizations and individuals.
PROCESS IMPROVEMENT (INTERMEDIATE): - Identifies, analyzes and improves upon existing business processes for optimization and to meet standards of quality.
Organizational Impact: Executes job responsibilities with the understanding of how output would affect and impact other areas related to own job area/team with occasional guidance.
Problem Solving/ Complexity of work: Analyzes moderately complex problems using technical experience and judgment.
Breadth of Knowledge: Has expanded knowledge gained through experience within a professional area.
Team Interaction: Provides informal guidance and support to team members.
SUPPORTING COLLEAGUES (P2):
- Develops Self and Others: Invests time, energy and enthusiasm in developing self/others to help improve performance and gain knowledge in new areas.
- Builds and Maintains Relationships: Maintains regular contact with key colleagues and stakeholders using formal and informal opportunities to expand and strengthen relationships.
- Communicates Effectively: Recognizes group interactions and modifies one's own communication style to suit different situations and audiences.
DELIVERING EXCELLENT SERVICES (P2):
- Serves Others with Compassion: Seeks to understand current and future needs of relevant stakeholders and customizes services to better address them.
- Solves Complex Problems: Approaches problems from different angles; Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunities and develop concrete solutions.
- Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Provides ongoing support and coaching in a constructive manner to increase employees' effectiveness.
ENSURING HIGH QUALITY (P2):
- Performs Excellent Work: Engages regularly in formal and informal dialogue about quality; directly addresses quality issues promptly.
- Ensures Continuous Improvement: Applies various learning experiences by looking beyond symptoms to uncover underlying causes of problems and identifies ways to resolve them.
- Fulfills Safety and Regulatory Requirements: Understands all aspects of providing a safe environment and performs routine safety checks to prevent safety hazards from occurring.
MANAGING RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY (P2):
- Demonstrates Accountability: Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.
- Stewards Organizational Resources: Applies understanding of the departmental work to effectively manage resources for a department/area.
- Makes Data Driven Decisions: Demonstrates strong understanding of the information or data to identify and elevate opportunities.
FOSTERING INNOVATION (P2):
- Generates New Ideas: Proactively identifies new ideas/opportunities from multiple sources or methods to improve processes beyond conventional approaches.
- Applies Technology: Demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning new technologies, tools, and procedures to address short-term challenges.
- Adapts to Change: Views difficult situations and/or problems as opportunities for improvement; actively embraces change instead of emphasizing negative elements.
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