RESEARCH PROGRAM LEADER
RESEARCH PROGRAM LEADER
DCI Director's Office
Manage & lead all aspects of outreach & screening programs, & corresponding research portfolios within the Duke Cancer Institute's (DCI) for the Office of Health Equity. Perform &/or oversee a variety of complex duties involved in the collection, compilation, documentation & analysis of outreach, screening, & research programs; assist with content & direction of research program or portfolio; assist with efforts to obtain & manage study or program funding. Frequently interact with other research groups, community partners, & stakeholders, serving as primary liaison & public relations lead to research & service programs. Coordinate wider program activities such as the Community Screening Navigation Program, Men's Health Initiative, & other community based screening programs with responsibility for results in terms of costs, methods, & reporting requirements. Support research pipeline programs & manage internship program.
The Research Project Lead will oversee study implementation and management of outreach/screening/research staff (Community Screening Navigators). Lead weekly or biweekly team meetings for key research projects & programs, represent the programs & research portfolio to internal & external collaborators, & be responsible for regular reporting (NIH, IRB, etc.).
Description of Portfolio and Responsibilities
Daily Operations - The DCI, Community Screening Navigation program is both a service and a research platform to improve population health. It is a key component of the DCI Longitudinal Navigation Program linked directly to treatment and survivorship navigation. Work with a team to screen participants for minimal risk studies such as cancer screenings programs (1.e., Men's Health Initiative, Women's Health Awareness Day, follow-up on "no-show" screenings), community assessments, behavioral studies and health services research and interventions. Manage and lead all aspects of the large community based screening programs and partnerships, such as the Men's Health Initiative and the Women's Health Awareness Day. Work collaboratively with local clinics and partners to increase cancer screening in the region.
Maintain participant level documentation for minimal risk studies, or for other studies under direction. Serve as a unit/departmental resource and train others regarding preparation and follow-up of screening navigation, community based screening programs, and other programs and research study protocols. Responsible for the creation of SOPs, and implementation of operational plans for studies, projects, and programs. Collaborate with team to maintain appropriate study-level documentation including regulatory binders, enrollment logs, patient registration in the system of record, evaluation and outcomes metrics etc. Employ strategies to assist participants with individual needs to eliminate barriers to cancer screening. Ensure recruitment and retention goals are met based on study objectives.
Conduct and document consent for participants in minimal risk studies. Provide input, manage, and submit DUHS IRB documents such as consent forms, protocols, and continuing reviews, and risk management forms and applications for cancer screening programs.
Ethics - Communicate to research participants, both orally and written, the difference between clinical activities and research activities in all study documents and research participant communications. Assist with the development of Conflict of Interest (COI)/Data Safety Monitoring Plans (DSMPs)/Research Data Security Plans (RDSPs). Identify and explain the risk and benefits to research participation to potential candidates and the broader community.
Data - Predict areas of vulnerability for data flow for multiple studies in OHED. Collaborate to design data flow plans that include elements related to data capture, storage, management, quality, and preparation for analysis. Identify, discuss, and implement methods of data capture in the community and discuss advantages and disadvantages of each. Ensure SOPs for all projects are updated regularly, and followed by study teams. Recognize trends and areas for improvement in programs and projects and make recommendations to the director as appropriate. Oversee implementation of contracts and agreements based on OHED's SOPS .
Science - Conduct and synthesize literature reviews independently Collaborate with various stakeholders (community, patients, community health leaders, statistical, operational, etc.) to ensure adequate design, implementation and testing of current and future program and research study aims. Assist with development of research proposals or protocols. Summarize and interpret study results, and determine application to future studies and/or programs.
Leadership - Provide significant contribution and influence upon research work, activities, or productivity of project teams or across multiple groups. Successfully lead several committees and task force using the Principles of Community Engagement to carry out the program and research goals of OHED. Independently lead scientific or programmatic presentations or publications. Maintain Duke and project specific training requirements. Ensure cultural diversity and cultural competency in the design and conduct of community screening programs, community engagement and research.
Study and Site Management - Make recommendations to investigators and oversight organization regarding appropriate feasibility, recruitment, and retention strategies. Ensure participant and community partner expenses have appropriate financial routing in a timely manner. Coordinate with financial teams, PRMO, etc. and to ensure appropriate management of patient screening costs. Assist with study budgets. Use system reports to ensure unit, division, or department compliance with institutional requirement/policies; assist team members with understanding these requirements and policies. Develop project--specific systems and documents including process flows, training manuals, standard operating procedures, and case report forms.
Communication - Take action when communication has stalled with internal and or external partners. Recognize when others need to be brought into the conversation and escalate appropriately.
Supervisory - Provide oversight of two Community Screening Navigators and their research, outreach, screening activities and programs.
And other work as assigned.
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
The intent of this job description is to be representative of the level and the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of this position and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total specific duties and responsibilities.
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1.Completion of a bachelor's degree plus a minimum of four years of research experience. 2.Completion of a master's degree plus a minimum of two years of research experience.
The ideal candidate will have a desire to work with underserved communities and patient populations, lead community engagement partnerships and collaborations, and possess a strong interest in Community/Public/Population health and health disparities.
S/he will have the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, utilize time and resources efficiently, and establish priorities to coordinate and complete competing assignments within established time frames.
Additionally, the RPL must have an incredible attention to detail, be a creative problem solver, and possess strong communication skills to facilitate effective interactions with a wide range of stakeholders.
The preferred candidate will have community health, public/population health, and research experience, training, and education.
- Excellent written, oral and conversational communication skills to ensure effective collaborations and interactions with diverse groups.
- Ability to analyze, evaluate multiple solutions and solve complex problems using well developed critical & analytical thinking skills.
- Excellent time management skills needed to prioritize among many competing priorities.
- Must be highly organized and detail-oriented, have exceptional communication and writing skills, and be able to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Mastery of Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel, Access.
- Ability to effectively manage staff, and coordinate and assess outcomes of key program activities.
- Strong collaboration and facilitation skills.
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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.