Research Project Coordinator

Aurora, CO
Jul 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine | Department of Pediatrics, Section of Neurology

Research Project Coordinator (Research Services Senior Professional)

Position #736227 - Requisition 10434

The Department of Pediatrics, Section of Neurology has an opening for a full-time, University Staff (unclassified) Research Project Coordinator (Research Services Senior Professional) position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.

Job Summary:
Jobs in this career family provide direct professional support of research activities. Functions include contracts and grants solicitation and administration, grant/agreement preparation, review and negotiation, regulatory compliance, sponsor communication and post and pre award management, human subject compliance, research animal management, research laboratory coordination and instruction, environmental health and safety, radiation control, hazardous materials use, disposal and training.

Senior Professionals are responsible for exercising discretion, analytical skill, personal accountability and responsibility in a wide range of areas including academic, administrative, managerial and student services functions. Work involves creating, integrating, applying and sharing knowledge directly related to a professional field. Work is performed fully independently.

Nature of Work:

The University of Colorado, Department of Pediatrics has approximately 900 faculty with primary appointments on the Anschutz Medical Campus and its affiliates, 400 clinical volunteer faculty, and 500 staff. The Department of Pediatrics is one of the largest Departments in the School of Medicine that is rapidly growing.

The Research Project Coordinator plans and manages unit-based clinical research programs and studies, including the management of project start-up, execution and close-out. This position will involve the management of a single multicenter study involving 15 extramural sites.

Examples of Work Performed:

Research project coordinator responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Track and manage the research project including timelines, operational metrics, documents and deliverables.
  • Develop and implement processes to track, improve and report on key project and operational metrics.
  • Provide regulatory support services and guidance to investigators, in collaboration with other available regulatory support services.
  • Serve as a liaison between the PI and key research stakeholders at University of Colorado, and Children's Hospital Colorado, including investigators, coordinators, the Research Institute, CCTSI, COMIRB and ACCORDS.
  • Perform site visits to confirm regulatory compliance and data verification.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Provide day-to-day operational leadership for multicenter clinical research trial in the Neuroscience Institute at The Children's Hospital Colorado within the Neuroscience Administration Research Team (NART); Responsible for interaction with data management team at ACCORDS.
  • Train study staff as needed in research methodology and data extraction.
  • Coordinate monthly research coordinator phone calls.
  • Address study questions from extramural sites and intramural study coordinators.
  • Guide recruitment strategies.

  • Develop and maintain research, quality, and technology related standard operating procedures and department/division training manual.
  • Track multisite regulatory documents.
  • Collaborate with appropriate department/division and hospital leadership to implement fundraising and outreach strategies for the Neurology Administration Research Team (NART) including Burn's Night and Courage Classic.
  • Coordinate management of the study's database by acting as a liaison between the study data core located at ACCORDS and the study sites.
  • Responsible for the department/division internal and external web content and presence.

Applied Research:
  • Responsible for implementing investigation steps throughout the lifecycle of the study requiring a high technical background including: developing individual research studies, grant applications, database development, data queries, reports, and statistical analyses.
  • Assist in providing oversite to all sites participating in the study.

  • In collaboration with the Grants/Finance Administrator ensure overall efficient fiscal and operational grant management in relation to study FTE distributions for research staff supplies and site specific budgets.
PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor's degree in business, business administration, finance, accounting, education, social sciences, healthcare administration, public administration, communications, information systems, or a directly related field from an accredited institution and three (3) years of professional level experience within clinical trials research.

Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor's degree on a year for year basis, but not for the specific experience.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Must be willing and able to successfully pass a 10 panel drug test.
  • Must be willing and able to successfully pass a national criminal background and sex offender registry check.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's or higher earned degree in business, business administration, finance, accounting, education, social sciences, healthcare administration, public administration, communications, information systems, or a directly related field from an accredited institution.
  • ACRP or SOCRA Certification.
  • Experience working with federal regulations related to IRB and clinical research.
  • Experience with project management.
  • Experience working with software and database applications, such as: EPIC, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Experience working with REDcap or other similar data collection systems.

Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to balance customer service with project deadlines.
  • Ability to pay close attention to study details and strictly follow IRB/FDA regulations.
  • Ability to relate to individuals with diverse backgrounds.
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to interpret policies and respond appropriately to ambiguity.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently and prioritize tasks as appropriate.
  • Excellent verbal and technical writing skills and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must be able to work comfortably in a stressful and time-pressured environment.
  • Must be comfortable discussing issues and concerns directly with the researcher and be committed to the ethical principles enforcing the scientific research project.
  • Must possess a high degree of independent judgment and decision making capabilities.
  • Requires strong operational skill set, including proactive abilities, discretion, superior organization/coordination, quality/process improvement, problem-solving, analytical, customer service and time management skills.
  • Ability to master new software systems.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
  • Knowledge of institutional, University and Governmental research administration policies and procedures.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Proficient use of computer and relevant software and database applications (including EPIC, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).

Special Instructions to Applicants:Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) Questions should be directed to Gina VanderVeen at

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Application Deadline: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Research Services

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20947 - SOM-PEDS Neurology-GenOps

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jul 25, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Gina VanderVeen

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00736227