Sr Professional Research Asst

Aurora, CO
Feb 28, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Senior Professional Research Assistant/Program Manager

Center for Research in Outcomes for Children's Surgery (ROCS)/Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS)

The Center for Research in Outcomes for Children's Surgery (ROCS Center) in partnership with the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) has an opening for a full-time Senior Professional Research Assistant (SrPRA) to support the growth and development of this newly formed center devoted to enhancing surgical outcomes research conducted by faculty in Children's Hospital Colorado (CHCO) Center for Children's Surgery (CCS). In addition to serving as a key component of the ROCS leadership infrastructure, the ROCS Program Manager will support the longer-term growth of ROCS in its four strategic focus areas: (1) Infrastructure building, (2) Research, (3) Education, and (4) Translation of Research into Practice.

The mission of the ROCS Center is to establish a sustainable outcomes research infrastructure and Team Science culture to serve as the foundation for cultivating high quality outcomes research by surgeon scientists across the Center of Children's Surgery.

To this end, the ROCS Project Manager will be responsible for partnering with ROCS and CCS leadership to manage the development and growth of the ROCS Center, supervise ROCS employees and organizational infrastructure, and oversee all tasks associated with development and management of ROCS research and education programs. The PM will coordinate the integration of this multi-disciplinary research program across the existing University of Colorado Research bodies (ACCORDS, Children's Hospital Colorado Research Institute, Colorado School of Public Health, etc.), as well as develop, oversee and implement an integrated program of outreach to establish ROCS and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus School of Medicine, as a national and global leader in Pediatric Surgical Outcomes Research and the Science of Implementation of Evidence-based surgical practice.

Supervisory Structure

This position will report to the Director of the ROCS Center, Lisa McLeod, MD, MSCE and will have the opportunity to supervise additional Center staff as the program grows.

Duties and Responsibilities

As a core member of the ROCS Center, this position encompasses a wide variety of responsibilities and will require the ability to balance both independent and collaborative tasks.

Examples include:

  • Manage ROCS research portfolio and program activities
  • Oversee the successful execution and delivery of program outcomes and deliverables
  • Ensure cores, investigators and project teams have the resources necessary to successfully complete project objectives
  • Support coordination of educational opportunities such as mini-didactic sessions, workshops, and campus-wide research events
  • Coordinate multiple University and CHCO stakeholders with sometimes competing priorities
  • Facilitate collaboration between methodological cores and coordination of cross-project activities
  • Coordinate with CHCO, CCS, and ACCORDS financial administrators to oversee ROCS financial planning, timelines, reporting and analysis
  • Assess program performance and aim to maximize return-on investment and guide long-term strategic design
  • Liaise with hospital systems, university departments, other academic programs and external stakeholders
  • Work effectively and efficiently within the University system, in compliance with all University guidelines and policies
  • Coordinate inter-program communications for ROCS leadership, ROCS core team members and affiliated investigators and the campus-wide research bodies
  • Recruit, train, lead, supervise, and evaluate other research staff including assisting with the development of integrated onboarding systems between CHCO and the University
  • Prepare reports for directors, investigators, sponsors, academic community, and other stakeholders
  • Track and maintain knowledge of details surrounding the many inter-connected projects that encompass the ROCS mission, staff and research efforts
  • Provide direct project management as appropriate

In addition, the following will be critical to the overall vision of the ROCS Center:

  • Establish and maintain program culture of team science, engagement, and excellence
  • Assist with the design and iterative evaluation of core program charters and organizational charts that will serve as the center's roadmap moving forward
  • Use project management approaches and systems engineering methods to develop, implement and maintain operational processes
  • Further develop and enhance ROCS presence (University-based, regional, and national) towards goal of increased visibility, recognition, and support.
  • Oversee ROCS internal and external program marketing efforts via its website, newsletter, media exposure and other communication tools.
  • Enhance program reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests
  • Contribute to the development of a sense of community and central vision among ROCS core members and affiliated staff and researchers
  • Perform other related work as assigned by the Director or other program faculty as required by the nature and scope of position

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

The University of Colorado Denver 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 strongly supports the principle of diversity. 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.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.



Required Education, Experience, and Qualifications

- Master's Degree in Public Health or Other Health Services Research or Operations Related Profession (may include Health Systems Management)

- 5+ years experience in research field

- Project/program management experience

- Outstanding organizational skills

- Excellent written and oral communication skills

- Excellent interpersonal skills

- Excellent skills in various computer software platforms and their integration

Preferred Qualifications

- Program Management training (or willingness to receive additional training in this area)

- Experience or desire/aptitude to learn individual and team-based work flow software and systems

- Intrinsically motivated and assertive with ideas

- Flexible and innovative thinker

- Thrives on the challenges encountered in fluid, complex, high opportunity environments

- Understanding of and/or willingness to learn in-depth concepts related to the organizational dynamics of program building and learning health systems theory

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

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 12420

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 21628 - SOM-COHO Center

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jan 22, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Kayla LaPerriere

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00742918


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