Oncology Clinical Trial Patient Navigator

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Position Type:

Permanent Staff (SHRA)

Is this an internal only recruitment?:


Position Title:

Soc/Clin Research Assistant - Advanced

Working Title:

Oncology Clinical Trial Patient Navigator

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Budgeted Hiring Range:

$45,131 - $55,000

Pay Band Information:

To learn more about the pay band for this branch and role, please see the Career Banding rates spreadsheet.

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Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited:

Full-Time Time-Limited

If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment:

up to 3 years

Hours per week:


Work Schedule:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

Department Name and Number:

LCCC - UCRF-426805

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Position Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Posting Category:

Research Professionals

Department Description:

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, founded in 1975, is one of 51 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country. The Center’s mission is to reduce cancer burden in North Carolina and the nation through research, treatment, training and outreach.

UNC Lineberger’s Clinical Protocol Office is a centralized resource that supports the clinical research efforts of Lineberger investigators, primarily through the design and conduct of therapeutic clinical trials. The Protocol Office provides administrative, regulatory, data management, and study coordination services to investigators throughout the development, approval and implementation processes of protocols conducted at UNC and its affiliate institutions. The Protocol Office is responsible for protecting the safety of patients participating in research, ensuring the quality of the research, and safeguarding the interests of the University. It also furnishes protocol-related information to health professionals and to the community at large.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description:

The Clinical Trial Patient Navigator (CTPN) will work with the Clinical Protocol Office (CPO) and clinic staff to engage eligible adult patients underrepresented in clinical research to promote equity in clinical research participation. This position will be primarily responsible for three essential tasks: assisting with identifying patients that are underrepresented in research, clinical trial education and patient navigation.

Clinical trial participation is essential for the advancement of cancer treatment options and results in improvements in cancer survival. However, only 5% of adults with cancer participate in clinical trials and less than 10% of these patients are underrepresented patients of color. One potential strategy to address the underrepresentation of African Americans in particular in cancer clinical trials is patient navigation. The oncology clinical trial navigator will educate patients about cancer clinical trials and provide support to address logistical barriers to trial participation including transportation, appointment reminders, and linkage to community services. The navigator will screen oncology provider’ schedules for African American patients receiving cancer care at the NC Cancer Hospital to assess if there are clinical trials available. The navigator will also accept referrals from providers interested in offering trials to patients who identify as low socioeconomic status and other populations underrepresented in cancer clinical trials. Among this population, they will offer general education about clinical trials, perform a needs-based assessment for potential barriers to trial participation, and address barriers by providing assistance with transportation and lodging, referral to financial counselors and social workers, and connection to appropriate social and community resources as needed.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Previous experience with patient contact in a health care setting; excellent communication skills; ability to function independently with limited supervision; excellent command of technology, including Microsoft Office software.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior experience in education; data entry and data management experience.

Position/Schedule Requirements:

Evening work occasionally, Overtime occasionally

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Posted: 2/20/2021
Application Due: 2/25/2021
Work Type: Full Time