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RESEARCH PROGRAM LEADER

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School of Nursing:

Established in 1931, Duke University School of Nursing is among the top ranked of the nation’s nursing schools. The School is proud of its overarching commitment to transform the future of nursing to advance health in individuals, families and communities. Members of the School of Nursing are part of an inclusive community that supports the professional goals of its people as they pursue excellence.

Comprised of 1,600 faculty, staff,instructors and students, the Duke University School of Nursing along with the Duke University School of Medicine and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

General Purpose
Develop, coordinate, implement, monitor, and iterate administrative strategies essential to the successful management of complex research & innovation portfolios led by two faculty investigators who are leaders in Data Science, Precision Health, and Health Innovation. Perform and oversee a variety of multifaceted duties involved in supporting the regulatory, licensing, compliance, and business development infrastructure of these portfolios. Frequently interact with research and innovation collaborators and partners across Campus and external entities to facilitate required processes and collaborations. Lead team in problem solving regulatory and compliance issues of moderate to complex scope. Coordinate communication and operational efforts between all relevant stakeholders including the School of Nursing Center for Nursing Research, Business Office, Information Technology Office, other SON leaders and relevant Duke University central offices and schools to ensure successful operation of these programs.

Supervisor
This position exists within the Center for Nursing Research – Clinical Research Unit and reports to the Assistant Dean for Research Development with dotted line reporting to the Assistant Dean for Information Technology and the faculty members leading the portfolios supported by this position.

Essential Duties

Program, Project, and Portfolio Management
• Administers and coordinates the activities and infrastructure related to the operation of multiple program portfolios at the School of Nursing, including that of Dr. Xiao Hu and Dr. Ryan Shaw.
• Manages and coordinates operational policies and procedures.
• Develops, composes, and revises Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Data Management Plans (DMPs). Performs quarterly review of DMP in coordination with the program leaders and DUSON leadership.
• Compiles and maintains records, reports and documentation of program portfolio activities.
• Serves as an expert resource to multiple study teams about regulatory and institutional policies and processes.
• Identifies gaps, constraints, needs, and milestones; helps develop operational plans
• Tracks all aspects of portfolio/program management
• Maintains communication within programs and with other DUSON and Duke departments or offices to accomplish the program objectives and an awareness of regulations, policies, and resources relevant to portfolio; applies knowledge to the development and execution of operational plan.
• Communicates project/program progress with Faculty members and DUSON leadership and adjust plans and timelines according to feedback.
• Represents program or project at internal and external meetings.
• Ensures that institutional communications are shared with research program staff and faculty.
• For complex scenarios, recognizes when all types of agreements are necessary and directs teams to appropriate Duke offices for execution of agreements.
• Maintains study level documentation for all studies, including those that are complex in nature.
• Plans and conducts meetings with collaborators to ensure compliance with established practices, to implement new policies and to keep employees abreast of current changes and standards.

Data Provenance, Management, Storage and Security
• Works with SON-IT and CNR to develop and implements protocols for research program that include strategies and processes to ensure data security, provenance, and data flow.
• Confers with other staff involved in data collection, data analysis, and the execution of the projects to ensure compliance with protocol guidelines and adherence to requirements.
• Serves as an expert in and oversees the processes of developing data management plans, including data flow, data corrections, queries, quality assurance, data security and provenance.
• Recommends and leads implementation of improved processes, policies, and systems to ensure data security and provenance.
• Identifies problems and/or inconsistencies in data management, security, and storage; recommend corrective action as appropriate and helps teams work through solutions.
• Seeks out, integrates, and applies new technical knowledge towards innovation and performance improvement for program/portfolio, as relevant.

Leadership and Professionalism
• Keeps current with advances in the scientific area and considers the impact on the research program.
• Keeps self and team current with research updates by attending external offerings.
• Uses advanced subject matter expertise to solve complex problems or foster innovation within the research program.
• Plays a key leadership role on committees and workgroups.
• Navigates processes and people involved in Duke clinical research, demonstrates the organizational awareness, and has the interpersonal skills necessary to get work done efficiently.
• Develops and implements solutions that work within the existing leadership or organizational structure.
• Demonstrates resilience and actively facilitates the research program through change.
• Communicates effectively with others to accomplish shared work objectives.
• Recognizes and escalates organizational issues that could be optimized to improve research process.

Institutional Ethics
• Ensures that studies are conducted in compliance with institutional requirements and other policies.
• May be responsible for summarizing and clarifying for study teams, the professional guidelines and code of ethics related to the conduct of clinical research.
• Provides oversight and assistance to research program team members who: develop and submit documentation and information for institutional review and prepare and submit documents needed for regulatory and compliance reporting to DUSON and Duke offices.

Other
• Manages relationships with all program/portfolio stakeholders.
• Performs other related duties incidental to work described herein.
• The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Requirements
• A bachelor’s degree in the health and/ data sciences
• Work requires a minimum of four years of research experience (e.g., experience. research, clinical, interaction with study population, program coordination). A Master's degree may substitute for two years of related experience.
• Experience with program, project, or portfolio management, preferably for research and innovation labs or units
• Experience with regulatory and compliance activities, preferably at a University, Medical Center, or biotech industry
• Experience with contracts and data agreements, preferably at a University
• Experience supporting the advancement of faculty and staff’s early-stage innovations, including commercialization and technology transfer
• Strong commitment to SON core values including diversity, inclusion and equity

Skills
• Program and Project Management
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills
• An understanding of contracts, agreements, data management plans
• An understanding of early-stage innovation, technology transfer and commercialization
• Familiarity with compliance and regulatory environments at Universities, Medical Centers or Biotechnology companies
• Able to handle management of complex portfolios
• Ability to learn new technologies, processes and policies quickly
• Ability to work independently, multi-task and complete tasks in a fast-paced, highly dynamic work environment
• Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as project management tools (e.g., Trello, Smart sheet, Monday.com).

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob 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.

Organization

Read our Diversity Profile History

Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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