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School of Medicine:

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing 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.


The DCRI Outcomes group shares the DCRI's mission to develop and share knowledge that improves the care of patients around the world through innovative clinical research. The Outcomes Project Leader I position provides leadership to the department and to population studies, pharmaco-epidemiology, quality improvement, and comparative-effectiveness research. The Outcomes Project Leader has knowledge of outcomes research, thought leadership, protocol development, study design, project leadership, survey design, site management, data collection and analysis, and medical writing/editing. Oversees assigned projects and is active in developing more efficient and effective research processes and strategies for observational data registries supported by the department. The Project Leader provides cross-functional coordination for all project activities and ensures seamless integration of teams across specialties for focused and informed decision-making. This includes coordination across Duke and with external organizations.

The Outcomes Project Leader I typically leads the operations on one or more research projects of average to moderate complexity, at times with oversight of a more senior (Outcomes) Project Leader. Additionally, the Project Leader I may work in tandem on a large and complex study with defined areas of responsibilities apart from a more senior Project Leader.

Travel is required.


Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Develop systems and processes to support value-driven, inclusive, person-centered engagement models for clinical research.
  • Manage stakeholder groups incorporating lived experience into study processes and materials.
  • Create cohesive and inclusive engagement strategies that fosters collaboration, information sharing, and dissemination of findings.

Administrative Management:

  • Includes supervisory responsibility for assigning work to others, reviewing completeness & accuracy of work of others, giving recommendations, advice, or guidance to others.
  • Manages (Outcomes) staff, supports and contributes to the administrative processes for the (Outcomes) group and overall department.
  • Holds responsibility for and provides technical, fiscal, and management oversight for assigned projects and tasks. Projects may be of moderate complexity or pieces of larger projects managed by a higher level Project Manager.
  • Provides service-oriented support to other functional sub-groups, departments and project teams.

Project Leadership:

  • Provide leadership on behalf of the project and organization to ensure success of Duke's research endeavors.
  • Work alongside Faculty to develop project objectives, methodology and operational solutions that will meet scientific and strategic goals.
  • Responsible for assuring that timelines, costs and deliverables of (Outcomes) projects are well- managed. This will often require external relationships and managing subcontracts and change orders to existing contracts.
  • Contribute to business development activities for (Outcomes) projects such as presentations to prospective sponsors, development of scope of work, contract assumptions and cost estimates.
  • Consult with collaborating organizations and vendors on implementation of project requirements.
  • Lead project reviews, capacity planning, communications, study meetings, and teleconferences.
  • Capture experiences and lessons learned as routine part of project lifecycle.
  • Manage internal and external customer expectations.
  • Identify and ensure compliance with regulations and policies.


  • Consult on or provide direct support for complex research efforts with significant health services research components across the Duke community and collaborators.
  • Identify and support the development, adoption and use of tools, templates and best practices across projects.
  • Identify and produce resolution to common problems including appropriate people to ensure successful resolution and take steps to reduce potential for recurrence on this or other projects.


  • Educate internal and external partners on the value and role provided by outcomes clinical research.
  • Maintain working knowledge of health services research, cost-effectiveness research and innovative approaches to clinical research.
  • Develop and conduct training sessions for internal and external staff; present at conferences and/or publish in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Contribute to department training and development infrastructure.

DCRI experience in stakeholder and community engagement highly preferred.

Minimum Qualifications


Work requires graduation from an accredited degree program providing clinical training as a Registered Nurse (RN), Physician's Assistant (PA) or Pharmacist plus two years of healthcare experience, or one of the following equivalents: 1. Completion of an allied health degree (e.g., Respiratory Therapy, Radiologic Technology, Licensed Practical Nurse) or Associate's degree in Clinical Trials Research related curriculum plus a minimum of five years healthcare experience; or 2. Completion of a Master's degree in Public Health, Health Administration or a related area with one year directly related Clinical trials research experience; or 3. Completion of a Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of three years directly related experience in clinical trials research; or 4. Completion of a Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of four years closely related research experience. **State of North Carolina license may be required.**



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.




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Job No:
Posted: 5/3/2021
Application Due: 8/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time