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CTSI Assistant Director, Equity in Research

Duke University
CTSI-Clinical & Translational Sci Awards

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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.

Occupational Summary

The Equity in Research (EIR) Core, within the Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI); aims to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across all aspects of the research process and environment.

This position will work with the Director of the Center for Equity in Research in leading equity efforts at the School of Medicine (SOM), Duke Health and CTSI; collaborating regionally and nationally on research equity initiatives. It will manage and implement the CTSI strategic plan around anti-racism, anti-bias and equity in research and the research environment, conducting workshops, assessments and evaluation, and other resources and tools. This includes project management, budget management, and personnel management. This will include development of curriculum for staff, faculty, post-doctoral fellows and other learners at CTSI; as well as curating and leveraging existing curriculum and resources. Consider and develop methods to help participants in educational offerings are able to integrate their learnings into the workplace to foster an equitable work environment. Identify opportunities for collaborating across Duke, and local and national entities on anti-racism, anti-bias and equity programs and research opportunities. Identify and engage Duke faculty and other possible collaborators, coordinating activities and meetings to successfully execute approved programs.

Work Performed

Be responsive to the CTSI Director (Dr. Ebony Boulware), CTSI executive team, and CTSI internal and external stakeholders around needs for training and programming on anti-racism, anti-bias and equity.

Develops strategies to improve or maintain the effectiveness of the Center for Equity in Research. Engages large groups of diverse stakeholders, and facilitates the development of actionable plans and measurable outcome goals. Manages progress of collaborating stakeholders toward achieving project/program goals. Establishes risk, cost, time, scope, communication and quality management plans, updates with input from stakeholders, and direct staff in execution of plans. Outreach to the CTSI community, including development and distribution of activities, materials and resources on anti-bias, anti-racism and equity. Co-develop, manage and sustain a research, education, resource repository and portfolio around equity, diversity and inclusion in clinical and translational research and across the workforce.

Promote and support collaborative efforts for anti-racism, anti-bias and equity across CTSI and Duke, as well as our partners such as North Carolina Central University and other academic institutions; engage faculty and staff in these initiatives. This will involve coordinating programs, including workshops, colloquia, and discussions, encouraging collaboration within and outside of CTSI.

Provides overall operations leadership of large programs and projects within the CTSI, across Duke, locally and nationally; provides guidance as an operational subject matter expert to others who develop or manage large research programs or studies. Develops, negotiates, and oversees budgets. Allocates and forecasts resources. Oversees, supervises, and/or mentors staff who manage the day-to-day operations. Provides guidance to faculty investigators, divisional or Duke office leaders on best practices to promote equity in research projects, programs, and infrastructure.

Provides significant intellectual contribution to the research program/shared resource, including substantial leadership in developing the scientific content of research proposals and manuscripts. Establishes and maintains internal (Duke) and external communications to ensure successful research partnerships. Suggests hypotheses, research strategies, research partnerships, and research opportunities. Frequently represents research program or shared resource on behalf of the PI.

Focus areas include workshops around DEI; Just Ask research; national and global research and training programs, moving forward equity in research; developing research portfolio of grants from NCATS and other NIH and foundation grants that speak to equity, diversity and inclusion; as well as in the School of Medicine.

Responsible for approximately ten programs that represent key pillar areas - CTSI specific and School of Medicine, as well as linkages with Duke Health System (DUHS), including education, training and resource development,

Works with institutional leaders and offices to handle complex issues related to contracts and agreements.

Helps the research program resolve complicated contractual problems.

Serves as an expert resource to multiple study teams/research program regarding regulatory and institutional

policies and processes. Prepares for and provides support for study monitoring and audit visits, including support for the reviewer. Addresses and corrects findings.

Provides oversight and training to multiple study teams/research program team members who conduct and

document consent for participants for all types of studies, including those that are complex in nature (e.g., procedural and interventional studies) and/or require DUHS billing or orders in Maestro Care.

Serves as an expert resource regarding participant retention. Liaises with other resources at Duke to optimize retention rates. Develops and oversees the implementation of strategies for meeting recruitment goals for the research program(s).

Working with the CTSI Communications team, develop, direct and supervise communications strategies to ensure that CTSI and its broader audience are aware of the offerings and mission of the Center. Help build awareness and uptake of anti-racism, anti-bias and equity activities in CTSI, Duke and among collaborators such as North Carolina Central University.

Prepares for and leads research program meetings. Ensures good communication within the research

program, including mentoring staff to improve communication strategies. Mentors, trains, and oversees activities related to how teams communicate with sponsors and/or CROs.

Provides oversight and training to multiple study teams/research program team members who develop and

submit documentation and information for IRB review. Serves as an institutional resource on ECRFs, EDCSs, technologies, and software to ensure the highest quality data collection and capture. Actively encourages connections with stakeholders (e.g., statisticians) and institutional resources (e.g., ISO, IRB).

Predicts areas of vulnerability in data flow across the research portfolio. Serves as an expert data provenance and security resource, including liaising with and being knowledgeable about other related resources at Duke. Serves as an expert resource across research portfolio with regard to data capture, storage, management, quality, and preparation for analysis. Oversees implementation of data flow plans across the research portfolio. Ensures that study teams are familiar with and using data flow plan resources at Duke.

Seeks out, integrates, and applies new technical knowledge towards innovation and performance

improvement, as relevant. Oversees implementation of new technologies and ensures continuous evaluation

of technology solutions throughout the research portfolio.

Independently develops funding proposals and grants, including leading the drafting of research aims,

background, methods, etc. Independently reviews articles, synthesizes the literature, and uses to independently develop manuscripts or grant proposals.

Provides significant contribution or leadership on multiple accepted, peer-reviewed publications or conference

presentations. Mentors others in this area.

Oversees use of systems and system reports to manage research participants' activities and tracking/marking

financial milestones, and to manage research protocol activities and maintaining current protocol information.


Keeps current with research updates and advances in the scientific area, considers the impact on the broad

research portfolio, and oversees necessary implementation. Serves in a leadership capacity with internal and

external groups (e.g., speaks at events, leads institutional initiatives or committees).

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Required Qualifications at this Level


An advanced degree is required (i.e., MBA, MPP, MPH, MSW, MPA etc.).

PhD preferred; background in a public health, social science or other related field preferred.


Minimum of 5 years of directly related experience with progressive responsibility in faculty development and/or diversity work in academia, not for profit, or business. Development of faculty or staff programs strongly preferred.



• High level of emotional intelligence

• Understand how to build effective teams and partnerships to drive the mission forward

• Proven ability to develop relationships with faculty and community leadership • • Ability to represent the Center, CTSI, and Duke effectively across diverse stakeholders and entities

• Verbal and written communication skills

• Ability to work with diverse populations

• Ability to collaborate with senior leaders and work across all levels of the organization

• Grants and program development and management

• Deep knowledge and expertise of EDI principles, practices and their application in programs, services and research.

Knowledge and Skills:

• Clear understanding of equity and demonstrated skill and experience working with anti-racism, anti-bias, and equity

• Strong administrative, organizational, planning, prioritization and project management skills and exceptional attention to detail

• Proven track record in building credibility and strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders including faculty members/investigators, professional/technical staff and community members

• Manage major event programming

• Strong analytic and writing skills

• Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills

• Experience in budget preparation and monitoring of financial statements

• Ability to exercise sound judgment in decisions

• Ability to anticipate needs and break large projects into manageable segments

• Ability to facilitate curricula training and development

• Knowledge and experience in business and management principles involved in

strategic planning

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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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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