Program Director - CERI

Duke University
CTSI-Clinical & Translational Sci Awards

Job Details

This Position is Partially Grant Funded

School of Medicine Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation's top medical schools. Ranked sixth among medical schools in the nation, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve human health locally and around the globe. Composed of more than 2,500 faculty physicians and researchers, more than 1,300 students, and more than 6,000 staff, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System and the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) comprise Duke Health. a world-class academic medical center. The Health System encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.


The Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) provides infrastructure, education, and resources to facilitate translational research at Duke University focusing on integrating resources and programmatic research areas across campus. CTSI is housed in the Duke School of Medicine (SOM) and has dual reporting to the Dean of the School of Medicine and the Chancellor for Health Affairs. It is the institutional home for the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The CTSI brings together the stakeholders from all parts of the University and Health System and facilitates their work toward reaching the Chancellor’s strategic goals in a given area. The CTSI is composed of a number of “cores” that focus on key strategic areas related to Duke Health. Cores with strong commonalities are housed within pillars. The cores and pillars form a network that collaborates toward the overall vision of the CTSI: Accelerating the translation of scientific discoveries into health benefits for patients and communities. One of the cores is the Community Engaged Research Initiative, part of the Equity and Learning Health Communities pillar.


Provides administrative, operational and project management leadership to the Community Engaged Research Initiative (CERI), collaborating with faculty directors on strategic planning and decision making and serving as point person for operations. Core activities include development and implementation of the strategic plan; convening stakeholders; monitoring and measuring the success of the program activities; and developing reports for the CTSI Executive Steering Committee and Advisory Boards. Oversees portfolio/project management, communications, personnel, and financial management for the CERI.

The Program Director is the operational partner to the program’s senior faculty Director and Co-Directors. S/he will report to the Equity and Learning Health Communities Pillar Senior Staff Director with a dotted line to the CERI Faculty Director.


Program Development/ Management

    Collaborate with program leadership to create, grow and sustain the core to foster cross disciplinary collaboration in support of clinical and translational research through integration of programmatic research areas and resources across campus.Provide operational leadership essential to the development and implementation of the program strategic plan for long-term sustainability in alignment with the Duke Health Strategic Plan.Facilitate the development and implementation of processes and communication to foster and sustain cross institutional collaboration in clinical and translational research while eliminating redundancy and duplication of effort and resources.Collaborate with senior faculty leaders and team members to develop and evaluate specific goals and objectives to actualize strategic plans.Manage systems/processes to evaluate and maintain metrics on the program activities/programs. Develop reports and analyses including appropriate recommendations or conclusions for presentation to the CTSI Executive Steering Committee and CTSI Advisory Boards. Develop and implement strategies for establishing a robust and active core. Develop and implement strategies for keeping stakeholders engaged including facilitating growth of community through identification and engagement of new members.Convene program meetings and ensure communication of activities to all stakeholders.Develop and maintain effective working relationships with peers and Pillar administrative leadership to ensure synergy and communications within and across pillars and the CTSI as a whole.Develop and implement communication plans for CERI to include internal and external stakeholder communication. Develop and maintain effective working relationships across all sectors, internal and external to Duke; Serve as an Ambassador for the CTSI Community and overall CTSI.Oversee and manage the portfolio and projects undertaken by the program. Collaborate and support faculty in development of program proposals and budgets for grant awards.Monitor the progress/performance of all projects to assure quality of provided services, timeliness of deliverables, compliance with regulatory requirements, and adherence to financial targets.Keep abreast of emerging developments and trends through networking, participation in professional organizations and review of the literature.

Employee Development/Management

    Identify when new staff are needed, help to develop organizational structure, and manage staff.Manage staff in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable regulations. Responsibilities include planning, assigning, and directing work, appraising performance and guiding professional development; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing employee relations issues and resolving problems.Obtain and provide regular feedback to employees from other team members and key stakeholders to assist in personal/professional development. Identify skill and competency gaps at the individual team member level and collaborate with employees to create development plans that will close the gaps.

Financial Management

    Develop annual program budget in collaboration with program and Pillar leadership Monitor program budget including infrastructure and project expenditures. Ensure proper utilization of resources and adherence to targets. Develop strategies to meet budget expectations and streamline costs, as needed, for requested deliverables.

Required Qualifications at this Level

    Education/Training: Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.
Strongly prefer Master degree and/or post graduate training in public health, clinical research, health policy, health administration, business or other related field.

    Experience: Work requires the ability to plan and administer programs and direct program activities within a specific functional area, generally acquired through four years of related experience.

    Skills: 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.

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

Minimum Qualifications


Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.


Work requires the ability to plan and administer programs and direct OR ANY OTHER EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE. program activities within a specific functional area, generally acquired through four years of related experience.

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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