We are looking to hire a Clinical Research Manager to help shape, grow and develop the clinical research operations within our Experimental Therapeutics Incubator (ETI). The ETI is the UF Health Cancer Center’s premier research unit and focuses on the conduct of early phase trials, including first in human studies, that are critical to the advancement of cancer care. This fast-paced program was designed to serve as a resource for patients within North Central Florida and beyond who need options for recurrent and refractory cancers. The ETI aims to offer a wide variety of cutting-edge therapies while providing patients and their families with streamlined, compassionate, and patient-centered care.
As the Unit Manager for the ETI, you will lead a team of clinical research professionals and will be responsible for the overall compliance and management of the team. In the execution of your duties, you will advocate for and allocate available resources to promote efficient, effective, and compassionate care for patients enrolled on research protocols. Due to the complex nature of the studies in the ETI portfolio and the at-risk nature of the subjects enrolled, you will be called upon to provide additional clinical oversight and expertise to the conduct of research protocols in this unit, as such your top priority will be to ensure patient safety and research integrity within the ETI team.
Additionally, in your capacity as Manager, you will manage resolution and problem-solving efforts for issues arising from the conduct of clinical research, collaborating with critical partners throughout UF and UF Health. You will act as a resource for your staff in the implementation of clinical research protocols and review of subject cases, providing guidance informed by your extensive experience and expertise in oncological clinical research topics. You may also be called upon to serve on internal committees for the creation of SOPs, workflows, and metrics as well as to participate in working groups and coordinate internal quality control activities in conjunction with internal Monitors and other related staff and to collaborate with leadership and support staff to implement and change policies and/or procedures.
In your new role you will be responsible for the following:
Leading the ETI team, including driving all performance management, recruitment, and related talent management efforts, working closely with the UFHCC-HR team and others within the CRO leadership team.
Overseeing unit compliance with internal and external regulatory and institutional requirements related to the trials in your unit, including compliance within the Experimental Therapeutics Clinical Trial Network (ETCTN). More broadly, you will oversee and ensure compliance with the QA/QC, IRB and regulatory, and fiscal compliance activities of the Cancer Center. At times, this will include stepping in as proxy for Study Coordinators and Clinical Research Assistants as needed during the audit process.
Collaborating with Protocol Activation Coordinators and other Core Office staff to guide new protocols through the process of activation. This will include oversight of new protocol submission for DSG(s) assigned to your unit, providing expert guidance during the review process by internal committees and the IRB.
Coordination of relevant care and protocol required testing for subjects enrolled on your assigned trials as well as for ensuring that coverage is provided for other trials conducted in the ETI in the absence of the primary Study Coordinator. This includes coordination of protocol subjects, chart review and data interpretation, compliance activities, as well as laboratory requirements for these studies. In conducting these duties, you will collaborate with other UFHCC staff, critical clinic personnel, Primary Investigators, and other research partners.
This is a management level position, ideal for candidates with an established career in clinical research and expertise in oncology. Employees in these roles operate as part of our collaborative research enterprise and are fundamental to the progress of cancer research being conducted at the University of Florida. A complete job description will be provided to candidates selected for interview.
Master’s degree in appropriate area of specialization; or a bachelor’s degree in appropriate areas of specialization and two years of experience.
Licensure as a registered nurse in accordance with Chapter 464, Florida Statutes required upon hire and throughout employment.
Professional clinical research and/or oncology certification (through SOCRA, ACRP, etc.) are required at the earliest of 12 months from hire or eligibility.
As an ideal candidate you will have/be:
Master’s Degree in Nursing, Health Care, and/or Basic Sciences and ten or more years of relevant experience and/or training in research and/or oncology preferred;
Oncology certification (OCN or similar) is highly preferred;
Extensive experience in clinical research including proficiency with databases and/or patient data;
Strong desire to learn, seek out, and apply new knowledge, methods, and information;
Strong interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work with a broad range of people including investigators, physicians, clinic and hospital staff, sponsors, partners at other institutions, UFHCC staff, and others;
Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective, independent, interact professionally, and utilize effective writing and organizational skills;
Proven sense of professional ethics and conduct, understanding and effectively using and applying Emotional Intelligence strategies and skills;
Forward-thinking mentality, actively seeking opportunities and proposing creative solutions with strong decision-making capability;
Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of customer/client service and response;
Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment;
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders and critical staff, both internally and externally, through a variety of communication mediums and venues;
Project manager mindset and basic skills including: delegation, scheduling, communication, critical thinking, task and quality management, risk management, and flexibility;
Highly collaborative and energetic management style;
Prior experience (5+ years) as a supervisor or team lead and/or completion of leadership/management training program (eg. Managing at UF – The Supervisory Challenge) highly preferred;
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, particularly Outlook, Excel, Word.
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time staff position at the University of Florida and is eligible for the University's generous benefits, leave, and retirement options available to TEAMS employees. Additional information can be found at https://hr.ufl.edu/benefits/
Internal Number: 514686/00031327
About UF Health Cancer Center
At the UF Health Cancer Center our mission is to prevent, detect, treat, and ultimately cure cancer while addressing the unique challenges of the cancer burden faced by the population we serve. Whether working directly in clinical trials with our faculty researchers and patients or operating behind the desk in administration, each of our employees has a critical role to play in the success of our Center and the discoveries that are made here.
The Cancer Center serves as the nucleus for the diverse institutional programs of research, education, and clinical approaches that are necessary to improve cancer outcomes. With more than 250 researchers and clinicians at the University and UF Health conducting research for the prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of cancer our collaborative research model encourages the transition of basic laboratory findings to novel curative and preventative therapies. This multidisciplinary membership is our strength, and our net is cast wide. Researchers are drawn from 69 departments and 11 colleges across the University and collaborate with dozens of other UF multidisciplinary centers and institutes—including the McKnight Brain Institute, Prot...on Therapy Institute (one of only seven such facilities in the nation), Genetics Institute, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Institute on Aging, and the Emerging Pathogens Institute, among others.