The Disease Site Group (DSG) Program Manager (DSG PM) is a key member of the administrative team that supports the conduct of scientifically impactful cancer clinical research at UCLA.
Reporting to the Director of the Division of Clinical Research Support Services in the UCLA JCCC, the DSG PM manages and coordinates the 1st stage review of cancer clinical studies going through the Cancer Center’s Protocol Review and Monitoring System (PRMS).
Duties include: 1st stage PRMS review process development and management; policy creation and maintenance related to DSG review; oversight and tracking of protocol review documentation in DSG meeting minutes; facilitation of reports related to clinical research study volume, accrual and timelines for review during DSG meetings; facilitation of effective communication between DSG chairs, study PIs, the Internal Scientific Peer Review Committee (ISPRC), and others; etc. The DSG PM is responsible for evaluating and interpreting National Cancer Institute (NCI) reporting requirements related to the 2-stage PRMS review process and ensuring those requirements are met through a formal, documented process. The DSG PM will develop standards for DSG meeting minutes, establish formal DSG protocol review scoring criteria, set-up an appropriate system for capturing protocol-level discussion and final determination, etc. The DSG PM is responsible for identifying areas of process improvement in the activation and execution of clinical research based on discussions raised during DSG meetings, and for designing and implementing improvement initiatives. The DSG PM will support developing and executing educational programs to offer training, either individual or classes, to UCLA JCCC members and their/or staff. The DSG PM works with UCLA JCCC leadership to review, revise and create 2- stage PRMS review policies, as needed, ensuring activities always meet the evolving requirements of an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center.
Ability to develop and implement short and long-range plans and strategies by applying trends and projections to achieve goals and desired outcomes.
Ability to problem solve potential system barriers with tenacity and professionalism.
Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of five years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of experience and training.
Basic understanding of clinical research and medical terminology.
Demonstrated skill in prioritizing workflow to meet deadlines, often under pressure of conflicting demands, while maintaining accuracy and effectiveness of work.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills for summation of clinical trial protocols, technical writing and editing, presentations, and development of other materials.
Familiarity with a Clinical Research Management System, such as OnCore.
Proven ability to coordinate and synthesize competing priorities for the purpose of providing appropriate business support to a wide variety of constituents and ensure effective operations of the unit.
Proven ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision and complete tasks with a high degree of accuracy.
Research experience, with knowledge of good clinical practice (GCP) for research.
Strong Excel skills or have demonstrated ability to quickly and thoroughly learn and embody the knowledge required to learn Excel.
Strong interpersonal communication skills to effectively and diplomatically interact with physicians, staff, & administration.
Strong project management and metrics tracking skills.
Strong written communication skills.
UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.
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