The Woodruff Research Lab at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine seeks a Clinical Research Associate to manage the operations of the Center for Reproductive Science, the Women’s Health Research Institute, the Oncofertility Consortium, and management of NIH, foundation, and other research projects and initiatives. This is a full-time position for an individual interested in providing direction and thought leadership to develop strategic goals and objectives and ensure day-to-day operations for a major center and affiliated projects. The individual also serves as the main point of contact for the Master of Science in Reproductive Science and Medicine Program and interfaces directly with faculty, staff, students, and The Graduate School to maintain all aspects of the educational program. This position is also responsible to developing and implementing new curriculum as well as providing direct student support.
Directs and leads development of program/project strategic plans.
Oversees and ensures that day-to-day operations are appropriately managed.
Operationalizes goals and objectives; ensures that resources are created and/or obtained.
Manages customer service; creates associated practices and procedures and metrics to measure success.
Oversees data analysis and recommends/implements changes and improvements to better ensure attainment of mission.
Manages logistics requirements – including facilities, venue, scheduling, technology, instruction, catering, etc.
Serve as a liaison to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and other institutional departments/offices.
Develops and implements ideas for improving business processes and increasing program/project revenues and margins.
Tracks and projects spending regularly to determine trends and forecasts.
Generates reports and responds to inquiries from internal/external university leadership.
Communication, Outreach, Recruitment
Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders to increase program profile, reputation, visibility and support.
Creates plan to drive awareness of program/project in appropriate markets.
Partners with academia and organizations to continue to innovate and enhance program/project.
Actively obtains market intelligence by monitoring program/project.
Builds relationships with appropriate communities and organizations that will result in program/project enhancement.
Oversees marketing of new and current programs/projects.
Oversees development and implementation of evaluation processes, quantitative and qualitative measurements that ensure that program/project benchmarks are successfully attained and communicated in a timely efficient manner.
Manages evaluation processes; recommends and implements changes for enhancement; monitors effectiveness through follow-up evaluation studies.
Assesses programming and recommends changes that will innovate and invigorate program including cutting edge developments in the field.
Develops, plans, and implements strategies, goals and approach for program events.
Oversees creation of events designed to implement program/project objectives.
Collaborates with internal/external partners to ensure that events are implemented and meet or exceed planned goals.
Determines and implements organizational structure to align with strategic mission.
Manages implementation of human resource programs, policies, procedures, and talent management lifecycle and related mentoring/training.
Oversees and manages the hiring and onboarding process for new staff and students.
Program Development & Strategic Planning
Determines goals, objectives, outcome measurements and metrics, financial feasibility, marketing strategies, and collaboration opportunities with internal and external organizations.
Oversees the ongoing development and refinement of the program’s current and future curriculum and course offerings in consultation with subject matter experts.
Recruits, hires, and directs instructors/faculty.
Provides leadership for planning, scheduling, delivering and maintaining program to sustain quality instruction in all educational activity.
Directs actions to consistently high quality standards across all partner programs including admissions, teaching, grading, service levels, and facilities.
Develops and implements a comprehensive, visionary program strategy designed to continually grow and improve programs and build internal/external engagement.
Provides guidance and support to staff in the creation of program components.
Oversees recruitment, application evaluation, interview, selection, and notification of students and participants
Establishes admissions criteria in accordance with associated NU policy
Manages student orientation, registration, student life, graduation, etc.
Addresses student matters such as academic probation and other issues escalated from staff.
Ensures that advising system is in place to support all students, including working directly with prospective and enrolled students on issues ranging from qualifications for enrollment, course and placement planning, as well as, career planning.
Creates program strategy for structure, process, and staff support of students.
Oversees academic year course schedule; monitors course registration and enrollments.
Performs other duties as assigned.
A PhD or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Strong project management experience and proven ability to strategize, think operationally, organize, and implement research programs.
Strong skill set and interest in contributing to the writing of scientific reports and manuscripts.
Excellent problem-solving and analytical thinking skills.
Excellent listening, communication, and presentation skills.
Strong organizational skills & attention to detail.
Strong foundation in research methodology and proven track record in working successfully in diverse range of ethnic, cultural, and economic communities.
Proven ability to work in teams and foster collaborative environments.
Strong personal initiative and ability to work independently.
Skilled in biostatistics/strong data analysis (e.g., SPSS, SAS)
High degree of professionalism.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
A PhD in reproductive science, biomedical science or a related field.
Administrative experience in an academic setting.
Knowledge of administrative polices and protocols.
Experience working with medical faculty.
Experience mentoring diverse youth/students.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Demonstrated ability to effectively multi-task.
Excellent decision making skills.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 36942
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.