This new position in the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) will catalyze clinical trial and research opportunities by engaging researchers both to consider existing opportunities and identify new opportunities, helping to position the University and its research strengths in a more competitive manner. CTSI seeks to respond more nimbly to an expanding number of funding and multi-site clinical trial opportunities offered through the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), including the Trial Innovation Network, and to facilitate University of Minnesota engagement in these opportunities. We seek a stronger leadership role in the national Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) program by securing other CTSA program awards, such as administrative supplements and collaborative innovation awards.
The manager will develop and implement a comprehensive approach for facilitating broad University research engagement in these opportunities, working with both Twin Cities-based and Duluth-based researchers. The manager will partner with CTSI faculty leadership and staff and existing programs and resources, helping to build an opportunity-driven and opportunistic environment for research. The manager will report to the CTSI Chief of Staff.
The manager will facilitate collaboration on clinical research and trials with CTSI’s partner, the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS), a fellow CTSA hub, and with research community collaborators at CTSI’s hub partners, Hennepin County Medical Center, the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, supporting a long-term objective to create and support a statewide approach to clinical trials.
Responsibilities • Develop a program to expand CTSA-related research awards and participation in CTSA-related clinical trials to include: identification and assessment of funding and new research opportunities; identification and cultivation of appropriate researchers through: research inventories, personal outreach; convening research opportunity town hall meetings; facilitating decision-making in research priorities, developing project plans, recruiting resources and expertise; and ensuring implementation of plans; promoting research funding opportunities through agencies such as PCORI, the MARCH research consortium and others. • Act as a catalyst to bring faculty and stakeholders together around strategic research and clinical trial opportunities, moving from identification of possible participants to defining actions, working with collaborators and partners to develop goals and roadmaps toward new trial and funding opportunities. • Collaborate with CTSI director, deputy director, and administrative leadership to establish priorities and identify resources, including people, teams, and expertise, needed to achieve goals. • Develop an understanding of clinical and translational research landscape at the University of Minnesota – both Twin Cities and Duluth campuses - including strengths, areas of growth and opportunity, clinical research interests and expertise of faculty through including personal outreach, communication and cultivation of relationships. • Develop a broad and deep understanding of CTSI’s cores, programs and services, as well as of the national CTSA Program. • To build a portfolio of CTSA-related awards and multi-site clinical trials, develop supportive processes and relationships with Mayo’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and with CTSI’s hub partners, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Develop systems for navigating across these diverse research communities and contribute to enriching these institutional partnerships. • Partner with CTSI’s Trial Innovation Network Hub Liaison Team to generate interest in the Trial Innovation Network among researchers, to identify and respond to Trial Innovation Network opportunities, to help generate and identify new projects proposed for the network, and build participation. • Coordinate with CTSI BMIP TriNetX program, which seeks to connect UMN investigators to industry-sponsored trial opportunities to ensure coordinated and clear processes and efforts, leveraging approaches, as needed. • Establish, collect and analyze program metrics to ensure program quality and continuous improvement. • Report on progress to internal and external bodies. • Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications: • BA/BS in health sciences or a related field with at least 8 years of progressively responsible experience in a higher education or clinical environment in project management, research administration, research program development; or an advanced degree with 6 years of experience. • Previous experience in a medical or health sciences research and/or clinical environment. • Experience working collaboratively across the research community. • Track-record of successful collaboration and working across diverse populations. • Experience leading and facilitating teams • Experience with federal research awards • Excellent organizational skills • Outstanding written and oral communication skills • Excellent interpersonal skills • Project management skills • Significant knowledge of the clinical enterprise • Solid understanding of clinical research, including clinical trial initiation and implementation, and FDA regulations
Preferred Qualifications: • Advanced degree in health sciences or a related field with at least 6 years of progressively responsible experience in a higher education or clinical environment in project management, research administration, research program development. • Knowledge of federal grant award application processes • Strong team spirit • Entrepreneurial nature with a high degree of initiative, independence, and drive • Curiosity and a broad interest in clinical and translational research • High degree of professionalism and tact • Comfort with ambiguity
The selected candidate must have the ability to work and navigate across groups and networks and coordinate multi-disciplinary teams and intra-and inter-institutional partnerships; the ability to interact with faculty and facilitate discussions on complex topics; and demonstrated adaptability and willingness to coordinate nuanced relationships.
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