Department: MED-Center for Healthcare Studies Salary/Grade: EXS/5
Manages daily operations of a biomedical &/or social-behavioral research study involving multidisciplinary teams of colleagues, sponsors & other external project stakeholders. Monitors study performance, analyzes & review results, & supervises development & implementation of new protocols. Assigns work & supervises study staff & reviews technical operations ensuring that all processes, protocols & procedures are quality controlled & functioning up to standards. Develops implements & administers budgets, grant & administrative procedures. May co-author scientific papers for presentation & publication & coordinates writing, submission & administration of grants. Ensures that all study activities are completed by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all current local, state, & federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy & procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), & the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).
This position will serve as a Project Coordinator of the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC) focused on obstetric quality improvement initiatives to support participating Illinois birthing hospitals in setting up systems and facilitating culture change to improve outcomes for women and newborns. ILPQC is a nationally recognized PQC with over 100 participating hospitals. ILPQC facilitates state-wide quality improvement initiatives to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes in birthing hospitals across the state by providing: opportunities for collaborative learning, rapid response data, and hospital team QI support. Current obstetric projects include Promoting Vaginal Birth, Birth Equity, and sustaining Immediate Postpartum LARC, Improving Postpartum Access to Care, and Mothers and Newborns affected by Opioids. The position will work closely with the ILPQC Executive Director, Project Director / Quality Lead, ILPQC staff/interns, clinical leads, advisory workgroups, and hospital quality improvement teams on the development, implementation, and sustainability of initiatives. Responsibilities of this position fall into the following main areas: (1) project coordination of collaborative learning opportunities including event planning and related communications including website management; (2) data management, analysis and reporting; (3) quality improvement support; (4) financial coordination including monitoring budgets, submitting expenses, processing invoices and related tasks; (5) assist with grant writing, monitoring grant timelines, and producing grant reports to funding organizations as well as abstracts and papers for publication. Regular (1 – a few times per month) travel to hospital and stakeholder locations throughout Illinois and occasional national travel for collaborative meetings are required.
Position will work out of two ILPQC office locations, one in Chicago and one in Evanston. Travel to hospital and stakeholder locations throughout Illinois and occasional national travel for collaborative meetings are required. Supervisor provides objectives, deadlines and specific instructions only for new, difficult, and/or unusual work. Work is reviewed upon completion and only occasionally to verify technical accuracy and compliance with practice, policy, and procedures. EE informs supervisor of on-going progress and/or potentially controversial matters.
Leads execution & control of a biomedical &/or social science project or research study.
Coordinates processing & analysis of data, conduct of experimental tests & procedures.
Develops new &/or revised research methodologies.
Ensures completion of study activities per protocol including recruitment.
Oversees & manages collection, maintenance, analysis & evaluation of data that will be used in grant submissions, presentations & publications.
Ensures that information is entered correctly into databases.
Assists PI in reviewing, analyzing, interpreting, summarizing, formatting, editing, & preparing tables, charts, graphs, progress & final reports, etc.
Coordinates between sponsoring agencies, collaborating organizations &/or other research &/or educational institutions.
Ensures that all study documents associated with current local, state, & federal regulatory guidelines, requirements, laws & research protocols are completed in a timely manner.
Manages lab/study budget & inventory including purchasing of supplies & services ensuring that they are necessary, reasonable & project related.
Orders & maintains inventory of study supplies.
Distributes intra-departmental charges.
Negotiates with vendors, obtain quotes & arrange for demos of large equipment.
Trains, directs, assigns duties to & supervises research staff, students, residents &/or fellows.
Acts as a mentor in regard to education of junior coordinators.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 3 years' research study or other relevant experience required; OR
Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 1 year research study or other relevant experience.
Supervisory or project management experience required.
Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, in-person and via phone/web
Exceptional organizational skills, time management efficiency, and personal accountability
Proficient with Microsoft Office software and data management and reporting
Master’s degree preferred
Experience working in the area of maternal health
Experience or exposure with quality improvement or hospital-based projects
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Exposure to tools and software including SAS/STATA, REDCap, MailChimp, Adobe InDesign, Word Press/website management, WebEx and Blue Jeans
Experience working with financial reporting systems
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: 38580
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.