The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is seeking a Research Support Manager to lead the operations for a large NIH portfolio: 1) a longitudinal cohort study, and 2) an intervention study, which are being conducted by Dr. Jerica Berge (the Principal Investigator). These are multi-million dollar NIH grants (over $7 million directs) that bring in over $3 million indirects and require a candidate with strong leadership characteristics and unique skills. In addition, they will coordinate four ancillary studies connected to these larger two studies (approximately $500,000). This position is critical in the design of research processes and will provide regulatory / compliance oversight and professional guidance regarding the conduct and flow of the research projects. This position will also serve as a subject matter expert in Nutrition and provide specialized guidance in Nutrition (through their training as a Registered Dietitian) and in conducting dietary assessments in children and adults using their expertise in NDS-R software.
Overall Responsibilities include:
Responsible to oversee the hiring, training, supervising, and performance evaluations for two large research teams, including staff, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.
Work in coordination with the Principal Investigator to oversee all aspects of multiple research studies, including planning, protocol creation, budget management, meeting timelines, etc.
Serve as study expert on weight-related behavior assessment measurements, including developing dietary and physical activity assessment protocols, providing training in NDS-R software, anthropometry and accelerometry, and utilizing Nutrition background to create best practices in weight-related measurement.
Manage and direct communications and reporting between research teams, including co-investigators, analysts, and study staff.
Oversee and manage dissemination plans for all research studies.
40% - Project Management, Leadership and Communication
Responsible for project management and oversight of research projects from pre-study planning, protocol review & budget proposals through end of study reporting and collection of receivables. Demonstrated ability to independently manage and lead complex teams and projects.
Ensure the overall project schedule and planning align with planned study milestones (including clinical trials.gov and IRB needs).
Develop, manage and monitor study budget and needs, including contracts and invoicing.
Responsible for the annual RPPR report to ensure milestones and grant terms are met.
Serve as a liaison with internal and external study team members and facilitate communication across a large multi-disciplinary multi-sector and multi-site.
Collaborate with community partners and primary care clinics to facilitate recruitment and retention of study participants.
Stay up-to-date and disseminate best practices in Community Health Workers.
Provide oversight and support to ensure compliance to required project reporting in OnCore, clinicaltrials.gov and Ethos.
Provides day-to-day management oversight and directs the study team toward the goal of scientifically sound, replicable results.
Lead weekly team meetings with each study team to review research projects and timelines.
Meet weekly with co-investigator teams, providing regular study updates.
Serve as mentor for study interns and student grant recipients.
Refine protocols for participant tracking and locating hard-to-reach participants.
Ensure adequate staffing and scheduling to meet follow-up visit goals.
Continued engagement with a range of agencies serving study participants over 5 years.
Consult with Finance Team to assure financial reports are reviewed and issues resolved.
Analyze and resolve research issues promptly and accurately.
Coordinate with PI in determining study priorities and developing a research roadmap.
Independently identify key challenges and develop appropriate solutions.
Ensure that research deliverables are met on-time and accurate.
Serve as a Subject Matter Expert to assist with guidance of nutritional outcome metrics.
25% - Quality Management, Data Management and Improvement Oversight
Develop and lead process improvement projects for NIH and ancillary studies.
Supervises and/or performs routine and non-routine internal quality assurance audits to include clinical data, data safety, regulatory documents, vendors and systems.
Implement a continuous improvement strategy to support participant retention plan to ensure minimal participant loss to follow up.
Identifies areas of improvement and develop new methodologies to meet milestones.
Develop and continuously update data collection materials and protocols.
Direct the work of Computer Programming staff to develop ecological momentary assessment/intervention components of study.
Maintain and update the databases and monitor to insure data integrity and quality.
Conduct quality assessments of data collection procedures and materials to improve efficiency and quality.
Perform quality checks on data and monitor all processes.
Maintain and manage all electronic and non-electronic data.
Implement and guide activities related to process improvement, apply best practices and strategic direction.
REDCap database management.
Library resources, including tools for literature reviews and data repositories.
20% - Project Dissemination
Mange the overall dissemination plan of all research studies.
Mentor students and other partners who are new to participating in academic dissemination.
Manage and contribute to scholarly work, including the preparation of manuscripts and presentations.
Manage content on study websites.
Work with a diverse set of community stakeholders to develop messages and communicate study findings.
Work with technical writers and graphic designers to translate research and findings into formats for a variety of non-academic audiences.
Contribute to the development and realization of the study dissemination goals.
Keep up-to-date list of supplementary funding options and coordinate applications to these funding mechanisms.
Publish as a first author on papers.
10% - Supervisory
Primary contact for HR-related contacts for Intervention Director, project staff and students including:
Hire, train and provide professional development including annual performance reviews to direct reports.
Partner with the faculty lead and the Department HR office on resolving complex employee relations issues as needed.
Hire, train, supervise, and mentor research staff; provide detailed guidance and supervision on collection of dietary assessment measurements.
5% - Regulatory and Compliance Requirements
Assure that all IRB, NIH, and other pertinent regulations are adhered to, including training faculty and staff.
Oversee IRB submissions including updating consent forms, complete continuing reviews, and ongoing reporting documents as required.
Ensure staff are trained in and adhere to good clinical practices and study is compliant with IRB requirements.
Provides investigator, faculty and staff training and development on regulatory standards, ICH-GCP guidelines, etc.
Serves as a resource and provides guidance on institutional policies and procedures, as well as interpretation of federal regulations/guidance documents.
Implement and enforce protocols to protect confidentiality of Human Subject data.
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
Only applications submitted with 2 writing samples will be considered (See below "How to Apply" for further instruction on uploading writing samples).
BA/BS with at least eight (8) years of research experience or an advanced degree and six (6) years of experience.
Active Registered Dietitian credentials.
Expertise in weight-related behavior assessment, including dietary measures with NDS-R software, accelerometry, and anthropometry.
Experience supervising a large team, including being responsible for hiring, directing work, performance review, etc.
Experience managing multiple large-scale (e.g., National Institutes of Health) research studies.
Experience with in-person data collection with both children and adults.
Experience in mixed-methods research.
Detail-oriented with exceptional organizational and planning skills.
Demonstrated ability to lead projects, set and maintain deadlines, and prioritize assignments.
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
Creative thinking and problem solving skills.
Demonstrated skills in conducting community outreach, including engaging and following through with diverse stakeholders.
Masters degree in Public Health or other social science field.
Proficiency in REDCap data management system.
Experience with collecting data from diverse participants using ecological momentary assessment.
Knowledgeable in qualitative research, including interviews and focus groups, qualitative coding, and using Nvivo software.
Extensive record of academic publications, including as a first author.
Familiarity with NIH grant mechanisms and experience preparing NIH grant proposals.
Experience with community-based participatory research.
Experience managing regulatory requirements related to human subjects research.
Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team.
Experience collecting biological measurements.
In-depth knowledge of Human Subjects Protections and Good Clinical Practices.
Data management skills.
Data analysis skills.
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