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The Department of Health Services has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time (50% FTE) Project Manager with an interest in research. This position will report to the Principal Investigator and manage a program that comprises multiple research projects requiring exceptional project management skills and collaboration with multiple faculty and coordinators at sites where research takes place. These research projects include:
•Regulatory and human factors (or usability) studies related to the Center for Dialysis Innovation (CDI), which is attempting to design and produce a personalized, mobile dialysis device that would work as well as a normal human kidney, thus freeing patients from the current main mode of dialysis in centers three times per week with poor quality of life. These studies are being conducted in contract with the Veterans Administration.
•Studies in the validity and reliability of questions on cancer screening for the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).
Aspects of other studies in surgery and comparative effectiveness research may also come under the purview of the Project Manager.
Housed in the UW School of Public Health, the Department of Health Services is a dynamic academic and research department with the mission of working with partners in public health and health care to prepare leaders, design solutions, and conduct innovative research that is translated into practice and policy. The Department is steadfast in its efforts to improve and promote the health of all populations, and staff contribute daily and directly to the work of faculty, students, researchers and other staff, providing support and expertise to the Department's common cause.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Proactively manage and track project progression by working with all project team members to ensure that milestones are reached in a timely fashion. This is to be done with particular attention to identifying project challenges, and proactively communicating with the Principal Investigator about challenges and any milestones that may be missed. Specific project management duties include:
•With PI, develop project timelines; independently track timelines, and propose ways and means to stay on track for the project milestones set by funding agencies and investigators.
•Communicate and operate in a complex environment, collaborating closely with Research Coordinators to manage continued progress toward milestones. (10%)
•Actively participate in routine conference calls and meetings to apprise the project teams of progress; communicate issues, risks, and possible mitigation strategies.
•Build a common process to ensure and increase consistency across sites for conducting interviews, prioritizing compliance with the IRB, privacy, and security responsibilities with regard to data; train new research staff as needed on timelines and process for maintaining consistency; manage secure transfer of data from partner sites.
•Create a calendar for document submissions from research site project staff and investigators. Collect documents and review for completeness. If documents are not complete, work with investigators to complete, and when possible, take the lead in completing the documents.
•Assemble reports for funding agencies and investigators, and ensure timely submission; this includes writing summaries, formatting materials, completing forms as needed, and ensuring that documents align with project requirements.
•Perform special projects and assignments, as assigned.
•Manage the travel process for investigators to attend conferences and travel to research sites, and for research coordinators to visit investigators
•Collaborate with investigators and research coordinators to confirm project meetings and conference calls, with particular attention to the calendar of the principal investigator
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•Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, or other related area of study •Two years of project management experience, preferably in research •Additional experience in an executive-level administrative support role •Superior problem solving ability •Demonstrated writing ability •Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills •Excellent analytical and organizational skills •Proficiency with Word, Excel, and Outlook •Ability to work under pressure with anticipated, unexpected, and changing priorities affecting workload management on a daily basis •Possess a high level of initiative and ability to work effectively and with professionalism with individuals who have various pressures and needs related the research program •Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems •Must be flexible, adaptable, resourceful, and detail oriented
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
•Experience as a research assistant or coordinator •Experience supporting multiple faculty members at one time •Interest in public health
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