Sr. Research Program Supervisor will oversee and manage clinical data and complex research protocols related to a large cohort study (Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study, MACS) of HIV infection among men who have sex with men. Major responsibility is the coordination of clinic and research activities conducted during participants' study visits.
Project Management: Exercises judgment, initiative and innovation in decision making involving the design, implementation, and coordination of numerous research studies and evaluates the performance of project activities against objectives. Oversees and collaborates in the development of study tools including data collection and other forms. Ensures initial and ongoing eligibility of participants for multiple research studies. Collaborates in the development and implementation of recruitment strategies to ensure participant accrual according to timelines. Reviews and assesses new protocols for clarity, thoroughness, and logistical feasibility. Evaluates the availability of resources for research studies, and the impact of studies on resources. Proposes alternatives to improve study implementation. Collaborates in the design of appropriate methods for data collection. Develops, implements, and maintains standard operating procedures.
Clinical: Uses clinical knowledge to review study forms and medical records, and reports medical outcomes. Reviews numerous laboratory results on all study participants, enters abnormal results into database and follows up on such results with study participants and/or healthcare providers. Supervision: Supervises one full-time Research Program Assistant and approximately 20 part-time clinical staff including clinicians, interviewers, neuropsychological technicians, medical assistants, and administrative staff. Writes position requisitions, interviews, hires and trains. Coordinates trainings and monitors performance of procedures. Coaches staff performance and develops corrective action plans for improving individual and group performance as needed. Provides one-on-one and group-level feedback on study procedures and protocols. Reviews and approves weekly timesheets.
Human Subjects/Compliance: Ensures that all research staff completes appropriates training/certifications. Assures regulatory compliance of all study protocols.
Quality Control: Reviews all forms completed by study participants and staff for errors and possible clinical outcomes. Provides ongoing feedback to staff to correct errors.
Other: As needed, conducts behavioral and neuropsychological assessments. Occasionally, conducts study visits at participant's home or at clinic, including obtaining informed consent, performing phlebotomy, and administering study questions. Acts as contact for internal and external investigators. Participates in study-wide working groups, research presentations and manuscript preparation. Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in related discipline.
Three years related research experience, preferably in the area of sexually transmitted diseases/infections. Some supervisory experience strongly preferred. Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Superior organizational and follow-up skills, and ability to multi-task while attending meticulously to detail. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook; knowledge of Microsoft Access desirable but not essential.
Knowledge of HIV infection, including routes of transmission and treatment.
Must be: a) sensitive to the nature of the work and the confidentiality of study participants, b) flexible and comfortable working with men who have sex with men, and in a diverse office environment, and c) a willing, positive worker, able to take direction.
The successful candidate will be required to pass Protection of Human Research Subjects and HIPAA certification classes, if not already done so.
Must have a valid driver's license and car in good working order. Working schedule includes 2 evening clinics per week (Tuesday and Friday) and 1 Saturday morning clinic per month (with the following Monday off). Therefore, the working schedule is approximately 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays, and 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on other days
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