Program Director, Medicine Department

Location
Houston, Texas
Salary
Competitive
Posted
June 26 2021
Ref
140238
Discipline
Health Sciences
Organization Type
Healthcare/Hospital
Summary

The primary purpose of the Program Director is to plan, direct, coordinate and evaluate all clinical research activities for the Intercept program within GI Medical Oncology. Activities include project development and scientific writing, planning, organizing, and coordinating with the labs to implement clinical, preclinical, and translational research projects. This role collaborates heavily with principle investigators, sponsors, institutional offices, and partnering departments in multidisciplinary large-scale projects.

Job Functions

Preclinical Program Coordination - 30%
  • Move investigator-initiated projects forward from concept to implementation.
  • Evaluates programs, develops strategic business plans and provides direction for all programs and activities.
  • Meets with Principal Investigators and study sponsors of proposed research protocols which includes overseeing the protocol development process.
  • S upervises the design and development of proposals (Letter of Intent, protocols, correlatives and budget) and experiments that may support those proposals.
  • Partner with scientific teams to build collaboration and identify opportunities leading to scientific discovery and novel therapeutics.
  • Assist team to provide scientific expertise and to design initial experiments, analyze and interpret data, assess follow-up experiments, and prepare data reports/summaries.
  • Work with department and faculty leadership to develop draft work plans, timelines, and budgets for internal and external collaborations.
  • Function in an independent manner to develop scientific content for new or repositioned proposals to support new/additional submissions, tracking and managing the life cycle of a proposal (from ideal to implementation).
  • Assist with managing and mentoring postdoctoral fellows, research assistants, student interns, and other junior staff to ensure project deliverables and timelines are met.
  • Attend seminars, meetings, and training to develop and advance scientific knowledge as relevant to job duties.
  • Work with program leaders, research investigators, scientific project director, and team members to develop budgets for grant applications and preclinical proposals, including creating initial scientific budget and ensuring alignment with planned experiments and analyses.
  • Attend all programmatic research meetings and monitors project progression, deliverables, project timelines and sponsor deliverables in conjunction with research team.


Clinical Program Oversight - 40%
  • Regularly reviews and provides program progress updates with Key Performance Indicator (KPI) data
  • Assures that institutional policies and procedures are followed.
  • Develops and maintains Quality Assurance mechanisms.
  • Analyze and interpret scientific data and information as related to proposals, grants, abstracts, and manuscript submissions.
  • Work with support teams (including bioinformatics and biostatisticians, OSP, ORA, CRF, regulatory/compliance) as needed to meet MDACC and federal standards.
  • Initiate and lead cross-functional clinical exchange meetings and produce detailed meeting minutes
  • Facilitate effective communication channels exist and are managed across cross-functional teams
  • Serve as the primary sponsor contact from the project operational standpoint
  • Develop alternative solutions to issues with study timelines, legal contracts, resources and budgets
  • Oversee activities pertaining to development of workflows for project intake and biomarker analyses in research and CLIA environments.


INTERCEPT Program Administrative Oversight - 20%
  • Identify and coordinate the implementation of strategies to enhance internal investigator collaboration and interaction between INTERCEPT Program stakeholders to create an environment that fosters new ideas for research initiatives.
  • Coordinates the preparation and submission of research presentations and reports to various government, industry and philanthropic organizations.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for interactions with the Colorectal Service Line Leadership for the Core monthly meetings, presentations and other program related matters.
  • Ensure strategic and tactical plans for ongoing research and grant activities are developed and executed effectively and efficiently.
  • Develop, implement and manage effective administrative policies and procedures to ensure operational and quality outcomes for funded activities.
  • Facilitate INTERCEPT Program related research planning efforts initiated by faculty by assisting with the collection of data, the integration of cross unit (department, division, institution) information, and the synthesis of these data into planning documents.


Financial Management - 10%
  • Oversees financial management for the program budget(s).
  • Manage salary expenses and faculty effort applied to this program.
  • Manage supply expenses applied to this program.
  • Provide regular financial reports to involved faculty/leaders.
  • Identify and apply for federal and private foundation funding opportunities.
  • Liaise with funding agencies to discuss funding eligibility.


Bachelor's degree in Nursing or healthcare related field. Five years of administrative or management experience in clinical trials. Successful completion of the LEADing Self Accelerate program may substitute for one year of required supervisory or management experience. It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

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