Clinical Research Associate I (Precision Medicine)

Duarte, California
August 13 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary:

Manages the precision medicine protocol consenting documents. Responsible for consenting, auditing consents, Biopsecimen kit development, and delivery of kits to locations of specimen collection. Maintains a system for effective consent tracking in collaboration with assigned clinical research nurse for the precision medicine program.

The consenter is quick learner, comfortable and effective when communicating professionally with a diverse group of patients' and can adapt to new situations with ease. They have the ability to work independently and in a team. The consenter is knowledgeable about their assigned study and consents patients independently and works with a team of consenters and a clinical research nurse. Patients will be consented in person and remotely using a secure platform.

This role provides supports for two key initiatives of City of Hope:
  • Precison Medicine - providing an opportunity for all COH patients to complete genetic testing
  • Bio-banking - provides the opportunity for COH researchers to continue their search for a cancer cure.

Essential Functions:
  • Maintains current and accurate consent and biospecimen protocol documentation; updatesinvestigators and other team members of pertinent protocol changes.
  • Consents patients to the IRB 07047 under the precision medicine program and performs other administrative duties in the management of the study as assigned
  • Plays an active role in recruitment of patients to study.
  • Works on special data management projects as assigned.
  • Works with physician or nurse to see that protocol related tests and evaluations are ordered per protocol guidelines. Collaborates with clinical research nurses to assure appropriateconsenting and specimen collection.
  • Performs protocol specific duties as required per the research study.
  • Works with supervisor to ensure performance of appropriate levels of quality.
  • Identifies and communicates important protocol consenting issues or problem areas to supervisor.
  • Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations to maintain certification/licensure, and/or keep abreast of latest trends in field of expertise.
  • Ensures work environment is organized and functions efficiently.
  • Attends and participates in meetings as required.
  • Provides staff relief as required to meet the needs of the department.

Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, including adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan. Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality. Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • Associate's Degree.
  • Experience may substitute for minimum education requirements.
  • One year experience working in a health care setting, preferably in research.

Preferred education experience and skills:
  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • Medical Record, Health Information Systems, clinical trials exposure or related health field.

  • Ability to Read, identify and extract pertinent data from medical record
  • Ability to read, write and comprehend medical terminology
  • Foster/promote a positive image and professional appearance
  • Sensitivity to intercultural relations
  • Access data in computer data bases
  • Compile data
  • Proofread documents
  • Research information
  • Troubleshoot problems
  • Use computer packages
  • Use word-processing software
  • Excellent oral/written communication and organizational skills.
  • Excellent reading comprehension.

  • Calculator
  • Computer peripheral equipment
  • Fax
  • Personal computer
  • Photocopier
  • If responsible for specimen handling: Eye Protection/Goggles, Face Protection, Gown, Mask, Non-Sterile Medical Gloves, Sterile Medical Gloves, Respirator.

Working / Environmental Conditions:
  • Atmosphere and environment associated with an office setting
  • Atmosphere and environment associated with patient care areas
  • Tobacco free campus
  • Subject to many interruptions
  • Occasionally subjected to irregular hours
  • Requires judgment that could affect image of City of Hope
  • Occasional pressure due to deadline requirements
  • Occasional travel required
  • Exposed to material of a confidential nature on a regular basis
  • Frequent pressure due to multiple calls and inquiries
  • Contact with patients/patient families under varied circumstances
  • Subject to regularly changing priorities and work assignments
  • Subject to handling multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Possible exposure to infectious, radioactive or biohazardous agents
  • Subject to varying and unpredictable situations
  • Contact with patients/patient families under varied circumstances
  • Subject to situations involving grief processes & related issues
  • Possibly exposed to the risk of bloodborne pathogens.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability. #LI-GD

  • Posting Date: Aug 13, 2021
  • Job Field: Clinical Research
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Shift: Day Job

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