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The Division of Medical Oncology in the Department of Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Research Coordinator.
The purpose of this position is to promote the research objectives of the Melanoma, Renal Cell Carcinoma, and Merkel Cell Carcinoma Program (MEL/RCC/MCC) in the Division of Oncology. This position works with program faculty to facilitate MEL/RCC/MCC and other early development pharmaceutical-sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical trials, identify research problems and design hypotheses to be tested. This position is responsible for independently designing and implementing multiple research projects to test the hypotheses in human subjects.
In collaboration with the Research Manager and Physician Leadership, identify and implement initiatives in support of the Program Strategic Plan. Assist with organized improvement efforts and use problem solving and interpersonal skills to resolve bottlenecks in research implementation
This position is constantly required to integrate information from multiple sources to ensure that all research proposals meet the requirements of the University, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health and the study sponsor. This position develops procedures that ensure that all research meets or exceeds these requirements while expeditiously furthering the research objectives of the MEL/RCC/MCC Program. There are multiple resources available within the University system (e.g. Grant and Contract Services, Institutional Review Board, Office of Industry Relations) to help in this process, but ultimately, the work must be done independently and in a resourceful manner to expedite the MEL/RCC/MCC Program's research objectives. This position is also responsible for organizing and facilitating sponsor-initiated, FDA-initiated, and institution-initiated audits of study data. Finally, this position interacts with representatives from pharmaceutical companies, health care providers and terminally ill patients in a manner that well-represents the University of Washington and its associated institutions (FHCRC and SCCA).
The research projects managed by this position are complex. Identify stakeholders across multiple departments and collaborate to develop processes to implement novel aspects of research protocols when there is no precedence within MEL/RCC/MCC program or the Division of Oncology. Involve program leadership as necessary to obtain physician consensus for processes that involve multiple departments.
The mission statement of the University of Washington Medical Center states that the Medical Center serves as a research resource, providing an environment in which clinical research may be conducted. This position is essential to that mission. This position provides significant contributions to research development, implementation and analysis for the MEL/RCC/MCC Program in Division of Oncology. It is responsible for overseeing the management of 10 or more Phase I, II, and III Oncology clinical trials.
This position must be able to work independently on multiple research projects without benefit of written policies or procedures. This position requires daily interaction with pharmaceutical sponsors, physicians, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, other health care personnel (e.g. nurses, patient care coordinators, insurance companies), and patients. Up to 15 projects will be in progress simultaneously, with the expectation of additional projects in the future.
Research Patient Management
Communicate with external patients or external physicians who are interested in referring patients to UWMC/SCCA for MEL/RCC/MCC oncology clinical trials. Work with internal and external physicians to screen patients and identify therapeutic pathways that optimize patient's clinical trial participation opportunities. Communicate with sponsors to get approval to enroll patients.
Manage complex study appointments, ordering tests and procedures to facilitate protocol adherence, billing compliance, and to ensure accurate and reliable data collection. Participate in consenting of patients with providers. Escort patients to study appointments. Educate patients about the trial requirements and visit schedule. Perform clinic tests per protocol (vital signs, and EKG). Conduct interviews with patients to collect research data per protocol. Assist in monitoring patient toxicities and interacting closely with clinical providers to ensure patient safety and protocol adherence. Communicating protocol requirement for treatment modifications to providers.
Understand clinical trial budget and billing plan for patients enrolled on clinical trials. Work with internal partners to ensure clinical trials are performed in accordance with institutional requirements for billing compliance. Assist in financial audits as necessary. Communicate with investigators and research staff when financial milestones have been met.
Independently develop and implement research project policies and procedures that meet research objectives and that ensure compliance with all aspects of Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) regulations pertaining to clinical research in human subjects (e.g. investigator financial disclosure requirements of the FDA).
Design, develop, document and maintain policies and procedures for protocol registration and implementation to ensure that research execution meets good clinical practice guidelines. Design, create and revise research instruments (e.g. case report forms) as necessary to ensure quality data that correlates with research objectives. Design, document and implement procedures for protocol audits to assure protocol compliance and to ensure research data quality. Take action to correct problems such as deviation from protocol requirements to ensure research quality. Work with departments outside of the Division of Oncology (e.g. Radiology, cardiology, Anatomic Pathology, etc.) to ensure that projects are executed successfully and completed within required time frames to meet research objectives.
Communicate with sponsor to give patient status updates, and get approval for unplanned protocol procedures.
Assist in evaluating potential pharmaceutical company-sponsored protocols for feasibility.
Analysis and Reporting
Prepare interim reports for principal investigators, industry sponsors and Institutional Review Board to ensure that each project is moving toward timely completion. Assist with data analysis and manuscript preparation.
This position will work with clinical research involving human subjects within UW Medicine and therefore clinical Research Study Coordinator (CRS) training is required. The training requirement for this position include UW Medicine-specific as well as general training.
Assist the Research Manager in supervising other MEL/RCC/MCC coordinators. Ensure that junior coordinators are performing and implementing clinical trial procedures as expected by the MEL/RCC/MCC Research Program Manager and Faculty. Lead by example and provide training and mentorship for other research coordinator staff to help troubleshoot protocol and institutional problems. This position will be a daily resource for junior coordinators and MEL/RCC/MCC partners.
Work with multiple UW, SCCA, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) groups (e.g. UW Grant and Contract Services, UW Human Subjects Review Committee, UW and SCCA Radiation Safety Committee, UW and FHCRC Biosafety Committee, SCCA Clinical Trials Planning Committee and UWMC General Clinical Research Center) to ensure timely implementation of each research project.
Manage complex clinical research protocols successfully and meet all regulatory and compliance guidelines.
Develop key research collaborations with internal and external partners.
Maintain direct communication with faculty members within and external to the Division of Oncology, UW departments, funding sponsors and research collaborators in support of individual studies and the entire research program.
Involve physician leadership as appropriate to identify and ameliorate bottlenecks with clinical trial implementation. Use problem solving and interpersonal skills to assist with organized process improvement efforts.
Lead junior coordinators by example in a manner that is expected from the MEL/RCC/MCC Program Manager and Faculty.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
Bachelor's Degree in Science or Health-related field plus at least 4 or more years experience in clinical trial management in an oncology medical research setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Thorough knowledge of IRB, HIPAA, and FDA regulatory requirements for the conduct of research.
Experience in working within the UW/FHCRC/SCCA settings.
Strong collaborative skills and leadership skills.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Knowledge of clinical trials budgeting.
Ability to prioritize competing demands to successfully meet deadlines and project milestones.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Bachelors in biology or health-related field. Previous experience working with oncology patients. Previous experience working within an academic research facility.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Fast-paced office environment, with a high volume of often-complex projects. The work is deadline driven and requires rapid and frequent communications, not only between individuals, but also by computer and/or telephone for much of the day. Projects may require travel between affiliate locations to facilitate study start-up communication or grant funded projects. Work week regularly exceeds 40 hours per week.
The position is located in a clinical and research environment that is located at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance on the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
This position requires a flexible work schedule. Stringent deadlines from sponsor organizations/companies to meet deadlines may require overtime including occasional evening and weekend overtime.
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