Senior director of clinical research operations and management
About the position
Virginia Commonwealth University is seeking a dynamic Director of Clinical Research Operations and Management for the Massey Cancer Center’s Clinical Trials Office (CTO). Reporting to the Chief Administrative Office (CAO) and working closely with the Medical Director of the Clinical Trials Office (CTO), this position provides constructive and forward-thinking administrative leadership for the VCU Massey Cancer Center (MCC) CTO. The Director is responsible for the executive oversight, management, planning and direction of all clinical research operational areas, to include, but not limited to: nursing and data management, protocol development and project management, regulatory affairs, compliance, monitoring and auditing, and education/training for clinical research professional staff. This highly visible role includes responsibility and accountability for continually improving the quality and efficiency of the clinical trials office. This position, along with the CAO and CTO Medical Director, provides significant contribution to the operational success of the Cancer Center in fully realizing its research mission and strategic initiative to retain NCI designation and reach the goal of NCI comprehensive designation.
Through the oversight and management of the CTO activities, the Director of Clinical Research Operations and Management will be responsible for providing supervision of clinical research initiatives underway at MCC, ensuring compliance with established
federal, state, local and institutional guidelines and regulations governing the conduct of clinical research; implementing processes and procedures to improve compliance, insuring the programmatic integrity of clinical research; effectively communicating with the center’s senior leadership, investigators, research staff and representatives of study sponsors to facilitate the activation and conduct of clinical trials in a highly collaborative and matrix environment. He/she will use research-driven performance measures and assess complex situations to research-driven criteria, in order to plan strategically and flexibly, and respond tactically and resourcefully. This position will ensure expert management control, and will provide strategic oversight for clinical trials research operations, data management, regulatory compliance, quality assurance and safety, as well as the integration of research into clinical operations. He/she will be responsible for assigned projects, with optimal efficiency, through effective performance, leadership and development of his/her staff.
This position works across the organization and will be responsible for promoting a customer friendly environment and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees, as well as other stakeholders.
With a total student population of more than 31,000, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university located in the capital city of Richmond, VA. The VCU Health System is an urban teaching hospital and is home to VCU Medical Center, the #1 ranked medical center in the Richmond metropolitan area with the only Level I trauma center in central Virginia. Together they make VCU the largest employer in the city of Richmond (22,888 including VCU and VCU Health employees).
Founded in 1838 and currently belonging to the elite group of R1 – Doctoral Universities with Highest Research Activity by Carnegie Classification, VCU enrolls students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 108 countries. Students choose from 59 undergraduate, 69 master’s, 42 doctoral programs, three first-professional programs and 44 certificate programs offered by 11 schools and three colleges. With two main campuses on 173 acres in the historic downtown area, as well as satellite campuses located across the state and internationally, VCU boasts a diverse campus community, including approximately 43 percent of the student body identifying as minority, as well as an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 500 student clubs and organizations.
One of the largest academic health centers in the nation with a 52-acre footprint one block from Capitol Square, VCU Health System also maintains over 2.5 million square feet of facilities in satellite locations surrounding the city, including research space at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. In addition to VCU Medical Center, the $3.2 billion health system includes Community Memorial Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, the Virginia Premier Health Plan (a 220,000-member non-profit Managed Care Organization), and the MCV Physicians (a faculty practice plan with more than 700 members and 770 residents and fellows).
- Mary Beth Tombes, director of ITT programs
- Amanda Martens, director of HR
- Michelle Lin, chief administrative officer
- Dr. Andrew Poklepovic, associate professor internal medicine
- Dr. Harry Bear, chair, surgery, School of Medicine
- Elizabeth Rosenberg, director of clinical trials development and program management
- Kristin Cambell, director clinical research data and affinity network