Director D (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care)

Director D (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care)

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Posted Job Title
Director D (Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care)

Job Profile Title
Director D

Job Description Summary
This position is responsible for managing the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Research Program. The candidate will oversee federally-funded multicenter projects.

Job Description

The Associate Director will lead all aspects of clinical research as they relate to the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program's operational and administrative activities, including federal and industry funded projects. Responsibilities include direct management and supervision of center staff including performance evaluation and management; budget preparation, revision, and reconciliation process; recruitment and retention of research-related support; operations; process improvement; and preparation and submission of weekly update reports. They will provide guidance and input on training and compliance needs identified and be responsible for developing and implementing training programs for clinical research assistants, coordinators, investigators and others in the research group.

The director will provide guidance to collaborators both internal and external to the Institution. They will lead the selection of external vendors that will support clinical operations, developing strong relationships and managing all contractual agreements. They will be responsible to see that clinical stage programs achieve program objectives within established timelines, budget, and quality standards. Working with the overall director of the PVD Program, the candidate will ensure that the appropriate company infrastructure and quality systems are in place to support all clinical trials.

The candidate provides advice, counsel and strategic direction to the research community and research partners. They will raise the level of awareness of the strategic and economic importance of clinical research in the PVD Program to internal and external customers. This position will interface with leaders and administrators at multiple sites in the Penn Medicine enterprise to assist with the expansion of the breadth of clinical research in PVD, enhancing the brand of its world-class clinical research program. A hybrid arrangement of remote and in-person work will be available.

  • Overall management of studies and projects with the determination of feasibility including communication with Sponsors and affiliates. Responsible for regulatory oversight of multiple projects and must possess full knowledge and understanding of all of the Program's clinical protocols. Protocols may include IND application-supporting trials.
  • Provide clinical and administrative support to the Research Program in financial decision-making (internal and external budgets, staff salary support and effort distribution, purchasing)
  • Create and modify clinical trial protocols, design MOPs, and databases and assist with start-up of studies within the PVD group.
  • Attend, coordinate, and lead study meetings and teleconferences.
  • Oversee multiple Field Centers and Cores at other institutions. Perform yearly site visits for QC. Provide oversight to personnel at all participating sites. Work with PIs to perform data cleaning and analysis.
  • Work with leadership to identify, justify and utilize resources in an efficient manner; assist with presentations to other Penn officials. Interact with the DOM business office to assist with the oversight of budgeting, billing, and monitoring of financial activity for clinical trials. Provide leadership to coordinate activities between budgeting and contracting, and financial execution ensuring compliance with sponsored and third party insurance billing.
  • Anticipate timelines, analyze requirements to accomplish major and minor projects, organize and delegate tasks to faculty and staff, follow through to completion. Direct faculty investigators through the sub-project application process and advise on guidelines, protocols, procedures, forms, formats, budgets, and regulatory requirements.
  • Management of team meetings: staff meetings, program and PI meetings, business meetings.
  • Management of PVD staff; Responsible for hiring, orientation, mentoring, training of new and current personnel, ongoing staff education and completing performance evaluations and management, if required, as well as overseeing day to day operations of group
  • Supervise and work directly with Project Manager(s) and clinical research coordinators to oversee goals and activities related to clinical research; seek ways to expand capabilities of the program to improve service to faculty investigators and to take fullest advantage of the available resources of Penn.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned

  • Master's Degree with at least 5-7 years of related experience; or combination of equivalent education and experience in clinical research or research administration in an academic or industry setting required.
  • Three (3) years of management or supervisory experience
  • Experience in financial management, including budget preparation and management required
  • Knowledge of FDA regulations and GCP-ICH guidelines; and comprehensive understanding of clinical trials (Phases I-IV) processes and the conduct of clinical research studies
  • Advanced understanding of clinical study processes and key operational interfaces.
  • Proven track record in operational delivery of multicenter clinical trials - results oriented.
  • Strong scientific/therapeutic expertise in rare diseases preferred.
  • Previous experience with grant writing and submissions, budget creation and resource allocation preferred

The candidate must possess and have demonstrated the following skills:
  • Ability to manage projects independently
  • Strong problem-solving and organizational skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and proven team leadership and team playing characteristics.
  • Proven ability to influence and negotiate with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to manage budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and complete work within allocated time frames
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$90,860.00 - $142,844.66
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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