Administrative Director of the Clinical Research Office (CRO)

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

The University of New Mexico NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC), one of the nation’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, invites applications for the Administrative Director of the Clinical Research Office (CRO). This position is responsible for assuring the strategic vision, direction, and management of all clinical research and cancer clinical trial operations for the CRO and the UNMCCC. The Director will provide expert management of the cancer clinical trials operational and budgetary needs of the CRO and oversee clinical research operations, data management, regulatory compliance, quality assurance and safety, the integration of research into clinical operations, and scientific review for NCI-sponsored, pharmaceutical- sponsored, and investigator-initiated trials. May also serve as Executive Director of the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance (NMCCA), a collaborative university-community clinical trials consortium which oversees all cancer clinical trial activity in a statewide network of community-based affiliate sites.

Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, UNMCCC is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center within a 500-mile radius. The Center has 140 board-certified oncology physicians and surgeons, forming New Mexico’s largest cancer team which provides care to over 60 percent of New Mexicans diagnosed with cancer. Through its statewide cancer clinical trials network, considered an “exemplary national model for cancer clinical trials and health care delivery research,” the UNMCCC offers access to more than 182 clinical trials. The UNMCCC has 134 members engaged in four research programs: Cancer Control & Disparities; Cancer Genetics, Epigenetics & Genomics; Cancer Cell Biology & Signaling; and Cancer Therapeutics. National centers and programs at UNMCCC include: Project ECHO; The Molecular Discovery and High Throughput Target Screening Center, one of the nation’s Chemical Biology Consortia in The NCI NExT Program; and The New Mexico Center for the Spatiotemporal Modeling of Cell Signaling, one of 13 NIH-funded National Centers for Systems Biology. The UNMCCC is also a member of the ORIEN National Network of NCI Cancer Centers engaged in precision oncology, data sharing, and collaborative research. Focused on discovering the causes and the cures for cancers disproportionately affecting the multiethnic peoples of the American Southwest, the UNMCCC has a robust early phase clinical trials program and an experimental therapeutics unit and has developed new diagnostics and early phase interventional trials for leukemia, and cancers of the breast, lung, ovary, prostate, liver, pancreas, brain, and melanoma.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS Master’s degree in Healthcare or Business Administration with at least 5 years of clinical research experience, with at least 2 years of management, preferably in Oncology. Experience in managing clinical trials operations specifically in areas surrounding clinical trial regulatory functions, research subject enrollment, research data collection and reporting, patient outcomes, quality assurance, research compliance, and process improvement.

• Establishes and maintains processes and procedures of the CRO, which includes the UNMCCC Clinical Protocol Data Management & Informatics Shared Resource (CPDM&I; a Shared Resource component of the NCI P30 Cancer Center Support Grant). Ensures that actions and initiatives are consistent with University policies, and all institutional, state, and federal auditing, monitoring, reporting, and compliance requirements for the conduct of cancer clinical trials and cancer clinical research involving human subjects.
• Identifies operational parameters and requirements established by local, state & federal laws, and participates in the formulation of general operating policies; implements policy and develops appropriate procedures for the CRO/CPDM&I and participant sites.
• Identifies and solicits potential new clinical trials and participant sites, in conjunction with faculty and affiliated physicians; establishes and implements participant and sponsor agreements for all participants, as needed.
• Responsible for all fiscal control activities for the CRO/CPDM&I unit; develops and manages budgets, performs long-range financial and business planning, develops metrics to measure the ongoing status of the unit, and develops and prepares monthly operating reports.
• Designs, establishes, supervises, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization’s goals and objectives, including senior managers, research nurses, research and data coordinators, and other technical and fiscal staff.
• Responsible for the recruitment, education and training, supervision, performance management, and performance evaluation of subordinate managers and staff. Develops metrics to determine appropriate staff workloads and staff mix.
• Responsible for the monitoring, oversight, and review of all clinical trials conducted at UNMCCC and affiliate sites; develops and implements policies and procedures that are consistent with SOM Human Research Protections policies, FDA Good Clinical Practice guidelines, and all institutional, state and federal auditing and compliance requirements.
• Interacts with pharmaceutical and clinical research organization leaders to promote the UNMCCC and the CRO/CPDM&I and gain access to appropriate clinical trials; interacts with faculty, staff, and other cancer-related organizations to raise awareness of clinical trial offerings.

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