CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR (CANCER HEALTH DISPARITIES)

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Posting Number 00232
Title CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR (CANCER HEALTH DISPARITIES)
Position Title Clinical Coordinator
Position Number 00087
Job Description

The Clinical Research Coordinator will be responsible for the recruitment, study development processes, and documentation/regulatory activities related to clinical research conducted in the Division of Cancer Research and CDU/UCLA Cancer Center Partnership. The Coordinator will act as the liaison between the Directors of the Integrated Clinical and Tissue Biomarker Database Core (ICTBD) at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) in collaboration with the University of California, at Los Angeles (UCLA) regarding clinical research activities. Primarily, the Clinical Coordinator will assist the Directors and ICTBD with the recruitment of patients to clinical research activities and/or trials. Responsibilities may include travel to established partnering local community and private hospitals to recruit human subjects as well as engaging additional new recruitment sites as approved by the Directors for the ongoing studies. The position will require that he/she will be able to provide detailed reports to the Directors and Principal Investigators (PI) on the research studies. He/She will be responsible for coordinating the flow and sharing of information between the Community Outreach Program and the ICTBD Unit. The coordinator will perform a wide variety of tasks necessary to the Resource, including: patient identification and enrollment, acquiring informed consent from patients, documentation of clinical information, updating databases and patient charts, collecting research data, managing all patient/clinical staff calendars and schedules as they relate to the project, and general administrative support. Additional tasks may also include briefing interns, students, and new staff involved in clinical activities with consent, data extraction, and operating procedures.

Required Qualifications

EDUCATION:
• Regionally accredited undergraduate degree is required in a scientific or clinical field such as a BS, BSN, with 2-3 years of healthcare and clinical research experience. Master’s degree and/or additional experience in Cancer, Health Sciences, or health disparities research preferred.

EXPERIENCE:
• 2-3 years related experience in clinical research activities.
• Prior experience in patient engagement, working with clinical healthcare providers, and staff, as well as data inputting into databases, statistical experience with quantitative data analysis, and proficiency with commonly used statistical/numerical analysis.
• Experience working with underserved populations is a plus.

KNOWLEDGE/ABILITY/SKILLS:
• Experience preparing study documents necessary to appropriately conduct clinical research studies and trials including but not limited to protocols, IRB documents, and other regulatory documents/approvals.
• Knowledge and ability to prepare necessary regulatory reports and associated documentation in accordance with SOPs and study specific processes. Knowledge and ability to conduct regulatory tasks including: assess, complete, and submit protocol related documents to the appropriate committees and Institutional Review board, maintain annual IRB approvals, amendments, and safety events, maintain essential staff documents (CVs, licenses, site laboratory certifications) and coordinate HIPAA related training for personnel.
• Proficient communication skills in order to recruit participants for research studies through informed consent procedures; ability to review protocols and understand how to screen subjects for eligibility using protocol specific inclusion and exclusion criteria; ability to follow documentation procedures for each potential participant’s eligibility or exclusion. Experience conducting informed consent process including attention to detail to gather appropriate signatures and dates on forms in appropriate places.
• Ability to coordinate and implement procedures to collect data from patient charts, medical records, interviews, questionnaires, diagnostic tests and other sources; code, evaluate and interpret collected data and prepare appropriate documentation; obtain blood samples, cultures, tissues and other specimens for laboratory analysis.
• Strong computer skills to perform data extraction from electronic hospital/medical health records, data entry into databases, and managing digital calendars and schedules.
• Knowledge of Federal regulations and ability to assess sponsoring agency policies and procedures. Ability to assist the PI in preparing reports to local and national collaborators, as well as funding agencies, and in monitoring and auditing visits and preparing related responses.
• Ability to communicate respectfully and effectively with a diverse group of patients, collaborators, and healthcare providers as well as community partners in order to disseminate information on clinical research participation opportunities and information about cancer control, prevention, diagnosis, and survivorship.
• Working knowledge of health and clinical terms, procedures, and information related to the study protocols
• Knowledge of Good Clinical Practices and patient protection policies including HIPAA and others.
• Basic Spanish language skills are preferred.

Minimum Requirements

Regionally accredited undergraduate degree in a scientific or clinical field such as a BS, BSN, plus 2-3 years of healthcare and clinical research experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Prefer candidate with a Master’s Degree and/or additional experience in Cancer, Health Sciences, or health disparities research.

Basic Spanish language skills are preferred.

Physical Demands

• The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Occasional stooping. Frequent standing. Constant walking, sitting, climbing, reaching high/low levels, finger movement, feeling, speaking clearly, hearing conversationally, and seeing far and near.

Essential Duties

• Assists the PI in the development of materials and study documents necessary to appropriately conduct clinical research studies including but not limited to protocols, IRB documents, and other regulatory documents/approvals.
• Recruits participants for research studies through informed consent procedures and screens subjects for eligibility using protocol specific inclusion and exclusion criteria, documenting each potential participant’s eligibility or exclusion. Conducts or participates in the informed consent process including interactions with research participants, including answering any questions related to the study. Obtains appropriate signatures and dates on forms in appropriate places. Assures that amended consent forms are appropriately implemented and signed.
• Develops appropriate regulatory reports and associated documentation in accordance with SOPs and study specific processes. Maintains primary responsibility of a variety of regulatory tasks including: assess, complete, and submit protocol related documents to the appropriate committees and Institutional Review board, maintain annual IRB approvals, amendments, and safety events, maintain essential staff documents (CVs, licenses, site laboratory certifications) and coordinate HIPAA related training for personnel.
• Coordinates and implements procedures to collect data from patient charts, medical records, interviews, questionnaires, diagnostic tests and other sources; code, evaluate and interpret collected data and prepare appropriate documentation; obtain blood samples, cultures, tissues and other specimens for laboratory analysis.
• Assists the Director/Co-Directors in updating databases and patient charts, collecting research data, managing all patient/clinical staff calendars and schedules as they relate to the project, and general administrative support.
• Coordinates with Director/Co-Directors and collaborators to help ensure that clinical research and related activities are performed in accordance with Federal regulations and sponsoring agency policies and procedures.
• Assists the PI in preparing reports to local and national collaborators, as well as funding agencies.
• Assists the ICTBD Directors and Co-Directors in monitoring and auditing visits and preparing related responses.
• Works with the Community Outreach Core and Community Liaisons in disseminating information on clinical research participation opportunities and information about cancer control, prevention, diagnosis, and survivorship.
• Assists the PI and Director/Co-Directors in submission of accurate and timely closeout documents to applicable Federal agencies, University entities, and the sponsoring agency in accordance with Federal regulations and University and sponsoring agency policies and procedures.
• Arranges secure storage of study documents that will be maintained according to University policy or for the contracted length of time, whichever is longer.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:
• Perform other related duties as assigned.

Complexity

• The ability to perform highly detailed work with sustained attention and care while providing/obtaining information on numerous inquiries is paramount to success in this position.

Mental Demands

• The mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Frequent work on a variety of unrelated tasks. Constant calculating interrupted work, work on a variety of interrelated tasks, and use of sustained concentration, reasoning, judgment, resourcefulness, analytical ability, and ingenuity.

Work Environment

• The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Special Requirements

• Ability to work effectively with a diverse community.
• The ideal candidate will be seeking a career in cancer health disparities, and able to make a long-term commitment.
• Ability to work weekend hours if required.

Job Code 3285
FLSA Exempt
Category Full Time
Grade PS-5
Number of Vacancies 1

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Charles R. Drew University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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