Associate Director, Cardiovascular Clinical Research

University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ4.3

Full-time | Part-time
Position Summary

Please Note: The applicant review date has been updated to 07/31/2019. If you previously applied for this position your application is under consideration and it is not necessary to reapply. The Sarver Heart Center Associate Director of the Cardiovascular Clinical Research Program will be responsible for the Center’s clinical trials program. To include defining the clinical trial strategy and management of clinical studies being conducted in cardiovascular medicine, to include collaborations with the Division of Cardiology, the Division of Cardiothoracic surgery, the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, the Division of Vascular Surgery and the Sarver Heart Center. The role also includes implementation of cardiovascular research studies across the Banner Network. The Associate Director will be responsible for maintaining a heart failure clinical research program in collaboration with the Sarver Heart Center Director and other principal investigators. The expectation of the Associate Director will be to assess all clinical research endeavors within cardiology, merging, consolidating and increasing efficiency where possible. Duties will include managing operational and logistical tasks of cardiovascular research development to ensure efficient execution of trials within established budgets and timelines, ensuring all activities occur in compliance with appropriate regulations, including FDA regulations, IDE guidelines, etc.

The successful candidate will efficiently manage resources to ensure rapid patient recruitment, trial plan optimization, and execution of trials, taking advantage of existing institutional infrastructure where appropriate. Directly overseeing the budgeting and invoicing processes will ensure trials are conducted in a fiscally responsible way, resulting in ongoing program success. The Associate Director will be expected to grow cardiovascular clinical trials research through collaboration with multiple disciplines within cardiovascular medicine, including pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery, grow cross-Banner cardiovascular research, and develop collaborative research relationships with interested cardiovascular practices in Tucson, Phoenix and the Banner Health Network. This individual will also be responsible for collaborating on growth of the early phase clinical trials program under the leadership of the Director of the Sarver Heart Center. In addition, the Associate Director will work alongside the Sarver Heart Center Director to develop philanthropic support for the clinical research enterprise and ensure its long-term financial integrity and stability.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
Administrative and operational oversight and management of the cardiovascular clinical research program.
Participate as a critical member of the clinical research advisory team in short-term and long-term strategic planning for the unit.
Leadership of new initiatives in cardiovascular research, device research, cross-institution collaborative research and early phase clinical research under the direction of the Sarver Heart Center Director.
Play a major role in an effort to garner philanthropic support for the clinical research enterprise, in conjunction with an experienced development team.
Personnel, payroll, financial, budgetary, regulatory and facilities planning for growth of the clinical research operation.
Oversight and development of standard operating procedures and policies for the clinical research staff.
Participate in university initiatives to create enhance the UA/Banner research organization as necessary.
Supervise development and maintenance of quality control procedures with accountability and rapid cycle response when corrective or preventive actions are required.
Development of business projections/models to evaluate clinical research unit performance, and leverage existing infrastructure to maximize profitability of the research enterprise.
Develop data driven business models to assist with decision-making and future solvency of a growing clinical research unit, which will ultimately serve multiple faculty with high quality service.
Ability to develop creative services and business models that foster and enhance collaborative research.
Development of trial budgets and negotiation of clinical research contracts.
Writing and supervising IRB submissions for all projects with a focus on multi-centered projects.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Independently supervise all aspects of clinical research personnel (interview, hiring, performance evaluations, reclassification, coaching, training, discipline, etc.).
Provide guidance to support staff to ensure successful completion of on-going tasks, as well as multiple projects and special assignments.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Robust base of medical knowledge.
Proven leadership skills in academic research and/or management experience.
Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree in a relevant field AND five years of directly related experience; OR, Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field AND six years of directly related experience; OR, a minimum of ten years combined education and research experience appropriate for the position.
Preferred Qualifications
Thorough understanding of all phases of clinical research in addition to sound business acumen.
Experience in cardiovascular medicine is desired.
Prior experience in development or philanthropy.
Demonstrated ability to development fiscally responsible clinical trial budgets and negotiation of clinical research contracts.
BS in Nursing and/or Masters in Business Administration
FLSA Exempt Full Time/Part Time Full Time Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 Job Category Administrative and Professional Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits Posted Rate of Pay $85,000+ Annually, DOE