University of Washington   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
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Posted on May 14, 2020
Req #: 168826
Department: SURGERY
Job Location: Other Location
Posting Date: 12/11/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for four consecutive years.

The Department of Surgery currently has an outstanding opportunity for a PROJECT MANAGER.

The purpose of this position is to provide research project management for the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE). SORCE is a multidisciplinary research center established by the Department of Surgery supporting research to improve the quality of surgical care at the local, regional and national level. SORCE also collaborates with a variety of academic and community partners and institutions providing expertise in design/deployment of health services and patient-oriented outcomes projects for research and clinical quality improvement.

The individual in this position will report to a Senior Research Project Manager under the direction of SORCE’s Associate Director of Clinical Research. The position will supervise 1 – 4 FTE of professional staff.

This position includes up to 30% travel, local to Washington State and nationwide.

The project portfolio for this position may include managing aspects of up to three multi-site pragmatic trials funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), all comparing surgery to medical management. SORCE serves as the Clinical Coordinating Center for these ambitious, milestone-driven, 5-year pragmatic clinical trials that involve collaborations with multiple UW departments and over 30 sites nationwide. These three studies are: Comparison of Intravesical Therapy and Surgery as Treatment Options for Bladder Cancer (CISTO), which will begin work in early 2019 (,  Comparison of Surgery and Medicine on the Impact of Diverticulitis (COSMID) Trial, which will start in mid- to late-2019 (, and Comparing Surgery versus Antibiotics to Treat Appendicitis (CODA), which is currently recruiting (

The areas of responsibility of this position fall into these categories:                                                                                                                                             
Research Project Administration and Management:(40%) including research study planning, milestone planning and oversight, management of the investigative team, study operations reporting, management of internal and external reporting, and coordination of funding proposal development.
Human Subjects Research Coordination:(40%) including overseeing regulatory management, participant activities, data collection and management, data analysis and reporting, and compliance oversight. This will include research training and quality assurance monitoring both remote and in-person for both UW and external sites.
Research Personnel and Resources Management:(20%) including research fiscal management, management of the staff team, general study leadership, and hiring, training, and supervision of junior staff.

SORCE is committed to encouraging diversity and inclusion and to being a workplace where such values are at the forefront of our daily interactions and our work as a research center. We value and seek diverse team members who are passionate, innovative, and collaborative. All candidates are encouraged to address as part of their cover letter how their experiences and perspective could potentially contribute to diversity and inclusion at SORCE.

This position will manage significant components of multiple health services and outcomes projects spanning internal and external sites, multiple investigators, and multiple clinical disciplines. Some of these projects may be related while others may encompass completely unique teams, sites, and/or topic areas. Projects vary in length of time from six months to 5+ years, meaning that this position may be simultaneously working on projects at every stage of life, from start-up to close-out.

This position will facilitate and address technical development and timely completion of scientific objectives. This individual will be responsible for the thorough understanding of research project aims, timelines and milestone goals and must be able to effectively conceptualize and translate this into project operations. In addition, person in this position will effectively communicate goals and priorities to investigators and collaborators, provide direction to project staff, and be responsible for ensuring that project deliverables are met on schedule.

The Department's Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) was established in 2005 with a mission to assess the impact of surgical procedures on patients, society, and the healthcare system and improve the practice of surgery through education, training, and policy initiatives. To date, SORCE has received over $100 million in grant support and currently operates an annual budget of over $7 million. SORCE has grown into a multidisciplinary collaboration of researchers from across health science disciplines, including over 25 UW faculty from 15 departments and 4 schools, and clinicians at clinical practice sites across the Washington State. In addition, SORCE provides a collaborative resource base for junior faculty from all Surgical Divisions as well as cross-departmentally. More information about SORCE is available at

I. Research Project Administration and Management: (40%)
Research Study Planning:
  • Collaborate with Investigators and Senior Staff in the strategic planning of data reporting and presentations and future external funding grants;
  • Participate in research planning with Investigators and Directors;
  • Provide sophisticated literature reviews and summaries of evidence-base;
  • Provide written material and content for developing protocols and applications;
  • Monitor the research planning process, set task timelines, and coordinate time sensitive efforts across Investigators, Directors, and staff.

    Research Milestone Planning and Oversight: Understand research project aims, timelines and milestone goals and ensure that projects are executed successfully and completed within time frames; Independently and effectively conceptualize then translate milestones/timeline into a day-to-day work plan; Provide direction to staff in terms of work product assignments; Track milestone completion and/or develop contingency plans, as necessary.
    Management of Investigative Team: Effectively liaise between and across Investigators, study staff, participant sites, and funders as necessary to communicate research objectives, priorities, and/or changes; Independently establish and maintain positive relationships with multiple Investigators; Effectively coordinate and participate in meetings as the primary investigative team liaison; Communicate with accuracy, timeliness and effectiveness to SORCE Directors about project status, milestones, work-in-progress, timelines, challenges and barriers.
    Study Operations Reporting: Proactively and independently design, develop and implement routine study operations reports including, but not limited to: monthly progress reports, recruitment reports, interim data reports for investigators, data quality and management reports; Per study milestones and timeline or Investigator/Director request, design and develop summary procedure/data reports on recruitment, retention, or other study protocol procedure effectiveness.
    Management of Sponsor Reports: Accurately track reports per sponsor guidelines; independently initiate and compile necessary documents and progress report materials; draft sponsor reports and managing to final; and provide oversight to junior staff in these duties.
    Management of External Sites: Collaborate with site investigators and site research teams. Develop training plans, monitor enrollment and provide regular communication. Travel for training and monitoring visits as needed.
    Funding proposal development: Coordinate the development, writing, and submission of funding proposals, including editing proposal narratives and writing supporting documentation. Conduct background research and literature reviews as needed.
    SORCE Research Process Improvement:  Participate in Department of Surgery and/or SORCE research process improvement activities; contribute to efforts by leading task forces or specific efforts; adopt and implement revised practices into projects; and champion research process improvement across the organization.

    II. Human Subjects Research Coordination: (40%)
    Regulatory Management: Complete and manage all human subjects regulatory applications or data use applications for assigned studies; prepare all subject recruitment and consent materials; maintain all study regulatory or data use applications and correspondence with Human Subjects Division or other entities.
    Participant Activities: Conduct research that involves human subjects as necessary to ensure timely completion of research objectives; i.e., personally screening, recruiting, consenting, surveying enrolled participants, accurately collecting data, and coordinating multiple data collection efforts across institutions.
    Data Collection and Management: Effectively coordinate and evaluate the collection of research tools; Develop research designs, data collection methods, and strategies for data management; Oversee and manage data collection processes; Responsible for quality control on data collection and management on assigned projects.
    Data Analysis and Reporting: Participate in the formulation of research data analysis plans, data graphics, or other reports; Lead Investigator concept forms and writing committees for research project reporting; Conduct literature reviews, write, and/or edit technical reports and manuscripts for publication or presentation; Assist Investigators or staff in developing presentation or materials for external dissemination, per the SORCE Publication Standard
    Compliance Oversight: Follow all SORCE Standards for best practices in human subjects research coordination; Responsible for compliance with SORCE, Department, University or Federal Regulations, and directing the team in meeting compliance objectives successfully.
  • Design and deliver research training and conduct quality assurance monitoring both remotely and in-person for UW and external study sites (nationwide).

    III. Research Personnel and Resource Management: (20%)
    Research Fiscal Management: Demonstrates understanding in research fiscal management policies and practices; Effectively manages project budget as delegated; Coordinates purchasing and documentation as necessary (contracts, services, requisitions).

    Team Management:
  • Create strong morale and spirit on teams; share wins and successes; define success in terms of the whole team; create a feeling of belonging on the team.
  • Clearly assign responsibility for tasks and decisions; set clear objectives and measures; monitor process, progress, and results; design feedback loops into work.
  • Accurately and consistently use SORCE reporting and communication methods and tools per guidelines; Ensure that entire work group is consistently and effectively applying SORCE information management tools.
  • Lead team to easily flex to changing and often ambiguous priorities, act quickly on its decisions, and routinely meet its deadlines.
  • Relate well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside of the organization; build appropriate rapport; build constructive and effective relationships; use diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
  • Clearly and comfortably delegate both routine and important tasks and decisions; broadly share responsibility and accountability.

  • Foster collaboration among our staff and establish a cohesive environment in which we can all share ideas, feelings, and needs in an open, trusting manner, making it easy for employees to disagree or offer contrasting points of view.
  • SORCE Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Participate in Department of Surgery and/or SORCE equity, diversity, and inclusion activities; contribute to efforts by actively participating in committees or specific efforts; adopt and implement revised processes into work practices, team management, and supervision; and champion equity, diversity, and inclusion across the organization.
  • Deal comfortably with more senior managers and faculty; determine the best way to get things done with faculty and senior staff by talking their language and responding to their needs; craft approaches likely to be seen as appropriate and positive.
  • Step up to conflicts, seeing them as opportunities; read situations quickly; good at focused listening; hammer out tough agreements and settle disputes equitably; find common ground and get cooperation with minimum of noise.
  • Create a climate in which people want to do their best; motivate many kinds of direct reports and team or project members; empower others; invite input from each person and share ownership and visibility; make each individual feel her/his work is important; is someone people like working for and with.
  • Successfully work to develop direct reports;   Deal with problem direct reports effectively and in a timely manner; Participate in recruitment and on-boarding of new staff.

    Minimum Requirements:
    Bachelor’s Degree in health sciences, public health, or science or health-care related as well as other applicable areas of study

    Type and Years of Experience:
  • 3-5 (minimum 3) years of experience with human subjects research management preferably in an academic or healthcare-related setting, and preferably in health services and outcomes projects;
  • Relevant education may substitute for some experience requirement. Reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • Candidates of non-traditional educational or experiential backgrounds are encouraged to apply – please address applicability of education/experience in cover letter

    Other Required Qualifications:
  • Progressive responsibility in project management, team management, and leadership.
  • Demonstrated expertise managing large and/or multiple research projects.
  • Knowledge and ability to interpret, teach, and comply with varying requirements by funding agencies, human subjects boards (IRB), FDA regulations, and other regulatory and oversight bodies.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office required.
  • Ability to learn new software programs and to create and use multiple complex tracking systems.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, strong detail orientation and ability to adeptly manage multiple priorities and timelines.
  • Exceptional verbal and written skills; public speaking and presentation skills required.
  • Ability to work independently with limited day-to-day oversight.
  • Ability to manage teams and ability to meet deadlines under tight time constraints; Exceptional customer service skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship skills; History of success assessing and interacting with numerous individuals over whom he/she will not have direct authority (such as hospital, clinic, or site staff); Demonstrated diplomacy with physicians, colleagues, and patients
  • Resilient and able to work under pressure.
  • Willingness to adhere to Department Standard Operating Procedures for conducting clinical research.

    Desired Requirements:
  • Master’s degree (MPH or other relevant masters’ program).
  • 5+ years of experience with human subjects research coordination.
  • Research administration experience (e.g., post-award fiscal experience, sponsor management)
  • Multi-site project management experience
  • Multi-investigator team management experience
  • Broad understanding of hospital systems, inpatient and outpatient healthcare patient care, and how to embed research projects within these settings.

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page.  If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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