Deputy Director

Updated: 9 days ago

Deputy Director
SVCHS Clinical Trials Organization - Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh - (23008738)

Position Summary: The Office of Clinical Trials (OCT) at University of Pittsburgh is seeking a DEPUTY DIRECTOR, OFFICE of CLINICAL TRIALS. The director will work with the Clinical Research Leaders at PITT/UPMC to oversee the growth, management, oversight and overall quality of the clinical research mission. This position ensures that PITT/UPMC is able to successfully achieve its goals, maintain high quality clinical research, and ensure effective management and resources of all activities, processes and overall performance. Key Responsibilities, but not limited to: • Leads the development of strategic goals for the growth and development of the clinical research program in support of the overall vision and mission of PITT. • Oversees the implementation of these goals and actively monitors progress toward goals. • Demonstrates expertise in Clinical Trials Management Systems (CTMS). • Work collaboratively with peers in the development of the budget for the office and oversees the allocation of discretionary resources. • Provides leadership or nominates and oversees the leadership of other clinical research related committees . • Promotes close interactions between clinical scientists in collaboration with Program Leaders, and administrative leadership. • Effective at managing the Standard Operating Procedures/Standard Work Procedures for the office and research community. • Help to establish metrics to ensure high quality work product and identifying opportunities for procedural improvement. • Help to define policies, procedures, and training and documentation requirements to support effective, well communicated, and timely process and policy changes. Minimum Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in addition to a minimum of 7+ years of clinical research and/or related experience. At least 5 years' experience in a leadership or supervisory role. • Process improvement experience. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. • Working knowledge of the Common Rule (45 CFR 46), the Privacy Rule (45 CFR 160, 164) and the regulations that govern human subjects research issued by the Food and Drug Administration (21 CFR 50, 56), and others as needed. • Strong understanding of current standards for Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines defined by the International Committee on Harmonization, FDA, NCI/NIH, OHRP, and the Office of Civil Rights, and according to state and institutional regulations. • Able to apply broad technical, clinical/professional knowledge and significant job-related experience. • Excellent writing capabilities, including the ability to write reports and business correspondence. • Experience of legal language (contracts, confidentiality agreements, etc.). • Expertise in financial (budgetary) source costing (NIH, Pharma, Foundation). • The ability to analyze and prepare clinical study costing tools. • Working knowledge of all types of clinical trial sponsors: federal grants and subawards, foundations, investigator initiated trials, and industry funded. Preferred Qualifications: • Master’s degree in business and healthcare administration or other related field. • Prior experience with design, roll out and implementation Clinical trial management systems. • Prior experience leading a team through period of reorganization or dramatic change.

Job Summary

Provides oversight and supervision of all administrative, staffing, and clinical functions for highly regulated programs, projects, and initiatives within a research program. Facilitates strategic planning, budgetary systems and cost models, and space management. Acts as signatory authority and oversees all reporting functions. Develops a biosafety manual.

Essential Functions 

Employee must be capable of effective oral and written communication.

Physical Effort 

The ability to sit or stand for prolonged periods of time.


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Assignment Category Full-time regular
Job Classification Staff.Director - Clinical Research Operations
Job Family Research
Job Sub-Family Clinical Research
Campus Pittsburgh
Minimum Education Level Required Bachelor's Degree
Minimum Years of Experience Required 7
Will this position accept substitution in lieu of education or experience?  Combination of education and relevant experience will be considered in lieu of education and/ or experience requirement.
Work Schedule Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Work Arrangement On-Campus: Teams that work on campus, in an office, or in a lab.
Hiring Range TBD Based Upon Qualifications
Relocation Offered No
Visa Sponsorship Provided No
Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances Not Applicable
Required Documents Resume
Optional Documents Cover Letter

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