Public Health Research Center Manager (Research Support Manager 1 - 9354S1)
The Center Manager will directly supervise staff and students at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health Workforce Development and Applied Practice. The Center exists to support governmental public health practice and its practitioners directly through technical assistance and collaboration, as well working on research and evaluation issues relevant to public health practice through extramurally-funded sources and external sales. In collaboration with the Center’s Director and project primary investigators, the Research Manager will help manage all aspects of multiple projects, and assist in seeking additional funded work. These functions include but are not limited to: protocol and process implementation, creation of standard operating procedures, coordination of research activities, budgeting and procuring supplies, ensuring regulatory compliance, facilitating data entry and management. The position will supervise a diverse research team of students and staff, and consult with all collaborating faculty in the development and implementation of their projects. The position will review all IRB submissions on behalf of the Center Director.
Operational direction and oversight of Center activities: (30%) • Serving as a member of the Center’s Management Team, this position will work closely with the Center Director to implement the strategic plan for research resources, facilities and staffing for the department. • Collaborate with the Center Director in the creation and monitoring of office practices and procedures to ensure compliance and quality controls are met for faculty, staff and students. • Staffing: • Manage and oversee daily operations of research personnel and student workers, as assigned. • Work with Center Director to forecast program and project staffing needs to assure that the needed staffing resources are available. Screen, interview, and recommend the hiring of new staff and ensure proper orientation and training is provided. • Work with Center Director to write and update job descriptions, conduct staff meetings, coordinate and conduct performance appraisals, monitoring progress and attainment of mutually agreed upon goals for direct reports. • Ongoing mentoring and oversight of research staff to ensure compliance for all aspects of the project, regulatory, grant reporting, and financial tracking. • Policies and Procedures: • Maintain knowledge of current University and other partner organization’s policies and procedures to maintain compliance. • Function in a back-up role for the Center Director as assigned.
Research study initiation and pre-award - 40% • Point-of-contact for inquiries from sponsor companies and agencies, liaise between sponsors and Principal Investigators (PI) • Draft confidentiality or nondisclosure documents and submit to SPA for review and signature • Budgets/Quotes: with finance staff, prepare, negotiate and finalize budgets with investigators and sponsors, including external sales • Support preparation of materials in support of master contract and master service agreement development • Regulatory: prepare Institutional Review Board submissions and ensure that procedures are consistent with IRB approvals • Ensure faculty, clinicians and all study staff complete University required training and occupational health requirements prior to participation • In collaboration with Center Director, develop data collection instruments and procedures
Manage active research - 30% • Identify and schedule resources and supplies needed for project • Monitor researcher conduct and liaise with sponsors • In collaboration with Center director and project staff, design strategies for study design, execution and evaluation • Delegate, write, update and approve Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) • Monitor sponsored accounts, generate per-case or monthly invoicing, keep cost-accounting records • Serve as point of contact and participate in sponsor requested inspections and audits • Ensure that individual study protocols are documented, followed, and all data are accurately recorded and verified • Ensure that unforeseen circumstances that may affect the quality and integrity of the study (deviations) are noted when they occur and corrective action is taken and documented. • Close out studies: draft or provide information for final report, conduct follow-up meetings, coordinate with school accounting and SPA to close out study. • Maintain archive of study documents as required by federal agencies, sponsors and University
Budgeted salary range: $78,000-$90,000 based on experience and degree of qualifications.
The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
Excellent retirement plans with employer match
Disability and employer paid life insurance
Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
Required Qualifications: • BA/BS in a related field with at least 6 years of community based research and/or public health experience or a terminal degree plus at least 4 years of experience. • Research experience in an academic or public health setting • Increasing levels of independence and responsibility in previous positions • Excellent organization, communication, and demonstrated leadership skills • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment • Demonstrated ability to manage and lead projects • Previous supervision or management experience
Preferred Qualifications: • Graduate degree in public health or other relevant fields • Experience in governmental public health practice (federal, state, local)
Internal Number: 340944
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