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Associate Director-DCOC ECHO

Associate Director-DCOC ECHO

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Regular Full-Time
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COM Clinical Research ECHO DCOC
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Provides administrative leadership and supervisory oversight to one of six pediatric outcome groups. Ensures effective planning, oversight, and coordination of clinical trial projects. As well as, ensuring effective coordination of cross-functional teams and monitors the progress and performance of all aspects of the assigned area of responsibility including: responsive interactions with federal partners and pediatric clinical trial network stakeholders; compliance with regulatory requirements; budgetary oversight including cost-modeling; contract development and negotiations; and, project reporting. The position reports to the Director of Research-DCOC ECHO and will work closely with Financial and IRB Administrators, Clinical Site Managers, Science Writers, and Program and Outreach Specialists. Position must be able to organize complex projects, provide attention to detail, and communicate effectively. Will manage the day-to-day operations and objectives in support of the assigned portfolio. Contributes information and ideas related to areas of responsibility as part of a cross functional team. Ensures effective and efficient workflow and adherence to quality standards for staff/program and self. Position maintains a working knowledge of the Code of Federal Regulations and the code of conduct for human research. Position works with other DCOC groups responsible for information technology support, data management, professional development, and biostatistics.


Administrative Leadership - Manages the day-to-day operations of a pediatric outcome group made up of external stakeholders and investigators, finance and IRB administrators, outreach and program specialists, clinical site managers, and science writers in accordance with the goals and objectives established by senior leadership. Works closely with the Director of Research in the development and execution of the strategic plan for a pediatric clinical trial network. Demonstrates a high level of integrity and innovative thinking and actively contributes to the success of the institution. Promotes and models a positive multidisciplinary collaboration and interaction with volunteers, colleagues, and management team.


Supervisory Oversight  – Ensures strict adherence to all governing policies or contractual agreements related to regulatory compliance, data management and collection, and other duties directly related to research managed by the office. Monitors workloads and adherence to deadlines. Develops standard operating procedures and conducts quality assurance review. Directs training of staff and investigators. Represents the department and investigators at local, regional and national meetings. Facilitates effective communication and interaction among staff, investigators and senior leaders of UAMS. Recommends and leads continual process improvement activities.   


Develops and/or maintains professional knowledge and skills by participating in continuing educational activities and professional organizations.  Customer Service: Interacts with and assists the public in a professional and friendly manner as needed. Demonstrates effective communication skills; communicates accurate and complete information; maintains strict confidentiality when necessary. Demonstrates positive working relationships with co-workers, management team, and ancillary departments; follows the Core Concepts of Patient and Family Centered Care and the Basic Code of Conduct Guidelines. Assist internal and external stakeholders as needed with exceptional customer service.


Additional duties may be assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in a clinical, scientific, or technical field applicable to clinical research administration or trials; or a Bachelor’s degree in nursing with relevant clinical research experience or a Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of experience working on pediatric national studies.


UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Retirement: 5% retirement contribution from UAMS when an employee contributes at least 2%. Up to 10% matched contribution.
  • Education: 50% discount for staff (undergraduate); 50% discount for spouse and dependents (undergraduate only) when they attend UAMS and 40% discount at any other campus.
  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family.
  • UAMS provides Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000.
  • Leave Time: 11 paid holidays annually, 22.5 days of annual vacation leave, 12 days of sick leave.
  • Training and education opportunities.


Salary: Neg.

Physical Requirements

Stand: Occasionally
Sit: Frequently
Walk: Occasionally
Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Occasionally
Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 10 lbs or less
Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Frequently
Talk: Frequently
Hear: Frequently
Taste or smell: Occasionally
Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
Physical Environment: Inside Laboratory Environment, Inside Office Environment
Noise Level: Moderate
Visual Requirements: Color discrimination, Depth perception, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
Hazards: Chemical, Dust, Fumes/Gases/Odors, Sharp objects/tools