Health Science Research Project Manager for VA-DOD Study

The CSP Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center, Veterans Affairs

About the organization

Are you interested in helping to improve the healthcare of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions to Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.

The CSP Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), is hiring a full-time Project Manager, based in Seattle, WA, who has experience with and enjoys supporting research operations. This position will support CSP #505: Millennium Cohort Study.

VA and DOD have partnered on the longitudinal Millennium Cohort Study, launched in July 2001. This observational study collects health, lifestyle, and military information from study participants and links these data with DOD and VA electronic health records to better understand the short-and long-term health effects of military service.

Duties

 Managing CSP #505 day-to-day operational activities
o Manage and maintain study documentation
o Manage regulatory processes, including completing R&D and IRB documentation, meeting with IRB and privacy officers to resolve issues, and preparing for audits
o Maintain study SharePoint sites, manage site permissions, and upload study documentation
o Design and develop standard operating procedures, databases, and study materials; maintain and troubleshoot tracking infrastructures
o Develop meeting agendas and lead study meetings
o Work with CSP #505 Study Chair to determine priorities and tasks for study staff
o Supervise CSP #505 Research Coordinator

 Serving as a liaison between CSP #505 and key stakeholders
o Work closely with VA and DOD stakeholders to ensure effective collaboration
o Serve as the first point of contact for investigators requesting information about the study data
o Provide updates as needed to leadership

 Working with the CSP #505 team to develop and expand data sharing capabilities
o Draft and oversee all agreements needed for study operations (mainly data use agreements)
o Create and maintain written policies, protocols, and procedures
o Develop and implement effective quality control standards
o Devise strategies and workflows for data sharing operations

Qualifications

 BA/BS or higher degree in a scientific- or health-related field required; Master’s level degree preferred
 4-6 years of work experience in clinical, epidemiological, or health services research required; several years of experience managing high visibility research studies/initiatives preferred
o If BA/BS, 5-6 years of research-related experience required
o If higher degree, 3-5 years of research-related experience preferred
 Successful management experience
 Self-starter with demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage complex projects
 Ability to understand and clearly communicate complex regulations and procedures
 Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of people with a wide range of professional backgrounds and expertise
 Ability to adapt to evolving and competing priorities and timelines
 Adept in troubleshooting and problem-solving
 Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook) required
 Familiarity with database and statistical programs such as SQL, STATA, or SAS desirable but not required
 Willingness to travel when safe travel resumes post-pandemic for meetings with DOD collaborators and national VA leaders

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Candidates must be U.S. citizens. Education and experience will be evaluated by Human Resources to determine if the top candidate meets the criteria for GS-11, per the Office of Personnel Management General Schedule table at opm.gov.

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by October 20th, 2021 will be considered first. Only complete applications will be considered.

For more information about the Seattle ERIC, please see seattle.eric.research.va.gov. For more information about CSP #505, please see https://www.seattle.eric.research.va.gov/research/CSP-505/Home.asp and https://millenniumcohort.org/.

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