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The Fred Hutch/University of Washington Cancer Consortium’s (the Consortium) Office of Community Outreach and Engagement (OCOE) is seeking a leader and team player for the role of Research Project Manager. The Research Project Manager will oversee research projects for the OCOE. This role will report to the OCOE Program Administrator. Performs traditional research project management; manages the full life cycle of smaller projects or phases of larger projects.
The Research Project Manager will facilitate partnerships among Consortium researchers, OCOE faculty and staff, and external organizations on collaborative projects related to health equity in Washington State (WA) and beyond. The Research Project Manager will manage research project activities with underserved communities that are disproportionately represented in cancer incidence and mortality, including American Indians/Alaskan Natives, African-Americans/Blacks, Asian Americans, Hispanics/Latinx, those living in rural areas, those with low socio-economic status, uninsured/underinsured, and other disenfranchised individuals. This primarily includes research projects based at the main Fred Hutch campus in Seattle and at the Fred Hutch’s Center for Community Health Promotion in Sunnyside, WA.
Scope of Responsibilities
The Research Project Manager will manage research project activities to meet pre-determined goals. The Research Project Manager does not directly supervise staff but effectively delegates work and influences actions of project team members to produce timely and quality deliverables. Uses independent judgment in organizing and managing project activities and in identifying any risks or delays which may jeopardize the overall success of the project.
The Research Project Manager will perform some or all of the following responsibilities:
- Partner with the research team on the submission of research project proposals to funding agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health.
- Plan, coordinate and implement projects or phases of projects as assigned; develop the project charter, define project goals, requirements, deliverables and scope, and identify risks and develop risk mitigation plans.
- As needed, work with the research team to develop, modify and submit protocols and study documents for IRB review.
- Implement procedures according to protocol, IRB, grant/contract and Center specifications. This may include coordinating distribution of incentives for study participants.
- Partner with project sponsors to understand goals and scope of assigned projects; develop and execute project communication plans.
- Demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills with established strong writing of health communications, media materials, and presentations.
- Practice community-based participatory research in community engagement and interaction; coordinate with community organizations as needed.
- Collaborate with other Consortium entities, such as University of Washington, Seattle Children’s and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance institutions.
- Assemble and work with multidisciplinary project team members which may include different levels of staff and internal and external partners to ultimately obtain project deliverables within specified timelines.
- Schedule and facilitate project meetings; prepare and present concise project documents and reports.
- Coordinate internal resources and delegate work assignments, setting expectations, monitoring delegated activities and collecting deliverables throughout the project life cycle.
- Manage requests for changes to scope, schedule or budget; design risk mitigation plans and work with project sponsors and/or stakeholders to reassess or reprioritize project goals as appropriate.
- Provide appropriate status updates to project sponsors and other stakeholders.
- Provide project administration, including developing project plans; scheduling meetings, composing reports, memos, meeting minutes and calendars; maintaining project risk/issue logs; creating and updating workflow diagrams; and creating and maintaining online project workspaces (e.g. SharePoint sites, etc.)
- Successfully manage multiple projects or phases of projects in varied environments and while adapting to different project needs, constraints and barriers.
- Bachelor’s degree with at least five years of relevant and progressively complex administrative coordination experience.
- Desirable: Master’s degree in related field with at least 2 years of post-master’s relevant experience.
- Minimum of three years of research project management experience.
- Understanding of research project management methodology and best practices in community-based participatory research.
- Ability to think critically and synthesize complex issues to move project forward.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize work and efficiently toggle between projects without jeopardizing outcomes.
- Desirable: Bilingual (Spanish/English).
- Attention to detail and ability to adapt in a rapidly changing environment.
- Requires excellent written skills. Outstanding interpersonal, customer service and verbal communication skills.
- Strong computer skills, including database creation and management (e.g., EndNote, REDCap, Access) and working knowledge of Office365.
- Demonstrated excellent human relations, facilitation and influencing skills to deal effectively with a broad range of people.
- Strong leadership, interpersonal, communication and organizational management skills.
- Ability to manage relationships effectively and build collaborative bridges.
- Demonstrated conflict resolution skills.
- Must have demonstrated cultural humility.
- Professional experience in public health.
- Desirable: Experience working in an academic or scientific research environment.
- Desirable: Experience working on NIH-funded research involving human subjects.
- A cover letter and separate diversity statement is required for application. Please click on the link at the bottom for instructions to complete the diversity statement.
- Problem solver
- Maintain a high level of confidentiality, sound judgment.
- Motivated by challenge to solve problems and positively affect systems and people.
- Team player
- Positive attitude and sense of humor.
A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in your career or that will be made through work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.
Our Commitment to Diversity
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