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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Michigan Medicine and MICHR were awarded two grants by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). One was awarded as part of a new initiative called Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities. Michigan CEAL has one year remaining and its focus is on increasing vaccine availability and access in communities and testing multilevel interventions and this will help to address those needs. The second grant is a five-years grant entitled Community-Centered Interventions for Improved Vaccine Uptake for COVID (CIVIC) and focuses on testing multilevel interventions designed to decrease hesitancy and increase vaccine uptake among African American/Black and LatinX communities in several Michigan counties disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In keeping with our stated Mission Statement, it our intent to hire a Clinical Research Project Manager.
 
The Project Manager will be responsible for 1) coordinating community-based efforts/events, 2) coordination of a large community and academic partnership, and managing and organizing the multiple day to day activities to keep the projects moving forward.  Schedule flexibility will be a requirement as well as exceptional organizational and upward management skills.  This position will be split between two projects, which are NIH-funded and address COVID-19 disparities throughout the state of Michigan. The projects will have some integration with an on-going project for the first year, and both projects focus on Washtenaw, Wayne, Kent, and Genesee counties.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Responsibilities*

  1. Set up, organize, and manage the conduct of clinical trials and related processes, including 1) the setting up of clinical sites, 2) engagement with community health workers (CHWs), 3) staying compliant with regulatory requirements during execution of the study and 4) closeout.
  2. Support community and academic engagement using a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach. Actively support and coordinate community-based organization (CBO) relationships and work collaboratively with the steering committee, and other UM and governmental health departments
  3. Collaborate with existing team members, and multiple staff and personnel, including research assistants, students, CHWs, and communications and administrative partners.
  4. Manage day to day study logistics and operations, proactively identify and address engagement needs while staying compliant with regulatory aspects.
  5. Provide fiscal oversight for the project in partnership with the PIs.
Research Project Management:
The CRPM will, 1) provide overarching day-to-day management for all aspects of the project, 2) will also be the main contact for internal and external stakeholders, 3) will oversee fast-paced community engagement projects relating to COVID19 vaccination and access in minority communities, 4) help coordinate participant enrollment, 5) set up training for community health workers (CHW) via Site Liaisons, oversee data collection, timely follow-up, communication, and issue resolution.  The CRPM will work with PIs and team members to develop and implement systems to ensure deliverables are completed in accordance with the grant specifications, study aims, and study protocols.  The CRPM will need to be proactive, identify next steps, anticipate upcoming project tasks, and barriers and challenges, and contemplate solutions to manage them.  They will need to discern when to escalate issues and when to take ownership of them. The CRPM will respond to inquiries and requests regarding matters of a sensitive and confidential nature.
 
Administrative Operations: 
The CRPM will create and manage meeting agendas; facilitate follow-through and completion of open-agenda meeting items.
They will oversee site engagement and event planning, coordination, and management for events throughout the course of the project.
Flexible scheduling is imperative and a requirement to accomplish project goals.  The CRPM will travel to community sites as needed.  This position will administratively be located within OB/GYN and will report to the PIs and Research Operations Manager.
 
Collaboration & Communication:
In collaboration with the administrative leadership (communications specialist and Program Managers), the CRPM will work closely with the PIs and establish enrollment strategy and objectives, identify resource requirements, support communication with the Steering Committee and engage community-based vaccine delivery sites and support stakeholder engagement.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree with 3 years’ research experience, or Bachelor’s degree with at least 4-5 years’ research experience.  Experience leading complex projects that include project management, budgetary oversite, and regulatory compliance.
  • Work experience with federally funded contracts and grants, experience with submitting IRB applications and research regulatory compliance. 
  • Commitment to and interest in community engaged research and research excellence and is familiar with community engagement principles. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience using meeting tools such as Zoom, Teams, WebEx, Skype for Business and   proficient use of computers and applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, EndNote, etc.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and travel as needed; ability to regularly attend evening committee/leadership meetings with community partners and external stakeholders.
  • Experience and ability to establish rapport with diverse individuals at all levels across multiple fields.
  • Experience in keeping accurate and detailed project records.
  • Proven experience and ability to organize, set priorities, and manage multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines.
  • A strong candidate will demonstrate commitment to excellence in research, adhering to appropriate standards and guidelines, and exceptional organizational skills.  As a member of a high-functioning team, the individual must have the ability to make independent decisions, free from immediate direction, within the scope of their responsibilities. Candidate must be able to work in community settings in the field.

Desired Qualifications*

Master’s degree with 5 years of research experience.
SoCRA or ACRP certification.
Proficiency in Spanish language.
Experience in Community Engaged Research.
Experience managing relationships with community and academic partners and stakeholders.
Experience developing and maintaining relationships with CBOs

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.