Clin Res Project Manager

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Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

This is a full-time, 5-year term-limited position with strong possibility for continued renewal.

A cover letter, attached as the first page of your resume, describing how your experience meets the job requirements of this posting, is required for consideration of this position. . In addition, please provide work samples that would represent the work involved in the Clinical Research Project Manager position as described in the job posting. Some examples may include written progress reports, annual reports, a research publication for which you performed the data/project management, or tracking systems used in managing a large project. Please send these items with your cover letter and resume to

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The University of Michigan, School of Nursing, Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health (DASH Center, is seeking a Clinical Research Project Manager to assist with large-scale grant applications and help launch a new research program with the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. The DASH Center is an intergenerational, interprofessional, and interdisciplinary center directed by Dr. Sean Esteban McCabe that brings together faculty from health science professions to address clinical, educational, and research issues related to substance use. The DASH Center is committed to advancing knowledge of substance use and its consequences through a large portfolio of pioneering scholarship, evidence-based prevention, innovative clinical training, and timely public policy and service. The Clinical Research Project Manager will work closely with the Director and a core team of university faculty and staff as well as community partners and stakeholders to develop DASH Center signature initiatives. Initially, the main focus of the Clinical Research Project Manager will be on helping the team prepare a large-scale NIH grant application related to one the DASH signature initiatives called Hope HQ, an innovative multi-sector continuum of care program aimed at providing bereavement and behavioral health services to build resilience in children and their caregivers who have experienced the death of a parent/loved one from opioid or other drug overdose.


The Clinical Research Project Manager will focus on the following specific tasks:

  • Assist with the project development, management, and implementation of Hope HQ and other DASH Center multi-site research projects.
  • Assist the Director in the preparation, authoring and delivery of reports, presentations and publications.
  • Assist the team and web designer with development and maintenance of a website for Hope HQ and other DASH Center signature initiatives.
  • Assist the team in identifying and preparing additional potential sources of local, private, regional, state, and national grants and funding opportunities for Hope HQ and other DASH Center signature initiatives.
  • Write IRBs and ensure compliance with protocols; adherence to good clinical practice guidelines, and all other federal, local and University guidelines.
  • Work with the appropriate University of Michigan and Wayne State University team members and offices to meet deadlines and complete grant applications for securing funds for Hope HQ and other DASH Center signature initiatives.
  • Perform quality control. Identify potential problems, research and recommend approaches, and implement solutions.
  • Assure timely completion of required information, reports, communications and other deliverables by monitoring and communicating due dates and providing assistance when appropriate. Provide regular briefings and reports to the Director on projects and work status, outstanding issues, escalation, communications and activities.
  • Oversee professional development initiatives such as the DASH Center Professional Speaking Workshop Series in partnership with the Director and other DASH leadership.
  • Participate in visionary planning at early stages and facilitate day-to-day operations including budgeting, communications, and grant planning for Hope HQ and other DASH Center signature initiatives.
  • Communicate with and organize scheduling of community programs for Hope HQ participants—an integral part of the program.
  • Ensure the success of assigned research projects and personnel.
  • Supervise Project Coordinator and collaboratively arrange regularly scheduled meetings with community partners and stakeholders.
  • Meet with community stakeholders and sponsors within and occasionally outside of normal business hours.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed and are not an exhaustive list of all associated responsibilities.


Supervision is received from the Director of the DASH Center.

Required Qualifications*

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Education, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, Human Services, Child & Family Services, Sociology, or related areas; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Three (3) to five (5) years of project management experience in achieving performance goals.
  • Experience of progressively responsible project management support on funded multi-site research projects in clinical and community-based settings involving multiple universities. 
  • Extensive experience working with human subject Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and IRB applications.
  • Work experience in a not-for-profit organization.
  • Previous supervisory and financial grants management experience is necessary.
  • Background and experience in fundraising and grant writing.
  • Experience with program development and working effectively on projects with multiple organizations.
  • Comfortable working with and interacting with diverse vulnerable populations.
  • Candidate must have excellent communication and organizational skills, with the ability to receive and convey information clearly and concisely.
  • Demonstrated advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office products (including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint); expertise with reporting software and interpreting analysis.
  • Successful applicants will be asked to provide proof they can legally work and travel in the US and internationally.


  • A high degree of initiative and resourcefulness.
  • Must reliably manage responsibilities effectively to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated project time management and relationship-building skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work independently with minimal supervision with diverse teams of people in a diplomatic, collaborative and effective manner.
  • Ability to set priorities, handle multiple assignments, and display excellent judgment while operating in a flexible and professional manner. Strong ability to multitask and remain focused is essential.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and maximum collaboration in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated interest in the effects of substance use and misuse.
  • Candidate must have a high level of compassion. Candidate will be working in an organization supporting children, adolescents, and adults that have experienced the death of a loved one from drug misuse and overdose and are in bereavement.
  • Working knowledge of applicable University policies and procedures preferred.
  • Able to work remotely and in-office as required; comfortable with videoconferencing.
  • Ability to promote the School of Nursing’s Declaration of Values to Empower each other to interrupt or disrupt disrespect; Practice communication that is beneficial, kind and true; Inspire and be inspired by our members’ worth, significance and integrity; Cultivate respect for ourselves and others routinely, publicly and privately.

Additional Information

Shift/Hours/Days: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; may include some occasional weekend and/or evening hours.

Salary:  Salary is commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. We encourage all interested parties to apply.

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