Assist Research Practice Manager

North Carolina, United States
28 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
28 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


Job Description​


Reports to the Research Practice Manager (RPM) for the Oncology Clinical Research Unit (CRU)


The primary objective of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences (CCPS) Program is to provide an organizational infrastructure that facilitates collaborative research among CCPS members and across the Duke Cancer Institute. CCPS research spans the continuum of cancer control research with goals to:

identify environmental and behavioral factors that affect cancer risk as reflected in epidemiologic, genomic, and carcinogenesis research develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate behavioral, communications, psychosocial, and clinical interventions focused on cancer prevention, quality of life for cancer survivors, and caregivers' models of palliative and end-of-life care impact the broader societal contexts of health systems through quality, economic, and policy studies  

An Assistant Research Practice Manager (ARPM) in the Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) provides upper level leadership and day-to-day management for a talented, diverse and dedicated staff of clinical research professionals. The ARPM must ensure research is timely and compliant with all federal, state, sponsor and institutional policies. The ARPM is the cornerstone of their clinical research team providing strategic direction and a vision for success.

The ARPM is charged with managing and solving the issues that arise during the conduct of clinical research. This charge includes supporting new and current research with creative strategies; monitoring documentation and regulatory practices; orientating and training staff; human resource management; financial oversight of research; quality assurance reviews; effectively communicating with all parties involved in the conduct of research; and maintaining a close, collaborative working relationship with staff, colleagues and collaborators throughout the institution to ensure research is conducted in accordance with Duke Policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).



The ARPM embodies the DCI’s core value “Cancer Care as It Should Be” to deliver the highest quality care in our patient-centric clinical research, as a leader of research staff and for all of the DCI. The ARPM creates an inspiring team environment with a culture that fosters open communication, motivates team members, encourages creativity, provides coaching, sets clear measurable goals, monitors team performance, encourages staff to be continuous learners and seeks out, listens to and accepts feedback.

The ARPM oversees the fair and consistent application of human resource policies, promptly addresses problems, and partners with the DCI Human Resource team in the management of their team. Establishes processes to ensure and document staff are current with their required licenses and training. Ensures the conduct of studies is continuous and patients are provided the best treatment by cross-training and reassigning staff as needed. Fosters and encourages the professional development and training of their staff. Is available to staff on a routine basis to provide leadership, mentor and facilitate effective team work.

The ARPM establishes regular communication methods and meetings with staff, Principal Investigators (PI), the DCI Finance Team, senior leadership, boards and others to effectively manage the research portfolio, ensure compliance, and develop future research projects.

Financial Management

Apply knowledge of clinical trials management by formulating and refining short and long term financial goals for the research portfolio. Develop budget proposals and address budget-related issues by partnering with the DCI Finance team, Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR) PIs, staff, colleagues and regulatory bodies. Ensure staff effort is regularly and appropriately allocated. Regularly review finances to ensure financial objectives are met and compliant with policy. Recommend corrections as needed. Be knowledgeable of funding sources including industry, federal and foundation grants.

Study Conduct

Serves as an expert resource on the conduct of research. Identify subject recruitment barriers and develop solutions. Implement solutions to clinical, logistical, financial and regulatory issues. Collaborates closely with PIs to develop clinical research plans and protocols, interpret research results and prepare manuscripts for publication.


Ensures studies are compliant with the regulatory and documentation requirements of the School of Medicine (SoM), the Institutional Review Board (IRB), DOCR, the institution, sponsors, the FDA, and other groups.

Ensures studies meet quality assurance standards and audits are conducted regularly in compliance with policy. Review and respond to audit reports, develop and implement corrective action. Ensure coordination and preparation of monitoring visits, timely query follow up and completion.

Other work as assigned.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

The intent of this job description is to be representative of the level and the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of this position and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total specific duties and responsibilities. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Requisition Number 401448245
Location Durham
Job Family Level 68
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt
Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME
Regular / Temporary Regular
Shift First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging.

Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Allied Health degree or Associates degree in Clinical Trials Research and 8 years of related experience, with at least four years in a research setting. ACRP or SOCRA preferred. OR RN or Bachelor's degree and 6 years of related experience, with at least four years in a research setting. ACRP or SOCRA preferred. OR Master's degree and 4 years of related experience, with at least two years in a research setting. ACRP or SOCRA preferred.


No experience is required beyond what is specified above.


  1. Excellent written, oral and conversational communication skills to effectively work with diverse groups.
  2. Ability to analyze, evaluate multiple solutions and solve complex problems using well developed critical & analytical thinking skills.
  3. Excellent time management skills needed to prioritize among many projects both in development and in operation.
  4. Attention to detail needed to operate accurately and effectively.
  5. Mastery of Microsoft Office, databases and information systems.


Oncology experience with managerial background is preferred.

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