NCTN Program Manager

Pennsylvania, United States
05 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
04 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

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The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

NCTN Program Manager

Job Profile Title

Manager Research Project B

Job Description Summary

The Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) of the University of Pennsylvania is a world leader in developing and conducting innovative clinical trials for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. The National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) is a collection of organizations and clinicians that coordinates and supports cancer clinical trials at more than 2,200 sites across the Unites States, Canada and internationally. The NCTN provides the infrastructure for NCI-funded treatment and primary advanced imaging trials to improve the lives of people with cancer. The ACC NCTN program provides support for departments and affiliates conducting NCTN trials within the ACC NCTN Network.

Job Description

The ACC NCTN Program Manager (PM) reviews proposals from ACC NCTN teams to activate new NCTN trials and discusses portfolio strategies with sub-unit leaders and the ECOG-ACRIN PI to ensure the ACC goals for the NCTN program are being met. The NCTN PM oversees NCI registration for NCTN investigators, facilitating registrations for new investigators and annual renewals. The PM creates Guidance Documents for the conduct of research under the ACC NCTN umbrella and ensures all investigators and staff understand the Guidance Documents via hands-on training, mentoring and providing operational support during all phases of trial activation, conduct and closing. This includes training on the conduct of cooperative group research vs. industry sponsored or investigator initiated trials. The PM interfaces and collaborates with affiliates to build a robust, high quality and compliant affiliate structure. The PM receives alerts, announcements and newsletters from NTCN sponsors and disseminates the information to ACC NCTN stakeholders and ensures compliance with communications. This includes reviewing data performance reports (outstanding data, queries, data expectedness) on a regular basis for all NCTN studies in the ACC and taking appropriate actions to ensure issues are addressed timely and completely. The NCTN PM oversees the monitoring and audit preparation and manages site audits performed by the NCI/Theradex and or the NCTN Lead Protocol Organizations (i.e. ECOG-ACRIN, NRG, etc.), working with study teams to ensure all issues identified during monitoring or audits are addressed in a timely manner to avoid future compliance issues, and uses the outcome of monitoring/auditing to evaluate the effectiveness of Guidance Documents and training, adjusting guidance as necessary to improve quality, compliance, efficiency and overall performance of all departments, divisions and institutions participating in ACC NCTN research. Additionally, the NCTN Program Manager will provide guidance to NCTN teams for all aspects of start-up including facilitating submissions to IRBs and ancillary review committees, tracking trends in ancillary review body feedback that impede trial activation, facilitating and attending study training for all new protocols and will provide education on the nuances of the NCTN funding structure. The NCTN Program Manager creates and maintains a centralized and harmonized infrastructure to support research across the various ACC departments, divisions and institutions involved in the conduct of NCTN research, working within the existing infrastructure of each unit. The NCTN Program Manager will be responsible for implementation of technology to facilitate performance reporting on the NCTN portfolio to the ECOG-ACRIN PI.


 The ideal candidate will have a Master's Degree with 3-5 years or a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and 5-7 years’ experience in the conduct and operations of clinical research or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.  Advanced degree/oncology experience preferred, experience with NCI/NCTN cooperative group research and experience as a manger strongly preferred. The appropriate candidate for this position will have a working knowledge of clinical trial research conduct, operations, and quality control as well as the ability to work across diverse teams. Candidate must have outstanding time management skills, be flexible, detail and goal oriented, and self-motivated. 

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range

$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

Affirmative Action Statement 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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