Medical School - Office of the Vice Dean for Research
The Research Project Specialist for infectious disease and strategic initiatives for is responsible for coordinating identified projects and initiatives associated with the Medical School’s COVID-19 research response and other high-priority, strategic research work. For the assigned initiatives and projects, the Research Project Specialist is responsible for ensuring operational, logistic, capital, staffing and other structures are in place to support the work of Medical School investigators and research teams efficiently and effectively. This will include leading, managing, and evaluating new initiatives and projects in coordination with Medical School partners such as M Health Fairview, Clinical Translational Science Institute, Office of the Vice President for Research, University Services, regulatory bodies, and other partners. This position reports to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Medical School Research.
The Research Project Specialist is responsible for current and new strategic projects and initiatives involving infectious disease research, including COVID-19, as well as other targeted areas of research. This person will collaborate with various leaders within the Medical School and partners across the University, as well as with the Medical School’s Director of Research Support. Responsibilities include:
Infectious Disease Research Support (50%) The Medical School is leading and developing new COVID-19 and infectious disease research in both its basic science and clinical research portfolios. The Research Project Specialist will lead and develop new COVID-19 and other infectious disease research initiatives, support current initiatives, and coordinate central Medical School support and guidance for our investigators, basic and clinical research teams, department research managers/directors, and staff. The position will: • Evaluate, address, and track COVID-19 research study requests; • Assess needs, plan for, and develop tools and school-wide processes to support infectious disease research and other areas of strategic investment, including developing grants in the pre-award phase, research studies, and protocols prior to submission to funding agencies and appropriate regulatory bodies. • Facilitate the development of school-wide processes, procedures, and tools to centrally support COVID-19 and other infectious disease research studies post-award to ensure investigators and basic and clinical research teams have the resources they need to meet study and compliance requirements. • Manage, refine, and track existing internal grant programs and funding opportunities as well as implement future grant programs and funding opportunities to advance COVID-19 research and other strategic areas of investment and develop metrics to assess those programs and investments. • Coordinate with Medical School and internal University partners on any new space needs associated with the Medical School’s COVID-19 research, other infectious disease research, and other targeted areas of investment. This will include leading the analysis of space needs and coordinating the response to meet those needs.
Sunrise Planning, Implementation, and Advancement (30%) The Medical School’s labs, basic science research teams, and clinical research teams are currently at a reduced level of operations. The Research Project Specialist will work with investigators, research teams, Medical School leaders, and University partners to advance research during this reduced level of operations and subsequently to maximize research productivity. The position will: • Coordinate and implement changes to increase or decrease operations related to Medical School sunrise plans until research returns to full operations. • Create or refine processes and procedures and develop tools to remove barriers to research by coordinating with internal and external Medical School partners. • Develop standard processes and tools to assist investigators, basic and clinical research teams, department research managers/directors, and staff as they continue to adapt their work to a more virtual setting, as resources and needs change, and as the research environment continues to evolve. • Develop and contribute to internal Medical School communications to ensure investigators, basic and clinical research teams, department research managers/directors, and staff have the information they need to advance their work.
Research Support and Compliance (20%) The Research Project Specialist will translate processes and tools developed for the Medical School’s infectious disease portfolio and other areas of strategic investment to additional areas of Medical School research. This may include projects to evaluate processes, streamline workflows, and remove barriers to research. The Research Project Specialist will also lead projects to ensure compliance with external funder requirements.
Required: • BA/BS with at least eight years of post-degree experience or an advanced degree with six years of experience. • Experience managing complex projects involving multiple stakeholder groups, including developing, implementing, and managing resources and tools.
Preferred: • Advanced degree in business administration or public administration/policy. • Clinical laboratory or research experience. • Experience developing and implementing new performance measures. • Experience managing multiple complex projects simultaneously. • Experience leading and facilitating diverse teams. • Self-starter with demonstrated willingness both to take initiative and to pitch in • Ability to influence others to accomplish team objectives. • Proven strong interpersonal and collaborative skills and ability to build strong relationships with diverse stakeholder groups • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both as a part of a team and individually.
Internal Number: 337926
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