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With a staff of approximately 600, an annual budget of more than $100 million, and hundreds of projects under way at any given time, our research program is one of the largest and most respected in the industry.

Research Project Manager

Location: Pasadena, CA Job Number: 640554 Date posted: 11/15/2017
Description: Manages all aspects of a medium to large scale research study and two (2) or more small to medium-sized studies or two (2) to four (4) medium to large studies. Supervises project staff. Works independently in accordance with established objectives. Work subject to occasional review.

Essential Functions:
  • Manages all aspects of a medium to large scale research study and two (2) or more small to medium-sized studies or two (2) to four (4) medium to large studies.
  • May assist in development of study tools (e.g. tracking forms, questionnaires, chart review forms, etc.).
  • Develops and implements study protocols/ operation manuals.
  • Monitors progress of study activities (e.g. data collection and validation, recruitment, pilot studies, focus groups, etc.) and ensures that study objectives are met.
  • Contributes to high level discussions with funding agencies and research teams from other organizations.
  • Prepares progress reports independently and/ or collaboratively.
  • May participate in the training of new team members and/or clinical staff.
  • Ensures that all staff administrative requirements and certifications are complete and current.
  • Identifies staff training needs and resources to address needs.
  • Assists in the creation and dissemination of staff development materials.
  • If assigned to clinical trial, will work with Sponsors/ monitors at clinical sites.
  • Adheres to compliance and privacy/ confidentiality requirements and standards.
  • Adheres to GCP and compliance regulations for clinical trials.
  • Oversees data collection and conducts data analysis. Implements quality control and quality assurance measures.
  • Acquires and maintains knowledge of KP systems and databases.
  • Makes decisions for day-to-day operations of projects including the resolution of technical problems and questions from project staff.
  • Collaborates with Sr. Research Project Managers and Unit Manager to facilitate Unit operations.
  • Negotiates and manages time commitments and resources.
  • Interfaces with IRB and drafts IRB protocols, amendments, continuing reviews, etc.
  • Supervises and manages the day-to-day activities of project staff including evaluating performance and conducting regular and annual performance meetings.
  • Mentors, develops and trains staff.
  • Conducts hiring and disciplinary actions in partnership with the Unit Manager.
  • Provides consultation to investigators and project coordinators on staffing and staff-related concerns.
  • Forms project team(s) and responsible for staff resources.
  • May provide leadership and direction to multidisciplinary project teams.
  • May co-author scientific papers with the investigator for presentation and/ or publication.
  • Creates professional presentations and presents at professional/ scientific meetings.
  • Serves as a member and may provide leadership on department or study-related committees.
  • Prepares, manages and balances project budgets.
  • Seeks to develop cost effective ways to manage study resources.
  • Assists investigators in developing and preparing grant proposals by contributing to portions of grant proposals.
  • May contribute to development of study methodology.

  • Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum seven (7) years of experience in a healthcare and/or research setting to include management responsibility.
  • Minimum six (6) years of professional experience in research principles, design and strategies, biostatistical analyses and data interpretation.
  • Minimum five (5) years of self-directed work managing projects, preferably research projects.
  • Minimum four (4) years of leadership experience to include two (2) years of direct personnel management experience.
  • Master's degree in public health, health care administration, epidemiology, or related field, OR six (6) years of experience in a directly related field.
  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
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    Additional Requirements:
  • Experience developing and presenting professional reports and presentations to senior-level audiences.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets, preferably research project budgets.
  • Ability and/or experience in developing and implementing research instruments.
  • Conducts and interprets quantitative and/ or qualitative analyses.
  • Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree, preferably in the health care field.
  • Ability to work with clinical and operational partners to implement and evaluate interventions to improve clinical practice.
    Training and experience in evaluation methods.
    Very strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write manuscripts and reports.
    Health Services Research experience.
    Operations experience.
    Quality improvement experience.

    Primary Location: California,Pasadena,S. Los Robles Administration 100 S. Los Robles Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Variable Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Working Hours Start: Varies Working Hours End: Varies Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Research and Development Department: Research and Evaluation Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
    Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.
  • About Research & Development Careers

    Careers in Research & Development

    Recognized worldwide for their scientific expertise, our researchers collect data on topics including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health, and drug safety — just to name a few.

    In addition to studies centered at these facilities, our physicians and researchers conduct clinical trials of new drugs, medical devices, and other therapies through several organized centers and independently at single sites. Put together, Kaiser Permanente's research centers and scientists comprise one of the largest and most comprehensive nonacademic research programs in the United States.

    As a member of this team, you'll engage in meaningful work that has the power to affect outcomes and improve global health. Focused on areas like public-sector health services, epidemiology, and behavioral and clinical research, the work you do will ultimately allow us to improve the cost effectiveness and quality of the care we deliver — all while saving lives.

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