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Operating one of the industry’s largest and most respected research programs, Kaiser Permanente employs nearly 1,800 research experts at 9 specialized centers across the country. With a research budget of $221 million and more than 2,500 studies and clinical trials underway at any given time, this is a place where you can have a profound impact on the future of health.

Nurse Manager, Clinical Trials Research, Portland

Location: Portland, OR Job Number: 936348 Date posted: 03/05/2021

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The Clinical Research Support Services (CRSS) Manager has responsibility for managing a research clinical trials department. The Manager oversees and coordinates clinical research trials and the multi-disciplinary research team in testing and evaluation of interventions, investigational drugs, biologics and devices.  Works directly with sponsors and investigators. The Manager has oversight of project budget development, appropriate staffing resources and compliance with organizational SOP's and government regulations for the conduct of research with human subjects.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates with CHR and/or KPNW principal investigators, study sponsors, CHR department and regional leads and appropriate regional leaders, in establishing, implementing and conducting clinical research trials within departmental area. Evaluates and determines feasibility of research studies based on capacity and appropriate and adequate resources in collaboration with principal investigator and Sr. Manager of Clinical Research Support Services.

  • Manages budget preparation as well as ongoing revenue and expenses of designated portfolio for industry and federally funded projects. Proactively monitors trial budgets for appropriate use of resources and effective management of those resources within study budgets. Collaborates with KFRI legal to ensure sponsor contracts provide alignment with clinical trial operations.

  • Manages clinical research compliance. Ensure clinical trial operations meet KPHP and KFRI standards and are consistent with the standards of Nursing Practice Act, Guidelines for Good Clinical Practices, federal, state and local regulations.  Work closely with Research Compliance to align procedures and practices for optimal clinical outcomes and compliance.

  • Manages clinical research operations which may involve multiple locations. Collaborate with investigator team, Health Plan Managers, and CHR Managers, to develop and plan departmental clinical research. Assess the impact of new clinical research on finances, current research portfolio, staffing, and other KPNW departments.

  • Manages hiring and the annual performance evaluation process for clinical research staff. In conjunction with HR and management, coaches and counsels' staff who are non-compliant with applicable KP policies, procedures and standards.

  • Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum three (3) years of a clinical health care management experience.

  • Minimum five (5) years of human subject's research and outpatient nursing/provider experience.

  • Education

  • Bachelor's degree in nursing OR associate degree/diploma in nursing with two (2) years of experience in a directly related field.

  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.

  • License, Certification, Registration

  • Current Oregon RN license required upon hire/transfer.

  • Additional Requirements:

  • Thorough knowledge in the science of clinical research management and health care administration.

  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state and international regulations governing the conduct of clinical trials.

  • Broad knowledge base of diverse medical health care issues.

  • Effective communicator.

  • Demonstrated leadership and training skills.

  • Program development skills and collaborative practice experience.

  • Adept at conflict resolution.

  • Demonstrated customer-focused service skills.

  • Working knowledge of clinical pharmacology and research methodology; working knowledge of health education.

  • Thorough knowledge of human resource practices and systems; facility planning and accounting/financial principles and practices.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in nursing or related field.

  • Primary Location: Oregon,Portland,Center for Health Research Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: Variable Working Hours End: Variable Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: NUE-NW-01|NUE|Non Union Employee Job Level: Manager with Direct Reports Job Category: Research and Development Department: Center for Health Research - Rsrch Mgmt-Clincl Trials Admin - 1001 Travel: No 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.

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    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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