• Sr. Research Project Manager

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 5 months ago(6/11/2018 11:08 AM)
    Job ID
    Research Administration
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


    The division of Breast Oncology is recruiting a Senior Research Project Manager (Sr. RPM). This position is responsible for assigned day-to-day coordination and overall management of activities for assigned projects and studies, including multi-center, PI-initiated trials. Other activities may include: coordinating trial startup and site startup activities, providing training to participating site research staff, regulatory submissions, safety event tracking and reporting, deviation/violation tracking and reporting, participant accrual tracking and reporting, conducting teleconferences, vendor management, coordinating communication with regulatory authorities, etc. The Sr. RPM will be responsible to report on his or her defined deliverables, to identify variances in project plan and to develop contingency plans when necessary to keep project milestones on track. Specific tasks and responsibilities are varied and dependent upon project aims, scope and duration.


    A Sr. RPM may also be assigned to oversee various operational and training aspects of the EPIC / OnCore application used by the DFCI Research Enterprise. This position will develop infrastructure, procedures, and tracking systems for project management services performed. Project management responsibilities would include coordinating the on boarding of new research staff training, maintaining workflows, facilitating all questions related to OnCore and defining grant and research specific reporting for the DFCI. The Sr. RPM will be supervised and supported by the Director/ PI to develop and implement strategies that will ensure compliance, consistency, and accountability in all assigned clinical research activities conducted within the system at DFCI. This individual is responsible for creating a proactive, knowledgeable and cohesive project management platform that will support the research community.



    The Sr. Research Project Manager will work independently under general supervision of the Director/PI (Principal Investigator) within Breast Oncology (BOC). This position will require a high level of autonomy and independence and will also be responsible for some or all of the below:


    1. Research study oversight
      • Assumes leadership responsibility for managing one or several Phase I, II, III PI-Initiated/Multi-Center oncology trials, including initiating, planning, facilitating and overseeing the research project start-up, active and close out phases, and/or overseeing study staff who are responsible for these activities. Activities may include: developing the systems, tools, and infrastructure needed for project management core activities, such as study start-up activities, coordinating and managing site activation, research staff training, regulatory submissions, event tracking and reporting, deviation and violation tracking and reporting, participant accrual tracking and reporting, and study closure.
      • Direct staff in the development of project plans that will serve as a guiding document that provides overall direction, expectation of deliverables and stated milestones for the participating sites to ensure the success of the project.  
      • Responsible for Case Report Form design with PI directives.
      • Working with database programming staff to maintain study-related databases, program online surveys and prepare protocol-related reports as needed.
      • Collaborate with PIs and key staff to design data analysis plans and data use agreements.
      • Oversees project reporting and works with Data programmer, statistician and PI to interpret more complex data analyses.
      • Assist with other study related duties as needed.
    2. Administrative:
      • As needed, responsible for scheduling research team meetings and study related conference calls and complete documentation of meetings.
      • Facilitating mailings and other project-related administrative tasks.
      • Responsible for assuring that the project team meets all deadlines and maintains an ongoing working relationship with the entire research team and all Co and Principal Investigators.  
      • As needed, work with the Director/PI and grants management team to oversee budgets and complete financial responsibilities.
      • Contributes significantly to design of studies and assists with protocol writing, manuscript drafting and grant preparation, including writing sections of such materials.
      • Prepares and presents status reports to key stakeholders. Depending on project needs, these reports may include information about project timelines, status of deliverables, and/or resources requirements.
    3. Supervision
      • Maintains overall responsibility and major decision-making authority for day-to-day operations and supervision of research group.
      • Responsible for all employee related management related task from hiring to termination, e.g. completing PeopleSoft activities, reviews, job postings to iCims, etc.


    Bachelor’s degree with 7 years of project management experience, or a Master’s degree with 5 years experience preferred. Ability to lead multiple projects. Ability to oversee all aspects of project management scope defined deliverables and required key performance standards. Must demonstrate a history of proven success in the clinical research field. Experience in an academic institution is preferred. Must have expert knowledge of regulatory affairs, research ethics and the responsible conduct of research. Supervisory experience required.



    • Essential attention to detail, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
    • Excellent ability to work independently and balance multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.
    • Strong ability to both work as a member of, and effectively and proactively lead teams.


    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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