Project Director, Jess and Mildred Fisher Center for Hereditary Cancer and Clinical Genomics Resear

Washington D.C.
Jul 18, 2018
Aug 17, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time
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Project Director, Jess and Mildred Fisher Center for Hereditary Cancer and Clinical Genomics Research - Georgetown University Medical Center

The Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) Program is the nexus for population sciences-focused research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC). Its mission is to conduct innovative and impactful population sciences research across the translational continuum, from discovery to intervention to policy, to help alleviate the burden of cancer. A unique aspect of the CPC Program is its capacity to rapidly translate findings through the phases of this continuum within and across each of the Program's scientific aims.

Since its establishment in 2006, Georgetown's Jess and Mildred Fisher Center for Hereditary Cancer and Clinical Genomics Research has gained local and national recognition for cutting-edge research and education in the field of cancer genetic counseling and testing. As the Fisher Center has matured, the field of cancer genomics has grown to encompass the study of thousands of genes and how they interact with the environment to cause disease.  These advances have led to personalized treatments based not only on an individual's hereditary cancer risks, but also on his or her tumor genomic profile (which assesses non-hereditary mutations). The Fisher Center is committed to leveraging advancements in genomic medicine to improve the medical and quality of life outcomes of women and men with or at increased risk for cancer. 

The Project Director manages the Fisher Center's day-to-day operations - work that is essential to conduct of multiple ongoing and new research projects, including multiple faculty members in the Lombardi Cancer Center's Cancer Prevention and Control and Breast Cancer programs. Reporting to the Principal Investigator (PI) and the Center's Co-Directors, the Project Director has duties that include but are not limited to:

Day-to-Day Project Direction

  • Supervises and manages the Study Staff (2-4 Project Assistants, TBN Research Genetic Counselor, Study Database Programmer, and multiple undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Manages financial oversight of grants and Fisher Center, including subcontract budgeting and coordination.
  • Coordinates, supervises and monitors all participating study sites
  • Coordinates and interacts with clinical staff related to participant recruitment including interactions in genetic counseling clinics (e.g., attends weekly clinical conference), breast cancer surgery clinics, and medical oncology clinics

Scientific Project Direction of Ongoing Studies

  • Manages all regulatory requirements for all ongoing projects, including protocol development, IRB interactions, human subjects training coordination, clinical trial registration and accrual reporting, and preparation of progress reports for funding agencies
  • Develops and maintains study-related materials, such as surveys, mailings, brochures,  intervention materials
  • Coordinates with study web-developer on the development and maintenance of the web-based aspects of study interventions
  • Monitors, troubleshoots and quality controls of all aspects of data collection, participant recruitment and retention

Database Programming, Management, and Training and Quality Control

  • Programs and maintains study survey databases and web-based delivery platform (Redcap),  working in conjunction  with programmer
  • Works with programmer to oversee development and maintenance of study tracking databases
  • Trains research staff at all sites in the use of the RedCap databases and web-based data entry

Data Analysis

  • Conducts data analysis (under the supervision of the Pl) using SAS software for scientific publications.
  • Supervises students on data analysis for their independent research projects.

Scientific Publications

  • Collaborates with faculty on scientific publications
  • Leads scientific publications
  • Presents research at conferences              

Fisher Center Oversight

  • Coordinates Fisher Center scientific activities, such as the Visiting Professor Series, and investigator meetings.
  • Assists in the development of new fellowship training program and coordinates fellowship advertising and recruitment and interviewing.


  • Master's degree in psychology, public health or epidemiology
  • 3 years of prior research experience in a related field
  • 1 year of project coordination experience
  • Experience programming in RedCap
  • Experience conducting primary data analysis using SAS
  • Scientific publication experience as evidenced by first-authored peer reviewed publication

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