Sr. Clinical Research Coordinator- Neuroscience & Behavioral Medicine

Washington, District of Columbia-Washington
Sep 22, 2020
Oct 21, 2020
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Leads day-to-day operations of clinical research studies conducted by a principal investigator. May support multiple investigators with clinical and translational research projects. May direct the work of junior staff members. Attains progressive functional knowledge of Good Clinical Practices (GCP), Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) regulations and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, when applicable. Performs a variety of complex duties involved in the collection, compilation, documentation, and analysis of clinical research data. Provides oversight and training to study team members for a variety of studies. Creates standard operating procedures (SOPs), and implements operational plans. Develops study documents, including consent forms and protocols. Independently authors reports to oversight bodies and/or trains and oversees staff performing these tasks. Prepares for, coordinates and follows up on sponsor audits. Reviews journals, abstracts and scientific literature to obtain information relevant to clinical research programs. Requires limited supervision, and largely works independently.


Minimum Education
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Bachelor's degree with 3 years of relevant experience (Required) Or
Master's degree with 2 years of relevant experience .

Minimum Work Experience
3 years

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Bachelor's degree with 3 years of relevant experience
Master's degree with 2 years of relevant experience (Required)

Required Skills/Knowledge
Knowledge of clinical research designs and needed infrastructure. Familiarity with databases, data collection tools and data analysis methods. Ability to manage multiple, complex activities while maintaining close attention to detail and not losing site of the organizational mission. Interpersonal skills which demonstrate formal and informal leadership in a diverse professional environment.

Functional Accountabilities

Conduct of Research
1. Demonstrates consistent adherence to the standards for responsible conduct of research.
2. Stays informed of and adheres to institutional policies, and federal regulations (e.g. Titles 21 and 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations) and guidances (International Counsel on Harmonization) regarding human subjects' research and use of protected health information.
3. Maintains knowledge and comprehension of assigned research protocols; including study procedures, timelines and eligibility.
4. Creates, accurately completes, maintains and organizes study materials. Accounts for study materials. This may include, but is not limited to participant lists and visit logs, regulatory binders, case report forms, laboratory kits, investigational product(s), and participation incentives.
5. Cooperates with sponsor, institutional and federal monitoring/auditing activities. Then, collaborates with study team in formulating responses to findings.
6. Uses and accounts for research funds and resources at his/her performance level. This includes assisting with clinical trial budgets, and reconciling research subject billing.
7. Reviews and develops a familiarity with the clinical trial agreement, contract or grant award terms to ensure compliance with all terms and conditions.
8. Complies with and maintains current documentation of all job-related training and conflict of interest reporting.
9. Reports good faith suspicions of research noncompliance and/or research misconduct to the appropriate institutional compliance office(s).

Participant Enrollment
1. Adheres to the IRB approved recruitment and enrollment plan.
2. Screens subjects for eligibility per the protocol and institutional policies.
3. Communicates effectively and provides information to a diverse, vulnerable subject population in accordance with institutional policies.
4. Interacts with study participants and/or legally authorized representatives (LARs) to communicate study purpose, participation details and to assess participation interest.
5. Engages participants/LARs in the informed consent process according to institutional policies.

Study Management
1. Conducts/participates in feasibility assessments to ensure that adequate sight resources and infrastructure are available for protocol participation.
2. Plans, conducts, and manages research activities in accordance with federal regulations and guidance documents, and sponsor and institutional policies under the direction of a senior study team member.
3. Ensures regulatory integrity of protocols through the accurate and timely preparation and submission of documents and reports to the sponsor, IRB and other oversight bodies in accordance with federal regulations sponsor SOPs and institutional policies.
4. Authors study submissions and related documents, based on functional role. This may include research protocols, informed consents, protocol specific source documents, IRB contingency responses, postings, Certificate of Confidentiality applications (if needed) and scholarly presentations and publications.
5. Registers and records participant visits in the appropriate tracking system.
6. Anticipates study needs and subject caseload to meet organizational objectives and deadlines in a timely manner.
7. Works well with other members of the research team. This includes appreciating multiple workplace diversities and seeking and providing input, when appropriate.
8. Coordinates, prepares for and responds to oversight body routine visits and audits.
9. Attends study meetings (which could include overnight travel) as requested by the PI

Data Collection
1. Assures that data is collected as required by the protocol and in accordance with research data principles (ALCOAC: Attributable, Legible, Contemporaneous, Original, Accurate and Complete).
2. Ensures that queries are resolved within sponsor and institutional timelines.
3. Plans and performs (if assigned) research specimen collection, labeling, and storage/shipping. Maintains accurate sample accountability/chain of custody documentation.
4. Ensures secure storage of study documents.

Other Responsibilities
1. Serves as an effective liaison between the investigators, sponsors, hospital departments involved with research studies, and the Clinical Research Center.
2. Directs the work of a Clinical Research Assistant and Clinical Research Coordinator, as assigned.
3. Identifies and resolves issues and challenges with appropriate input and oversight.

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification
1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
Teamwork/Communication 1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
3. Receptive to others' ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving 1. Contribute to a positive work environment
2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility 1. Use resources efficiently
2. Search for less costly ways of doing things
Safety 1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Children's National Health System is an equal opportunity employer that evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

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