Clinical Research Coordinator, Sr.

March 26, 2020
Neurology, Memory & Aging Center
Full Time
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Senior Clinical Research Coordinators (Sr. CRCs) independently coordinate and are accountable for the overall administration of one or more clinical studies, typically requiring advanced-level knowledge and skills. They may provide leadership to lower-level clinical research coordinators and/or other support personnel.

The position is responsible for, and critically important to the overall operational management of clinical research activities, including observational studies and interventional studies (trials). It has direct responsibility for implementing a diverse portfolio of research activities for the clinical research programs in several areas, including but not limited to: Huntington’s disease, spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs), and some atypical parkinsonian disorders, such as multiple system atrophy and progressive supranuclear palsy and rapidly progressive dementias, including prion disease and antibody-mediated dementias. Positions at this level may perform expert and efficient integration of multiple complex programmatic activities, applying a sophisticated medical knowledge base, substantial leadership skills, effectively working with a variety of people and organizations at UCSF (clinicians, investigators, clinical staff, administration, Committee on Human Research - CHR, human resources - HR, contracts and grants) and elsewhere (industry sponsors, coordinating centers, Food & Drug Administration - FDA, National Institutes of Health - NIH), exhibiting an in-depth knowledge of specific programs.

Reporting to the Principal Investigator (PI), the Sr. CRC may have central responsibility for ensuring Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval and compliance, contract generation, negotiation and approval, subject recruitment, appropriate study testing, and adequate enrollment of multicenter clinical trials, longitudinal cohort studies, local investigator-initiated studies, and biorepository efforts; exercise strong administration and management leadership of clinical research, strong research coordination, and may lead experienced personnel to ensure optimal systems for efficiency, compliance, safety, financial oversight, and contractual expertise in negotiations and execution, as well as create and implement quality improvement processes. This is a position of leadership whose main purpose is to ensure that clinical research commitments are met and that the programs maintain a reputation for excellence in all activities.

For almost 20 years, the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC) has been providing model care for patients and their families, finding innovative ways to understand and discover treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, and reaching out to the wider community to raise awareness about these diseases of aging. The Memory and Aging Center employs over 250 talented faculty and staff and enlists the support of more than 40 volunteers. We house 38 faculty members from the fields of neurology, geriatrics, psychiatry, cognitive psychology, neuroscience and nursing, and we have cared for more than 10,000 patients in our clinical and research programs.

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.