Dir, Res Admin Training & Proj Mgmt

Duke Health | Durham, NC, United States

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Posted Date 7/19/2021

School of Medicine:

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

The Director of Research Administration (Training / Project Management) is responsible for overseeing training/education development, project management, communication and outreach activities in research administration in SOM/N.

As it relates to these objectives, coordinates and employs knowledge, resources and analytical expertise to ensure research administration initiatives are effectively implemented and staff are appropriately trained.

Training and Education Development

  • Oversee the development of Research Administration training programs for Duke School of Medicine in collaboration with Research Costing Compliance. Consult with department heads and/or trainers to identify and evaluate specific areas in developing training needs.
  • Manage and oversee the Research Administration Fellowship Program, a key program for ensuring a talent pipeline for research administration.
  • Stay current on new and evolving regulations impacting research administration and establish training to incorporate/implement business process changes.
  • Partner with University, School and Department level research administration leaders and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to create new and revised face-to-face (F2F), e-learning, online courses, instructional manuals, video tutorials, learning simulations, blended courses, etc.
  • Evaluate new technologies to discover new and better ways to enhance instruction.
  • Oversee and implement innovative learning strategies that help to develop and sustain a viable workforce and enhance expertise for the SOM/N research community.
  • Participate in the University’s strategic plan for education and training for research administration (as it relates to the SOM/N research administration community).
  • Assess initiatives linking training and development activities directly to long term strategic institutional goals and apply various techniques to improve the quality and relevance of education and training for the research administration community across SOM/N.
  • Liaise with Duke’s Financial Services Training, Learning & Organizational Development (L&OD), the Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR) and other University, School and Department level training leaders to implement updates for research administration training needs.
  • Develop and oversee a monitoring program to ensure all SOM/N staff engaged in research administration have met training requirements.

Project Management

  • Oversee execution of the annual SOM/N research administration workplan.
  • Implement standard project management processes, tools and methodology by contributing to the development and maintenance of standard processes, and standard project templates, tools and guidelines to support research administration functions in SOM/N units
  • Identify project team members and help coordinate team member assignments.
  • Plan, lead, and facilitate regular cross-functional and/or multi-unit project team meetings ensuring the team is on task and meeting objectives.
  • Provide regular communication updates to stakeholders and leadership on project purpose, scope, plan, and status.

Communication and Outreach

  • Ensure appropriate communications with campus audiences, including the development of website content and website maintenance.
  • Generate and implement ideas to increase collaboration and communication among units across the SOM/N research community.
  • Execute strategies that increase awareness of project initiatives and promote/promulgate related policy and process changes to various stakeholders – e.g., collateral materials, presentations, websites, reference guides.

Miscellaneous Duties as Assigned

  • Assist Associate Dean as the business owner for various research administration data systems, data integrity and security
  • Keep up-to-date of changes involving internally and externally imposed policies and procedures
  • Act as a resource for any compliance questions/issues using existing knowledge, experience and available resources (e.g., sponsor regulations, University policies) for supporting and/or providing guidance within the MNMC research community
  • Special projects/initiatives as identified by senior research administration leaders

Minimum Qualifications


BA/BS degree in Business or related field. MS degree in related field or equivalent preferred.


Five years of related training/development, project management or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience. Experience in research administration/grants management in an academic medical center preferred.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

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