Job Description

Job Title: Clinical Research Manager (RN) - Hematological Malignancies (Oncology)
Job ID: 713357
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Cancer Centers
Department: CRS Administration HF
Location: 5115 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232



Clinical Research Services of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is looking for an experienced manager of our Hematological Malignancies clinical research program. The Program Manager (RN) works closely with our world-renowned clinical team at the Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers and plays a pivotal role in bringing cutting-edge clinical trials to our patients across UPMC Cancer Network.

This position will work a regular Monday through Friday daylight schedule.

The Clinical Research Program Manager is responsible for direct oversight of all clinical research activities within the Hematological malignancies program to include but not limited to supervision of Clinical Research Coordinators, Research Associates, and Regulatory Specialists. Clinical Research Services has more than 160 employees and has a robust infrastructure to provide comprehensive services in oncology clinical trials. The manager will become part of the Hillman Cancer Center which is at the forefront of cutting-edge oncology research, and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Western Pennsylvania.


Transformational Leadership

  • Applies critical thinking skills and utilizes quality data and conceptual knowledge in the development of the department vision and operational plan.
  • Hires clinical research staff and has responsibility for delegating tasks, monitoring workloads, and evaluating job performance.

  • Oversees the day-to-day activities of the clinical research program and provides direct supervision to the clinical research staff.
  • Serves as liaison between study sponsors and PIs; serving as the key coordinator for multi-center trials involving subject enrollment.
  • Demonstrates the ability to create a shared vision applies critical thinking skills and utilizes financial and quality data and conceptual knowledge in the development of the department vision and operational plan.
  • Orchestrates complex change and acknowledges the psychological transition on self and others. Involves
  • stakeholders and experts in planning, designing, and redesigning change.
  • Accountable for the recruiting, retaining, and developing of clinical research staff. 
Professional Practice
  • Ensures that staff practices in accordance with established Good Clinical Practice guidelines.
  • Assists in institutional review board (IRB) document preparation and submission.
  • Supports and assist in research coordination for high profile/high risk clinical trials.
  • Creates a caring and compassionate patient focused experience by building healing relationships with patients, families and colleagues.
  • Disseminates new knowledge and innovations through presentations, posters, and publications.
  • Practices solid communication skills and is able to articulate and translate pertinent patient, protocol and staff information. 
Structural Empowerment
  • Creates developmental paths to increase the expertise of staff.  Initiates innovation in staff development, clinical orientation, continuing education, and supports specialty certification.
  • Develops strategies to maximize timely completion of disease center specific CRFs and data collection forms within standard of practice guidelines.
  • Monitors and facilitates completion of all protocol required data elements within CTMA and ensure all electronic data capture is complete and accurate
  • Develops strategies to ensure protocol compliance and patient safety.
  • Demonstrates a passion for developing others, enthusiastically and expertly precepts new hires during the orientation process and serves continuously as a mentor.
  • Takes responsibility for identifying his or her ongoing professional development needs and independently seeks resources and opportunities to meet those needs, such as through membership in nursing, oncology, or research organizations. 
Quality & Innovation
  • Monitors dashboard and quality indicators to meet organizational goals and develops and implements new processes to address specific concerns and improve quality.
  • Supports and encourages staff involvement in the development and implementation of quality improvement initiatives.
  • Assists in the development of departmental standards of practices 
Healthy Workforce
  • Establishes and maintain a collaborative working relationship with all ancillary departments and staff.
  • Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by building teams and relationships through mentoring and modeling uplifting and positive communication.
  • Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this job.  They are not exhaustive lists of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions associated with the job. 
Standard Responsibilities 
  • Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 
  • *Indicates a non-essential job responsibility.  


  • Three (3) years of nursing experience required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of progressive leadership experience required.
  • Relevant clinical experience in either oncology or research is preferred.
  • BSN required.  Master’s degree in Nursing or related health care field preferred.
Special Skills and Abilities Required
  • Must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and interact appropriately to the ages of the patients served by the department
  • Must have excellent organizational skills, meet requests from multiple individuals, and respond appropriately to sudden workload changes.
  • Must possess excellent presentation skills and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Leadership abilities
  • Excellent role model
  • Knowledge of the adult learning principles
  • Solid/strong/good or higher on most recent performance evaluation and maintained in current practice.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Current Pennsylvania licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse license or eligible for State Board Licensure. Certification in oncology, research, or clinical specialty of the research preferred

  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Registered Nurse

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $30.89 to $52.76 / hour

Union Position: No

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