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Job Title: Program ManagerFLSA Status: ExemptFTE: 1.0 Salary Range: $ 60,000 - $70,000 SUMMARYThis position is located in the Neurology Department at the VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. Employment will be through the Portland VA Research Foundation. This position will primarily entail coordinating a multi-center clinical trial. The goal of this project is to determine if the supplement, lipoic acid, is able to treat progressive forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). The study is funded by the VA and the National MS Society. The study will take place at a proposed 7 sites throughout the US, 3 of which are VA sites. Participants are in the trial for 2 years, and the total duration of the study is an expected 4 years. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Under the guidance of the Principle Investigator, the Program Manager will coordinate the study team and research activities for the study and support to the Principal Investigator. Specific responsibilities include: project operations management including organizing multi-center and center-specific calls, meetings, on-site visits and potentially travel to those sites, reporting to FDA as requested, IRB coordination, data collection, cataloging journal articles, conducting literature searches, and organizing data for manuscripts and presentations, and other duties as assigned. The Program Manager will work closely with the Data Coordinating Center to organize and summarize data collection, database management, adverse event reporting, and communication between sites and team members. The Program Manager will be supported by a local Research Assistant (RA) and RAs at other project implementation sites.JOB DUTIESMaintaining a detailed knowledge of the study protocol and adhering to all study procedures.Working closely with Principle Investigator on all project support.Site-visits to all project sites the first year, thereafter as needed.Coordinate meetings, IRB approvals, and data collection with a part-time RA in Portland as well as project personnel at the other sites.Assisting RAs with Institutional Review Board submissions, modifications and continuing reviews at each site or at a central IRB(s).Providing feedback to study team members when difficulties, confusions, or technological issues arise regarding recruitment, data quality, database entry, MRI quality and transmission.Overseeing that all applicable regulatory documentation (including protocols, approvals, amendments, modifications, etc.) are accurately and meticulously organized and accurate by RA.Organizing, attending and participating in regular team meetings between sites and between study team centers.Cataloging relevant journal articles, managing references, and assisting with literature searches.Assisting in the organization and representation of data for manuscripts and presentations.Completing other research-related tasks as needed.SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIESThe Program Manager will co-supervise a Research Assistant with the Principle Investigator.QUALIFICATIONS Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCEMinimum Required:Bachelor's degree or allied health professional; preferably in a scientific or social science disciplineIntermediate experience with Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, and other Microsoft Office Suite applicationsUphold participant privacy, confidentiality, and safetyGood oral and written communication skills Positive, friendly, cooperative, and professional demeanor (to work effectively and empathetically with patients and staff from diverse backgrounds)Dependable, punctual, and engaged team member Organized, attentive to detail, and able to maintain a high degree of accuracy Ability to remain flexible amid changing priorities and problem-solve in a diplomatic and professional manner Preferred:Program Management experience. Research Assistant experience.COMPUTER SKILLSProficiency with Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, and other Microsoft Office Suite applicationsREASONING ABILITYThe applicant must be able to efficiently organize meetings and people.PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Ability to sit for long periods of time in an office environment or meeting setting; ability to use a computer for extended periods. Ability to travel by plane and train for site visits across the US.ApplicationsApply online at and include a CV and cover letter explaining your interest in the position. Cover letter should include description of recent work history as it relates to the specific responsibilities in the job announcement. References are requested.Portland VA Research Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status, such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age. Job Title: Program ManagerFLSA Status: ExemptFTE: 1.0 Salary Range: $ 60,000 - $70,000 SUMMARYThis position is located in the Neurology Department at the VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. Employment will be through the Portland VA Research Foundation. This position will primarily entail coordinating a multi-center clinical trial. The goal of this project is to determine if the supplement, lipoic acid, is able to treat progressive forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). The study is funded by the VA and the National MS Society. The study will take place at a proposed 7 sites throughout the US, 3 of which are VA sites. Participants are in the trial for 2 years, and the total duration of the study is an expected 4 years. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Under the guidance of the Principle Investigator, the Program Manager will coordinate the study team and research activities for the study and support to the Principal Investigator. Specific responsibilities include: project operations management including organizing multi-center and center-specific calls, meetings, on-site visits and potentially travel to those sites, reporting to FDA as requested, IRB coordination, data collection, cataloging journal articles, conducting literature searches, and organizing data for manuscripts and presentations, and other duties as assigned. The Program Manager will work closely with the Data Coordinating Center to organize and summarize data collection, database management, adverse event reporting, and communication between sites and team members. The Program Manager will be supported by a local Research Assistant (RA) and RAs at other project implementation sites.JOB DUTIESMaintaining a detailed knowledge of the study protocol and adhering to all study procedures.Working closely with Principle Investigator on all project support.Site-visits to all project sites the first year, thereafter as needed.Coordinate meetings, IRB approvals, and data collection with a part-time RA in Portland as well as project personnel at the other sites.Assisting RAs with Institutional Review Board submissions, modifications and continuing reviews at each site or at a central IRB(s).Providing feedback to study team members when difficulties, confusions, or technological issues arise regarding recruitment, data quality, database entry, MRI quality and transmission.Overseeing that all applicable regulatory documentation (including protocols, approvals, amendments, modifications, etc.) are accurately and meticulously organized and accurate by RA.Organizing, attending and participating in regular team meetings between sites and between study team centers.Cataloging relevant journal articles, managing references, and assisting with literature searches.Assisting in the organization and representation of data for manuscripts and presentations.Completing other research-related tasks as needed.SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIESThe Program Manager will co-supervise a Research Assistant with the Principle Investigator.QUALIFICATIONS Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCEMinimum Required:Bachelor's degree or allied health professional; preferably in a scientific or social science disciplineIntermediate experience with Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, and other Microsoft Office Suite applicationsUphold participant privacy, confidentiality, and safetyGood oral and written communication skills Positive, friendly, cooperative, and professional demeanor (to work effectively and empathetically with patients and staff from diverse backgrounds)Dependable, punctual, and engaged team member Organized, attentive to detail, and able to maintain a high degree of accuracy Ability to remain flexible amid changing priorities and problem-solve in a diplomatic and professional manner Preferred:Program Management experience. Research Assistant experience.COMPUTER SKILLSProficiency with Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, and other Microsoft Office Suite applicationsREASONING ABILITYThe applicant must be able to efficiently organize meetings and people.PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Ability to sit for long periods of time in an office environment or meeting setting; ability to use a computer for extended periods. Ability to travel by plane and train for site visits across the US.ApplicationsApply online at and include a CV and cover letter explaining your interest in the position. Cover letter should include description of recent work history as it relates to the specific responsibilities in the job announcement. References are requested.Portland VA Research Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status, such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age.

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