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Research Program Manager

Johns Hopkins University
United States, Maryland, Baltimore
May 09, 2024

The Center for Substance Use and Infectious Disease Care Integration is seeking a Research Program Manager. This position, working closely with the Center Director, will provide program development and leadership over a research portfolio currently including four grants totaling $6 million dollars in funding. The research portfolio consists of interventional and observational studies within clinical and community settings at and around Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall coordination and management of multiple projects and will be expected to operate independently, with guidance from the Director. The incumbent will be responsible for budget management, project implementation, logistics planning, supervision of research staff and trainees, data management, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance. The individual will be responsible for monitoring research projects and onboarding new study team members. The manager should have the ability to 'zoom in' to matters of regulatory compliance and operations and 'zoom out' to matters of broader programmatic leadership and problem-solving.

All research projects involve working closely with people who use drugs, have mental health disorders, HIV and other infectious diseases.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage research and program efforts of the Center for Substance Use and Infectious Disease Care Integration.
  • Leads the scientific implementation and daily operation of research studies and other projects.
  • Track and manage multiple projects and project-related issues simultaneously. Develop project plans, timelines, presentations, and checklists for various program activities.
  • Develops protocols and associated procedures to achieve specific research aims and project goals.
  • Develop tools, as needed, for study implementation including protocols, standardized order sheets, study reference materials, and patient questionnaires.
  • Complete and maintain professional documentation for projects and deliverables, develop SOPs as needed, and assist in the auditing and monitoring of studies.
  • Oversee the coordination of all activities of a research studies and projects to assure validity of findings. Provides direct assistance with study/project coordination when needed to cover for absent staff.
  • Manage and supervise research staff members (recruitment, performance appraisal, feedback, discipline concerns, separations) and trainees, providing timely feedback and opportunities for growth.
  • Direct hiring and/or oversight of other personnel as determined by Investigators and funding sources including additional junior managers/programmers, manual data abstractors and students in certain projects.
  • Ensure adherence to research protocols and oversee record management for research studies/ projects.
  • Oversees all study recruitment procedures consistent with IRB approved methods.
  • Identify recruitment problems, identify solutions, and help to assure that remedies are quickly implemented to keep the recruitment goal on track for research project completion.
  • Assist with grant development and award preparation and submissions, as needed.
  • Assist outside monitors during study audits. In addition, this individual will assist with quality assurance and regulatory procedures including communications with the IRB, FDA and DSMB.
  • Advise and assist multiple Center faculty in conceptualizing data collection needs and translating these needs into collected data.
  • Coordinate multiple elements of this clinical research program including study design, IRB interactions, data input, storage, retrieval and analysis; and interactions with investigators and other stakeholders.
  • Support collection and analysis of study data-both quantitative and qualitative data and manuscript preparation
  • Support IRB applications
  • Lead planning and execution of center activities including brown bag lunches, center seminars and conferences.
  • Participates in study meetings and provides updates on protocol implementation status and makes recommendations on operational issues.
  • Oversee management of the petty cash account and subject remuneration process.
  • Oversee maintenance of organized freezer storage process and specimen tracking.
  • Handles and oversees specimen processing and shipments.
  • Assists other study team members with research related activities on other projects as needed.
  • Promotes a culture of service for study participants, research staff, and collaborators.

*This description is a general statement of required duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.


  • Directly supervises Research Program Coordinators and mentors other center research staff.
  • Meet with staff regularly, troubleshoot issues, co-develop work plans and professional development goals, and help prioritize tasks.
  • Assist and supervise students and trainees involved with projects as needed.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in related discipline.
  • Five years related experience, including demonstrated supervisory or lead responsibi lities.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Related Master's or PhD preferred.
  • Experience with people who use drugs, have mental health disorders, HIV and/or other infectious diseases.
  • Knowledge of clinical research practices and principles.
  • Experience with data management programs strongly desirable.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office, reference managers, databases, spreadsheets, and word processing.
  • Familiarity with scientific writing and communication.

Additional Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to function independently with a high degree of motivation.
  • Ability to manage a team is essential.
  • Ability to manage multiple and competing priorities.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Must have excellent time management skills.
  • Ability to work well with other professionals with minimal supervision and be comfortable being part of a diverse professional team.

Classified Title: Research Program Manager
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD
Starting Salary Range: $55,200 - $96,600 Annually ($75,000 targeted; Commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm
Exempt Status:Exempt
Location:School of Medicine Campus
Department name: SOM DOM Infectious Disease
Personnel area: School of Medicine

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