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Research Program Manager


Research Program Manager

  • 525431
  • Medical Center
  • Pediatrics
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: May 4 2022
  • Grade 105
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: 100,000-120,000

Position Summary

The Department of Pediatrics is seeking a Research Program Manager to join our team in a full time position to work within the division of Pediatric Gastroenterology. Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics is a world leader in providing care for children. Our mission areas include Healthcare, Education and Research. We offer care for our patients in over 25 specialty areas as well as individualized care for complex cases. Our Residency, Fellowship and Graduate programs are among the best in the Nation. Our Clinical, Translational and Basic Science research features collaborations across specialties and stretches from the bench to bedside. We also have several active Clinical trials available to our patients. This position will support the department by providing oversight and supervision of the Childhood Obesity Research Program (CROP) under the oversight of Dr. Jennifer Woo Baidal.

(Subject to business needs, we may support flexible and hybrid work arrangements. Options will be discussed during the interview process) 


Project management responsibilities:

  • Provide support to clinical staff to ensure research is successfully implemented, including maintaining an on-site presence, answering questions, and reporting successes and roadblocks to the study team.
  • Work with senior level staff (i.e. administrators, directors, chiefs, clinicians) at research study sites to negotiate/implement/monitor research protocols.
  • Oversee adherence to project timelines.
  • Set agendas for project operations meeting. Attends study team meetings and trainings.
  • Draft job postings, submit for approval, ensure timely follow-through of postings
  • Review job applications, coordinate hiring of clinical research staff.
  • Supervise clinical research staff.
  • Train clinical research staff on the implementation of the recruitment and intervention protocols, as well as the collection and documentation of process evaluation data.
  • Develop and oversee study recruitment strategies.
  • Maintain a positive relationship with the study team, clinical staff, and participants, and acts as a study resource.
  • Work with the study team to develop curricula, educational materials, workshops and programs as required.
  • Assist with writing reports and manuscripts detailing research findings.

Data management responsibilities:

  • Ensures timely completion of all necessary paperwork and data documentation, including coding and cleaning data forms, data entry and tracking, and performing QA data checks.
  • Coordinate database design and develop and monitor protocols for data transfer and collection.
  • Develop and institute strategies to maximize response rates.
  • Develop and maintain database for data monitoring.
  • Work with data analyst to assure appropriate data for preliminary and final data analyses. 

Finance responsibilities:

  • Assist with management of project budgets. This includes tracking expenses and planning for appropriate and cost-effective resource allocation.
  • Track of monthly expenditures and complete reconciliation.
  • Reconcile research accounts on a weekly basis.
  • Collaborate with Pediatric Research Finance to change or correct errors in salary allocation or expenditures for PI and staff.
  • Purchasing of supplies and equipment.
  • Completion and submission of forms for purchase orders to Pediatric Finance Administration.
  • Submission and tracking of invoice payments.
  • Completion, submission, and tracking of travel and expense reimbursement forms for research staff.

Grant reporting and preparation:

  • Gather and format key personnel biosketches and other pertinent application materials (i.e. letters of support)
  • Assist with development and tracking of project budgets, including securing cost estimates
  • Assist with formatting and submission of grant applications and reports


  • Build and maintain relationship with clinical and community collaborators. 
  • Develop and institute capacity-building strategies for study subject and provider engagement in research.
  • Develop and maintain research website and social media sites.
  • Disseminate research findings through social media, community seminars, and internet. 
  • Performs related duties & responsibilities as assigned/requested. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education and experience required; plus four years of related experience.

(Minimum Education requirement (1.5 years of related experience for each year of education may be used to fulfill education requirements.) 

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