Clinical Research Program Manager- Parkinson's and Movement Disorder Research

Job ID
Employment Type
Full Time
Research Administration
Hours / Pay Period
St Josephs Hospital and Medical Center
Standard Hours
Work Schedule
8 Hour


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Located conveniently in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is a 571-bed, not-for-profit hospital that provides a wide range of health, social and support services.  Founded in 1895 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph's was the first hospital in the Phoenix area. More than 125 years later, St. Joseph's remains dedicated to its mission of caring for the poor and underserved.


We are extremely proud to be a nationally recognized center for quality quaternary care, medical education and research. St. Joseph's includes the internationally renowned Barrow Neurological Institute, Norton Thoracic Institute, Cancer Center at St. Joseph's, Ivy Brain Tumor Center, and St. Joseph's Level I Trauma Center (which is verified by the American College of Surgeons). The hospital is also a respected center for high-risk obstetrics, neuro-rehabilitation, orthopedics, and other medical services. St. Joseph’s is considered a sought-after destination hospital for treating the most complex cases from throughout the world. Every day, approximately 20 percent of the hospital’s patients have traveled from outside of Arizona and the United States to seek treatment at St. Joseph’s.


U.S News & World Report routinely ranks St. Joseph's among the top hospitals in the United States for neurology and neurosurgery.  In addition, St. Joseph's boasts the Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph's, and a strategic alliance with Phoenix Children's Hospital.

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This position reports jointly to the Division Chair and BNI Research Operations Manager, and works cooperatively with the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Practice Manager for the BNI Department of Neurology.


Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is an internationally renowned medical center that offers care for people from throughout the world with brain and spine diseases, disorders. BNI is home to the Muhammed Ali Parkinson's Center. Our team of neurologists, research professionals, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists are dedicated to providing the best clinical care, research, rehabilitation, education, and support. Our demonstrated commitment to these areas has earned us the distinction as a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. We are also a world leader in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery for the treatment of movement disorders.


The Movement Disorder's Research Program Manager position is responsible for the oversight, management, implementation, and accountability of clinical research activities for a robust research program. This role is accountable for the assigned research cost center budget, and responsible for overseeing all project activities within the research portfolio, including the oversight of a highly skilled group of research professionals. The Program Manager works closely with regulatory, contracts staff, Division Director(s), as well as internal and external stakeholders to facilitate program research, secure extramural funding and philanthropy, collaborate with patient outreach and navigation activities, and coordinate interdisciplinary patient care initiatives.

Position Summary:
Responsible for administration, oversight, management, implementation and accountability of clinical research, data collection activities and clinical operations for research program. Coordinates project activities, regulatory approvals, contracting and is accountable for assigned research cost center budget.
Principal Duties and Accountabilities:
  • Provides financial oversight and management of research requiring expertise in clinical trial billing practices, time and effort reporting and research compliance including CMS regulations associated with cost analysis for billable services and HIPAA obligations.
  • Acts as the primary program manager/liaison and works closely with UACC and SJHMC staff including physician leaders and various working groups and oversight committees. A strong working knowledge of GCP, DHHS, FDA and OIG regulations is required along with any and all applicable federal and state regulations and institutional policies.
  • Utilizes clinical knowledge, good clinical practices, research experience and knowledge of government billing regulations as well as Dignity Health policies and procedures to evaluate the study and its level of appropriateness within Dignity Health
  • Coordinates the process flow of a study from initial AE approval to IRB through the final AE sign off. Facilitates feasibility and IRB review and approvals between multi-sites based upon governing policies.


Essential Job Functions:

Facilitates patient based research in partnership with Division Director(s) and Research Administration colleagues, including coordination of grant submission and clinical trial contracting activities, monitoring of research accounting unit and individual activity budgets, FDA, and IRB regulatory submissions, protocol designs, and annual reports.

  • Manages, organizes and plans the daily clinical trial operational activities of the Research Program staff to support clinical trials. Serves as the primary liaison for internal and external project sponsors, routinely informing key stakeholders of project plans, status updates, milestones (including subject enrollment metrics), through regular reporting and coordinated discussions with the respective stake holders.
  • Manages program budget working synergistically with Research Administration resources to perform transactional tasks; i.e. sponsor invoicing, patient financial billing, services, and management, etc. Proactively manages supplies and staffing needs and develops tools to forecast resource ratios for fiscal stewardship of program.
  • Responsible for the supervision and leadership of program research staff, including research nurses, clinical research specialists, and research assistants.
  • Coordinates the process flow of a study from initial Accountable Executive approval to IRB through the final sign off and study close.
  • Facilitates feasibility, IRB review and approvals between multi-sites based upon governing policies
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


BNI Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Center


Education and Experience: 
  • Bachelor's degree or a combination of education and/or additional job related experience in lieu of the degree.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of clinical research experience with a minimum of two (2) years of clinical research management





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