Program Manager Pre-Award

Job ID
Employment Type
Full Time
Research Administration
Hours / Pay Period
St Josephs Hospital and Medical Center
Standard Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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.

St. Joseph's is consistently named an outstanding place to work and one of Arizona's healthiest employers. Come grow your career with one of Arizona's Most Admired Companies.

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Job Summary:


The Pre-Award Program Manager is responsible for the analysis, negotiation, and finalization of arrangements for research in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Additionally, this position is responsible to ensure quality research coverage analysis reviews are performed for all research proposals to identify items and services that are not billable to a third party payor and negotiate Sponsor payment for non-billable services.


The Pre-Award Program Manager oversees the workflow and assignment for all Research Contracts Specialist(s) and/or contracting agencies to ensure timely contract reviews, budget development and negotiation and execution of billing grids for post-award processing consistent with institutional goals. This position performs and oversees contract negotiation to secure favorable terms and conditions for all research transactions. This position works closely with Dignity Health legal counsel, serving as the primary point of contact for escalation of contract matters to counsel as needed and promotes terms and conditions to mitigate risk and support obligation management. This position implements and oversees research policies, procedures, and templates for the institution upon approval from Dignity Health Legal Department.


This position requires innovation and creative problem solving as well as effective verbal and written communication and a high level of innovative and interpersonal skills to interact with Sponsors, Investigators, colleagues, facility administrators and patient financial services. Using extensive knowledge of billing rules and regulations as well as federal, state and local laws related to research, this position serves as an expert in project feasibility reviews and risk mitigation working synergistically with Dignity Health Legal Department.


This position is responsible for the management of all research contract and budget negotiations with an understanding of institutional risk tolerance and research financial policies to engage leadership in business decisions key to the approval of research projects and management of the research portfolio.




One year of experience with clinical trials/clinical research contracts. Knowledge of regulations applicable to research. Must be able to work with minimal supervision and prioritize multiple projects.  


Paralegal certificate with 5 years of experience in research contracting, OR Bachelor’s degree with 3 years of job-related healthcare contracting experience required.


Strong ability to build collegial relationships. Superior knowledge of GLP, ICH, DHHS, OIG and FDA regulations. Self-directed, with the ability to develop project plans from conceptualization to implementation in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Refined professional writing and communication skills. Ability to work effectively with internal administration, internal departments, and investigators as well as professional finesse to build relationships with sponsors and funding agencies to manage post-award contract obligations.



Three years of practical experience in clinical trials/clinical research contracts and research budget/billing operations within a large academic health system. Candidates with knowledge and/or experience with government assistance and acquisition contracting are preferred



Bachelor’s degree, Post-graduate degree, paralegal certificate or JD from an accredited law school with prior experience in research and/or healthcare administration.


Current CITI training certificate. 


Proven attention to detail with strong analytical, critical thinking, problem solving, time management and customer service skills. Excellent computer skills and the ability to utilize automated systems. Strong interpersonal skills to effectively navigate a matrix organizational structure and effectively contribute to cross-functional teams regardless of reporting structures.



Research Society certification or ability to obtain within 24 months of employment.






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