Oregon Health & Science University

Senior Clinical Research Manager

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Unclassified Administrative
CEDAR - Knight Cancer Institute
Salary Range
Range minimum: $84,891/year. Starting salary will be determined based on education, experience, and internal equity at the time of offer
Monday through Friday
8:30am to 5:00pm plus occasional nights and weekends
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR) center at the Knight Cancer Institute is composed of biologists, chemists, biomedical engineers, computationalists, and clinicians working on cutting-edge, transdisciplinary research centered on one idea—early cancer detection. Our mission at CEDAR is to detect and stop lethal cancers at the earliest stage because early detection saves lives. This is an ambitious goal, one that requires novelty, creativity, and innovation. At CEDAR, we are changing how cancer research is done. We conduct groundbreaking translational cancer research to help people maintain a high quality of life and reduce cancer mortality, to create a global early detection community, and to have a positive impact on the Oregon economy.


Every Knight Cancer employee is expected to embody our guiding principles:

  • We act BOLDLY—Breakthroughs require pushing the boundaries of science, exploring new frontiers, and thinking differently
  • We SUPPORT each other—Respect leads to trust, which leads to excellence
  • We work as a CONNECTED team — We must leverage our collective brain power to conquer cancer because no one individual can do it alone

Function/Duties of Position

As the Senior Clinical Research Manager for CEDAR you will work closely with the Knight Clinical Research Management (CRM) group, the CEDAR CMO, and CEDAR leadership to support the conduct of translational clinical research by improving the lives of people and families with cancer.  In this role you will support the application of innovative strategies for cancer prevention, screening diagnosis and treatment, and ensure proactive, high quality and efficient study management in compliance with federal regulations and local policies and procedures. Your responsibilities include overseeing the CEDAR clinical research team in the overall conduct of clinical trials using Good Clinical Practice and for tracking and complying with clinical trial performance benchmarks, patient safety, staff development and training, and financial goals.


You are responsible for oversight of all activities within the CEDAR Clinical Trials Program and CEDAR Biorepository.  Your responsibilities include the overall accountability for the early detection clinical trial program and CEDAR biorepository as well as personnel management of the clinical trial manager and repository managers.  In support of these activities, you are involved in continual process improvement to further the efficiency and effectiveness of the program.

Strategically, you are responsible for the development of an Early Detection disease site group in collaboration with Knight CRM, other disease site leaders and investigators, and regular integration with the organization. Intentional growth management of the program in alignment with key stakeholders will be important. You are responsible for creating a caring and compassionate patient-focused experience and serves as a liaison between investigators and industry partners as well as other stakeholders within the institution.


As Senior Clinical Research Manager you will have demonstrated successful leadership and management of clinical research programs, comfort with and capability making decisions of impact, acting as a mentor for junior managers and staff, and leading process improvement efforts within the department and program.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in science or health related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of clinical research experience including at least 3 years of oncology clinical trial research experience
  • Minimum of 3 years of program management experience
  • Deep knowledge and experience with FDA, ICH GCP and other regulatory guidelines that govern clinical research
  • Strong understanding of clinical research requirements with regard to staffing, systems and processes
  • Strong ability to set appropriate priorities, manage time, and drive to completion tasks from multiple stakeholders
  • Track record of innovation and strategic planning
  • Ability to determine metrics for program success, optimize operations against metrics, and report on outcomes
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while being collaborative in resolving problems
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to express and document ideas clearly and concisely in written communications; able to champion personal perspective while maintaining the ability to listen, comprehend, and adjust, when required, to other points of view
  • Demonstrated ability to ensure and deliver a customer service orientation that translates into timely and reliable support to staff, investigators, sponsor partners and other customers
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree
  • Working knowledge of Access, EPIC and Oracle
  • Clinical research certification (SoCRA, ACRP)

Additional Details

Apply online. Please be sure to upload a Cover Letter and Resume/CV.

Effective Oct. 18, 2021, all OHSU employees were required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they had an approved medical or religious exception. If you are hired by OHSU, you will need to provide proof of vaccination (or approved exception) within 10 days of starting work.

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All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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