Overview: Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR) center is a collaborative institution within the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. The Knight Cancer Institute, known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. At CEDAR our mission 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. We are composed of biologists, chemists, biomedical engineers, computationalists, and clinicians conducting 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.
Position Summary: As Program Director, CEDAR Clinical Research & Community Engagement you are responsible for building a team and developing and executing a strategy for early detection clinical trials and for working as a liaison between our programs and the community, to ensure that as clinical trials are initiated, we have the ability to serve all of Oregon with those trials.
In this positon you will work closely with the Knight Cancer Institute Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) program which aims to identify and address cancer health disparities among minority and/or underserved populations, including rural, through relevant research, community outreach, engagement and education, and through programs and partnerships. The COE program has developed stakeholder groups for many underserved populations in Oregon as well as developed a network of community research liaisons to interact with the broader Oregon community.
With an eye toward ensuring diversity and inclusion in CEDAR trials, you will provide administrative oversight of all clinical research operations within the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute clinical research early detection program. Your responsibilities include supporting the CEDAR Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and investigators in scientific program development, program development for clinical research operations and for community engagement and research participant diversity, personnel management for program employees, management of finances associated with clinical research accounts and overall organization budget, and early detection group program development in collaboration with early detection site leaders and investigators. In support of these activities, you are involved in continual process improvement to further the efficiency and effectiveness of the program and assessment of feasibility and implementation of new projects.
As Program Director, you are responsible for creating a caring and compassionate patient focused experience and serves as a liaison between investigators and stakeholders within and outside the institution.
You will play a critical role in engaging with communities and leaders within Portland and across to the state to address locally-identified health needs and initiatives in the region with support from the Community Research Hub. In particular, the COE group is working to develop and strengthen stakeholder groups and community engagement from multiple historically underserved populations. As Program Director you we expect you to take a leadership role in establishing connections with the Oregon Hispanic/Latinx community and working collaboratively with COE to develop a stakeholder group to foster engagement between the stakeholder group and the Knight Cancer Institute. In addition, you will utilize the network of liaisons and stakeholder groups previously established by the COE program to engage with other communities across Oregon.
Our Commitment to Diversity: CEDAR is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. We at CEDAR are dedicated to promoting inclusion and multiculturalism by having outstanding researchers of diverse backgrounds work together on multiple projects. We encourage high-risk, high-reward research projects because defeating cancer requires out-of-the-box thinking and new perspectives. Our research is milestone driven to ensure that each project is fulfilling its stated goals.
Every Knight Cancer employee is expected to embody our guiding principles:
Early Detection Clinical Trial Program Development and Management. The individual in this position will work to ensure that underrepresented minorities and individuals residing in rural locations are adequately represented in all activities described below.
Fiscal Management: Responsible for overall oversight of program clinical research finances
Assist with grant and publication preparation:
Willingness to assume responsibility for tasks that may be outside of the formal job description in order to get the job done. Remains flexible, adapting to the needs of the program or the Director on a daily basis.
Contributes to positive work environment and provides leadership in encouraging such an environment by personal example; maintains the highest ethical standards according to OHSU Policy, including the Code of Conduct; maintains strict confidentiality of all sensitive, confidential, and/or proprietary documents and information.
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