Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Department: MED-Cancer Center Salary/Grade: EXS/7
Under the direction of the Clinical Trials Office (CTO), this position will be primarily responsible for the enhancement and implementation of a recruitment strategy for the Robert H. Lurie Clinical Cancer Center, with the primary goal of increasing minority enrollment to clinical trials. Manages activities associated with the creation and implementation of participant recruitment strategies designed to enhance enrollment in biomedical &/or social-behavioral research studies considered very complex by the inclusion of several of the following: multiple investigators, teams, sites, sub-contracts, participants, longitudinal assessments/ interventions; &/or multi-million dollar budgets. Ensures completion of contract requirements & client specifications. Creates, implements, monitors & updates recruitment project plans. Facilitates meetings with appropriate parties. Tracks tasks/deliverables to ensure timelines, milestones &/or goals are attained. Monitors & reports progress as appropriate. Resolves &/or escalates issues in a timely manner. Ensures that all recruitment study activities are completed by strictly following Good Clinical Practices (GCP) & all current local, state, & federal laws, regulations, guidance, policy & procedure developed by the NU Institutional Review Board (IRB), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), & the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH).
Maintain and enhance a recruitment strategy that focuses particularly on minority and underrepresented patients in particular racial, ethnic, and gender groups historically excluded from participation, who face issues related to health equity. The CRRC will be responsible for carrying out this plan effectively and consistently. It is expected that this will involve pre-screening of patient charts to assess for study eligibility. The CRRC will work closely with the clinical teams during this time to ensure that patients are considered for clinical trials for which they are eligible. The CRRC will continue to be a main contact for patients and clinical teams about clinical trials during the clinical trial screening process.
Acting as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in regard to recruitment/enrollment for clinical studies; determines, interprets and applies rules and regulations (NU, local, state, federal, industry, sponsor, etc.) and recommends and guides principal investigators (PIs) and research staff in the creation, submission, documenting, reporting, etc. of study recruitment and enrollment activities ensuring appropriate compliance.
Focuses recruitment/enrollment activities particularly on community partnerships - minority and underrepresented participants in racial, ethnic, and gender groups historically excluded from participation, who face issues related to health equality, as appropriate.
Creates and maintains assessment tools, metrics, key performance indicators (KPI), etc.; analyzes data; recommends changes and adaptation in strategy, protocol, etc. that will maximize recruitment success, relevance to research, and customer satisfaction.
Develop tracking tools for race/ethnicity/Sexual Orientation and Gender Minorities (emphasis on catchment area populations – BIPOC, Latinx, LGBTQ+, Rural residents, etc.) Provide input to investigators regularly to enhance minority and catchment area participation.
The CRRC will work directly with the Office of Equity and Minority Health regarding community outreach engagement initiatives related to clinical research including the development and/or review of community based education programs, print and web materials, and training competencies regarding clinical research, recruitment, participation, and retention.
Acts as a mentor in regard to education of junior staff.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 5 years' research study or other relevant experience required; OR
Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 3 years' research study or other relevant experience.
Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Excellent public speaking and presentation skills
Strong interpersonal skills.
Able to work and make decisions independently.
Excellent written and oral communications skills.
Ability to work in a professional manner as both a self-starter and a team member.
Computer expertise, including being literate in Microsoft Office, Internet, and database use.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
Minimum 3 years experience in clinical research activities including 2 years experience as a research coordinator. Applicant must have a working knowledge of the clinical research principles and methods of data entry, collection, and analysis.
A firm understanding of clinical research regulations and the protection of human subjects.
Previous experience in recruitment efforts will be highly beneficial.
Experience working with diverse populations
Fluency in Spanish
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
The ideal candidate will have an outgoing personality and will be able to engage with and motivate people of all backgrounds
Understanding of issues related to health disparity/equality is preferred.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 40538
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.