Assistant Director of Clinical Research Administration – UF Health Cancer Center – Gainesville, FL

Assistant Director of Clinical Research Administration – UF Health Cancer Center

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL


Classification Title:

AST DIR, Clinical Research

Job Description:

As part of the Cancer Center’s Clinical Research Office, you will be responsible for leading the Clinical Research Administration Division which is responsible for oversight and management of protocol activation, amendments, contracting, and research administration activities across the Center’s clinical trials portfolio.

In your new role you will be responsible for the following:

  • Oversight of the Division including management of personnel, financial, and operational resources as well as liaising with institutional and external partners on behalf of the CRO and the Center.
  • Development and implementation of the strategic direction of the CRA division including process improvements, resolution of barriers to research projects within the area of responsibility, metrics management, and other related activities.
  • Pre-award activity management for clinical research projects undertaken at the UFHCC including site evaluation, budget development/negotiation, contracts review, and proposal/trial management in OnCore and UFIRST.
  • Post-award activity oversight for clinical research projects undertaken at the UFHCC including management of progress reporting, post-award modifications, no-cost-extensions, protocol amendments, as well as account and budget reconciliations.

This is a senior leadership position ideal for candidates with established careers in research administration specializing in clinical trials awards management. Ideal candidates with have an engaged, forward-thinking management style with a desire and skillset to grow the CRO research portfolio and refine divisional activities.

This position reports to the Director of Clinical Research. A complete job description will be provided to candidates selected for interview. 

Expected Salary:

$95,000 – $110,000; Commensurate with Education and Experience.

Minimum Requirements:

Master’s degree in appropriate area of specialization and two years of appropriate experience; or a bachelor’s degree in appropriate areas of specialization and four years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • A Master’s in Business Administration, Healthcare Administration or equivalent.
  • 10+ years of research experience including experience with pre- and post-award management with prior experience as a supervisor or team lead and/or completion of leadership/management training.
  • Expert knowledge and understanding of oncological and clinical research concepts and terminology including expertise in NCTN/ECTCN Cooperative group trials.
  • Experience with clinical trials budget, contract negotiations, and Medicare Coverage Analysis determinations.
  • Extensive working knowledge and understanding of the university research environment in an academic medical setting including clinical trials management and financial accounting.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge and understanding of FDA regulations, CFR statutes, and ICH-GCP guidelines as well as federal research management guidelines, including OMB A-81, and FAR practices.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge and understanding of accounting practices and applied GAAP and GAS principles as well as State/Federal and institutional accounting rules and regulations is highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with detailed financial data and to analyze financial information, providing logical conclusions/projections and program evaluation and anticipating costs/obligations.
  • Professional certification in clinical research (CCRP, ACRP-CP, etc.) and/or research administration (CRA, CPRA, CFRA, etc.) and active affiliation with appropriate professional networks and organizations and ongoing community involvement.


  • Exceptional customer service with a professional, trustworthy, approachable demeanor and strong interpersonal skills, as well as the ability and desire to work with a broad range of people and appreciate a culturally diverse organization.
  • Strong desire to learn, seek out, and apply new knowledge, methods, and information.
  • Proven sense of professional ethics and conduct, understanding and effectively using and applying Emotional Intelligence strategies and skills.
  • Forward-thinking mentality with the ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong desire to establish and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders and critical staff, both internally and externally, through a variety of communication mediums and venues.
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be effective independently, maintain appropriate discretion, and utilize effective writing and organizational skills.


  • Ability to develop budgets and negotiate service rate agreements that may include coordinating with multiple departments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with detailed financial data and to analyze financial information, providing logical conclusions/projections and program evaluation and anticipating costs/obligations.
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate program issues and to respond appropriately in a timely manner.
  • Excellent delegation and time management skills and the ability to successfully manage multiple priorities seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical, creative problem solving, and critical thinking skillset.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, especially proof-reading and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated success and experience in project management, as well as the ability to lead focus groups and committees through project completion.
  • Proficiency using the Microsoft Office suite.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information, and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

Applicants must upload a copy of the following documents to be considered for this position:

  • Cover Letter or Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • List of Three Professional References

This is a time limited position.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required:No


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