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#119100 Clinical Research and Program Operations Manager

Extended Deadline: Fri 12/23/2022

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 9/29/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/10/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

The person hired into this position may have the ability to work in a hybrid/remote schedule but will be expected to travel to in-person meetings.


The Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) was formed in 1991 as a cooperative agreement between the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the University of California, San Diego. The ADCS is a multi-center clinical trials consortium that provides an operational framework for large scale Alzheimer's disease research projects. The ADCS consists of 7 cores, 22 committees, 39 research sites that are members of the consortium/Steering Committee, and an additional 40 or more research sites located across the U.S. and Canada that participate in one or more trials coordinated by the ADCS. Annual funding for the ADCS ranges from $15-$25M. The ADCS provides expertise in developing Alzheimer's disease related protocols and is the coordinating center for multiple clinical trials of varying sizes and complexity under subcontracts funded by NIH and clinical trial agreements with industry partners.

The ADCS is developing a new initiative through the Epstein Family Alzheimer's Research Collaboration to increase the research efforts in phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials directed towards Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The goal of this initiative is to drive Alzheimer's research and accelerate the search for treatments and a cure, by supporting cutting-edge programs directed at new and ambitious directions to prevent Alzheimer's disease. These novel and innovative programs will leverage the infrastructure of the ADCS and will involve interactions with faculty across UCSD and from different institutions to collaborate on the development and implementation of a new projects.

The incumbent will have several roles in the development, and later implementation of the program. The incumbent will work with ADCS Co-Directors and Project Directors in communicating with affiliated faculty and operational support team members. The incumbent will also lead the administration of the overall program, and will be responsible for oversight of technology (websites, wearables, apps etc.), developing new approaches, and providing input into the strategic directions of the program. The Clinical Research and Program Operations Manager will develop and implement the initial research program including regulatory aspects. This position involves collaboration with principle investigators, faculty, staff, and the ADCS's network of clinical trials sites.

With a mix of responsibilities across the development of this clinical research project, this position requires a highly organized, knowledgeable individual, with experience working in brain health clinical trials in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. While the program is new, it is well funded. We expect quick expansion, which will allow the incumbent in this role, in collaboration with ADCS and UCSD central HR, to hire and supervise staff as appropriate to meet the needs of the program.

Applies extensive knowledge of clinical research protocols and processes to design research projects of large scope and high degrees of complexity.


  • 9 years of related experience/training or a Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training plus five (5) or more years of relevant experience.

  • Advanced knowledge of clinical research practices and philosophy, and ability to apply knowledge and skills to recommend improvements in methodology. Advanced knowledge of regulatory requirements.

  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills including experience with providing work direction, delegating tasks, employee selection, incentive awards, discipline, training, and evaluation. Ability to improve staff work relationship, enhance team communication, and ensure collaborative achievement in a work unit.

  • Advanced ability to effectively lead one or more projects with competing to meet the demands of a fast-paced and dynamic work environment. Adaptable to quickly changing priorities.

  • In depth critical thinking skills to evaluate issues and identify a potential solution. Creatively addresses complex or new problems.

  • Advanced communication skills; including verbal and written, active listening, critical thinking, persuasiveness, advising and counseling skills. Clear and concise communicator.

  • Advanced interpersonal skills, including but not limited to: problem-solving, teamwork development, leadership with other team members. Works well with others to achieve common goals.

  • Proven ability to perform all commonly applicable functions in word processing and spreadsheet software. Advanced knowledge of clinical information and documentation application programs. Proven ability utilizing clinical trial management systems.

  • In depth ability to work collaboratively with other cross-functional teams. In depth ability to interface, collaborate and influence / persuade other members of an extended study team.

  • Ability to work with staff to aid with recruitment goals, both in use of current software and serving as a liaison with subjects as necessary


  • PhD preferred

  • Experience working with underserved populations and in successfully implementing community outreach and education programs preferred.


  • Must be willing to work outside of normal business hours, including weekends, as needed to meet timelines and deadlines.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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