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Project Director

Project Director

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Founded in 1955, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein) is one of the nation’s premier institutions for medical education, basic research and clinical investigation. A full-time faculty of some 2,000 conducts research, teaches, and delivers health care in every major biomedical specialty. The college has some 730 medical students, 193 Ph.D. students, 106 MD/Ph.D. students and 275 postdoctoral fellows.


Einstein’s major strength, in addition to training physicians and scientists, is its science. During fiscal year 2015, the faculty’s consistently high level of scientific achievement resulted in the awarding of more than $150 million in peer-reviewed grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Einstein is part of Montefiore Medicine Academic Health System, an integrated academic delivery system comprising seven campuses, including 8 hospitals, a multi-county ambulatory network, a new state-of-the art “hospital without beds”, a skilled nursing facility, school of nursing, home health agency, and the state’s first freestanding emergency department. As the University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore is a premier academic health system, employing Einstein’s clinical faculty and training Einstein’s medical students, over 1,300 residents, 420 allied health students, and 1,600 nursing students annually.


The Albert Einstein College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Einstein seeks candidates whose skills, and personal and professional experience, have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence, and the communities we serve.



The research project director will be responsible for the implementation of a research and program portfolio funded by the NIH and other federal, state and private funders at the Division of General Internal Medicine. Skills include: IRB communication; research staff management; implementation of research protocols including communication with regulatory bodies, participant recruitment, supervising data collection and data integrity, collaborating with co-investigators, and dissemination of research findings; and documentation and management of grant budgets and deliverables.


Projects will include: 1) a five year, NIH-funded randomized controlled clinical trial of two smoking cessation interventions: long-term medication treatment, and directly observed therapy. Research visits will include computerized research interviews, blood and urine collection, and adherence counts. The project will occur in three clinical sites in the Bronx and will follow 450 participants over a 12-month period. 2) a NIDA CTN-funded trial to evaluate whether the PROUD intervention—implementation of the Massachusetts (MA) Model of collaborative care for management of opioid use disorders (OUDs) in primary care—increases OUD treatment with buprenorphine or naltrexone, compared to usual primary care. The Project Director may also be involved in additional federal, state, and foundation-funded and pilot projects. 



List of responsibilities:

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the research projects with investigators, data managers, study coordinators and clinical staff
  • Hire, train and supervise study coordinators, data manager, study nurse and volunteer staff
  • Work with the Principal Investigators (PI) to update study protocols, protocol amendments, research study measures, and study databases as needed
  • Create regular reports for the IRB, sponsors, and the safety monitoring board
  • Coordinate meetings with study partners, and represent the studies at site meetings
  • Work with PIs to develop recruitment strategies and manage tracking database; prepare regular reports for the PI about recruitment and tracking
  • Securely manage and maintain study data
  • Oversee adherence to research protocols, including conducting the study informed consent process, maintaining participant confidentiality, and collecting data
  • Manage and analyze data; perform regular audits to ensure that collected data are complete and accurate, and that research protocols are being followed
  • Conduct medical chart reviews
  • Supervise, coordinate and conduct research visits, data and specimen collection, data entry and data management
  • Lead weekly study meetings
  • Assist in drafting reports, preparing conference abstracts, and presentations related to the project; assist with preparation of grant proposals
  • Oversee expenditures for all aspects of research including purchasing, laboratory, consultants, and payment to subjects, and generate annual financial reports
  • Travel to multiple clinical and research sites in the Bronx to conduct and oversee study-related activities
  • Attend and participate in national meetings of funders and CME
  • Troubleshoot study-related problems
  • Other related duties as assigned





Experience and Educational Background:


  • Master's Degree and minimum of 5 years experience collecting data for research (e.g., recruiting participants, conducting interviews, collecting biologic specimens) required.
  • Experience working with similar populations preferred.

Skills and Competency

  • As part of a team, must be able to manage multiple tasks and priorities, work independently with minimal supervision, and adhere to study protocol.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Word, ACCESS, Excel, and SAS or STATA.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills required.
  • Must be detail oriented.
  • Able to write scientific documents


Scope of Responsibility

  • Project Director will work with Dr. Julia Arnsten and Dr. Shadi Nahvi, study PIs
  • Project Director will supervise study coordinators, research nurse, data manager and volunteer staff
  • Project Director will interact regularly with clinic staff
  • Coordinate study-related activities between investigators, data managers, consultants, and multiple research sites