We are seeking a Research Program Assistant II who will coordinate the day-to-day support of a large clinical research group. Serves as department liaison with outside support groups, i.e., pathology, radiology, central laboratories, and multiple research laboratories both in house and third party. Responsible for establishing effective policies and procedures for obtaining, processing and handling all clinical trial-driven correlative blood and tissue samples.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Responsible for independently coordinating blood and tissue banking protocols to ensure proper collection and handling of samples, i.e., bone marrow, blood, tissue, skin, check swabs, pheresis products, etc.
Identify prospective patients for multiple banking protocols, prepare consent documentation, independently conduct consenting process or ensure consent is obtained on appropriate patients for banking protocols and ensure proper samples are obtained and distributed and catalog patients for future tracking.
Participates in clinical trial start-up meetings, evaluates feasibility of protocol-driven blood and tissue sampling, identifies potential problems and discusses issues with appropriate staff and/or sponsors for prompt resolution. Collaborates with internal and external laboratories processing clinical trial samples to ensure compliance with each individual trial.
Obtains clinical trial-driven blood samples, processes, stores, labels and ships, as appropriate per each individual clinical trial, ensuring quality samples. Independently arranges courier service, as needed for transport of clinical trial blood and tissue samples.
Assists the research nurse and principal investigator in outpatient patient care areas in executing clinical trial-driven activities as directed.
Assists as needed with in-services for clinical support staff (phlebotomists, clinical associates, medical assistants, etc.) for each new clinical trial regarding applicable clinical details.
Schedules urgent/emergent clinical trial-related laboratory tests, visits, procedures and treatment. Resolves any schedule conflicts and ensures timely patient tracking.
Contacts clinical trial patients as appropriate with special instructions prior to upcoming tests/exams.
Intervenes, as necessary, on issues relating to patient complaints, and operational issues, and takes measures to correct situation or ensures appropriate personnel are involved.
Ensures adequate supplies are maintained, i.e., shipping, laboratory, office, specimen handling, etc. Orders clinical-trial specific shipping materials, medical supplies. Independently arranges routine and emergent equipment maintenance and repair.
Represents department on support staff-related administrative issues and assists in the development of support-related policies and procedures.
Audits to ensure specimen quality assurance is consistently maintained throughout clinical trial.
Maintains current support documentation on all clinical care provided to increase clinical trial compliance.
Uses universal safety precautions to protect self and co-workers from bio-hazardous materials, including blood-borne pathogens.
On a regular and continuous basis, exercises administrative judgment and assumes responsibility for decisions, consequences and results having an impact on staff and patients, as well as the quality of service within the department.
Occasionally, assumes the direction of staff and/or function.
Disseminates non-routine information using tact and persuasion as appropriate, requiring above average oral and written communications skills.
High School Diploma or graduation equivalent.
Two years related experience.
Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Classified Title: Research Program Assistant II Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CC Starting Salary Range: Min $15.50 - Max $26.00 HRLY ($43,160 targeted; Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 830a-500p Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: Hybrid/School of Medicine Campus Department name: SOM Onc Hematologic Malignancies Personnel area: School of Medicine Personnel area: School of Medicine
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