Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) Associate Director

$85,000 - $90,000 yearly
  • University of North Dakota SMHS - Graduate Medical Education
  • Grand Forks, ND, USA
  • Nov 03, 2022
Full time Education Nurse Research

Job Description

PBRN Associate Director

Posted Date 10/27/2022
Closing Date
Department Research Affairs
Location Grand Forks
Employment Type Full-Time


Practice-Based research Network (PBRN) Associate Director position Purpose:

  1. Conduct human subjects research in the Grand Forks clinical research unit and across the North and South Dakota-wide research network. This will involve a combination of patient recruitment, direct patient care, monitoring patient entry into research protocols across the network, monitoring site and investigator compliance with relevant regulations and protocols.
  2. Manage the development and implementation of research protocols across the clinical research network and the practice-based research network, including helping to design multi-institutional research protocols, writing applications to both the UND IRB and tribal IRBs as required, preparing applications for and negotiating with the FDA and other relevant federal government authorities, negotiating affiliation agreements with institutions participating in the network and managing the budget for both the overall network and each individual study. This individual will also be responsible for developing local and network-wide policies and procedures that will include adverse event reporting, patient safety, and data safety and sharing protocols.
  3. Train investigators and research support staff for the above. Supervise research support staff as required.

The primary purpose of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences is to educate physicians and other health professionals and to enhance the quality of life in North Dakota. The primary purpose of the PBRN is to conduct and fund multi-institutional human studies that will benefit the people of North Dakota.

The main functions and mission of our research network fall into three categories:

  1. Improve patient care by facilitating research and coordinating research in a planned clinical research unit
  2. Managing the network of research protocols across the AICORN and its network of clinical research units, including helping to design multi-institutional research protocols, helping to write protocols for the IRB and FDA, negotiating affiliation agreements and managing budgets for such studies, monitoring patient entry into such protocols, monitoring compliance
  3. Training of investigators and research support staff.

Position Benefits

Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium), life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, annual & sick leave in addition to 10 paid holidays.

Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Conduct human subjects research in the Grand Forks clinical research unit and across the North and South Dakota-wide research network
    • Recruit patients into research protocols
    • Interact with stakeholders across the region
    • Conduct patient care for research
    • Develop systems to monitor patient enrollment and data recording
    • Monitor site and investigator compliance
  • Manage the development and implementation of research protocols across the clinical research network and the practice-based research network
    • Develop local and network-wide policies and procedures
    • Help design multi-institutional research protocols
    • Write and prepare applications
    • Manage a budget
    • Assist in statistical analysis and grant and manuscript preparation
  • Train investigators and research support staff. Supervise research support staff.

Required Competencies

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments to consistently provide timely and accurate data and information.
  • Ability to interact in a flexible and positive manner with all contacts within the PBRN
  • Ability to make effective decisions
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Self-motivated with the ability to motivate others with energy and enthusiasm.
  • Openness to learning new skills.
  • Willingness and ability to work.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups.
  • Ability to ensure timely and accurate follow-up.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to establish and maintain excellent working relationships.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master's degree.
  • Active independent RN license.
  • Minimum of 2 years clinical experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years administrative experience.
  • Experience managing large groups of people.
  • Successful criminal history check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree.
  • Experience with community engagement.
  • Experience with clinical research project management.
  • Experience with budget management.
  • Experience with information systems (i.e. REDCap)
  • UND and SMHS administrative, travel, accounting, purchasing, human resource, and affirmative action policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of and experience with PeopleSoft software, forms, and procedures.
  • Experience with Adobe Acrobat and DocuSign.

Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification

$85,000 annual; exempt; benefited; full-time

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm

To Apply

For full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 11:59PM on the closing date.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three or more finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 showing character of service or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.