Director of Research Operations, Public Health Institute

The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally and internationally. PHI was distinguished as one of the top 50 “Best Non-profit Organizations to Work For” by the Non-Profit Times in a national search.

PHI is seeking a Director of Research Operations for the Children’s Oncology Group. This position is located in Monrovia, CA.

The Director of Research Operations will collaborate with Principal Investigators, Project Directors, and the COG Chief Operating Officer to direct the operations associated with complex grants and projects that are in supplement or in addition to the COG National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) Operations Grant. This person’s efforts will be focused on, but not limited to, the projects described below. The Director will serve as the primary administrator and grant manager for COG’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) research base grant, will lead the operations for cancer care delivery research efforts and will provide indirect management to clinical trial team staff coordinating NCORP-funded clinical trials, with a focus on ensuring team(s) are aware of the unique considerations associated with these trials. . S/he will also provide oversight and direction to the QuadW-funded Childhood Sarcoma Biostatistics and Annotation Office (CSBAO), the COG Tissue Bank Request Program, Database Research Request Program and efforts associated with COG’s compliance with mandates. S/he will ensure that the goals and objectives are accomplished within the period of performance and funding parameters and in compliance with current NIH grant policies or other relevant funding agencies’ policies. S/he will direct the workflow of COG staff involved in grants and projects and oversee time and effort allocation and financial management of grants and projects under his/her purview. Related to these efforts, s/he will also serve as the primary contact between COG Operations and the COG Biopathology Center and COG’s Translational Science Centers.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a primary project contact with PIs and/or Project Directors for the grants and projects under his/her purview.
  • Develop grant submission proposals and meet all grant or project submission reporting deadlines, including progress reports.
  • Responsible for approving all grant or project-related expenses under his/her oversight.
  • Participate in COG Leadership Meetings.
  • Effectively communicate to Group Leadership the current status of grants and projects.
  • Resolve and/or escalate issues in a timely fashion.
  • Coordinate the activities among project staff and other functional groups including: Statistics and Data Center, Study Development Office, Regulatory Compliance and Biopathology Center.
  • Supervise Project Manager(s) Coordinator(s) and Clinical Data Analyst(s). Manage their performance, develop employee performance expectations, and provide training as needed.
  • Advise COG Leadership and other COG directors and managers about changes to relevant federal policies or within relevant funding agencies/foundations that would impact project objectives or deliverables.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to staff in other departments engaged in projects and activities under his/her purview.
  • Create and execute project work plans and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.
  • Work closely with the COG Biopathology Center to improve processes that ensure that specimen requests are processed efficiently, tracked effectively and readily linked to other COG databases, like the COG publications database and the protocol tracking system.
  • Ensure project documents are complete, current, and stored appropriately.
  • Suggest areas for improvement on all Operations Center internal processes along with possible solutions that he/she will oversee and implement.
  • Create standard policies and operating procedures for internal project coordination activities.
  • Represent COG on working groups, in meetings and teleconferences within the National Cancer Institute.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Bachelor’s degree in science, nursing or related field (Master’s preferred)
  • At least 3 years related management experience.
  • 5-10 years clinical research-related experience.
  • Experience working in and strong understanding of clinical trial operations.
  • Proven experience in managing multiple projects within a network environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and manage clinical operations staff.
  • Must be competent in all components of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, a service orientation and outstanding interpersonal skills are essential.


This is an exempt position and the salary is commensurate with experience. PHI offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short/long term disability insurance, life insurance, 403b (group retirement annuity) and partial subsidy of public transportation cost. For more information about PHI’s benefits, visit our benefits page at

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