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Cedars-Sinai Sr. Research Project Advisor - Smidt Heart Institute / Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center (BSWHC) - Bairey-Merz Lab in Los Angeles, California

The Barbra

Streisand Women's Heart Center (BSWHC) at the Smidt Heart Institute is playing

a leading role in identifying female-pattern heart disease, developing new

diagnostic tools and advancing specialized care for women. The BSWHC is

currently seeking a Senior Research Project Advisor.

As a Senior

Research Project Advisor, you will work independently and with the Principal

Investigator or Department Head as an expert in the area of research

specialization to develop and implement research programs. In this exciting role, you will participate in the research and academic activities of the center, strategic

planning, philanthropic development to support research efforts, senior

administrative leadership recruitment, and have joint final oversight of

proposals and projects with the director.

Attend national meetings and conferences, identifies potential

collaborators and research sponsors, and maintains relationships with

colleagues and National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies. Ensures compliance with all federal and local

agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and local

Institutional Review Board.

You will also serve as

resource for scientific initiatives and major research projects and identifies

funding opportunities. Other functions of the role will include:

  • Communicatesthe feasibility of study involvement and or participation with the PI.

  • Independentlyand as part of a team, develops and implements research programs, includingproject planning.

  • Participates inthe research and academic activities of the center.

  • Prepares grantproposals including scientific writing and authors manuscripts for publicationand books for publication; prepares presentations for both expert and layaudiences.

  • Works closelywith principal investigator, is an expert in the area of researchspecialization.

  • Represents theinterests of the department in inter-and intra-institutional research projects;provides expertise for research collaborations.

  • Maintainsexcellent relationships with colleagues, locally, nationally, andinternationally; has an excellent, productive relationship with NationalInstitutes of Health and other funding agencies.

  • Superiorcommunication skills for interactions with faculty, administrators, andemployees.

  • Attendsnational meetings and conferences and identify potential collaborators andresearch sponsors.

  • Participates inthe research and academic activities of the department and strategic planning.

  • Participates inphilanthropic development of the department to support research efforts.

  • Has joint finaloversight of proposals with Director.

  • Participates infaculty and/or senior administrative leadership recruitment.

  • May function asbridge between laboratory, translational, and clinical research programs.

  • May beresponsible for research process improvement, quality assurance, and problemsolving for the department.

  • May developcurriculum and oversee coordination of small and large scientific symposia.

  • Ensurescompliance with all federal and local agencies including the Food and DrugAdministration (FDA) and local Institutional Review Board.

  • Maintainsresearch practices using Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines.

  • Maintainsstrict patient confidentiality according to HIPAA regulations and applicablelaw.

  • Assumesoversight and/or direct responsibility of management and supervision ofclinical and administrative research teams.

  • Overseesfinancial appropriateness and management of grant funds, contract fundingawards, and endowment.

  • Ensuresintegrity and compliance of all research and programmatic activities.

  • Supervises,plans, and coordinates strategies to maintain and improve existing standardoperating procedures related to regulatory affairs.

  • Specificallyoversees all regulatory procedures and activities including but not limited toIRB, CT.gov, and institutional compliance reporting.

  • May identifyquality and performance improvement opportunities and collaborate with staff inthe development of action plans to improve quality.

  • Acts asdepartmental liaison with other department for questions regardingCapital/Research projects; coordinates this work with department administrativestaff to ensure they are aware and compliant with any changing policies andguidelines.

  • Involved incenter specific programmatic activities such as internal compliance audits andpreparation of clinical research policies and standard operation procedures.

  • Cumulativelyprovides administrative leadership and oversight to over 20 plus clinicalresearch and administrative staff.

  • With theDirector or PIs, coordinates all aspects of maintaining existing and buildingnew research programs, including the development of organizational, personnel,and physical equipment and/or space related infrastructure for new researchprograms.

  • Providesorganizational structure and management support for career development and educationalprograms.

  • Independentlyand as part of a team, develops, and implements grant-funded research programs,according to grant specific policies and procedures, including project planningand coordination with multiple collaborating groups across multiple externalinstitutions and external sponsor agencies (e.g. NIH).

  • Supervisesadmin and clinical research team members and leaders; engages in team building,administers performance evaluations, and develops performance improvementstrategies.

  • Providessupervision or direct management for planning, logistics, and implementationwith respect to specific individual projects as needed.

  • Participates inoverarching strategic planning for the research and academic activities of thecenter, including research priorities, philanthropic development to supportresearch efforts. Represents the interests of the center in inter- andintra-institutional research projects.

  • Coordinatesrequired components of employee recruitment and employment life cycle includingoverseeing job and status changes, assisting with international employeeprocessing, department requirements for visa renewals and departmentorientation.

  • May facilitatethe faculty contracting process in coordination with Academic HR.

  • Serves asliaison for the PI with supervisors and HR Business Partner.

  • Supervisesprogrammatic activities related to event coordination, space planning, projectmanagement, strategic planning and providing other specialized support to theDirector and PIs.

  • Provides oversightof and ensures accurate and efficient pre- and post- grant processing andrelated grant activities.

  • Serves as afiscal support resource for scientific initiatives and major research projectsand assists with identifying new potential funding opportunities.

  • May workdirectly with director and PIs to develop concepts for new federal grantproposals.

  • Providesassistance with preparation of planned grant proposals and progress reports,including drafting of ancillary documents; provides assistance with preparationof research project related presentations for both expert and lay audiences.

  • Coordinates activitieswith Office of Research Administration. Manages spending on grants so that allexpenditures are appropriate and allowable within a given grant budget and byyear end.

  • Develops andadministers budgets and reconciles expenses for all programmatic activities.Tracks and monitors budget activities, analyzes variances, maintains up-to-datebudget projections, and performs periodic internal audits.

  • Responsible fortracking and reporting Capital/Research project progress and productivity.Prepares complex or high-level regular and ad-hoc financial reports in additionto prospective budget projections. Ensures accuracy and timeliness of thesereports.



  • Master’s degreein a relevant field



  • ACRP/SoCRA (orequivalent) certification preferred


  • At least five(5) and preferably ten (10) years’ experience in a directly related field

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