Director, Clinical Trials

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
School Of Medicine
SOM: Peds: Peds Rsch Ctrs
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Job Category
Research & Research Administration
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
Campus Location (For Posting) : Location

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The Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) in the Department of Pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine provides leadership for clinical and translational research for investigators within The Pediatric Institute, Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The Director, Clinical Trials reports to the Co-Directors of the CCTR and may supervise two or more team members. The Director will focus on creating and maintaining high quality strategies to facilitate and expand impactful pediatric clinical research. While the position is based within the Dept of Pediatrics at Emory University, the Director will interface closely with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Research Administration as well as the Emory Office of Sponsored Programs, the IRB, the Office of Clinical Research and the Office of Technology Transfer.



  • Manages multiple clinical trials at multiple locations.
  • Typically supervises a clinical trials staff of more than five.
  • Develops and implements strategies for business development.
  • Collaborates with administration to develop and implement strategic plans for clinical trials in specific clinical areas.
  • Tracks and manages finances for multiple trials at various locations; tracks expenses on Emory financial reports.
  • Directly implements Standard Operating Procedures. Facilitates contracts, budgeting, and routing for bench research laboratories, industry trials, and NIH.
  • Responsible for quality assurance, record retention, and documentation flow.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • Develop recommendations to enhance clinical research activities.
  • Develop and implement process improvement strategies for clinical research activities including areas related to contracting, grant submission, study initiation, investigator education, coordinator credentialing, education and mentorship, communication of research findings, and research unit activities.
  • Facilitate contracts, budgeting, and routing for industry, foundation and NIH trials and studies.
  • Enhance pediatric clinical research training and communication.
  • Write and implement Standard Operating Procedures related to CCTR activities.
  • Oversee the collection of performance metrics and other data on CCTR and Georgia Clinical Translational Science Alliance activities.
  • Generate reports and dashboards to illustrate CCTR performance.
  • Oversee management of Emory Children’s Center Research Unit (ECC-RU).
  • Track and manage finances for the CCTR and ECC-RU.
  • Represent CCTR in committees and workgroups related to clinical research.
  • Oversee quality assurance, record retention, and documentation flow for activities related to the work of CCTR as described above .


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field and eight years of experience in clinical trials, which includes four years in the clinical area.
  • Candidates with a relevant master's degree and six years of experience in clinical trials, three of which are in the clinical area, are also considered qualified.


  • Experience in a leadership role within clinical research.
  • Experience in research contracting, subcontracting and inter-institutional project management.
  • Experience with process improvement methodologies.
  • Proven track record in developing strategies to solve system-level barriers.
  • Strong interpersonal and qualitative problem-solving skills with attention to detail, the ability to work with ambiguity and navigate a complex work environment.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively to achieve goals, with a commitment to delivering exceptional service.
  • Flexibility to accommodate changing priorities and deadlines.

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to an Emory University location in the future.  Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.

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