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Nurse Project Manager (Abramson Cancer Center)

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Dec 7, 2023

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Health Services
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Employment Type
Full Time

Nurse Project Manager (Abramson Cancer Center)

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Nurse Project Manager (Abramson Cancer Center)

Job Profile Title
Clinical Research Nurse D

Job Description Summary
The Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) is a world leader in developing and conducting innovative clinical trials for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. The ACC Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is instrumental in the development and implementation of cancer clinical trials that offer cutting-edge oncology treatments. The ACC CRU is currently comprised of 12 Research Teams that support disease/discipline specific cancer programs within the ACC.

Job Description

The Nurse Project Manager position will report directly to the Research Program Manager of the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC), Clinical Research Unit (CRU) Cell Therapy & Transplant (CTT) Research Team. The successful candidate will serve as the senior clinical research nurse (CRN) for the CTT team and work closely with the Program Manager alongside the physician leader to oversee projects related to the CTT research portfolio. This includes assisting with study feasibility and start-up, training of new staff and study procedures, development of operational workflows, and implementation of quality improvement processes. This is in addition to serving as the assigned CRN on the most complex blood and marrow transplant (BMT) or cellular therapy (IEC) clinical trials.

The Nurse Project Manager will serve in a CRN role for assigned research trials including complex Phase I-IV BMT or IEC clinical trials. This includes study activities needed for activation, coordination of study visits, assessment of adverse events and documentation, placing orders in the EMR, coordination across departments and divisions in support of trial activities, in-service and collaboration with infusion or inpatient staff as appropriate, participation in study- and patient-related discussions in-person or via email or telephone with the sponsor, family, colleagues, support staff or other entity that may occur outside of usual work hours. He/she will act as a point-of-contact for triage, laboratory, clinic, infusion, radiology, advanced practitioners, inpatient, billing and pharmacy and monitors/auditors, database query resolution and/or biospecimen when research coordinator is unavailable or when issues involve escalation. He/she is expected to troubleshoot operational issues on a daily basis and assist with other research trials during absences or when a specific team member's workload exceeds capacity.

The Nurse Project Manager will work closely with the ACC-CRU-CTT Program Manager to develop and implement specific initiatives to promote sustained programmatic growth or to improve quality and efficiency in current processes. He/she will participate in feasibility assessments for new trials, site-selection visits, site initiations visits and monitoring visits and provide feedback on all clinical components of the research program. He/she may be asked to attend meetings with internal stakeholders, Medical Science Liaisons, current and future research collaborators, and collaborative groups across Penn Medicine. He/she will provide clinical support to ACC-CRU-CTT Investigators as needed. He/she will take on projects to streamline recruitment strategies for studies that are open to enrollment. He/she will work with collaborating departments to manage projects aimed at improving communication, workflow, protocol implementation strategies, and the patient trial experience. He/she will perform additional duties as assigned and will identify additional areas in need of project management.


The Clinical Research Nurse (CRN) is responsible for overseeing the clinical research process, research regulations, and the protocol to safeguard the participant and contribute to the science of cancer care. The successful candidate must have: (1) proven critical thinking and organizational skills to support care coordination and human subject protection; (2) a great deal of interest, enthusiasm, adaptability and willingness to learn and grow; (3) ability to prioritize nursing functions while tending to the needs of the patients participating in research; (4) strong communication skills and ability to maintain positive interactions with patients, their families and associated medical professionals in a respectful and courteous manner; (5) demonstrated initiative in learning advanced features of complex interventional programs to more effectively accomplish job duties; (6) Possess working knowledge of the Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), International Conference of Harmonisation (ICH), Good Clinical (Research) Practice (GCP) Guidelines and Institutional Guidelines.

CRN D: Registered Nurse with licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania without restriction or limitation. Bachelor's degree and 4 to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required, including 3-5 years of clinical research experience preferred. Oncology experience highly preferred. Master's degree in a science-related field preferred.

CRN D: Based on the appropriate education and experience above the minimum qualifications this position pay range is $95,065 - $104,809

Position contingent upon continued funding

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $104,809.00 Annual Rate
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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