Senior Project Director, Clinical Research Nurse

Location US-MA-Roslindale
Job ID 2023-1485
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


The Marcus Institute for Aging Research seeks a Senior Project Director to work in the  Brain Stimulation and Home-Based Neuromodulation Program run by Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone and Dr. Bradley Manor.  The mission of the program is to provide effective brain stimulation treatments to individuals with dementia within their home, to train clinicians in these techniques, and to conduct research related to the effects of brain stimulation on the functioning of individuals with dementia. The Project Director will have primary responsibility for clinical trial program oversight of brain stimulation studies within the Brain Stimulation and Home-Based Neuromodulation Program and other related organizational wide research-clinical initiatives. The Project Director will provide direction for an off-label clinical, home-based neuromodulation program in partnership with the Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health at Hebrew SeniorLife.


The Project Director will also support other major implementation, quality improvement, and training initiatives spearheaded by the PIs of the Brain Stimulation and Home-Based Neuromodulation Program, including leading large, multi-disciplinary projects and providing guidance for implementation and program evaluation. Additionally, the Project Director will supervise staff, prepare meetings, assist in drafting manuscripts, creating implementation and research protocols, coordinating evaluation efforts, and leading presentations and webinars.


We are looking for a person who is enthusiastic about supporting research, with experience in program management and training, and with an understanding of issues relevant to the care of older adults with cognitive and functional limitations. This position is excellent for an individual interested in working in a vibrant research program on the development, submission, implementation and evaluation of projects dedicated to improve the care of older adults.


• Lead clinical projects as required including developing the clinical research strategy, supporting investigator and site selection, identifying, evaluating, selecting and managing site performance.

• For project start-up, work with the PIs to develop and refine research designs and methodologies, project goals, resource requirements and data collection plans.

• Assist PIs with grant writing, budget development, tracking of deadlines and reporting requirements for foundation or federal grants.

• Provide daily operational oversight of all clinical and research initiatives within the program, ensuring alignment across studies within the program.

• Develop, implement and maintain operational procedures and processes within the programs.

• Serve as point-person for moving projects ahead and coordinating communication among team members, maintaining a timeline for all deliverables and project goals.

• Ensure adequate resources for clinical operations including overseeing operational plans, tactical execution of trials, protocol preparation, report writing, regulatory submissions, etc.

• Oversee internal and external vendors on a day-to-day basis including issue tracking/resolution, timeline/budget management.

• Provide first line support and supervision to the research team and conduct screening exams and participant assessments and follow up when needed and as indicated.

• Develop and foster strong, collaborative relationships with key stakeholders both within and external to Marcus Institute.

The above covers the most significant responsibilities of the position. It does not, however, exclude other duties, which would be in conformity with the level of the position.

Required Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in a health sciences field required. The ideal candidate has a master’s, doctorate, or advanced clinical degree.

  •  Minimum of 3-5 years of project coordination or advanced research administrative experience required, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Supervisory/management experience and training/mentoring experience required.

  • Knowledge of clinical practices and dementia care is preferred.

  • Knowledge of research regulatory standards and procedures is required, and experience managing regulatory procedures for clinical trials is preferred.
  • Proven excellence in clinical operations strategy including clinical oversight of multiple trials simultaneously.
  • Previous experience working in the aging field or working with older patients preferred.

  • Commitment to excellence: Impeccable organizational skills and attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Outstanding problem-solving skills, self-motivated with ability to work independently. Demonstrate discretion and independent judgment and provide comprehensive support for a complex and expanding program.

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to work with a team; outstanding communication skills required, both written and verbal.

  • Strong computer skills required; experience with Windows, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.

  • Knowledge of and experience with data management software preferred, including REDCap.

  • Available for occasional travel locally and nationally.
  • Professional, proactive, collaborative, conscientious and results-oriented individual.  Have an optimistic and positive demeanor, excellent oral and written communication skills, good intuition and able to adapt to changing priorities and display good, sound judgment with a sense of humor.
  • Superb organizational skills. Must have solid analytical skills. Must be creative and proactive yet disciplined, discriminating and able to streamline work volume in order to maintain bottom line efforts in midst of multi-tasking and daily re-prioritizing. Must have ability to innovate, think strategically and conceptually, manage multiple projects simultaneously and handle even difficult situations.




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