Job Information

University of Utah Manager, Clinical Research in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 09/22/2021

Requisition Number PRN27761B

Job Title PS Manager, Clinical Research

Working Title Manager, Clinical Research

Job Grade G

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday – Friday

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00861 - Pediatric Neurology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $60,700 to $101,649

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Position Summary

Under minimal supervision, responsible for planning, organizing, directing and controlling all aspects pertaining to clinical trials functions of the combined program, of the Utah Program for Inherited Neuromuscular Disorders’ ( UPIN ) and the Cures Program.

Functions include management of clinical trials related to neurological disorders; overseeing personnel and functions related to IND and clinical trials with outreach to industry. This includes internal and external customer service, staffing and financial management operations. Provides administrative structure and support to UPIN , including human resources, event planning, scheduling support, post-award account management, pre-award grant applications, supervision of study coordinators and work study students, and management of the UPIN Website. Acts as a catalyst between the department and its customers and staff to ensure continuity and quality of service and care.

The University of Utah offers a comprehensive benefits package with excellent health care options, 14.2% retirement contributions that vest immediately, a variety of retirement plans, and generous paid leave time. Current benefits information is available at .


Essential Functions

  • Forecast, develop and implement policies and procedures in the areas of customer service, staffing and budgetary goals and objectives that are consistent with University of Utah’s policies.
  • Provide support on budgetary matters and impact, such as applying for grants, negotiating contracts, managing the post award reconciliation process, and ensuring that budgetary outflows do not exceed inflows. Responsible for forecasting budgets for the fiscal year for multiple projects and developing budgetary goals.
  • Determine feasibility for proposed or incoming contracts, and allocate staff effort across new and existing studies.
  • Work with division accountants to assist and oversee Post-Award account management including account reconciliation, close out, personnel allocations, and month end reporting.
  • Negotiate new contracts with sponsor and handle ongoing negotiations throughout the study to ensure proper reimbursement.
  • Develops departmental strategies consistent with continuous quality improvement programs.
  • Provide human resources support for UPIN staff. Post new and replacement positions, review & interview applicants, onboard new employees, leave requests (i.e. Kronos), evaluate staff performance and provide feedback, assist with annual evaluations, and keep employee files up to date.
  • Manage and supervise research staff and student hires. Ensure competency of staff through training and development. Assign work tasks and ensure that project deadlines are met.
  • Work with NP coordinator and Admins to manage and regularly update the UPIN and Cures websites.
  • Maintain records and develop systems to support the UPIN program.
  • Bring in new trials, working with early phase gene therapy trials.
  • Interface with pharma companies for recruiting clinical trials; and assisting with translation of promising compounds to interested pharma companies.
  • Build program and understanding what needs to be developed further.
  • Oversee management and staffing issues related to clinical trials.
  • Work closely with the Utah Department of Health for issues related to newborn screening.

Problem Solving

Often selects from a predetermined list of alternatives and sometimes recommends or changes policy and procedure based upon amount of discretion given by department. Problems would be referred to superior based upon predetermined guidelines set by the department.


Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Four to six years of progressively more responsible management experience. Background knowledge of hiring department’s area of specialization in order to analyze, plan and draw conclusions for recommendations to superiors. Demonstrated leadership skills in planning and directing employees and processes in order to effectively monitor and develop subordinates and to ensure the smooth operation of department. Master’s degree in a related area may be preferred.

This position is patient-sensitive and must fulfill all associated requirements. We protect our patients, coworkers and community by requiring all patient-sensitive employees to be immunized according to CDC standards and hospital policy. Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.



  • Prior University grants and contracts experience.
  • Prior knowledge or experience in pediatric health conditions, preferably of pediatric neurological conditions.
  • Knowledge and experience in the following areas: Human Resources policies and procedures, Grants and Contracts rules and regulations, HIPAA regulations, University purchasing rules and regulations, University travel rules and regulations, USHOP procedures, accounting standards and regulations.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Online reports may be submitted at

For more information:

To inquire about this posting, ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.