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Program Director
Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date Posted 04/05/2022
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details
Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Program Director
Job Category Staff & Executive - Project/Program Management/Planning
Department Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Through our science, our evidence-based actions, our openness, and our respect for those we serve, we will advance cancer-focused research worldwide and reduce the burden of cancer in our catchment area. By engaging with and empowering our exceptionally diverse populations, and addressing their questions and fears, we will engender hope for cancer patients and their families and play a critical role in strengthening the fabric of our communities by gaining and protecting their trust and providing access to the outstanding oncology care each person deserves.
To accelerate scientific discovery focused on understanding cancer, innovating cancer treatment, and improving cancer prevention; to provide outstanding, novel, and compassionate patient care; to provide evidence-based and culturally informed education to physicians, nurses, researchers, staff, and the community; and to achieve cancer health equity in our state through outreach to and engagement of our extraordinarily diverse communities.
CORE VALUES: Curiosity and Discovery, Integrity, Collaboration, Cultivating Diversity, Respect and Caring, Perseverance.
Posting Summary
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Program Director in Cancer Health Equity at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
The primary purpose of the Program Director is to oversee the development and management of research projects within the Biobehavioral and Cancer Health Equity Lab. Trains, manages, and coaches project staff. Oversees the implementation and dissemination of ongoing research and obtaining preliminary data for grant submissions, and data management and analysis. Develops strategies for maintaining efficiency and advises the PI on budget issues. Collaborates within the department and with other investigators, community partners, vendors, and other key stakeholders.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
  • Performs professional and scientific research in the biobehavioral research laboratory and advises the Principal Investigator (PI) on strategies to meet project goals. Develops research strategies for carrying out project objectives.
  • Establishes standard operating procedures, protocols, and techniques for implementing research projects safely, effectively, and efficiently.
  • Drafts or develops protocols, study materials, abstracts, presentations, and reports. Contributes to grant submissions and manuscripts.
  • Provides high-level collaborative and independent research support for the PI. Updates and strategizes with the
    Principal Investigator on project progress, problems, and areas of improvement.
  • Collaborates closely with interdisciplinary teams and other stakeholders at all levels, inside and outside the organization, including investigators, community partners, and vendors.Determines staffing needs and optimizes each employee’s strengths. Trains, supervises, evaluates, and/or
    disciplines subordinate staff.
  • Oversees staff responsible for regulatory documentation, including IRB submissions and NIH progress reports.
  • Ensures all research staff are properly trained on job performance. Coaches and mentors undergraduate and
    graduate students and staff in research skills and career development, as needed.
  • Assists in the preparation of budgets, and makes budgetary recommendations. Manages budgets and maintains
    records of fiscal expenditures.
  • As needed, conducts team meetings and represents the PI at meetings.
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift
FLSA Exempt
Grade 31S
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 96077.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 121537.000
Annual Maximum Salary 146996.000
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description Non-Union
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft
Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to http://uhr.rutgers.edu/benefits/benefits-overview .
Rutgers also offers a benefit program to eligible full-time postdoctoral fellow students. For details, please go to https://finance.rutgers.edu/healthcare-risk/insurance/postdoctoral-health-insurance.
COVID-19 Immunization Requirement
Under Policy 60.1.35 , Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster (where eligible) against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption.  Prospective employees who are not eligible for a booster at the time of an offer of employment must provide proof they have received a booster within two weeks (14 calendar days) of eligibility .  Based on current guidance, individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of any COVID-19 vaccine authorized or approved for use in the United States by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Eligibility for a booster against COVID-19 varies and is explained on the University’s web site located at https://coronavirus.rutgers.edu/covid-19-vaccine .  Failure to provide proof of primary vaccination and booster will result in rescission of a prospective employee’s offer of employment and/or disciplinary action up to and including termination.
Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility ABP


Minimum Education and Experience
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Psychology, or a related field.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of research project coordination experience.
  • At least two (2) years of experience working in a supervisory/management capacity.
  • Experience in clinically related research. 
  • Experience with regulatory documentation, recruiting and enrolling patients to research studies. 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and possess own vehicle or alternative means of transportation from one site to another.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Superior organizational skills with the ability to manage numerous projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability with SPSS programming and experience analyzing data.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be computer literate with proficiency and working knowledge of database and reporting tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
  • May need to work additional hours.
Preferred Qualifications
  • A minimum of five (5) years of research project coordination experience in a healthcare or academic environment.
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Standing, sitting, walking, talking and hearing. No special vision requirements. Lifting up to 25 lbs.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Office environment. Moderate noise.
Special Conditions
  • This position is contingent upon grant funding.

Posting Details

Posting Number 22ST1066
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Downtown New Brunswick
Location Details

Pre-employment Screenings

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

Infection Control and Safety

This position is subject to all Rutgers University policies, including TB surveillance and other infection control and safety policies. Please review the Tuberculosis Surveillance Policy for additional information.

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address: http://uhr.rutgers.edu/non-discrimination-statement

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