Research Program Manager for Seattle NODES

(Network of Dedicated Enrollment Sites)


This is a very exciting opportunity to help create a Clinical Trials Center at VA Puget Sound while partnering with local research resources. Do you want to be a part of improving the healthcare of our United States Veterans through meaningful work in a collaborative environment? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) is a nationally renowned program that produces innovative solutions for Veteran and national healthcare problems through multi-site research studies.


The Seattle NODES is recruiting a full-time position that will provide leadership for management of our local center. The Research Program Manager will work closely with the Seattle NODES Directors and CSP study teams to assure the success of their studies. This position is based in Seattle, WA. The Center is 1 of 23 national NODES centers within CSP.


Key Duties:

·         With Seattle NODES leadership, participates in strategic research planning and implementation of policies, best practices, and systems to meet NODES research goals and mission; identifies opportunities to expand or shift course to remain a competitive research center and to ensure the success of Center research projects and initiatives; communicates with national CSP and NODES leadership about resources, priorities, and projects

·         Manages the life span of CSP clinical research trials locally: planning, start-up, regulatory, recruitment, enrollment, follow-up, close-out

·         Manages research staff for CSP studies, by inspiring and motivating them to perform at their best; identifies potential challenges and works to find solutions to maximize employee engagement, productivity, and efficiency

·         Provides scientific and research consultation and direction to Center research staff to ensure implementation of human subjects research policies and study best practices to meet the Center’s research goals and mission

·         Stays up to date on Federal rules and regulations and VA, ORD, CSP, and local VA policies and procedures as they relate to research, privacy, and data sharing; oversees NODES regulatory processes; assists with responses to complex and nuanced regulatory inquiries, including responding to research incidents and preparing for audits

·         Assists study teams with complex and nuanced regulatory inquiries, including responding to research incidents and preparing for regulatory audits

·         Participates in creating and editing presentations, reports, abstracts, and peer-reviewed manuscripts as appropriate to communicate research findings to a variety of audiences

·         Fosters collaborations and develop relationships locally and nationally to promote success in our research program by participating on committees and working groups




·         Minimum of a bachelors-level degree in a scientific field

·         At least 8 years of successful research management experience

·         Record of leadership and team building in a research environment

·         Self-starter with demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage complex research projects

·         Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with a diverse group of people with a wide range of professional backgrounds and expertise

·         Ability to adapt to evolving and competing priorities and timelines

·         Adept in troubleshooting and problem-solving

·         Ability to understand and clearly communicate complex research regulations and procedures

·         Knowledge of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, Common Rule, and other human subjects and data/information security protections

·         Knowledge of research concepts, best practices and procedures, and regulatory requirements

·         Experience with customer service

·         Proficient in standard Microsoft Office products



·         Extensive experience coordinating and executing multiple large-scale research studies including oversight of instrumentation development, data collection, and general operations

·         Successful, long-term experience managing multiple teams in a research setting

·         Institutional knowledge of VA and/or CSP research operations

·         Experience building internal tracking systems that support attention to detail and quality control

·         Knowledge of REDCap and Microsoft Access

·         Experience working with underserved and/or Veteran populations


There may be travel opportunities for national CSP research meetings and to our regional sites. The Seattle NODES will be collaborating with other VA facilities in our region, such as Boise and Spokane.


Candidates must be US citizens. Depending on the candidate’s experience, the target salary will be in the GS-12 range according to the Office of Personnel Management General Schedule table at opm.gov.


Please send a cover letter and resume to SeattleCSPEC@va.gov. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, materials received by 2/25/2022 will be considered first.


For more information about the CSP NODES, please see Network of Dedicated Enrollment Sites (NODES) – VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)



Diversity enriches research and promotes the best healthcare. We are committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive environment for our NODES. We encourage individuals whose backgrounds or interests align with this commitment, as well as individuals from all backgrounds that are underrepresented in research, to apply.


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About Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

About the Seattle ERIC and VA CSP:

The Seattle ERIC is a research center within the VA Puget Sound Health Care System that works to improve the healthcare of Veterans through epidemiologic research. We are part of the VA CSP, a national VA research group of 12 epidemiology and clinical trial research centers.

Learn more at:

Seattle ERIC website: https://www.seattle.eric.research.va.gov/
VA CSP website: https://www.vacsp.research.va.gov/