Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L6001 / Clinical Research Supervisor
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 11

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Coordinates and quality controls the development and maintenance of Federally regulated clinical research studies, ensuring compliance with Human Research Review Committee (IRB) requirements and all related laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines. Provides day-to-day technical leadership and administrative supervision to a team of technical staff engaged in the execution of multiple, complex research protocols. Provides administrative oversight of the research activity, and participates in the formulation and implementation of operating strategies and policies, protocols, systems, and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Plans and organizes the daily operations of the research unit, to include protocol and systems, budgeting, staffing, and grant/contract administration.
  2. Assists in all aspects of study design, implementation, and administration, ensuring compliance with HRRC (IRB) requirements, Federal/State regulations, and grant and/or contract parameters.
  3. Provides technical leadership and administrative supervision to technical staff engaged in the execution of research protocol; participates in staff hiring, provides training, allocates and coordinates work assignments, and evaluates performance of staff.
  4. Develops quality standards and programs; monitors and maintains quality of unit performance in accordance with internal HSC policies and standards and grant and/or contract parameters..
  5. Develops and/or adapts, implements and evaluates specific research and data collection methodologies, protocols, systems, and techniques, as appropriate to the area of research specialty.
  6. Participates in experiment design; may develop and/or coordinate research and computer protocols.
  7. Oversees and coordinates data compilation and computation, ensuring quality control and compliance with protocol; reviews results for validity and reliability, and provides initial analyses of results to researchers.
  8. Oversees and coordinates the scheduling and efficient usage of research facilities and equipment; ensures that facility and equipment usage is in compliance with all relevant federal, state, local, and institutional regulations, policies, and guidelines.
  9. Develops operating goals and objectives for the unit; implements and administers methods and procedures to enhance operations, as appropriate to the unit.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure Current ACRP Certification as Clinical Research Coordinator or eligible for certification.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, and procedures of basic medical and/or clinical research.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data and prepare evaluative summary reports and correspondence.
  • Advanced knowledge of medical research coordination, administration, and fiscal control principles and procedures.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Ability to provide technical leadership and direction to lower level staff members.
  • Knowledge of scientific experimental design and protocol development procedures.
  • Scientific data management skills, using advanced computerized data analysis techniques.
  • Skill in examining and evaluating operations and developing and/or re-engineering operating strategies, systems, and procedures.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of Good Clinical Practice (GPC) guidelines and OSHA standards.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of human and/or animal research policies, regulations, procedures, and standards, as applied to IRB and compliance operations.
  • Ability to draw blood and process medical laboratory samples.

Conditions of Employment

  • May be required to submit to annual TB and rubella screening.
  • UNM will provide Hepatitis vaccination, candidate may decline vaccination through declination form or may provide record of vaccination from previous employer.
  • Specialty licensure/certification may be required, as specified by the department.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • Must maintain certification status.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work may, on occasion, involve exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017