Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L6012 / Clinical Research Associate
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 15

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.


Manages quality controls and the execution of clinical protocol and data management for a number of clinical trials at multiple sites, ensuring compliance with all regulatory and contractual requirements. Establishes and maintains sound clinical and data collection practices to ensure validity of studies. Monitors the conduct and progress of the studies to ensure compliance with established protocols, appropriate research methodology, and study timelines. Participates in protocol development, site/investigator selection, study initiation and termination activities. Develops and completes final study reports.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees the development of clinical trial protocols; participates in the development of the overall clinical plan, drafts protocols, collaborates on statistical analysis plans, and coordinates the protocol review and approval process, to include submissions to regulatory agencies.
  2. Participates in the identification of potential investigators and clinical sites, both nationally and internationally; conducts pre-study site visits, collects and reviews data, and prepares evaluative reports; participates in the final selection of investigators and study sites.
  3. Assists in the identification of contract research organizations and centralized services such as clinical laboratories; assesses qualifications and experience in relation to proposed research activities, and participates in final selection.
  4. Oversees research technical and/or administrative staff, to include hiring, training, goal-setting, and distribution of workload.
  5. Assists with the development and implementation of study-specific monitoring and reporting procedures, methods, guidelines, and tools; participates in the establishment of baseline parameters and edit check specifications, and in the development of subject tracking systems.
  6. Conducts clinical trial site initiation visits; advises and trains site personnel on sponsor and regulatory requirements for study conduct; participates and/or conducts site meetings and multicenter investigator meetings and prepares reports.
  7. Conducts site monitoring visits and follow-up to identify significant problems and issues and to ensure that all clinical aspects of studies are being carried out in accordance with state and federal regulations, guidelines and policies.
  8. Reviews on-site files and records, case report forms, and source documents for completeness, accuracy, consistency, and compliance; identifies deficiencies and discrepancies, and provides remedial training and/or initiates corrective action as required.
  9. Ensures appropriate transmission of clinical case data to the data management centers; reviews case report queries and problems, and clarifies and/or obtains changes to data as appropriate.
  10. Assists in the termination of clinical studies by identifying items and issues for review and/or follow-up; assembles necessary documents, conducts site termination visits to include test article reconciliation and disposition, review of completeness and accuracy of files, and retrieval of relevant codes and documents; prepares study termination reports.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • 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 randomized controlled clinical trials principles, methodology, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of all federal and state regulations and guidelines pertaining to the conduct of clinical trials on human subjects.
  • Ability to independently develop novel concepts and techniques in clinical research monitoring.
  • Ability to develop and implement clinical research monitoring plans and standard operating procedures.
  • Skill in the use of computer statistical, technical, and database applications.
  • Knowledge of statistical data collection, editing, validation, and analysis techniques.
  • Knowledge of laboratory certification standards and processes.
  • Knowledge of adverse medical event investigation, analysis, and reporting procedures and standards.
  • Knowledge of the infrastructure and operational characteristics of contract research organizations and centralized clinical laboratories
  • Ability to develop technical reports and manuscripts.
  • Knowledge of current and developing trends and standards in clinical trials monitoring.
  • Ability to make evaluative judgments.
  • Knowledge of industrial standards as applied to good clinical practices.
  • Knowledge of patient care charts and patient histories.
  • Knowledge of fiscal management, grant writing and administration, and grant reporting.
  • Ability to develop and deliver both oral and written presentations.
  • Ability to communicate and interact competently and professionally at all levels within a broad, complex clinical research environment.
  • Ability to establish data collection and management guidelines.
  • Ability to provide technical advice, guidance, and support to professional staff in area of specialty.
  • Knowledge of database concepts, and formats.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of or ability to obtain certification as a Clinical Research Associate may be a requirement for some positions in this classification.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

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

Revised Date: 06/07/2019