Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: S6005 / Nurse/Clinical Research Coord
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-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.


Plans, develops, and oversees the day-to-day clinical activities for a specified clinical trials initiative and/or other medical research program in accordance with the research parameters established by the investigator. Develops and administers operating procedures for the project, coordinates project funding and day-to-day interactions with associated departments and agencies, and oversees patient recruitment, education, and administration.Coordinates implementation and execution of study protocol, and oversees all aspects of the provision of patient care to participants, in compliance with protocol requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees the planning, scheduling, and carrying out of day-to-day clinical activities and procedures, ensuring efficient workflow and adequate care and treatment of research subjects.
  2. Ensures that all clinical activities are carried out in accordance with established research protocol and standards and in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedural requirements.
  3. Oversees and provides direct nursing evaluation and/or other related care and consultation to patients as required.
  4. Administers prescribed study medications, performs phlebotomy, monitors vital signs, and/or performs other specialized nursing procedures, as appropriate to the specific needs of the study and individual subjects.
  5. Monitors and records patient response to treatment, and communicates study data and results to investigators; maintains complete source documentation and oversees the preparation of study activity reports for sponsors and various medical, legal and regulatory bodies, as appropriate.
  6. Oversees and coordinates the recruitment, care, and treatment of patient research subjects; coordinates services with other internal departments and allied service agencies.
  7. Supervises personnel which typically includes recommendations for hiring, firing, performance evaluation, training, work allocation, and problem resolution.
  8. Establishes appropriate data collection systems and procedures, according to pre-established research protocol; coordinates and monitors the collection, processing, and recording of clinical data and/or specimen samples, as required by established study protocol.
  9. Coordinates, plans, and implements clinical pharmaceutical protocol for the study; monitors study activity and prepares reports to funding agencies and investigators as appropriate.
  10. Assesses operational, financial, and material requirements for studies and develops budgets and funding mechanisms as appropriate.
  11. Serves as primary point of liaison and coordination between investigators, ancillary departments, research subjects, sponsoring organizations, and/or regulating bodies.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Associate's degree in Nursing; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure: State of New Mexico Licensed Registered Nurse or licensure pending as documented by temporary licensure OR current RN licensure from a state participating in the multistate privilege to practice compact with New Mexico.
  • 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

  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Ability to prepare and process laboratory samples using established protocols.
  • Knowledge of patient evaluation and triage procedures.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
  • Ability to develop and manage nursing care plans.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Knowledge of the principles and procedures of clinical research.
  • Knowledge of clinical and/or surgical facilities, instruments, and equipment.
  • Ability to provide direct nursing care and consultation to patients.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
  • Ability to recruit, evaluate, and instruct clinical research subjects and volunteers.
  • Ability to draw blood, administer IVs, and perform standard nursing procedures.
  • Knowledge of ethical principles and federal and state regulations governing the participation of human subjects in biomedical research.
  • Knowledge of project budgeting and fiscal management.
  • Knowledge of FDA regulations.

Conditions of Employment

  • CPR Certified.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • May be required to submit immunization records for review for required vaccines and TB testing.
  • Must maintain certification and/or licensure status.
  • May be required to complete department-specific professional development activities.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work is performed in an interior medical/clinical environment.
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
  • Will work with blood or blood-borne pathogens and will require OSHA training.
  • 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.

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

Revised Date: 08/02/2021