Project Director/Clinical Research Manager position (Oakland, CA)

Position with the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) Program at UCSF (based in Oakland, CA)

Project Director - Clinical research in medication abortion

The mission of the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) Program at UCSF is to conduct rigorous, innovative social science research on complex and controversial issues related to reproduction. We are committed to challenging structures of inequity in order to improve reproductive wellbeing. ANSIRH values a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from candidates who are people of color or other underrepresented groups.

ANSIRH seeks a Project Director. The Project Director is responsible for the implementation of multiple research projects on complex reproductive health issues, specifically the telemedicine abortion study, the Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Empowerment project and other reproductive health studies as additional opportunities arise. The particular focus will be research on an innovative distribution study for medication abortion through telemedicine and supporting the development of new measures of the sexual and reproductive empowerment of young adults (SHREYA scale). 

This position will be based in the ANSIRH research office in Oakland, California.

Key responsibilities of the Project Director position include:

  • Study design and initiation: In collaboration with the Principal Investigator (PI) and study team, develops and oversees the implementation of new research and related processes. Ensures that all aspects of research studies are managed and completed according to developed study systems and protocols, including study design and tool development and Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval and renewal for studies. Exercises judgment in selecting the appropriate methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining high-quality results
  • Study collaborator and site relationship management: Initiates and maintains relationships with study collaborators and sites (as applicable), including coordinating any relevant collaborator meetings
  • Budget management and oversight: Manages budgets of multiple grant sources for projects and provides overall project quality assurance
  • Study monitoring and maintenance: Secures data for studies, implements and manages all study materials, data collection tools, and participant tracking databases
  • Project management and team supervision: Creates study timelines and task lists, trains and supervises team members in carrying out specific tasks

 Required Qualifications

  • Committed to an intersectional framework that includes, gender, economic, and racial justice
  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, biology, nursing or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience in the conduct and management of clinical trials
  • Knowledge of Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory requirements and medical practice/techniques and terminology
  • Advanced knowledge of clinical research practices, protocols, procedures and philosophy, and ability to apply knowledge and skills to recommend improvements in methodology
  • Proven ability to perform all commonly applicable functions in word processing and spreadsheet software. Advanced knowledge of clinical information and documentation application programs
  • Advanced ability to effectively lead one or more projects with competing to meet the demands of a fast-paced and dynamic work environment. Adaptable to quickly changing priorities
  • In depth critical thinking skills to evaluate issues and identify a potential solution. Creatively addresses complex or new problems
  • Advanced communication skills; including verbal and written, active listening, critical thinking, persuasiveness, advising and counseling skills. Clear and concise communicator
  • Advanced interpersonal skills, including but not limited to: problem-solving, teamwork development, leadership with other team members. Works well with others to achieve common goals
  • Proven ability to manage multiple large research project budgets
  • In depth ability to work collaboratively with other cross-functional teams. In depth ability to interface, collaborate and influence / persuade other members of an extended study team
  • Attention to detail and organization


  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in public health, biology, nursing or related field
  • Commitment to address perspectives of communities of color to health issues

Please direct any position-related questions to Dr. Ushma Upadhyay:

Last updated by Neha Sharma Nov 8, 2018.

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