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Clinical Trial Recruitment and Retention Specialist - Cancer Research And Biostatistics (CRAB)

Location: Seattle, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11146
Posted: February 21, 2017

Cancer Research And Biostatistics (CRAB) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help conquer cancer and other diseases through the application of biostatistical principles and data management methods.

Position Summary:

The Clinical Trial Recruitment and Retention Specialist is responsible for providing support to SWOG (a worldwide network of researchers conducting cancer clinical trials) investigators and staff for clinical trial recruitment and retention. The Clinical Trial Recruitment and Retention Specialist is responsible for providing overall leadership in directing the company’s recruitment, retention and adherence activities, and is responsible for expanding the depth and breadth of CRAB’s relationships with divisions of the National Cancer Institute, funding organizations and agencies, patient advocates, advocacy groups, and patients with respect to cancer clinical trial information dissemination. This position initiates, develops, and coordinates the implementation of recruitment and retention strategies and materials for therapeutic and cancer prevention clinical trials.  This position requires the use of sound judgment, diplomacy and discretion.  The Recruitment and Retention Specialist is responsible for ensuring all media materials meet federal regulations and protocol requirements.  This position reports to the Data Management Program Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops, coordinates and supports activities promoting the recruitment, adherence and retention of patients at institutions, including the development of strategies appropriate for the recruitment of minority populations
  • Reviews enrollment reports and projections and implements changes to strategies/tactics as necessary and appropriate to meet trial target accrual and adherence goals
  • Consistently exercises sound judgment and discretion writing recruitment and adherence materials that conform to regulatory standards including HIPAA and OHRP requirements
  • Participates in multiple oncology project committees
  • Collaborates with National Cancer Institute researchers, medical professionals, patient advocates and advocacy groups with respect to recruitment issues and dissemination of information related to cancer clinical trials
  • Provides recruitment and adherence advice to researchers, physicians, nurses and others related to regulatory requirements and Good Clinical Practices (GCP)
  • Maintains a resource library of articles and information on recruitment and retention issues
  • Organizes focus groups as needed to review recruitment materials and strategies
  • Assists in training staff and/or volunteers in recruitment activities
  • Creates scripts and directs production and editing of videos, websites and other materials for use by researchers and survivors related to cancer therapeutic and prevention clinical trials
  • Provides administrative support and expertise to the SWOG Recruitment and Retention Committee
  • Attends national meetings on recruitment, prevention/treatment and survivorship issues. Writes, edits and/or reviews abstracts and articles for presentation at scientific meetings and in scientific journals
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in behavioral science, public health science, health education, or a related field; commensurate experience in the position’s areas of responsibility may substitute for a degree
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a medical setting with research, tumor registry, or clinical trial recruitment and retention
  • Effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, and ability to write lay summaries
  • Effective time and task management
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point)
  • Available to potentially work nights and weekends
  • Ability to travel as required

Desired Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills:

  • Experience in an oncology setting preferred
  • Experience applying and using graphic design and visual aids for staff training and patient educational materials
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of social media related to clinical trials
  • Experience preparing budgets and/or research grants
  • Knowledge of special populations and diverse groups with regards to access and inclusion in clinical trials
  • Spanish language proficiency a plus

This position is full time and is Exempt from state and federal overtime regulations.
Employment authorization is required.
Travel/relocation expenses will not be provided for this position.
CRAB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


In your cover letter, describe how your skills and experience match the qualifications for the position.

To apply, submit resume and cover letter with position number via U.S. Mail, FAX or email to:

Cancer Research And Biostatistics
Attn:  Hiring Coordinator
1730 Minor Avenue, Suite 1900
Seattle, WA  98101-1468
FAX:  (206) 342-1689

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