Center for Cancer Research

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Director - Research Nursing

Job Description:

Position is with:

Be a leader in our mission to solve the most important, challenging and neglected problems in modern cancer research and patient care. The National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is a world-leading cancer research organization working toward clinically impactful breakthroughs at medicine’s cutting edge.  Our physicians, basic scientists, research nurses and clinical support staff work together in teams to translate laboratory discoveries into patient-centric clinical research at what patients call “the house of hope.”

The Director, Office of Research Nursing, leads a staff of over 80 research nurses in support of the largest clinical research program at NIH. The position requires extensive experience in clinical research, excellent interpersonal and problem resolution skills, sensitivity to the multicultural and socioeconomic impacts on research subjects as well as on the health care system at large, and a reliance on professional standards of practice. The incumbent contributes to the overall goals and mission of CCR, and actively participates in initiatives for the quality improvement of data systems and procedures and continuing education and systems design toward serving as a national model for carrying out clinical research and ensuring patient safety. The ideal candidate has a team-focused sense of the mission of the clinical research program, and is supportive of approaches that are collaborative, multidisciplinary, innovative, and promote a sense of value for personnel and program commitments.

The selected candidate will be responsible for: supervision, including mentoring, performance evaluation and training; workload assessment and staff assignments, recruitment and administrative oversight of staff; development and implementation of policies and procedures, including competencies for improved efficiency and effectiveness; communication, including scheduling and conducting staff meetings; and partnering with other key stakeholders within and outside CCR. Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments.

Qualifications and Job Details:

  • Degree Required:
  • Location: Bethesda, Maryland
  • Appointment Type: Government Position
  • Work Schedule: Full-time position
  • Citizenship: US Citizenship required
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience

REQUIRED SKILLS: To meet the minimum qualifications for the position, candidates must have: 5-10 years of supervisory and program management experience; Experience with clinical trials or pharmaceutical projects, protocol implementation preferred; Recent oncology nursing experience; A degree from a professional nursing program approved by a legally designated state accrediting agency at the time the program was completed; A current license as a registered nurse (RN); Current CPR training.

About the NCI Center for Cancer Research:

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is home to nearly 250 basic and clinical research groups located on two campuses just outside of Washington, D.C. CCR is part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and makes up the largest component of the research effort at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Centrally supported by long-term funding and a culture of complete intellectual freedom, CCR scientists are able to pursue the most important and challenging problems in cancer research. We collaborate with academic and commercial partners and advocacy groups across the world in efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and HIV/AIDS. The CCR research portfolio covers the full spectrum of biological and biomedical research. Our work ranges from basic to translational and clinical, and our clinical trials are conducted in the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest hospital dedicated to clinical research that offers a robust infrastructure to support CCR’s patients on an estimated 250 open studies. The success of CCR is grounded in an exceptionally strong discovery research program that provides the foundation for the seamless translation of insights from bench to bedside. Read more about CCR, the benefits of working at CCR and hear from our staff on their CCR experiences.

Bethesda is one of the most highly educated communities in the United States and has a nationally renowned school system. The city is a thriving suburban center close to Washington, D.C., and home to many restaurants, retailers and a flourishing arts and entertainment district.

How to Apply:

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover Letter

Additional Application Information:

Positions will be filled through a competitive, merit-based process.

Contact Name: Cheryl Royce

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For questions contact: Cheryl Royce,

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