Position Overview & Responsibilities

The Research Project Manager will report to the Director of the new Center for Health Inclusion, Research and Practice (CHIRP) at Merrimack College, and will be part of an energetic and dynamic team that includes faculty, graduate fellows, and staff involved in cutting edge health research, policy and practice. The candidate will be part of multiple faculty laboratories and will have a variety of responsibilities. We are looking for a self-motivated, detail-oriented team player with 3-5 years of experience managing research projects, writing and executing grants, and working with community stakeholders. This position can be fully in-person, hybrid or predominantly remote, depending on the applicant’s preference.


• Coordinate general planning and research operations including acting as the CHIRP contact for REDCap and SmartIRB administration

• Oversee regulatory submissions including IRB protocols, modifications and closeouts

• Assist with establishing priorities, timelines, and processes for trials including Clinical Trials registration and updates

• Lead training meetings and certification of staff

• Develop Manuals of Procedures

• Provide technical support for study team personnel

• Assist with participant recruitment efforts

• Monitor budgets and project spending

• Ensure integrity of clinical trial data through ongoing training, data review, process improvement, and team facilitation on projects

• Assist with grant writing including project scope, goals and deliverables

• Provide administrative assistance to the CHIRP Director and advisory board

• Collaborate on and oversee studies involving human subjects; be familiar with and follow Good Clinical Practice Guidelines.

• Develop project timelines, tasks, and resource requirements in addition to direct participation in project implementation

• Establish priorities, timelines and processes for coordinating center project teams.

• Facilitate the development, piloting, maintenance and closeout of web-based data management systems.

• Ensure integrity of clinical trial data through leading the project teams, training, data review, process improvement and team facilitation on multiple projects.

• Oversee quality assurance and quality control monitoring plan.

• Track project deliverables from multiple sites by defining, implementing and updating a project reporting process.

• Develop and deliver progress reports and track milestones related to specific projects.

• Identify issues that may impact overall project plan and initiate contingency plans as appropriate.

• Prepare reports and manuscripts in collaboration with the investigators.

• Serve as a liaison between project teams(s), project teams and investigators at the other clinical sites, strategic partners, external affiliates, and other departments at Merrimack.

• Oversee training and development of assessment staff and graduate fellows.

• Support recruitment activities (i.e. telephone screening) and contribute to the creation of patient recruitment materials (flyers, posters, handouts, etc.)


• Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, Nutrition, Exercise Science or related field (Master’s preferred)

• Minimum three-five years of research management work experience

• Knowledge of REDCap and IRB applications, as well as basic computer applications (MS Office applications)

• Ability to exercise good judgment and make decisions expeditiously.

• Ability to maintain the confidentiality of any sensitive information.

• Ability to multi-task, meet specific deadlines, and prioritize tasks and assignments.

• Possess excellent problem-solving skills, and be able to quickly grasp complex systems.

• Experience working with stakeholders to shape and manage projects.

• Experience with biostatistical software packages such as R, STATA, SAS, Python, MPlus preferred but not required.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work:

Unless otherwise stated above, this is an on-campus position. This is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.

Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

About Merrimack College:

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260- acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 12/23/21

Position Code: 859