Join our team as the Clinical Research Coordinator!

The Clinical Research Support (CRS) office at the University of Southern California (USC) is looking for a motivated and responsible individual who wants to make a difference in the research community.

CRS is a centralized research team within the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI) at USC and Children’s’ Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Our mission is to support, promote and accelerate scientific discoveries and apply them in real-life settings to improve the health in diverse populations. CRS is responsible for developing and providing resources, services, training and tools to support researchers, academic leaders, and other USC partners.

As part of a centralized research team, you will have the opportunity to work on studies of varying diseases and populations, such as COVID-19, diabetes, HIV, stroke… the list goes on! As a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC), you will provide a range of study-related services to assist investigators and other study staff with tasks included in the below list of responsibilities. Our research portfolio includes industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated clinical and observation research studies.

Key Responsibilities:

  •  Assists with organizing and scheduling assessments/tests/activities to meet research objectives and study protocol compliance. Communicates with study team personnel to ensure study procedures are followed and research is performed as described in protocol. Serves as contact for subjects, study personnel, Institutional Review Board (IRB) and study sponsor.
  • Participates in assessing patient eligibility. Assists in coordinating study participant activities including recruitment, screening, orientation and correspondence. Schedules subject appointments, tests, and procedures coordinating with external providers as needed. Produces reports and other materials, as directed.
  • Assists with data collection for research studies following established data collection and management procedures. Collects, records, enters and prepares data for analysis. Performs preliminary study analysis under the direction of the Principal Investigator or senior coordinators. Collects pertinent information from study participants through interviews, administration of tests or surveys or questionnaires, medical records review, or other collection procedures.
  • Maintains accurate, complete and timely records, including source documents, consent forms, case report forms, protocol documents, and regulatory documents, as required by sponsor and institutional guidelines.
  • Assists in organization and preparation of grant proposals. Gathers documentation such as annual reports and detailed budgets for inclusion in proposal. Assists investigators in developing research proposals. Interfaces with funding and regulatory agencies to exchange information.
  • Assists with submission of timely, accurate, and complete study continuing review, amendments, and reportable events to IRB.
  • Ensures consent process is performed and documented in compliance with FDA, GCP, IRB, HIPAA, SOPs, sponsor and institutional regulations and policies.
  • Provides ongoing education to study subjects about clinical trials and provides significant new information that may affect a subject’s willingness to participate in a study, when needed. Evaluates subject compliance and promotes compliance through education.
  • Assists in the preparation of site for monitor visit and external/internal audits. Provides timely response to queries from sponsor and/or auditors.
  • Collaborates with pharmacist or materials management personnel to maintain accurate accountability of investigational products and specimens.
  • Assists with sample collection, processing and shipment for each study.
  • Updates automated databases and other records for reporting and compliance purposes. Generates reports and analysis of data according to project schedules or on an ad hoc basis.
  • Assists by arranging and attending meetings, seminars, symposia and other events related to project efforts. Participates in educational opportunities to increase knowledge about clinical trials and regulations. Remains current with federal, state, and institutional regulations and best practices.
  • Orders supplies and equipment. Researches and develops recommendations for new equipment purchases.
  • Completes Research Order Form (ROF) for each subject visit and submits subject enrollment documentation as required
  • Train other/new research coordinators as applicable
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Expertise/Experience:     

  • Bachelor’s degree (or combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education).
  • Prior clinical research experience of 1+ years.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English Skill Level: Fluent or Advance.
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral).
  • Attention to detail.
  • Highly skilled and organized.
  • Demonstrates ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Knowledge and understanding of federal, state, and institutional research regulations as well as Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and HIPPA regulations.
  • Proficient with MS Office applications. Demonstrated effective communication and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.
  • Knowledge of medical environment and terminology

To apply, contact Lily Jara at Liliacna.Jara@med.usc.edu

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.