MD Anderson Cancer Center Program Manager - Surgical Oncology in Houston, Texas

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings. It is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

Responsible for the planning and management of projects related to the Department of Surgical Oncology's Colorectal Research Program.


Program and Project Management

Works with principle investigators and research nurse managers to assemble project teams; plan and coordinate workloads; assist in developing project time lines; and acquire resources needed to carry out multiple, highly-complex colorectal cancer research projects. Serves as project manager for all initiatives related to PCORI contract to include identification of needed resources and developing an implementation strategy (operationalizing study methodology and addressing logistical considerations). Monitors project budgets for multiple grants and contracts. Participates in defining project scopes and objectives. Assists with the development of staffing plans and forecasts and with adjusting staffing assignments as necessary. Provides guidance in the form of training and mentorship to project team by participating in the recruitment of new team members and ensuring team members are appropriately versed in their scopes of responsibility and have received appropriate training. Manages the activities and communication between each group participating or impacted by the project. Creates and facilitates study components, instruments, and regulatory documents to achieve established research goals and objectives. Manages collaborative efforts between Surgical Oncology and other departments, as well as with external entities, such as Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, the National Cancer Data Base, and members of other academic cancer centers. In collaboration with the Department of Surgical Oncology regulatory team, coordinates IRB submissions. Presents data and participates in scientific writing. Meets regularly with research nurse manager to apprise him/her of status of projects and to discuss staffing assignments.

Program Development

Identifies opportunities to build upon existing programs and initiate new programs. Seeks program funding from conceptual development through implementation and evaluation. In collaboration with PIs and Clinical Research Scientist, assists in the design of new projects. Provides leadership on the composition/development of new grants and protocols. In collaboration with clinical research management, writes and operationalizes SOPs.

Program Assessment and Evaluation

Evaluates current procedures and recommends changes to improve efficiency of projects. Participates in phase, milestone, and final project reviews. Assists with analysis and writing of the findings. Works to adhere to projected project time lines, outcomes, and budget. Travel to present findings at national conferences and meetings.


Minimum: $69,600 – Midpoint: $87,000 – Maximum: $104,400


Required: Bachelor's degree.


Required: Five years of related program management experience.

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