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Program Manager/Clinical Portfolio Manager – Silver Spring, MD (#14841)

Cherokee Nation Assurance (CNA) delivers a broad spectrum of professional management consulting services to its defense, health, environmental and civilian agency clients. To assist clients in achieving their goals, CNA provides a tailored management approach for complex government programs and disciplines including health information technology, research & science, program management, communications, correspondence and document management, governance and administrative support. Wholly owned by Cherokee Nation, CNA is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.

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The mission of our client, the Walter Reed Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), is to conduct biomedical research that is responsive to Department of Defense and U.S. Army requirements, and delivers lifesaving products including knowledge, technology, and medical materiel that sustain the combat effectiveness of the war fighter.

We are seeking a Program Manager/Clinical Portfolio Manager to support federally regulated research requirements to develop new medical products for the Warfighter including but not limited to support necessary to conduct clinical trials, analyze resulting data, and generate study reports.

Program Manager/Clinical Portfolio Manager

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage all clinical trial development initiatives.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for CTC staff.
  • Prepare and manage budgets for all clinical trials and related projects.
  • Assist with preparing the Knowledge Management Plan (KMP) for the CTC.
  • Work closely with the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) to monitor, verify, and reconcile expenditure of budgeted funds supporting all clinical trials and other projects.
  • Work closely with the Business Management Office (BMO) to initiate and track assistance agreements for the CTC (e.g., Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs), applications, and Clinical Trial Agreements (CTAs)), ensuring full compliance of contract requirements, schedules, and provisions. Develop and/or provide support for Project Plans, including but not limited to plans for space, supplies and budget management for the execution of protocols.
  • Review and monitor project scope, timelines and deliverables from project initiation to close out. Schedule monthly project team meetings.
  • Compose submission memos and work with Principal Investigators (PIs) and CRCs to compile documents for protocol submission to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and other review boards. 

Supervisory/Management Authority

  • This position will have supervisory authority.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in life sciences
  • 8+ years’ experience managing clinical trial development
  • Experience in Government contracting a plus
  • PMP certification highly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Documented experience managing clinical trial development.
  • Excellent organizational skills, analytical and communication skills, initiative, and ability to work independently and in effective teams.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a favorable National Agency Check (NAC)
  • Must be a US citizen

Work Environment

Work is conducted in a laboratory, office or clinical/hospital environment; possible evening and/or weekend hours. Requires work on military base with requirement for background investigation.

With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.

Why consider Cherokee Nation and our Federal Solutions business? Here are some great resources highlighting what we do and compelling reasons for joining our team!

Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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