Director, Research Nursing and Clinical Research Support Cores

Job ID 2020-35663
Area of Interest
Location Name
Hospital Main Campus
FTE/Hours per pay period
1.0 FTE (80 hours per bi-weekly pay periods)
Work Status
Research Integration Hub
Day Shift
Primary Location : City
Primary Location : State/Province

About Us

Hope. Care. Cure. These three simple words capture what we do at Seattle Children’s – to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. Are you ready to engage with a mission-driven organization that is life-changing to many, and touches the hearts of all? #HOPECARECURE

As one of the nation's top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children's Research Institute is dedicated to providing hope, care, and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.

Our investigators are involved in hundreds of projects that cover every phase of research, from studying how diseases work to improving investigational therapies. They have pioneered groundbreaking cystic fibrosis treatments and cutting-edge cancer therapies that help a child's immune system defeat cancer, and made other major contributions to pediatric medicine.


Researchers work in close collaboration with one another, their colleagues at partner institutions including the University of Washington and Fred Hutch and our healthcare providers at Seattle Children's Hospital, one of U.S. News & World Report’s top children's hospitals. This collaboration is one of our key strengths, allowing our faculty to draw on a variety of disciplines and techniques as they pursue solutions to some of medicine's most complex problems.


We are committed to not only treating disease but to eliminating it. Help us achieve our vision of being a worldwide leader in pediatric research aimed to improve the health and well-being of children. If you are interested in a challenging career aimed at groundbreaking research, Seattle Children's Research Institute is the place for you.


Direct, manage, and evaluate all services of the Pediatric Clinical Research Center, research nursing, and Clinical Research Support Cores  on a 24/7 basis in a manner that meets continuous quality improvement, customer service, programmatic growth, and financial requirements supporting the mission of Seattle Children’s.  Provide mentorship and coaching to develop staff.  Accountable to assure staff have the required knowledge, skills, and competence to provide safe and competent patient care.  In collaboration with the Associate Chief Nurse for Practice and Research, sets standard competencies for all nurses involved in the care of research patients.  Provide leadership to assure a cohesive leadership team that promotes leader standard work and assures patient safety.  Provide leadership to develop and implement strategic initiatives for the services including programmatic components of operations, facilities, capital and operating budgets, and staffing.  Collaborate and integrate research nursing and clinical research support core services between the hospital, Research Institute, ITHS, and other external entities to meet patient and organization needs.  Collaborate with leaders from other departments to ensure standard work where appropriate and engage in effective partnering with value stream leaders to assure integration of services across sites for research patient populations.  Direct and manage contracted services to meet patient and organization needs. Develop, implement, and manage strategic plan to respond to anticipated trends, changes in treatment, economics, or patient needs.  Develop and sustain interdisciplinary relationships and committees, and manage special projects that contribute to program development.


Seattle Children's Employer Highlights:

-Leader in Pediatric Care: Because of our people, Seattle Children’s is recognized as a leading teaching, research and specialty care center at the forefront of pediatric care.

- Competitive Benefits: We support a healthy work–life balance. Our benefits include employee care, paid time off, health insurance and retirement savings.

- Transportation Discounts: Company bike program, on-site zip cars, unlimited ORCA transit pass, daily commute bonus provided to staff who us alternate methods of travel to/from work, company vanpools.

- Diversity/Inclusion: We strive to maintain an atmosphere that reflects our values of inclusion by providing effective and respectful care compatible with each patient and family's beliefs, values, and heritage.


Required Education/Experience:
- Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
- Master's degree in Nursing; may be substituted with a Master’s in Business Administration, Public Health, Healthcare Administration, or related field provided the candidate also possesses a Bachelor's degree in Nursing (Candidates currently enrolled in a Master’s program will be considered. Individual must complete program within three years in position and maintain solid performance).
- Minimum of five (5) years' of leadership experience in a health care setting.
- Strong knowledge of research regulatory requirements.
-Minimum of three (3) years' of clinical research experience.

Required Credentials:
- Current Washington State RN license or abiility to obtain within 6 months in position.
- National certification in a clinical specialty area or leadership must be obtained within three years of employment.
- Current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers. Current PEARS or PALS certification will be accepted in lieu of BLS.
- A copy of graduate degree in Nursing or transcripts indicating attainment of Master's degree in nursing is to be on record with Human Resources upon hire. If Master's degree is in Business Administration, Public Health, Healthcare Administration, or related field, a copy of the degrees or transcripts indicating attainment of a Master's degree and Bachelor's in Nursing degree is to be on record with Human Resources upon hire. If Master's degree is in process, a copy of the Bachelor's degree in Nursing or transcripts indicating attainment of a Bachelor's degree in Nursing and a notation of expected Master's completion date is to be on file with Human Resources upon hire.

- Strong organizational, oral, and written communication skills.
- Experience managing clinical research core services, includes biostatistics and data management, clinical trial management, and clinical research coordinators.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Our community welcomes diverse experiences, backgrounds, and thoughts as this is what drives our spirit of inquiry and allows us to better connect with our increasingly diverse patients and families. Our organization recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


The people who work at Seattle Children’s are members of a community that seeks to respect and celebrate all the qualities that make each of us unique. Each of us is empowered to be ourselves within this community, which cultivates and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels.


Seattle Children’s is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Workplace and Affirmative Action Employer.


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