D4CG Project Manager

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

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Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023


BSD PED - Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation - Pediatric Cancer Data Commons: Data Analyst

About the Department

The Biological Sciences Division’s ‘Data for the Common Good’ (D4CG), is a rapidly growing team of experts in medicine, clinical research, public health, data standards, data infrastructure and programming, data governance and international data sharing. Headquartered in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago, Data for the Common Good works to connect and share disparate data sets in order to alter long standing research paradigms and enable the study of new research questions that drive cures. Its signature flagship project, the Pediatric Cancer Data Commons (PCDC), houses the world’s largest set of clinical data for pediatric cancer, uniting clinical data from across five continents for almost all types of pediatric cancer. Leveraging its expertise in establishing data commons, Data for the Common Good is expanding to create similar infrastructure across other rare diseases, including diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and adult cancers, as well as a university-wide initiative called the Sociome, a scalable and extensible infrastructure and architecture that will ultimately assemble, quantify and organize the entirety of social context experienced by every individual.

Job Summary

The D4CG Project Manager will be responsible for managing projects within the Volchenboum Lab portfolio including, but not limited to, its disease group consortia development, implementation, and progress as well as cancer informatics and clinical trials workflow enhancement projects. The job uses best practices and knowledge of non-technical (not information technology or construction related) projects from conception to completion. Assembles teams and develops detailed work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans, and status reports while being the point of contact for those projects.

This at-will position is wholly funded by contractual grant funding, which is renewed under provisions set by the grantor of the contract. Employment will be contingent upon the continued receipt of these grant funds and satisfactory job performance.

This position is eligible for a flexible work arrangement.


  • Plans, coordinates, and arranges PCDC consortia meetings and workshops with key stakeholders including PCDC team experts, physicians, informaticists, technology experts, and project sponsors.

  • Creates project management and consortia work plans and timelines and communicates accordingly with PCDC leadership, project management team, and consortia leadership; Builds and executes project plans for selection of PCDC projects.

  • Ensures project deliverables are completed according to both internal and stakeholder timelines, notifies PCDC leadership when project timelines are at risk, and works with PCDC team members to ensure corrective measures are taken to ensure successful project completion.

  • Assembles and leads a project team, assigns individual responsibilities, identifies appropriate resources needed, and develops schedules to ensure timely completion of projects.

  • Is responsible for tracking progress, conducting analyses, as well as preparing for and facilitating project meetings.

  • Acts as a resource for a project team and provides analytical guidance.

  • Interprets complex project issues and provides analytical guidance to a project team.

  • Coordinates the successful integration of vendor and/or consultant tasks and tracks and reviews vendor and/or consultant deliverables.

  • Assists with researching funding opportunities, preparing grant proposals, and drafting and/or editing other written materials with moderate guidance.

  • Assists with other administrative projects as needed and acquire higher level guidance and skills.

  • Coordinates events, researches logistics, assists with planning and preparing presentations, event outreach, and post-event write ups.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • MS, MA, or MPH in related field.


  • Experience with project management practices, tools, and software.

  • Experience working and communicating effectively with stakeholders from various cultures and countries.

  • Scientific background and interest particularly clinical trials, medicine, or public health.

  • Familiarity with clinical/phenotypic data particularly pediatric and/or oncology data.

  • Experience facilitating technical discussions, as well as the ability to synthesize, summarize and generate insight from large amounts of complex data and information.

  • Experience working in non-profit or university research organization.

  • Experience with grant management, budgeting, and reporting.

  • Experience working on federal contracts.

Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge of project management concepts, tools, software, and best practices.

  • Understanding of clinical trial and electronic health record data processes and data flow.

  • Knowledge of medical research (especially oncology) and clinical data.

  • Strong and effective oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to facilitate group decision-making processes and foster an environment of healthy team debate and collaboration.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders from various cultures, countries, and knowledge bases.

  • Ability to accurately monitor project progress, to keep track of effort and funds expended and committed, and to anticipate at an early stage any need for changes in project direction, scope, objectives, funding, or timeline.

  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and independently follow through with detail on general, and sometimes ambiguous, instructions for projects.

  • Ability to facilitate technical discussions, as well as the ability to synthesize, summarize and generate insight from large amounts of complex information.

  • Excellent communication, time management / organization, troubleshooting, and analytical skills.

Working Conditions

  • Office space available.

  • This position is eligible for a flexible work arrangement.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Administration & Management

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


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