Program Specialist - Education

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023


BSD OCR - Clinical Research Operational Excellence

About the Department

The Office of Clinical Research (OCR) is dedicated to supporting the infrastructure for the management and administration of clinical research at The University of Chicago as well as individual research programs with the goal of improving communication, consistency, and collaboration across the Biological Sciences Division and UChicago Medicine.

To mission of the OCR is to catalyze clinical research by providing expertise, resources, infrastructure, and systems that facilitate clinical research operations and enable collaboration across the enterprise while promoting compliance and human subject protection on behalf of our diverse community of patients and volunteers.

Job Summary

The Program Specialist – Education is an integral member of our Clinical Research Operational Excellence team, providing services in the following areas: clinical trial operations process improvement, educational program development and management, and technology implementation. This position partners with research faculty and staff across the Biological Sciences Division and UChicago Medicine serving as a client-facing partner to drive clinical research workforce educational programming with the goals of improving administrative processes, facilitating training and professional development of research staff, and enabling cross-functional collaboration.


  • Design new training and development programs for clinical research faculty and staff.

  • Develop and maintain programs that focus on internal and external collaborations and partnerships that enhance the quality of the clinical research enterprise at University of Chicago.

  • Drive high-quality projects within expected timeframes.

  • Monitor progress of projects and initiatives and ensure key stakeholders are kept informed about progress and expected outcomes.

  • Support clinical research technology platform planning and implementation.

  • Provide mentorship and counsel to clinical research staff and faculty.

  • Contribute to divisional clinical research training portfolio, training plans, coordination of speakers and planning of modules and topics.

  • Uses moderate/solid understanding and experience to administer the delivery of services to program participants and/or beneficiaries.

  • Has moderate/high levels of interactions with faculty, researchers and staff for committee work or information.

  • Uses general understanding and experience to administer the delivery of services to program participants and/or beneficiaries.

  • Interacts with faculty, researchers and staff for committee work or information.

  • 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 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Educational program administration.

  • Educational program development.

Preferred Competencies

  • Strong knowledge of clinical research regulations and best practices.

  • Excellent time management and ability to prioritize work assignments.

  • Ability to read and understand clinical trial protocols.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with professionalism.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Comfort in clinical settings and patient interaction.

Working Conditions

  • Office Environment.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

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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