Job Posting: Clinical Research Manager

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) is seeking a Clinical Research Manager to join its outstanding research team and lead the interesting and complex heart failure research area. Now in its 39th year, MHIF is one of the leading cardiovascular research and education institutions in the country. We exist to create a world without heart and vascular disease and our mission is to improve people’s lives through the highest quality cardiovascular research and education.


Job Summary:

In support of MHIF’s mission, the Clinical Research Manager provides managerial and leadership oversight for day-to-day clinical research operations for a 5 – 7 person clinical team within MHIF Research Operations. The Manager supervises and optimizes talent and engagement of the Research Associates, Associate Research Coordinators and Clinical Research Coordinators (CRC’s) on their team. The Manager works closely with the other clinical research managers and providers at the Minneapolis Heart Institute. In this hands-on position, the Manager is close to and is conversant about the team’s studies and the overall portfolio and maintains integral relationships with the principal investigators of the team’s studies to help further success.


Strategy and Goals/Clear Direction

  • In line with the overall strategy and goals of MHIF, the Manager develops goals and objectives for the unit and translates to goals for team members, enabling alignment and commitment to the team’s results
  • Regularly communicates with staff and proactively communicates organizational and department information to key stakeholders, including physicians.

Operational Effectiveness and Execution

  • Allocates, delegates work and matches skills to ensure that work is assigned at the right level, optimizing staff talents and effectiveness
  • Plans, establishes metrics, oversees and evaluates execution, productivity and quality of the unit
  • Develops and oversees process and procedure improvement to enhance operational efficiency. Champions lean improvement in processes. Holds team accountable for meeting and/or exceeding SOP requirements
  • Builds means for accountability and a culture of accountability and learning from success and failure
  • Monitors team quality standards in alignment with MHIF quality programs, standards and grant and/or contract parameters

Collaboration, Change and Culture

  • Collaborates with other research managers and other leaders at MHIF. Proactively communicates to ensure alignment and synchrony
  • Identifies problems, barriers and successes; removes roadblocks and rewards success in the team
  • Builds and maintains a supportive team environment and cross-functional team relationships
  • Helps the team through change. Builds a positive team culture and role models and reinforces behaviors that support MHIF values and culture

Budget and Study Portfolio Management

  • Reviews new potential studies and executes the study start up process for new studies. When possible, makes recommendations regarding study selection
    • Monitors unit’s performance to budget and analyzes portfolio financials
    • Supports study budget contracting and resource allocation
  • Understands complexity and anticipates budget/contract process for first-in-human or novel therapies
  • Reports on project time allocation and reconciling actual to plan
  • Reports revenue/expenses for responsible projects and implements strategies that improve the overall profitability of the group
  • Prepares for and helps lead section meetings with physicians, providing key information, enrollment status and always forging the partnership.

 Staffing and Team Member Development

  • Evaluates resource needs for the unit and discusses with managers to leverage across Research
  • Interviews candidates for key hires and leads selection of final hire
  • Effectively coaches, provides reinforcing and constructive performance feedback for direct reports
  • Identifies staff member growth needs, creates development opportunities and leads development conversations
  • Cultivates an environment and culture which reinforces MHIF values that engages and retains employees
  • Develops solutions that maintain and/or improve morale and overall staff engagement




  • Bachelor’s degree in biologic/medical sciences or equivalent experience
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience leading clinical research projects including projects evaluating drugs or devices that are not FDA approved.
  • Must have a track record initiating, executing and completing clinical research projects
  • A minimum of 2 years of supervisory/manager experience leading highly skilled clinical/medical personnel which may include hiring, training, coaching, developing and managing performance of individuals or equivalent and proven experience in influencing, support, and coaching others
  • Previous experience as a Clinical Research Coordinator.
  • Clinical Research Coordinator/Professional (CCRC or CCRP) certification
  • Good command of clinical trial acumen and sound clinical judgement
  • Experience leading teams with a track record of effectively coordinating work across team members
  • Versatile and effective interpersonal skills with a wide range of employees and stakeholders
  • History of exhibiting personal leadership – has worked well during periods of change, has contributed positively to communications, and collaborated effectively across the organization
  • Evidence of being self-aware with emotional maturity, self-management and poise under pressure
  • Experience in managing and assessing workflow and assigning and evaluating resources


  • Professional degree in medical sciences (RN, RD, MPH, etc.)
  • Greater than 5 years manager experience within a clinical/medical organization which included responsibilities for budgets, goals, strategies, process improvement, etc.
  • Expertise and working knowledge of cardiovascular diseases and therapies
  • High learning agility, goal-oriented, self-directed in work and learning and development


We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Join our talented 80+ person team:

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation is an EEO/Affirmative Action employer.

Date posted: July 9, 2021