Research Program Manager -- Arkansas Reproductive Health Monitoring System

Research Program Manager

Overview: The Arkansas Reproductive Health Monitoring System (ARHMS), within the Section of Birth Defects Research in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI), seeks candidates for the position of Research Program Manager. The Program Manager will serve as the Assistant Scientific Director of ARHMS and will be primarily responsible for oversight and supervision of staff of the statewide birth defect registry and will collaborate with existing faculty in the design and implementation of epidemiologic studies, as well as assist the Scientific and Medical Directors of ARHMS. The Program Manager will oversee the abstraction of clinical information by the Health Information Specialists, from medical records from 43+ hospitals and other medical facilities across the state and will manage the technical aspect of ARHMS activities, as related to medical record abstraction and data entry. 

Duties and Responsibilities: The Program Manager will be responsible for timely ascertainment of cases for each birth year, conduct periodic field visits; ensure and adhere to organizational data quality standards; ensure validity checks are current and completed for key data elements; maintain up-to-date manual of operations, standard operating procedures and other registry documentation; ensure that data quality and control procedures exist and are implemented on an ongoing basis; ensure that HIM staff are adequately trained and re-trained in data collection and data entry procedures on an ongoing basis or as needed, and ensure that data quality audits are conducted on an a regular basis.  The Program Manager will work closely with the Section for Birth Defects Research’s Database Manger, to ensure the ARHMS database is maintained and updated as needed.

The Program Manger will assist in the development, evaluation, and implementation of research protocols and grants and will support ongoing and new clinical and epidemiologic research.  The position will facilitate the timely collection of data necessary for participant recruitment and enrollment for these studies, as needed and will oversee the abstraction activities as they relate to prioritized research study objectives and communication between the ARHMS staff and clinical reviewers for these research studies. The Program Manager will work closely with faculty, research and public health partners, community organizations and external organizations (e.g., the National Birth Defects Prevention Network) that collaborate with, or request information from ARHMS and will also work with the ARHMS External Advisory Committee and the Arkansas Department of Health. The Assistant Director may also represent ARHMS and the Section in local, state and national organizations and collaborative public health groups, working to improve healthy pregnancy outcomes.

Qualifications: Qualified candidates must have at least a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Health, Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Health or related field (e.g., health information management specialist, chronic disease, environmental health or genetics) The successful candidate should have a minimum of three years of experience working with population-based birth defects or chronic disease surveillance or working as a health information management specialist. The candidate must possess strong supervisory, presentation, and Microsoft Access skills, for querying data reports and abstracting data for analytic purposes. Qualified candidates must have the ability to advise health professionals and the public on birth defect occurrences, birth defects prevention, and services to families of children with birth defects and must work effectively with interdisciplinary groups. For additional information about the position go to:  

More Information: The UAMS Department of Pediatrics employs over 210 faculty members and over 80 residents.  Arkansas Children’s Hospital is among the largest children’s hospitals in the United States. Located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, Little Rock is an exceptionally family-oriented community, with affordable housing, quality school options, a mild climate, excellent cultural and artistic venues, professional minor league sports, world class hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational opportunities plus extraordinary natural beauty. With a population in excess of 500,000, Greater Little Rock offers the most desirable features of large cities without sacrificing ease of access or convenience. For more information, please see our website:

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit an application through the UAMS Human Resources Application System at

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