Research Training Coordinator

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450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Research Administration

Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
PTL Remote: 2-3 days remote/wk


Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a leader in life changing breakthroughs in cancer research and patient care. We are united in our mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. We strive to create an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds, and design programs to promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations. We conduct groundbreaking research that advances treatment, we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers, and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


Program Coordination & Oversight

  • Develop and implement marketing and outreach strategies that will provide an overview of cancer-related research training opportunities to be used to attract student participation.
  • Create a plan to recruit, coordinate and evaluate students interested in research training opportunities including, but not limited to application, research placement and onboarding etc. 
  • Coordinate a plan and process to recruit and evaluate mentor participation. This will also include assistance with recruitment of mentors across institutions (e.g. MGH, BCH, etc.).
  • Participate in the planning, development and implementation of research skills and professional development seminars. Collaborate in identifying topics and speakers for scientific and professional development seminars. This role will also facilitate certain professional development workshops.
  • Provide assistance with the development and implementation of new program initiatives.
  • Act as a resource and ensures ongoing engagement to students, mentors, families, and supporters.          
  • Create linkages across other student training programs by sharing insight and best practices.
  • Works collaboratively with middle school partners to ensure successful program implementation.

Faculty and Career Development

  • Explore, generate, and coordinate opportunities for CURE Alumni, graduate students and post doctoral trainees to participate in career development activities such as facilitation of journal clubs, guest lecturer, teaching fellowship and mentorship opportunities.

Student Tracking and Data Analysis

  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive approach to evaluate effectiveness of training programs.
  • Understand and administer survey and measurement tools requiring ongoing and timely distribution to track students, ensuring a high level of compliance.
  • Create annual reports based on program evaluations and survey findings. This includes metrics on program data and student demographics.


  • Develop and maintains administrative infrastructure to support the operations of the Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities including community engagement.
  • Collaborate with DFCI HR to ensure and support a timely onboarding process for CURE trainees.
  • Coordinate tasks and priorities:
  • Routinely composes, prepares and sends broadcast e-mails
  • Schedules meetings involving participants with complicated schedules
  • Approve timecards of students on a weekly basis.
  • Coordinate, schedules and plans symposia/meetings and community outreach activities with attention to detail, including logistics such as room reservations and catering needs.
  • Coordinate mentor and trainee orientations.
  • Generate and maintain timely and accurate student and program records


  • Curate and maintain CURE’s social media presence.
  • Serve as a content coordinator for IECD on cancer center website, ensures the IECD section is updated regularly.
  • Facilitate ongoing communications with mentors and trainees.
  • Monitor student progress and student interactions with mentors through site visits


  • Bachelor’s Degree required with program management experience required.  
  • Preferred advanced degree in the biomedical sciences or other health related field.
  • Must be proficient with coordination and project management with demonstrated experience in facilitating training related programs across secondary and post-secondary institutions.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Program experience with students from traditionally under-represented populations.
  • Strong administration, organizational and interpersonal skills. Proven attention to details.
  • Strong team player who enjoys working as part of a lean team- pitching in whenever needed
  • Self-starter, demonstrates the ability to take initiative.
  • Demonstrated skills in responding with promptness and accuracy in complex and dynamic environments and while ensuring a commitment to high quality program delivery.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and arrange various in-person and virtual-related programs/events.
  • Strong computer proficiency, especially with Microsoft Office products.
  • Knowledge of healthcare fields strongly preferred.
  • Flexibility in scheduling needed: Week-end and evening meetings and events are required.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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