Duke University School of Medicine uses JTF Competencies to reduce number of job descriptions from 80 to 12

The field of clinical research has changed considerably in the past 20 years, and staff supporting the research are asked to take on additional responsibilities, learn new processes, and be continuously educated on modernized policies and procedures. To address the increased responsibilities and complexities of work, Duke University School of Medicine leadership agreed that an overhaul of job descriptions for clinical research professionals was needed. A working group was created, assembling administrative leaders, human resources personnel, and clinical research subject matter experts. The group used the competencies developed by the Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency as the foundation for this work.  Ultimately, they simplified the number of job classifications at Duke from approximately 80 to 12 and mapped over 700 employees into the new jobs.  They recently published a paper which describes the effort and the lessons learned.  To review the paper click this link.