Research Quality Control Specialist I

Posting Number: #1852

Position Title: Research Quality Control Specialist I

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Sacramento, CA (Hybrid)

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Position Summary

The Public Health institute’s Cancer Registry of Greater California (CRGC) is seeking to hire a Research Quality Control Specialist I (QCS I) position in the Research Unit. The QCSI is responsible for supporting and managing short- and long-term primary data collection projects at the CRGC’s Research Unit. This includes assisting with abstracting medical records, other data collection efforts, and project management as needed. The QCSI works directly with the study project coordinator and/or principal investigator, to ensure that data collection is completed within the project timeline and complies with the requirements of the study protocols. The QCSI will be responsible for abstracting cancer-relevant data from medical records and coding as per study protocol, coordinating requests for medical records and biospecimens from medical facilities, and recruiting participants. The QCSI will also help with responses to public inquiries about cancer and data requests.

This is a regular full-time, hybrid position. The employee will be expected to maintain a home-based work location as well as work in-person at the Sacramento, CA office and is expected to work during core business hours for the Pacific time zone. Percentage of remote vs. in-person work will vary by duties and may shift over the course of employment.

Full salary range for this position: $68,581 to $99,425 per year. The typical hiring range for this position is from $68,581 (minimum) to $84,003 (midpoint), based on 100% FTE. The starting salary is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, experience, as well as budget availability.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Reviews and abstracts medical records within established timelines and following pre-set standardized guidelines/protocols.
  • Performs routine quality control checks to ensure data quality.
  • Assists in the identification and retrieval medical records and biospecimen from healthcare facilities for primary data collection projects according to study protocols or contract specifications.
  • Contacts treatment facilities and laboratories to request/verify information relevant for cancer surveillance or research projects.
  • Follows standard operating procedures, protocols, and quality controls as required in research projects.
  • Assists with participant recruitment and data collection efforts, including mailing survey packages, making follow-up calls, and documenting such activities on study tracking database.
  • Coordinates data collection projects and/or works closely with the Research Project Coordinator to meet timeline deliverables.
  • Assists with responding to inquiries regarding cancer and data requests from communities and researchers under the guidance of senior research staff or PI.
  • Assists with preparing data and reports in response to public requests and inquiries.
  • Attends team meetings and training sessions as required.
  • Works in the CRGC office in Sacramento, CA as needed.
  • Performs regional registry-related and other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 2 years of experience in a broad range of medical or cancer-related research or registry functions, including case identification, data abstracting, coding, and quality control activities or experience in patient recruitment, working with medical records, and data abstraction in chart review studies.
  • Bachelor’s degree, or substitute with four additional years of relevant experience.

Other  Qualifications

  • Credentialed by the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) as an Oncology Data Specialist (ODS), or other medical coding credentials/degrees strongly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, public health, or other health-care related field preferred.
  • Experience working with electronic medical records (EMRs) and chart abstraction and/or knowledge of caner identification, coding and abstracting procedures, cancer disease process, and national and state cancer reporting and coding standards (SEER, NPCR, and California Cancer Registry) as they pertain to research studies.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform detailed analysis of complex problems and present solutions.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work with software programs that include Microsoft Access, Excel, familiarity with SEER*Stat is a plus.
  • Ability to travel to CRGC office as needed to prepare/retrieve medical records for data abstraction or other data collection efforts.
  • Must be able to pass the background check required for this position.



This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.


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