The Director of Research Compliance is critical to ensuring safe, ethical, and responsible conduct of research across the University, which directly impacts the University's reputation and its standing with Federal and State agencies. The position reports to the Assistant Vice President for Research Integrity and Operations. The position works with a high degree of autonomy as the lead person responsible for ensuring the ethical conduct of University research and its compliance with government regulations and University policies.
This assignment is a multifaceted, and extremely complex, requiring in-depth knowledge of Federal and State regulations concerning human research, animal research, financial conflict of interest, and export control, operation of numerous oversight committees, personal interaction with faculty and students, collaboration with other administrative units, and management of the University's animal care facility.
Develop and implement University policies and procedures to ensure research compliance with Federal and State regulations pertaining to responsible conduct of research, human subject research, animal research, biological research, financial conflict of interest, research misconduct, and export control.
Oversee, manage the compliance of, provide guidance to, and serve as a consultant to research review committees such as the Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects, the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee, the Institutional Biosafety Committee, the Financial Conflict of Interest Committee, and the Archaeological Collection and Curation Committee.
Oversee and manage the contracted operation of the University's animal care facility, ensuring compliance, appropriate operating procedures, security, and environmental standards.
Ensure necessary and appropriate communication between the University and Federal and State entities to maintain University research operations in compliance with government regulations, and act as an advisor to the Assistant Vice President for Research Integrity and Operations on all issues concerning responsible and compliant conduct of research.
Monitor developments and changes in statutes and court rulings, rules and regulations that impact research compliance requirements, and respond to periodic changes in Federal regulations and other guidelines.
Develop training, educational materials, web-based tools, and outreach programs for the University community, and work directly as necessary with faculty, staff, and students to ensure compliant and responsible conduct of research.
Coordinate with other University offices as appropriate, such as the Office of Legal Affairs, Grant & Contract Accounting, Risk Management, and Undergraduate Research to ensure and improve University conduct of research, to investigate possible research malfeasance, and to resolve compliance issues as they arise.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred.
A minimum of 3 years of experience in positions providing oversight on the ethical conduct of research and compliance with government regulations.
Laboratory experience is preferred, but not required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Candidate must demonstrate strong leadership ability and strong interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills to effectively interact with and lead a wide range of constituencies.
Candidate must be a self-starter, skilled in critical analysis with outstanding problem solving skills, and must possess high ethical standards and the ability to exercise judgment and discretion in interpreting and applying regulations and procedures.
Candidate must possess strong time management, organizational and planning skills with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks. A strong focus on project management and attention to detail is essential.
Candidate must demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
Candidate must have a strong working knowledge with Microsoft Office Products, Adobe, SharePoint, and SiteCore.
Position requires occasional work on weekends or in evenings.
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This position is open until filled.
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