The Managing Director of the University of Chicago's Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board (SBS IRB) serves as an expert resource to the faculty IRB members in developing new policy and procedures and directing operations to ensure non-clinical research with human participants is conducted in accord with applicable regulations and protects the rights and welfare of participants.
The Managing Director provides strategic leadership to ensure that the SBS IRB conforms to the profession's best practices and that the needs of the research community are adequately addressed. The Managing Director maintains comprehensive knowledge of existing and forthcoming federal, state, local and University regulations, laws, policies, and ethical principles; interprets and communicates regulations to researchers with accuracy, clarity, and thoroughness; and supports faculty and students in the development of research design and human subjects protocols.
The Managing Director maintains up to date standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the SBS IRB. The Managing Director assures that SOPs are accessible and daily activities conducted in accordance with the SOPs.
The Managing Director consults with peer IRBs and participates in professional associations to represent the interests, values, and perspectives of the SBS IRB and to ensure that SBS IRB policies and procedures reflect current state of the profession; serves as principal liaison between SBS IRB and the Director of University Research Administration, the Office of Legal Counsel, and other University IRBs; leads the SBS IRB on changes in relevant University and federal policies concerning human subject research protections; and coordinates SBS IRB policy with the other components of the University's human research protections.
The Managing Director provides guidance to SBS IRB Chair concerning Board appointments to ensure committee membership adequately represents the expertise necessary for review of projects.
The Managing Director sets agendas for IRB meetings and oversees the review of new protocols, continuing reviews, amendment requests, and reports as well as ongoing compliance of approved research; reviews, documents, and issues exemptions; assigns and provides guidance to protocol reviewers; documents protocol compliance; and prepares and distributes notifications to investigators.
The Managing Director develops new educational programs for researchers on IRB procedures and policies, including presentations, workshops, and educational materials, and serves as a resource to faculty developing grant proposals, providing guidance on human subjects protections regulations and policies.
The Managing Director leads short- and long-term strategic planning on a broad range of financial, personnel, and other operational matters and develops and manages strategic operating plans to ensure the administrative and financial function of the SBS IRB are successfully implemented. The Managing Director develops the SBS IRB budget in consultation with the Dean's Office, supervises all SBS IRB staff including periodic review to ensure staff positions are aligned to SBS IRB operating needs, and creates the annual report on SBS IRB activities. As needed, the Managing Director revises SBS IRB policy and procedure and provides direct training to staff on human research ethics, policy, procedures, regulations, and duties.
Bachelor's degree required, preferably in the social sciences.
M.A. in the social sciences or J.D. strongly preferred.
CIP Certification strongly preferred.
Minimum of five years progressively higher level management experience in human subjects research administration, research administrator, or research protections administration preferred.
Experience in the conduct of research involving human subjects strongly preferred.
Experience in human subjects research projections administration preferred.
Experience using electronic data management systems preferred.
Experience managing web-based data management systems preferred