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The University of Oregon (UO) seeks a Research Compliance Administrator (RCA) to serve as a member of a team of professionals in the Research Compliance Services Office (RCS). RCAs serve as an important resource providing guidance to the research community on regulations which govern compliance in the areas of conflict of interest, human subject research, research misconduct and responsible conduct of research. Additionally, RCAs interface with other services under Research Administration, which may include work with Sponsored Project Services, Innovation Partnership Services, and Research Development. In this position, there is a significant emphasis on customer service, managing processes related to human subject protections and protocol facilitation, compliance and monitoring activities and operational reporting. RCAs must possess current content knowledge in Federal and State regulations related to Research Compliance and are required to adhere to Institutional Policies and procedures. RCAs must have the ability to interpret and apply research compliance regulations as well as the ability to develop best-practices for continuous quality improvement of the program. The successful candidate will have the ability to work within a team and must possess excellent communication skills to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, and research representatives from a variety of diverse backgrounds and will maintain the highest ethical standards.
RCS reports to the Vice President for Research and Innovation and serves as the central administrative office for research compliance. RCS provides a full range of services from faculty guidance, human subject determination and IRB review, conflict of interest reporting and management, and other functions related to the responsible conduct of research. The University of Oregon (UO) was awarded $117 millionfrom external funding sources in grants, contracts and other competitive awards for the fiscal year 2015-1
The UO is a vibrant and intellectually stimulating campus in a region noted for its dynamic quality of life and progressive cultural environment. Balancing life and work is extremely important to UO employees and the university provides ample support and encouragement for its employees to enjoy the environmental and cultural opportunities offered in Eugene and the larger Willamette valley. We encourage candidates to learn about the benefits of working at the UO by reviewing relevant pages on our Human Resources website such as http://hr.uoregon.edu/worklife/ and http://archive.hr.uoregon.edu/benefits/
Core Responsibilities will include a combination of the following, dependent on assigned area:
Independently initiate and provide oversight of review processes related to conflict of interest disclosures and human subject protections. Utilize expertise to perform analysis of submissions to RCS; coordinate and manage review processes; review, evaluate and interpret submissions to independently determine application of and compliance with regulations, laws, policy, and ethical best practices
Provide expert guidance to researchers to facilitate ethical, compliant reviews for human subject protections and management of conflict of interest in research; manage processes with compliance committees, internal units, and other institutions
Provide operational analysis in the review of incidents, event reports and allegations of research misconduct; exercise judgement, discretion, and autonomous, fair facilitation while maintaining confidentiality
Act as an expert resource for researchers and compliance committees regarding ethical standards, Federal and State regulations, and University policies and procedures governing research compliance; provide guidance to researchers in consideration of conflict of interest in research and human subject protections; provide expertise, training and outreach in core responsible conduct of research elements
Appropriately implement and make recommendation for process quality improvements; implement and adhere to compliance policies, procedures, systems and workflows
Maintain cooperative working relationships and collaborate with researchers; provide service as a liaison and advisor between compliance committees, committee members and researchers in relation to determinations and other administrative actions; compose complex, technical correspondence to communicate with constituents to facilitate compliance and research integrity
Collect, manage, appropriately document and disseminate information to ensure compliance with applicable UO, State, and/or Federal guidelines and requirements related to RCS core functions
Prepare reports regarding training and required compliance approvals for Sponsored Project Services and other internal and external entities, as needed.
Conduct and oversee auditing and monitoring of research activities to ensure regulatory compliance; supervise QI/QA initiatives; develop and implement internal controls.
Coordinate the development of professional trainings, workshops and seminars in issues related to research compliance administration
Special projects as directed
The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.
The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.
UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.
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BA/BS from an accredited institution of higher
Two years of experience in a professional setting focused on research administration, research compliance or in an active research setting that included human subjects research; OR Six (6) years or more of experience within the fields of research compliance, research administration or in an active research setting that included human subject research.
Demonstrated proficiency and/or willingness to develop high level technical expertise in a broad range of research compliance areas, including but not limited to in-depth knowledge of the federal regulatory framework governing human subject research, financial conflict of interest, research misconduct and responsible conduct of research
Proficiency with information technology, including web, word processing, data entry, managing electronic information
Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as diplomacy, discretion and professionalism; excellent organizational skills and ability to set appropriate priorities between multiple concurrent tasks
Ability to analyze and synthesize complex concepts and technical details and transfer into written documents
Solutions oriented customer service, team oriented, detail and outcomes focused
Commitment to advancing the University’s research goals in creating a facilitative environment for research while navigating an increasingly complex research compliance environment that requires specialized skills and abilities in satisfying federal, state and university regulations
Ability to work effectively with team members, faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds
***All or some experience may be gained concurrently
Experience working in a research intensive institution of higher education
Research and policy experience; or, an advanced degree in public policy, law or related field
Experience in a team-based professional setting
Experience with Federal reporting criteria and submission systems
Certified IRB Professional (CIP)
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please provide a complete application which includes a cover letter specifically addressing how your professional experience qualifies you for the position and a current resume or CV. Materials should clearly indicate to the review committee that you meet the minimum qualifications. Please also provide at least three (3) professional references (one (1) must be a current supervisor).
For best consideration, please apply prior to May 1st, 2017. Position will remain open until filled.
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time administrative position. Salary will be commensurate with experience, skill set and previous salary history. The UO has a strong benefits package accompanying employment. Potential candidates are encouraged to review the benefits options at http://hr.uoregon.edu/benefits/.
RCS reports to the Vice President for Research and Innovation and serves as the central administrative office for research compliance. RCS provides a full range of services from faculty guidance, human subject determination and IRB review, conflict of interest reporting and management, and other functions related to the responsible conduct of research. The UO received over $114 million in awards... in FY15 with the majority of the funding coming from the federal government: Department of Health and Human Service/National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Department of Education.
The UO is a vibrant and intellectually stimulating campus in a region noted for its dynamic quality of life and progressive cultural environment. Balancing life and work is extremely important to UO employees and the university provides ample support and encouragement for its employees to enjoy the environmental and cultural opportunities offered in Eugene and the larger Willamette Valley. We encourage candidates to learn about the benefits of working at the UO by reviewing relevant pages on our Human Resources website such as http://hr.uoregon.edu/worklife/ and http://archive.hr.uoregon.edu/benefits/