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The University of Oregon (UO) seeks a Research Compliance Specialist to serve as a member of a team of professionals in the Research Compliance Services Office (RCS). Specialists 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, Specialists provide program management for policies, procedures and regulatory required record retention and program support for quality assurance initiatives and monitoring. In this position, there is a significant emphasis on customer service, managing processes related to human subject protections and protocol facilitation, financial conflicts of interest, compliance and monitoring activities, and operational reporting. Additionally, this position includes development and maintenance activities for the RCS website, as well as program management for training materials. Specialists must develop 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 Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) promotes excellence in research at the University of Oregon. Research, both basic and applied, is fundamental to the mission of the University and is essential to Oregon’s economic and civic vitality.
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:
Perform analysis of submissions to RCS; coordinate and manage intake review processes; review, evaluate and interpret submissions to determine risk and compliance with regulations and ethical best practices
Provide compliance review process support; generate regulatory documentation and complex technical communication
Oversee and facilitate review and tracking systems for single IRB review (sIRB) for multi-site and collaborative research
Provide consultation and guidance to researchers to assist with submission processes and compliance review facilitation
Provide unit operational support for compliance committees, including development of regulatory compliant meeting minutes and documentation, and general compliance committee support and tracking
Serve as project manager in the systematic review and maintenance of unit policies, procedures, continuing education, and record retention processes
Appropriately implement and make recommendation for process quality improvements; implement and adhere to policies, procedures, and unit systems and workflows
Assist with auditing and monitoring of research activities to ensure regulatory compliance; assist with QI/QA initiatives and implement internal controls as directed
Develop, enhance and maintain unit website; serve as project manager for all external unit materials
Assist Director in the development and enhancement of unit metrics; systematically capture unit metrics for compliance operations; serve as liaison in the enhancement of database support for unit as directed
Provide direct supervision, guidance and direction to unit’s student employee(s); prioritize and delegate tasks, maintain oversight and provide feedback.
Special projects as directed
A BA/BS from an accredited institution of higher education.
One year of experience in a professional setting focused on research administration, research compliance or in an active research setting that included human subjects research; OR
Four (4) years or more of experience within the fields of research compliance, research administration or in an active research setting that included human subject research.
Proficient with multiple forms of information technology, including web, word processing, data entry, managing electronic information and database administration
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
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
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
Additional Salary Information: The UO has a strong benefits package accompanying employment. Potential candidates are encouraged to review the benefits options at http://hr.uoregon.edu/benefits/.
Internal Number: 522031
About University of Oregon
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/