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This position provides oversight and management of CNA’s Human Protection Program to ensure compliance with federal regulations, directives, instructions, and contract awards. The scope of CNA’s human protection program includes 50-75 social and behavioral research studies per year funded by the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. Human Research Protection (HRP) PM is CNA’s human research protection official (HRPO) and reports to the Chief Research Officer. HRP PM runs CNA’s human subjects protection processes and procedures, facilitates human protections administrative paperwork, coordinates with CNA research managers, analysts, and staff, and coordinates with government HRPOs and commercial institutional review boards. Onmatters of regulatory policy interpretation, legal, and liaison with outside council, the HRP PM reports to CNA’s General Counsel/Human Subjects Research Signatory Official.
Duties and/or Responsibilities
1. Oversee and coordinate human subjects protection administration and activities. Advise and assist researchers in matters of compliance, proposal structure, and protocol preparation. Review all protocols before submission to an external IRB, conduct
exemption determinations for CNA’s Signatory Official review, review all HRPO packages before submission to the government, and review all new research proposals for potential human subjects implications.
2. Oversee CNA’s human research protection policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal regulations, directives, instructions, and contract awards. Document standard operating procedures and update templates.
3. Maintain currency on all federal policies, directives, and regulations that apply to research involving human subjects. Monitor federal regulatory websites for regulatory changes. In consultation with CNA’s Signatory Official, provide guidance regarding the interpretation of these regulations, laws, and policies. Communicate pertinent information to staff in a timely manner.
4. Act as CNA’s primary point of contact with government agencies and contracting officers for all human subjects protection related issues. Build collaborative relationships with Office of Naval Research, other Department of Defense, and other
5. Maintain accuracy of institutional records regarding human research protection, make sure files are audit ready. Manage and track protocol/proposal submissions, such as responding to incoming messages, archiving printed documents, and maintaining organization of all communications, in compliance with government policies, regulations, and directives. This includes continued maintenance and oversight of CNA’s human subjects SharePoint site. Prepare reports relative to human subjects compliance actions for submission to government officials.
6. Oversee, coordinate, and teach CNA’s human subjects training programs.
7. Monitor, track, and assure that managers, staff, and key personnel conducting or associated with human subject research are trained consistent with government policies. Ensure that training records are auditable and that all training certificates are
8. Serve as an advisor to Chief Research Officer and Human Subjects Research Signatory Official. Coordinate regularly with the Executive Vice President Center for Naval Analyses and Executive Vice President Institute for Public Research.
9. Perform other duties as assigned.
1. Education: Bachelor’s degree in life, physical, or social science discipline or equivalent, master’s degree preferred.
2. Experience: At least seven years of experience in human subjects protection program management, preferably with the Department of Defense or other government agency. Extensive knowledge of the Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP) regulations, the Common Rule, and the administration of institutional review boards required. Direct experience conducting research involving human subjects and interacting with Institutional Review Board (IRB) preferred. Certified IRB Professional or other appropriate certifications preferred.
3. Skills: Expert knowledge of federal policies concerning human subjects protection to include the OHRP regulations, the Common Rule, and associated federal agency implementing regulations required. Ability to interpret and apply these federal policies, procedures and regulations in individual cases, and to make recommendations to ensure that proposed research activities are compliant. Ability to plan effectively and to meet multiple deadlines and independently manage workload in a timely and effective manner required. Ability to train investigators from any number of research disciplines in the principles of human subjects protection. Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communications skills, including the ability to write professional reports, compliance memoranda, and develop/deliver effective presentations. Excellent problem solving and organizational skills required, strong analytic skills desired. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary staff. Demonstrated great attention to detail. Demonstrated experience with databases and proficiency with MS Office applications. High degree of personal integrity and ethics with uncompromising standards.
4. Other: Must have ability to obtain and maintain security clearance.
Internal Number: NCER0690
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The Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the Department of the Navy and operated by the CNA Corporation, a non-profit, mission-oriented company serving the public interest. Our mission is to help the Department of the Navy and other government agency decision-makers improve the use of current systems and develop the next generation of weapons systems to ensure America’s defense in the 21st century. We are unique in our real-world, empirical, data-driven approach to operations analyses and our use of scientists as expert observers of military operations. We are the nation’s oldest FFRDC and began in World War II (1942...) by sending scientists to sea to observe ASW operations in order to defeat German U-boats.
CNA's Institute for Public Research, which was created in 1993, provides high-level research and analysis services to federal, state, and local government agencies, and non-commercial clients working in the areas of education, health research and policy, organizational learning and effectiveness, air traffic management, safety and security, and other domestic issue areas.
As a CNA employee, you can see the results of your research implemented in the real world. Whether it's analyzing advanced naval technology and systems, providing high-level military officials with an assessment of mine-sweeping operations and their impact, improving the overall quality of public education, analyzing past disasters (like Hurricane Sandy) to improve future evacuation procedures, or implementing smart policing across the nation, the research and analysis that our research staff is doing is making a difference.
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