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University of Oregon
  • Position Number: 2600910
  • Location: Eugene, OR
  • Position Type: Business - Finance

Assistant Director of Research Compliance Services

Job no: 528459
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Research Compliance Services
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA07-Fiscal Year 2021-2022
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
November 15, 2021; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants
With your online application, please provide a resume and a cover letter describing how you meet the minimum requirements, professional competencies, and any preferred qualifications.

Please submit the names and contact information for three professional references. Candidates will be notified prior to contacting references.

Department Summary
The Office of the Vice President for Research & 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 Office is committed to enhancing these efforts by providing administrative and financial support for sponsored programs, including identification of funding opportunities, proposal submission, research compliance, and contracts and grant administration.

OVPRI supports interdisciplinary research centers, essential core facilities and emboldens innovation and economic development through strategic partnering and technology transfer initiatives. The UO has a long tradition of interdisciplinary research that continues through the production of new knowledge and innovative solutions to society's grand challenges.

Research Compliance Services (RCS) is the central research integrity office to help faculty, staff, and students navigate complex federal and state research compliance regulations so that innovative and collaborative research may flourish. RCS supports and protects the interests of the University, faculty, staff, students and human research subjects in research compliance matters through guidance, education, and technical assistance.

RCS is responsible for the Human Research Protections and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) programs, Financial Conflict of Interest in Research (FCOIR), and Conflicts of Interest/Conflicts of Commitment, In addition, RCS provides administrative support in cases of alleged Research Misconduct and other research compliance matters, including Clinical Trials research regulations.

Position Summary
The Assistant Director of Research Compliance Services serves as a member of the leadership team in the Research Compliance Services (RCS) office. This position reports directly to the Director of RCS and includes responsibilities in the following general areas:

Direct and manage human subject research (HSR) review and Institutional Review Board (IRB) operations, including developing and maintaining related policies and procedures in accordance with Federal and State regulations, Institutional Policy, guidance and best practice. This position is responsible for administration of the IRB meetings, management and recommendation of IRB membership, and daily operations pertaining to IRB review systems and post-approval monitoring. This position serves as an alternate member of the IRB to facilitate reviews of human subject research protocols.

Provide direction and support and serve as an expert resource for the UO research community for the review and ethical protection of human subjects in research.

Provide leadership, guidance and direct supervision to unit professional staff in human subject protections. Serve as a collaborative member of the unit's leadership team, representing HSR areas.

Create, oversee, and deliver unit initiatives for OVPRI education and training programs related to human subject protections to facilitate regulatory compliance, foster a culture of research integrity, and integrate core concepts of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) in HSR focal area. Participate in programmatic planning initiatives and provide oversight of QI/QA program activities, lead audit and monitoring activities in HSR area.

Apply in-depth regulatory knowledge of Federal, State, and local regulations and policies regarding IRB operations and human subject protections; apply best practice knowledge to facilitate regulatory compliance and research integrity in IRB operations. Participate in continuing education and regional and national professional development opportunities with other human subject research professionals to maintain and further develop knowledge.

Work directly and in close collaboration with colleagues in offices such as Sponsored Project Services, Office of General Counsel, Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration, Dean's Council, and Innovation Partnership Services on IRB operations areas. Collaborate with campus constituents in matters of compliance, events or allegations of research misconduct in areas related to IRB operations. Has direct access to Institutional Official (IO).

Professionally represent the University of Oregon at external functions related to IRB operations and research administration.

Minimum Requirements
  • Advanced degree plus five (5) years of experience in the field of research administration; OR BA/BS degree plus seven (7) years of experience in the field of research administration.
  • Progressive responsibility within the field of research administration at an institution of higher education or relevant research based entity, including leadership and at least 1 year of supervisory experience

    Professional Competencies
  • Demonstrated proficiency and possession of high-level technical expertise in a broad range of research administration areas, including but not limited to in-depth knowledge of the federal regulatory framework governing human subject research, 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
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize complex concepts and technical details and transfer into written documents
  • Demonstrated solutions-oriented customer service, team-oriented, and detail and outcomes-focused
  • Committed to advancing the University's goal of creating a facilitative environment for research and innovation while navigating an increasingly complex research compliance environment that demands specialized skills and abilities in satisfying federal, state, and university regulations
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with constituent groups, including high-level leadership, faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Significant experience working in a research intensive institution of higher education in the area of human subject protections
  • An advanced degree in public policy, law, research ethics or related field;
  • Research and policy experience
  • Experience in a team-based professional setting and working with constituent groups
  • Experience with Federal reporting criteria and submission systems
  • Certified IRB Professional (CIP)

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    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

    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. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    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 Civil Rights Compliance, 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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