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University of Oregon
  • Position Number: 3324005
  • Location: Eugene, OR
  • Position Type: Business - Finance

Assistant Director of Research Compliance Services

Job no: 529980
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Business Administration/Management, Operations/Infrastructure, Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: Research Compliance Services
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $75,000 - $85,000 annual; Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA07-Fiscal Year 2022-2023
FTE: 1.0
Application Review Begins

August 22, 2022; 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.

This position is located in Eugene, but remote hybrid options may be considered.
Department Summary

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) advances world-class research, scholarship and innovation at the University of Oregon, a top-tier public research institution. The OVPRI oversees sponsored research, research compliance, technology transfer, research communications, and research development at the University of Oregon (UO), as well as numerous high-profile research centers and institutes and core research facilities. OVPRI provides opportunities for faculty across the university to collaborate on research efforts that are inherently interdisciplinary and of significant societal importance. As a university that holds the distinction of a "very high research activity" ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the UO is also one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Visit to learn more.

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.

The OVPRI is committed to a respectful work environment. We value the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally responsive services to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion we welcome, respect, and create a sense of belonging for a wide range of identities and experiences in our workforce. We strongly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and/or LGBTQIA+ community members.

The OVPRI continues to evolve and become a more inclusive institution in our pursuit of our core values and inspire new discoveries. In partnership with UO's Division of Equity and Inclusion, we utilize the IDEAL Framework to guide our practices.
Position Summary

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

Direct and manage operations related to compliance with UO's Financial Conflict of Interest in Research (FCOIR) policy and Conflict of Interest, Conflict of Commitment, and Outside Activities (COI/COC) policy, including developing and managing related policies and procedures in accordance with Federal and State regulations, UO policies, guidance and best practices. This position is responsible for overseeing the review of Significant Financial Interest (SFI) declarations and COI/COC disclosures; making determinations; and leading the development of management plans in consultation with relevant stakeholders. This position serves as lead staff support and a member of the Conflict of Interest in Research Committee (COIRC).

Provide direction and support and serve as an expert resource for researchers and campus community in the review, determination and management processes related to Significant Financial Interest (SFI) declarations and conflict of interest, conflict of commitment and outside activity disclosures.

Provide leadership, guidance, and direct supervision to unit professional staff in COI/COC and FCOIR. Serve as a collaborative member of the unit's leadership team, representing COI/COC and FCOIR areas.

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

Apply in-depth regulatory knowledge of Federal, State, and local regulations and policies regarding COI/COC and FCOIR; apply best practice knowledge in operations to facilitate regulatory compliance and research integrity in COI/COC and FCOIR. Participate in continuing education and regional and national professional development opportunities with other practitioners in COI/COC and FCOIR to maintain and further develop knowledge.

Work directly and in close collaboration with colleagues in offices such as Sponsored Project Services, Office of the Provost, Office of General Counsel, Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration, Dean's Council, and Innovation Partnership Services. Collaborate with campus constituents in matters of COI/COC and FCOIR communication, education, program development/improvement, and compliance.

Monitor developments and federal directives related to national research and security, and as an expert in FCOI and COI/COC, participate in UO's strategic responses to new requirements and emerging best practices for promoting security in research. Professionally represent the University of Oregon at external functions related and within research administration.
Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced degree plus five years of experience in the field of research administration with demonstrated experience working with a broad range of research, including compliance, human subject research and/or conflict of interest. OR:
  • BA/BS degree from a fully accredited university or other institution of higher education plus seven years of experience in the field of research administration with demonstrated experience working with a broad range of research, including compliance, human subject research and/or conflict of interest.
  • 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.

    We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes with relevant transferrable skills from a variety of sources and experiences. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.
    Professional Competencies

  • Commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
  • 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, conflicts of interest, research misconduct and responsible conduct of research.
  • Effective 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 approach, 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 regulatory compliance environment that demands specialized skills and abilities in satisfying federal, state, and university requirements.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with constituent groups including high-level leadership, faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to represent the UO in a professional manner with diverse set of stakeholders including, investigators, staff, administrators, students, community members and representatives of other institutions
  • Ability to navigate and manage complex environments in a calm, constructive, and professional manner
  • Ability to describe their experience and commitment to promoting equity and inclusion
    Preferred Qualifications

  • Significant experience working in a research-intensive institution of higher education.
  • 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.
  • Experience with at least one area of conflict of interest management (Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research, Conflicts of Commitment or Conflicts of Interests).
  • Certified IRB Professional (CIP) or other relevant certifications.

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

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

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    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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