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University of Oregon
  • Position Number: 4901358
  • Location: Eugene, OR
  • Position Type: Laboratory and Research

Job no: 533131
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR, Other-Site
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Operations/Infrastructure, Research/Scientific/Grants, Planning/Project Management

Department: Research Compliance Services
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Starting at $58,000 per year; commensurate with experience.
Compensation Band: OS-OA06-Fiscal Year 2023-2024
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins

January 8, 2024; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants

With your online application, please upload a resume and a cover letter describing how you meet the minimum requirements, professional competencies, and any preferred qualifications. You will also be asked to enter the names and contact information of three professional references; candidates will be notified prior to contacting references.

The position is full-time and based out of Eugene, Oregon, however remote or hybrid work requests may be considered.

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

Research Compliance Administrators serve as members on a team of professionals in the Research Compliance Services Office (RCS) who are dedicated to research integrity and compliance and deliver excellent customer service to support UO research. RCAs serve as subject matter experts in compliance and integrity, and are responsible for facilitating compliance reviews, supporting complex compliance matters, and maintaining essential regulatory documentation. RCAs also support the administration of the compliance committees, including the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects, UO's Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the UO's Conflict of Interest in Research Committee. RCAs must adhere to established processes, procedures, and guidance based on federal, state, and institutional regulations and policies as well as best practices in research compliance and integrity.

The RCA I provides general operational support to the unit, including developing and maintaining website content and unit metrics. This position supports unit initiatives focused on education and outreach to foster research integrity. The RCA II participates in monitoring activities in support of the unit program areas, and additional responsibilities include developing and delivering trainings, conducting Post Approval Monitoring (PAM), and internal QI/QA initiatives to foster research integrity.

RCAs serve as a resource to the research community, research administration colleagues, and other stakeholders via phone, email, and in-person consultations. The RCA I has a foundational understanding of regulatory processes and requirements. It is expected the individual further develop content expertise in research compliance and integrity to provide service and to review, evaluate, and interpret materials for regulatory compliance and ethical best practices. The RCA II has an existing wide breadth of regulatory and best-practice knowledge and is expected to maintain current knowledge and further develop content expertise in research compliance and integrity as the field evolves.

This is a full-time position and typically reports directly to an Assistant Director in RCS. The duties of this position are determined based on volume and unit needs. Responsibilities may be focused in one or more of the unit's program areas. RCA 1's may report to team or project leads for specifically assigned duties; they will operate with some independence in daily operations, depending on work assigned. The
RCA 2 operates with independence in their daily work with minimal supervision, and may serve as a project or team lead.

Minimum Requirements

To qualify for RCA I:

Bachelor's degree AND Two (2) or more years of professional experience focused on research administration, research compliance and integrity, or other regulatory compliance in an active research setting
Four (4) or more years of professional experience focused on research administration, research compliance and integrity, or other regulatory compliance in an active research setting.

To qualify for RCA II:

Bachelor's degree AND Four (4) or more years of professional experience focused on research administration, research compliance and integrity, or other regulatory compliance in an active research setting
Six (6) or more years of professional experience focused on research administration, research compliance and integrity, or other regulatory compliance in an active research setting.

Professional Competencies

Demonstrated understanding and technical expertise in research administration areas, including but not limited to knowledge of the federal regulatory framework governing human subject research, conflicts of interest, research misconduct and/or responsible conduct of research.
Excellent 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 and ability to work effectively in a team-based setting; 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 research community, including faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Degree or demonstrated experience in public policy, law, research ethics, or related field.
1 or more years of experience in any of the following:

  • Experience working in a research-intensive institution of higher education

  • Experience in active research setting that included human subjects research

  • Experience working to review and/or manage conflicts of interest

  • Experience working with support programs for research integrity/responsible conduct of research

Experience with clinical trials
Experience with FDA-regulated research
Responsibility for the conduct of research
Experience writing and/or interpreting research policy
Experience in a team-based professional setting and working with constituent groups
Experience with Federal reporting criteria and submission systems
Experience using database systems and managing electronic information
Certified IRB Professional (CIP), Certified Research Administrator or other related professional certifications

FLSA Exempt: Yes

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