Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Vice Chancellor for Research. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Ethics and Integrity (AVCEI) is responsible for supporting the Washington University research community by providing leadership, guidance, education and resources to facilitate, ensure and promote research ethics, integrity and compliance. The AVCEI also oversees the administrative support for the IACUC, Conflicts of Interest Office, Embryonic Stem Cell Committee, Export Controls, Research Education, Human Subjects research post-approval monitoring and Research Integrity. Assures that the faculty committee chairs and members have the appropriate support and regulatory guidance and advise to perform their peer reviews of research compliance activities. Directs the development of policies/procedures, quality assurance programs, educational programming and identification of opportunities to enhance support of the research community. These enhancements should be implemented in ways that minimize or reduce the faculty/staff/student burden necessary to complete such requirements. Works closely with the Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR), faculty, university leaders, research administration offices and other members of the research community to continuously improve the ethical and responsible conduct of research at Washington University.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Oversee the administrative offices of Conflict of Interest, Embryonic Stem Cell, Export Controls, Education, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Research Integrity and post- approval monitoring for human and animal research projects and Research Integrity committees and offices. Assures each faculty committee receives the necessary and appropriate administrative and technical support to complete their regulatory peer reviews. Provides advice and guidance to the chairs of the committees. Assures that the administrative staff is well-trained in their responsibilities in order to provide quality services that are timely, and efficient.
Monitors the environment for changes in regulations, peer university programs and professional standards to identify improvements needed to university policies, procedures and education. Propose policies, in conjunction with appropriate stakeholder input, that are in compliance with federal and sponsor regulations and requirements and reflect University policies, process and technology. Conduct regular reviews of policies to assure they reflect the current regulatory and University standards. Facilitate the preparation of institutional responses or comment letters as delegated by the VCR.
Identify trends from the quality assurance activities to develop quality improvement initiatives that enhance the culture of compliance and reduce the burden on faculty. Regularly assess, identify and develop strategies to streamline and integrate research compliance policies, procedures and requirements.
Engage multiple stakeholders in collaborative and consensus building processes to develop technical, policy, education or communication strategies that minimize the burden of regulations on the research community. Key partners include the Office of General Counsel, IRB/HRPO, OSRS, JROC, EH&S, OTM, academic departments, and the University Compliance Office. Regularly monitor the research community feedback on the new initiatives to improve quality or compliance and build a culture of ethical and responsible research.
Oversees the technology development, support and maintenance of the compliance systems including electronic applications or disclosures tools necessary for the committee reviews. Assures the appropriate reporting to federal agencies. Provides regular metrics and data regarding the activities of the various compliance offices.
Facilitates and directs the investigations of reported or identified non-compliance and engages the necessary offices to participate, review and recommend corrective actions; this may include recommendations for sanctions to the VCR. This includes but is not limited to the allegations of research misconduct. Implements monitoring to assure the corrective action plans and sanctions are in place.
Disseminates information about policies, education, quality assurance results and other initiatives designed to improve the ethical and quality conduct of research at WU via presentations, announcements, educational forums or stakeholder groups.
Serve as the key OVCR liaison for external audits, reviews and assessments of the offices for which the ED is responsible. Serve as the primary contact for the University Compliance Officer to regularly report on the compliance reviews, investigations or initiatives in the OVCR office.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Master’s Degree required or equivalent.
Minimum of 10 years research administration or compliance experience.
Medical School experience is required.
Experience with federal regulations and research policies.
Experience with grants management or working in one of the major compliance areas.
Hands on experience conducting research involving animal or human research subjects.
Excellent written, oral and presentation communication skills.
Comfortable working in a matrix and complex environment.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Office setting with travel to other campuses and local research institutions.
The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.
-Retirement Savings Plan -22 vacation days -8 Paid Holidays -Sick Time -Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children -Free Metro Link/ Bus pass -Free Life Insurance -Health, Dental, Vision -Health Savings Accounts (HSA) -Long Term Disability Insurance -Flex Spending Plan -Other Benefits
Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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