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The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is seeking applications for the position of Director of the Research Intelligence and Compliance Team (RIACT). This newly reorganized research compliance and intelligence function at the University of Minnesota will support the research community and promote research compliance by (1) cultivating a culture of research compliance, (2) gathering, monitoring, and reporting on near- and long-term risks associated with university research; (3) efficiently conducting routine and for-cause compliance investigations; and (4) managing research compliance programs and relationships. The mission of RIACT aligns with the OVPR’s research strategic priority to “Promote and Sustain Research Integrity” that includes engaging faculty, staff, students, and the broader community. It also aligns with this core commitment: The University of Minnesota is committed to the highest standards of ethics and research integrity and to ensuring compliance with all relevant laws across the research enterprise. Electronic data, modern data analytics, and management information systems that provide the necessary metrics for leadership decision making form the core of RIACT work.
The successful candidate will lead RIACT through its next stage of data driven research compliance monitoring and risk management evolution and impact. They will be responsible for working closely with key research compliance partners and university leaders to build on the already established risk assessment processes, accountability metrics, compliance programs and education.
lead a team and develop strategies in support of the research integrity goals and responsibilities of the OVPR;
develop, implement, and communicate a forward-looking institutional research risk assessment model, compliance programming, and sustained culture of compliance;
reformulate and implement efficient compliance monitoring activities and internal control programming like the Certified Approver program;
reformulate and support compliance education activities including responsible conduct in research;
conduct and supervise complex and dynamic fact-finding and investigative efforts in conjunction with compliance partners and institutional knowledge experts;
deploy compliance data analytics and risk based reporting system;
educate and train the University research community about mitigating risk, adherence to policy, responsible conduct, and compliance;
identify, interpret, and report on emergent and/or changing federal, state, and local research compliance regulations;
build and maintain strong and collaborative relationships with internal and external university clients and partners;
develop and supervise three employees;
manage team’s strategic work planning, budget and human resource activities.
The Director shall operate largely independently with minimal guidance or oversight from the supervising Associate Vice President for Research. This is an annually renewable academic administrative position. Salary is negotiable based upon credentials and experience.
Application: Applications will be reviewed beginning 02/26/2021 and accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be made electronically through the University of Minnesota's Career website at https://humanresources.umn.edu/content/find-job (job ID 339074). Please submit the following documents online: a cover letter expressing interest in the position and addressing how your record meets the responsibilities and stated qualifications; a current CV/resume; and contact information for three professional references.
If you have difficulty negotiating the electronic application process or to request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).
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BA/BS degree in a relevant field with at least ten years of experience.
Advanced or terminal degree in a relevant field and eight years related experience, preferably as a manager in a research compliance-related field in higher education; working knowledge of federal agencies' policies and regulations (e.g., Uniform Guidance, NSF, PHS, FDA, USDA, HHS, OHRP, OFAC, OMB, and ORI) pertaining to areas such as financial management of sponsored projects, conflict of interest, human and animal subjects research, etc.; excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills; strong data analytic skills; ability to develop plans and prepare and present reports to large audiences; develop educational programs for faculty and staff, and write handbooks and effective practices documents; self-motivation and initiative; ability to address/respond federal audit issues; ability to proactively assess and lead risk management activities; and in-depth knowledge of sponsored projects administration, human/animal subjects, conflict of interest, and export controls.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 339074
About University on Minnesota
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.
The mission of the University of Minnesota is deeply connected to the conduct of research. It is of critical importance to the reputation and future of this institution that we remain committed to the highest standards of research integrity in all work conducted in our institution.
The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) provides support to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Committee members and staff review all human subjects research conducted by University faculty, staff and students. HRPP also provides support to the research community to ensure ethical standards are met and that research complies with federal, state, local... and University of Minnesota regulations.
The IRB reviews human subjects' research projects, working with investigators to ensure adequate protection and informed, uncoerced consent.