Research Compliance Officer

Connecticut, United States
19 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Under the direction of the University Research Compliance Officer, the Research Compliance Officer will design, develop, implement, and monitor an effective research compliance program coordinating institutional-wide initiatives to prevent, detect and respond appropriately to compliance risks. The Research Compliance Officer will assess the research compliance needs of the University and recommend tools and approaches necessary to promote and encourage compliance. A critical component of this position is to work collaboratively with the directors of the various offices supporting regulatory compliance activities such as the Office of General Counsel, University Auditing, Office of Sponsored Projects, Human Research Protections Program, Office of Animal Research Services, Conflict of Interest Office, Provost’s Office, and Office of Research Administration (University’s Institutional Official for human and animal subjects).

Functional Statement: The Research Compliance Officer, will partner with the University Research Compliance Officer and the units under the Senior Associate Provost for Research Administration to ensure that research and its administration comply with University and sponsor policies as well as federal regulations. The scope of this position will include but not limited to compliance in the areas of export controls, human and animal subjects, sponsored projects administration, effort reporting, clinical trials billing, and conflict of interest.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Develop a research compliance risk universe model and develop risk ratings based on current compliance efforts and audits.
  2. Design and implement a compliance assessment work plan and work with management in the schools to implement corrective action as needed.
  3. Implement an effective research compliance program to include compliance standards and procedures, oversight responsibilities, educational modules, and define roles and responsibilities of the various constituents.
  4. Develop and implement a communication strategy regarding relevant compliance issues. Author critical compliance communications for dissemination.
  5. Provide direction to staff and employees to maximize compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements; review and suggest improvements to administrative policies where appropriate.
  6. Develop effective research assessment processes to assure compliance with export control laws, human and animal subject use, procurement, technology assignment, conflict of interest, and other regulations.
  7. Prepare presentations and present at national meetings on compliance and the mitigation of risk as well as other related compliance topics.
  8. Assist individuals involved in the conduct and administration of research to obtain both a basic understanding of research compliance issues and more in-depth knowledge of compliance issues.
  9. Work closely with the Office of Sponsored Projects, Campus Collaborative Training Committee, and Yale’s regulatory offices in the development and delivery of compliance training.
  10. Other projects and tasks as assigned.

Essential Duties

  1. Directs one or more functional areas within an administrative department of the University and ensure compliance with University policies and procedures.
  2. Directs analytic and research support for educational policies and planning and develops and approves administrative policies affecting assigned functional areas of the University.
  3. Directs and establishes parameters for major projects for the department and University.
  4. Interprets federal policies and regulations and educates staff and administration about regulations, restrictions, and the legal responsibilities of the University.
  5. Directs and implements policy and program modifications and develops standards to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
  6. Develops and administers an operating budget for the assigned department consistent with University policies and procedures.
  7. Develops cost savings objectives and goals; authorizes major purchases and negotiates contracts that range from routine to complex in nature.
  8. Establishes and implements long- and short-range goals for the functional area consistent with University goals and objectives.
  9. Directs the development of related automated systems to support the function; determines office policies and procedures for use of automated systems.
  10. Directs the evaluation and selection of vendors and negotiates contract details including work steps and pricing with the vendors on behalf of the assigned functional area.
  11. Works with internal and external contacts to solve problems that range from routine to complex in nature.
  12. Represents the University in discussions and negotiations with various governmental agencies.
  13. Directs a staff of exempt and nonexempt employees.
  14. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field. Seven years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Working knowledge of federal agencies' policies and regulations, e.g., NSF, PHS, FDA, USDA, HHS, OHRP, OMB, and ORI pertaining to areas such as financial management of sponsored projects, effort reporting, research integrity, conflict of interest, human and animal subjects research, property management, procurement, record retention, etc.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to develop plans and prepare and present reports to large audiences.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Self-motivated, takes initiative, and is broad thinking. Ability in the development of educational programs for faculty and staff. Ability in writing handbooks and effective practices documents. Ability in addressing/responding to federal audit issues.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated skills using computers and various software packages.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

In-depth knowledge in one or more of the following areas: administration of sponsored projects, human/animal subjects, conflict of interest and/or environmental health and radiation safety.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Terminal degree in field of study or advanced degree (MBA., PhD, JD) with a minimum of 8 years experience as a senior sponsored projects administrator professional or professional in a research compliance related field in an institution of higher education, academic medical center or other organization involved in the conduct of research, or combination of advanced degree and related experience.

Drug Screen: No
Health Screening: No

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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