Associate Director

Pennsylvania, United States
07 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
07 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The Office of the Provost provides direction on all facets of the University’s academic mission, including education, faculty, research, online learning, global initiatives, admissions, athletics, student life, and arts and culture. The Provost’s Center aggregates programs and offices designed to support University operations, including: the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and its reporting departments (Penn Center for Innovation, Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, University Laboratory Animal Resources, and Regulatory Affairs), the Office of the Chaplain, the Graduate Student Center and Family Resource Center, the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, College Houses and Academic Services, New Student Orientation, the Office of Student Conduct, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and all of the University’s arts organizations (Penn Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Arthur Ross Gallery, and University Art Collection). It also includes interdisciplinary academic centers and institutes that are more appropriately housed centrally than in an individual school, including the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Center for Neuroscience and Society, the Penn Institute for Urban Research, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Kelly Writers House, and Weiss Tech House.

Reporting to the Director and Associate Director for Human Research Protections, the Assistant Director of the IRB supports overall operations of the IRB; acts as a liaison to other compliance offices within the University; is responsible for the initial investigation of all reports of serious or continuing noncompliance with the regulations and for reporting findings to the Director/Associate Director; assists in the development and implementation of University policies and procedures for the function of the University’s multiple IRBs and Human Research Protections Program; ensures compliance with all federal and state statutes and regulations relating to protection of human subjects; supervises regulatory and ethical review of over 7000 protocols; serves as voting member of IRBs with signatory authority for IRB related actions; supervises IRB staff, including hiring, conducting performance evaluations (functions as the direct supervisor for the Senior IRB Administrators), assists the Associate Director in education and training of new staff and ongoing education and training of current staff and the process of establishing priorities and deadlines, including accountability for staff performance; responsible for overall day-to-day IRB operations and is the acting authority in the absence of the Director and Associate Director.

A Master’s Degree or more and 7 years to 10 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Experience and knowledge directly related to IRB issues and human subjects research protection or equivalent combination of experience and education; (typical experience might include ethics, clinical trial performance, and/or experience in an academic health center or medical school IRB); detailed knowledge of applicable federal regulations related to IRB and clinical research; experience with compliance aspects of regulatory review and oversight highly desirable; demonstrated management skills and/or experience; must be able to work independently with minimal supervision; proven writing skills; excellent oral communications skills; excellent customer service skills. Certification as an IRB professional (CIP) is highly desirable and will be required within 24 months of hiring if not certified.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.