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Oklahoma State University
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Posted: 02/27/2017
Assistant Vice President for Research Compliance

The incumbent manages the Office of University Research Compliance (URC), overseeing the implementation of policies and procedures pertaining to the welfare of animals, human subjects, the environment, the community, and the university. Incumbent works with the Vice President for Research (VPR) to plan, develop, implement, modify, monitor, and maintain a comprehensive research compliance operation. The incumbent is responsible for working to ensure compliance with federal regulations, state statutes, and university policy, as well as establishing comprehensive training programs for each compliance area falling within URC's purview. Direct the Oklahoma State University-Stillwater (OSU) and the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa (OSU-T) campuses research compliance program, to include activities involving: human subjects, live vertebrate animals, class 3b and class 4 lasers, human, animal, and plant pathogens and biologically derived toxins, recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules, and radioactive materials and x-ray devices. Provide senior management level leadership and direction for strategic planning initiatives for regulatory compliance.

Minimize liability and risk to OSU. Conduct in-depth assessments of compliance programs falling within the purview of the Office of University Research Compliance, identifying vulnerabilities and risks and recommending opportunities for improvement. Assist with allegations of suspected scientific misconduct in conjunction with other university personnel, including those within the Office of the VPR. Assist in identifying, developing, and implementing appropriate compliance training programs. Evaluate emerging compliance trends in higher education and government in order to assist with implementing best practices. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of regulations and communicate changes to compliance area managers, safety officers, and senior executive management. Provide guidance and direction to the managers and safety officers of the compliance programs falling within URC's purview. Initiate, develop, maintain, and revise URC processes, practices, policies, and procedures for all compliance programs falling within URC's purview. Foster and maintain productive client and staff relationships. Foster a culture of compliance. Make fiscally responsible decisions that are in keeping with URC's budget, and assess budgetary needs prior to submitting new funding requests. Lead and/or assist investigations initiated as a result of assertions reported via EthicsPoint. Work schedule is variable depending upon circumstances (travel, activities, training, compliance incidents, etc). Normal work schedule is Monday - Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. However, due to deadlines and other factors, hours outside the normal working schedule may be required. Travel is required for regulatory compliance activities and professional development.  Travel is required both in-state and nationally. Must be eligible for employment in areas governed by the U. S. Patriot Act and the Public Health and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, 42 CFR 73, 7 CFR 331, and 9 CFR 121. Consequently, the individual hired for this position must successfully complete a Department of Justice/Federal Bureau of Investigation (DOJ/FBI) security risk assessment. Potential exists for exposure to hazardous environments, i.e. exposure to radiation and/or biologics. Due to communication expectations of the position, the incumbent will be required to maintain cellular or other electronic communication device.  The incumbent will be provided a University cellular device or compensated via salary to cover costs appropriate to maintaining a cellular or other electronic communication device.

Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. / Ed.D. and three years of experience with research compliance. Prior managerial experience, with direct supervision of employees. Strong interpersonal skills. Exemplary verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with a diverse audience of professionals. Problem solving ability. Ability to teach in a variety of media. Strong organizational skills and excellent time management skills. Capable of developing and implementing regulatory strategies and of managing complex compliance programs. Capable of negotiating with regulatory authorities. Excellent negotiation and project management skills. Detail oriented, with a high degree of accuracy. Possess a high degree of initiative and the ability to work independently. Proficient computer skills, which include MS Office applications and database applications.

Apply online at for consideration. Applicants should attach an academic resume, a letter of interest, and the names, addresses (including e-mail addresses), and telephone numbers of four references. For assistance with the on-line application process or to request an accommodation to enable application, contact OSU Human Resources, 106 Whitehurst, Stillwater, OK 74078 or call 405-744-7401. 

Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other protected category. OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings. OSU will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)