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University of California, San Diego
San Diego
Posted: 07/17/2023
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Research Compliance and Integrity


The Office of Research Compliance and Integrity (RCI) facilitates research, innovation and education for global excellence through outstanding oversight, resources and education for the integrity and compliance issues relating to the conduct of research. RCI has oversight and responsibility for Research Integrity and Misconduct, Conflict of Interest, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Office, Export Control, Dual Use of Research Concern, Facilities Security and monitoring for Foreign Influences, Conflict of Commitment and Conflict of Interest, Good Clinical Practices training, Responsible Conduct of Research training and ClinicalTrials.gov administration as well as general research compliance monitoring and other related matters. RCI includes the core elements of an effective compliance program: high level oversight, written policies and procedures, training and education, reporting and communication, monitoring and auditing, corrective action and discipline/enforcement (based on established UC San Diego policies and procedures, State and Federal regulations and referrals to applicable institutional offices).

It is our mission to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all employees. We have a shared responsibility to build a workplace and culture that celebrates, values, and encourages the diverse perspectives of our employees. Our success is defined by the communities we serve and achieved by creating equal opportunity for all.


Join Our Team at the Office of Research Compliance and Integrity!

UC San Diego is currently seeking a highly qualified individual for the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Compliance and Integrity (AVC-RCI). As the university’s chief research compliance officer, you will play a crucial role in overseeing a wide range of activities related to research compliance and integrity at one of the top ten research universities in the US.

Reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor for Research, you will serve as the primary point of contact and subject matter expert on research-related policy and regulatory matters. Your responsibilities will encompass various areas, including Conflict of Interest, Export Control, Research Misconduct, Animal Care and Use, Dual Use of Research Concern (DURC), facilities security, NIH Good Clinical Practices (GCP), ClinicalTrials.gov, Responsible Conduct of Research, and other relevant compliance areas.

In this role, you will shape the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and guidance to ensure adherence to federal, state, and university regulations pertaining to research compliance, integrity, and ethics. Your expertise will be crucial in providing advice and guidance to campus leaders, while fostering effective communication and collaboration across different offices and departments.

As the AVC-RCI, you will work closely with local and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as federal regulators such as ORI, NIH, DOE, FDA, and USDA. Your broad authority and responsibilities will involve facilitating integration and communication among various Vice Chancellors, Schools, and Departments, promoting a culture of compliance across the university.

Additionally, you will lead an experienced team with a national reputation as thought leaders in research compliance, ethics and integrity. You’ll oversee the day-to-day operations of the Office of Research Compliance and Integrity, including managing teams responsible for Conflict of Interest, Export Controls, Facilities Security, DURC, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and Research Misconduct. This will involve hiring and training RCI staff, as well as providing ongoing supervision and guidance, to enable each team member to thrive and contribute to the overall success of the university.

At the Office of Research Compliance and Integrity (RCI), our mission is to ensure research excellence while upholding the highest standards of integrity and compliance. We are dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all employees, where their unique perspectives are valued and respected.

Join our dedicated team and contribute to our mission of promoting research excellence through a steadfast commitment to compliance and integrity. We offer a professional and collaborative work environment, competitive compensation, and opportunities for professional growth and development.

If you are a seasoned leader with a strong background in research compliance and integrity, we invite you to apply. Help us build a culture that upholds the highest ethical standards, fosters innovation, and creates equal opportunities for all. Apply now to be part of our team and make a lasting impact in the world of research compliance and integrity.


  • J.D. or advanced degree in law, public administration or related area, and a minimum of 5 years management experience with progressive responsibility in research compliance and integrity.
  • Advanced knowledge of federal and state regulations, and university policies, related to Conflict of Interest, Export Controls, Animal Care and Use, Human Subjects Protections, Research Integrity and Misconduct, and other areas related to research.Highly experienced abilities in managing relationships with organization management, researchers, investors, local, state, and federal government agencies.
  • Highly experienced original thinking to enhance effective and efficient development and implementation of organization-wide programs, ensuring compliance with new or changing research regulations.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability to develop, lead and implement research compliance activities, develop complex new policies and procedures and administrative plans.
  • Advanced management, interpersonal and communication skills. Strong oral communication, interpersonal and written skills to interact effectively with diverse populations at all levels within and outside University of California, including faculty, researchers, administrators, and governmental officials. Ability to achieve consensus within the University on complex issues.
  • Demonstrated skill in developing and managing strategic initiatives, formulating policy recommendations, and addressing issues raised in either internal or external reviews, inspections, and/or audits.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with staff of the UC San Diego Government and Community Relations Office, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Campus Counsel, Academic Personnel Services, the University of California Washington D.C. Office, and various units of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP).
  • Highly experienced and proficient in balancing regulatory compliance requirements against practical needs and limitations. Highly sophisticated skills in strategy development, systems planning and change management to promote a campus-wide culture of regulatory compliance and research ethics.
  • Knowledge, understanding, and experience in development and delivery of education and effective training to internal and external clients, including effective presentations to key decision makers.
  • Leadership experience and proven success in directing, leading and guiding compliance review boards and committees with the ability to achieve consensus within the University on complex issues.
  • Proven ability to handle and maintain confidentiality in sensitive investigations for matters related to research compliance and regulatory violations.
  • Strong supervisory experience; ability to promote team building and manage multi-functional units. Demonstrated ability to direct and lead teams to conduct audits on complex research compliance issues.
  • Demonstrated advanced analytical skills in researching and analyzing higher education issues in a major research university.


  • Satisfactory completion of a background check.
  • U.S. Person status is required for this position in order to comply with the Arms Export Control and Export Administration Act. U.S. Persons are U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) or protected individuals as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).
  • Ability to receive security clearance.