The Associate Director, NU-RES Research Compliance and Integrity leads, plans, and manages research compliance activities for Northeastern University, related to the ethical and legal aspects of research compliance, including financial and non-financial conflicts of interest, research integrity, international collaborations, animal use program (IACUC), human participants research (IRB), responsible conduct of research (RCR) and other relevant areas.
The associate director will manage complex, cross-functional projects with university-wide impact. Assists in the development and administration of Northeastern policies and procedures related to research compliance and ensures compliance with local, state, and federal laws, and regulations. Manages and leads projects with university-wide impact. Northeastern seeks an individual who is comfortable collaborating with faculty and administrators, communicating federal and university requirements to university stakeholders, overseeing compliance programs and policy development in response to government agency updates, leading projects, and balancing multiple priorities with competing deadlines.
Examples of Duties:
Research Compliance- Act as point of contact (POC) for all research compliance matters. Serve as a resource to the campus in developing compliance related processes and providing compliance advisory services to executive management, faculty, and staff. Formulate and implement compliance programs in accordance with federal regulations and University policy.
Work with the compliance team to develop, refine, and implement University policies and practices for compliance for each of the following topical areas:
- Export Control and International Compliance – Evaluate emerging compliance trends in higher education, research, and government; identifies and implements best practices; keep apprised of emerging compliance issues, share best practices, etc.
- Coordinate research integrity proceedings
- Provide project management oversight for international sponsored projects. Assure timely and appropriate follow-through; Maintain working relationships with key and institutional partners (Office of Global Programs, International Travel/Risk) as it relates to international activities and operations;
- Conflict of Interest Committee - Evaluate COI disclosures; work with AVP of Research Compliance on appropriate oversight. Work with faculty, chairs and deans on implementing effective COI disclosure program as it relates to research related activities.
- Institutional Review Board - Ability to understand and interpret human subject research regulations and provide assistance to the IRB Administrator as needed.
- Collaborate with Audit and Risk services as requested.
- Ability to serve and contribute to research oversight committees and review submissions.
The AD will also be able to do the following:
- Provide clear, responsive and frequent communication to the campus community.
- Design and maintain relevant information that cultivates a culture of compliance.
- Implement procedures to streamline office practices such as protocol tracking, reviews, and committee administration for COI
-Understand the complexities of research security and facilitate enhancements to the University’s processes and policies around COI disclosures, agency disclosure requirements and other aspects of research security
- Frequently communicate to and coordinate with NU-RES and other university stakeholder offices across the university to address questions, needs, and problems related award activities in a timely manner and to ensure research activities are in compliance with federal regulations
- Promote compliance awareness across campus.
- As requested, review and approve material transfer agreements, confidential/non-disclosure agreements, and other agreements - as well as solicitations and sponsored research agreements - for compliance reviews.
- Collaborate with others in NU-RES to enhance communication around research compliance, including policy development, training and website presence.
- Monitor compliance and assess the adequacy of compliance activities and programs throughout the research area and in other related campus activities; periodically revise the compliance program to respond to changes in regulatory or policy environments.
- Prepare briefing papers, data tables, charts, and reports in response to requests for information
- Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Assistant Vice Provost for Research Compliance and Director of Research Integrity & Export Controls.