The Research Integrity Director is responsible for working closely with faculty, staff and students to promote the highest level of scholarly integrity, public accountability, and social responsibility in the conduct of research. The Research Integrity Director will facilitate the work of faculty and staff who are responsible for conducting and oversight of research involving human and animal subjects. This position will oversee responsible conduct of research reproducibility standards, conflict of interest, faculty start-up companies and the development of related educational programs. The Director works to maintain a culture of integrity in research and compliance with legal requirements.
PATIENT AGE GROUP(S) AND POPULATION(S) SERVED
Refer to departmental "Scope of Service" and "Provision of Care" plans, as applicable, for description of primary age groups and populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.
HOUSTON METHODIST EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS
Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:
INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.
Focuses on patient/customer safety
Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.
PEOPLE - 20 %
Faculty and staff to institute a culture for the responsible conduct of research.
Work closely with others including the HMRI Business Processes (BPC) and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) committee leadership, to assure that policies and processes enable conduct of research in keeping with the highest expectations of integrity and accountability.
Assist key committees (BPC and CRCR) in raising their levels of service to HMRI and our constituents.
SERVICE - 40 %
Facilitation of research integrity processes
Facilitate development of assessment methods and contribute to building a strong culture of continuous process improvement and healthy collaboration between investigators and committees.
In partnership with Legal Department and RCR committee chair, address departures from established processes and protocols, including supporting inquiries, investigations and reporting as required by law and by formal assurances to federal agencies.
In cases of departure from standards, partner with committee chairs/committees/Director of Research Policy and Compliance to conduct root cause analyses, develop corrective action plans, and revise or augment processes and procedures accordingly.
Take a lead role in preparation of assurance documents and serve as primary interface with federal agencies in approval processes and correspondence.
Identify knowledge gaps and key issues encountered by committees and investigators.
Coordinate and conduct educational programs
In collaboration with Education Institute, build and maintain educational programs aimed at developing awareness among faculty, staff and students
Organize seminars and workshops as appropriate to build awareness and understanding among faculty, staff and students
Identify knowledge gaps and key issues encountered by committees and investigators
Organize and conduct seminars and workshops for faculty, staff and students; including committee members
QUALITY/SAFETY - 20 %
Ensure NIH reproducibility.
Work collaboratively with HM Internal Audit department to conduct annual audits of research records and primary data keeping.
Oversee and serve as a resource for assurance technologies such as software to detect instances of possible plagiarism.
Serve as the ORI Research Integrity Coordinator.
FINANCE - 10 %
Serve as primary interface with federal agencies in approval processes, correspondence, and inspections/audits as it relates to responsible conduct of research.
GROWTH/INNOVATION - 10 %
Coordinate the research components of the annual COI disclosure and managing process with the HM BPC committee.
Facilitate appropriate evaluation of faculty start-ups
Manager and Chair sit on Commercialization work group
This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.
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Bachelor's Degree in Science or related field; Advanced degree preferred(PhD).
Ten years of experience in biomedical research and regulatory affairs.
Prior experience in this or related role (particularly COI) would be an important positive.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
Please add additional knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential functions.
Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations.
Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security.
Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles.
Demonstrate that fostering research integrity is a central priority at all levels, including for faculty and institutional leaders.
Provide training to faculty in effective mentoring and include mentoring as a criterion for hiring and promotion.
Communicate rights and responsibilities to students, faculty, postdocs, and others engaged in research (e.g., through the use of compacts or other mechanisms).
Collect and disseminate data on the career prospects of graduate students and postdocs.
Consider implications for research integrity when making larger management decisions—(e.g., the number and proportion of soft-money positions).
Communicate positively but do not exaggerate research results or RCR program achievements in institutional communications.
Gather data on institutional climate related to research integrity.
Share data across graduate departments.
Share practices of strong departments and address shortcomings of weak departments.
Houston Methodist Research Institute was formed in 2004 to rapidly and efficiently translate discoveries made in the laboratory and the clinic into new diagnostics, therapies and treatments. The research institute was created to provide the infrastructure and support for these endeavors, and to house the technology and resources needed to make innovative breakthroughs in important areas of human ...disease. A 540,000 square foot building dedicated to research, the research institute houses over 1,500 staff and trainees, 277 principal investigators and has more than 840 ongoing clinical trials.