Assistant Director, Human Subjects Protection Program
The University of Arizona
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Type: Full Time
Salary: $67,856 - $75,000
Academic Medical Group
4 Year Degree
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: req12362
The Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) at the University of Arizona seeks to fill the position of Assistant Director (Research Compliance Manager II). The Assistant Director, in coordination with the Director, is responsible for the oversight and daily management of the HSPP staff including staff supervision, training and development; triage of project submissions; dissemination and implementation of policies and procedures; tracking and reporting of data and metrics; and providing training and guidance to the IRB and University researchers. This position works closely with other UA compliance offices, University research departments and administration, and academic healthcare partners.
HSPP, as the administrative and regulatory support program to the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), works in collaboration with the research community to maintain an ethical and compliant research program. The IRBs are the independent review committee charged with the protection of human research subjects. An IRB must review all research and related activities involving human subjects conducted at the University of Arizona or by in which the University is a responsible participant. The University of Arizona HSPP has been accredited by the Association for Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) since 2005, strong evidence of our commitment to the protection of human research subjects.
We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Supervise HSPP staff, manage and monitor workflow of submission and entry into the electronic IRB system to ensure continued efficiencies, including triaging tasks dependent upon volume and priority.
Ensure consistency among the HSPP staff, IRB Committees, and HSPP policies and procedures.
Respond to researcher and IRB requests for clarification and guidance regarding ethical issues in biomedical and behavioral research involving human subjects.
Serve as primary reviewer for difficult or time sensitive items (e.g. JIT requests) requiring a higher level of understanding of the federal regulations and University policy.
Maintain knowledge of existing affiliation agreements, contracts, and memorandum of understandings that affect local context considerations and reporting requirements.
In collaboration with the Manager of Process Improvement, Reliance, and Education, maintain records necessary to demonstrate regulatory compliance and to maintain AAHRPP accreditation.
Assist with the preparation of the AAHRPP accreditation report.
Track and present data and metrics.
Develop and maintain documents and tracking system for the External Exempt Review Committee.
Coordinate educational needs with the Manager of Process Improvement, Reliance, and Education, and provide educational training sessions across the institution and with academic partners in coordination with the Education and Training Coordinator.
Assist with compliance investigations and prepare summary reports.
Participate in internal assessments and other quality improvement activities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Human Research Protection Program to ensure adherence to Federal and local regulations, policies and standard operating procedures as identified by the Director and the Quality Assurance Officer.
Serves as point of contact for external audits and dedicate HSPP resources as needed to support regulatory compliance.
Identify process improvement opportunities and minimize burden on the research community while maintaining high standards of compliance in collaboration with the Business Analyst for Research Compliance.
Establish and maintain positive and productive working relationships with the research community by collaborating with research teams in order to streamline IRB applications and produce high quality research.
Serve as mentor and trainer of the HSPP staff.
Serve in the capacity of Acting Director when the Director is absent.
Work closely with the IRB Manager on process improvement initiatives.
Additional duties may be assigned.
Bachelor's degree in relevant field or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
Minimum of 5 years of related work experience, including 2 years of managerial experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.