Managing Director Ethics, Education & Compliance

May 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board (SBS IRB) is charged with ensuring that non-clinical research involving human participants is conducted in accordance with federal, state, local and University regulations, laws, policies, and ethical principles as part of the University's human subjects protection program. The SBS IRB reviews all non-clinical research conducted at the University, with the exception of research conducted by faculty, students, and staff of SSA and the Chapin Hall Center for Children, to ensure that the rights and welfare of participants in University affiliated research projects are protected.

Unit Job Summary: The Managing Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board (SBS IRB) serves as an expert resource to the faculty IRB Chair and faculty IRB members in developing new policy and procedures and directing operations to ensure non-clinical research with human participants is conducted in accord with applicable regulations and protects the rights and welfare of participants. The Managing Director provides strategic leadership to ensure that the SBS IRB conforms to the profession's best practices and that the needs of the research community are adequately addressed. The Managing Director maintains comprehensive knowledge of existing and forthcoming federal, state, local and University regulations, laws, policies, and ethical principles; interprets and communicates regulations to researchers with accuracy, clarity, and thoroughness; and supports faculty and students in the development of research design and human subjects protocols. The Managing Director maintains up to date standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the SBS IRB. The Managing Director assures that SOPs are accessible and daily activities conducted in accordance with the SOPs. Changes to SOPs are properly vetted and approved through the Committee, the Associate Dean, and the Director of URA. The Managing Director consults with peer IRBs and participates in professional associations to represent the interests, values, and perspectives of the SBS IRB and to ensure that SBS IRB policies and procedures reflect current state of the profession; serves as principal liaison between SBS IRB and the Director of University Research Administration, the Office of Legal Counsel, and other University IRBs; leads the SBS IRB on changes in relevant University and federal policies concerning human subject research protections; and coordinates SBS IRB policy with the other components of the University's human research protections. The Managing Director provides guidance to SBS IRB Chair concerning Board appointments to ensure committee membership adequately represents the scientific expertise necessary for review of projects. The Managing Director sets agendas for IRB meetings and oversees the review of new protocols, continuing reviews, amendment requests, and reports as well as ongoing compliance of approved research; reviews, documents, and issues exemptions; assigns and provides guidance to protocol reviewers; documents protocol compliance; and prepares and distributes notifications to investigators. The Managing Director develops new educational programs for researchers on IRB procedures and policies, including presentations, workshops, and educational materials for distribution on the SBS IRB website, and serves as a resource to faculty developing grant proposals, providing details on the University's IRB human subjects protections.. The Managing Director leads short- and long-term strategic planning on a broad range of financial, personnel, and other operational matters and develops and manages strategic operating plans to ensure the administrative and financial function of the SBS IRB are successfully implemented. The Managing Director develops the SBS IRB budget in consultation with the Associate Dean for Administration in the Social Sciences Division (SSD), supervises all SBS IRB staff including periodic review to ensure staff positions are aligned to SBS IRB operating needs, and creates the annual report on SBS IRB activities. As needed, the Managing Director revises SBS IRB policy and procedure and provides direct training to staff on human research ethics, policy, procedures, regulations, and duties. The Managing Director may also lead special projects involving SBS IRB staff as needed and in consultation with IRB Chair and URA.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required, preferably in the social sciences. M.A. in the social sciences or J.D. strongly preferred. CIP Certification strongly preferred.

Unit Experience: Minimum of five years progressively higher level management experience in human subjects research administration, research administrator, or research protections administration preferred. Experience in the conduct of research involving human subjects strongly preferred. Experience in human subjects research projections administration preferred. Experience using electronic data management systems preferred. Experience managing web-based data management systems preferred

Unit Job Function Competencies: Proven ability to collaborate directly with faculty members and provide excellent customer service to build strong client relationships required. Ability to work independently, to organize and prioritize tasks and projects and to meet routine and pressure deadlines required. Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals at various organizational levels and to communicate with tact and courtesy while maintaining confidentiality required. Demonstrated ability to initiate and complete routine and non-routine tasks unassisted required. Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations relevant to the conduct of research involving human participants required. Knowledge of social science research paradigms and methodologies required. Ability to interpret research protocol information in relation to federal regulations and guidelines, and internal University policies required. Familiarity with computerized databases, Microsoft Office applications, and electronic management software required.

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