Director of Research Compliance

Fayetteville, AR
May 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Number NC721P

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Working Title Director of Research Compliance

Position Number 14525

Department Research Compliance

About the University

Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 26,700 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.
Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country's finest college towns, and the surrounding northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation's best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

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Job Type Administrator

Summary of Job Duties

This is a full-time, 12-month position with paid vacation and fringe benefits. The Director of Research Compliance is responsible for assisting faculty, staff, and students to understand and comply with federal and state regulatory requirements for sponsored and un-sponsored research and with the associated University policies governing these activities. Areas of oversight and administrative support include, but are not limited to, Biological Safety, Export Control, Conflict of Interest, Radiation Safety, Research Misconduct, Toxic Substances, research involving Vertebrate Animals or Human Subjects, Material Transfer Agreements, and research involving Controlled Substances. The Director reports to the Vice-Provost for Research and Economic Development, directs and manages the Office of Research Compliance, and serves as the Research Integrity Officer. The Director will develop and/or coordinate training pursuant to Responsible Conduct of Research program and will lead and/or provide administration/management oversight for the Conflict of Interest; and may serve as the Research Integrity Officer for the Scientific Misconduct policy process. Responsible for revising and maintaining campus' research compliance policies and procedures, and assessing compliance risks and opportunities. This position requires extensive knowledge of state and federal laws pertaining to research compliance.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • At least five years of experience working in the field of research compliance or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? Yes

If yes, please specify

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with research compliance and the use of systematic compliance programs to reduce liability for regulatory violations
  • Experience interpreting and applying federal, state, and /university rules, regulations, and policies and compliance monitoring
  • Experience with the regulatory environment affecting research, responsible conduct of research, scientific misconduct, conflict of interest, and human and animal institutional review board (IRB) protocols
  • Extensive supervisory experience to manage, mentor and motivate staff
  • Experience creating and writing clear, concise, and logical reports, correspondence, and summaries

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
  • Regulatory knowledge for human research, such as: bio-safety, the use of radiation, the review requirements of the National Cancer Institute, etc
  • Knowledge of using computers, including word processing, spreadsheet and database programs
  • Oral and written interpersonal communication skills to create and maintain professional, collaborative working relationships with various constituencies including faculty members, senior academic and administrative officers, departmental staff, and federal regulatory and sponsor representatives
  • Skills to conduct investigations and maintain complete confidentiality
  • Leadership skills, including creativity and initiative, to conceptualize, plan and implement programs that support research, and ensure accountability and compliance

Physical activities associated with this position

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance 479-575-4019.


  • Driving
  • Feeling
  • Grasping
  • Kneeling
  • Lifting
  • Pulling
  • Pushing
  • Reaching
  • Sharps
  • Standing


  • Walking


  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
  • Hearing
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sitting
  • Talking

The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Physical Conditions None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

Work Schedule Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Overtime Eligible No

Is this position weather/ event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions. No

Work Location/Building Fayetteville Campus - Research Compliance Office

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent 100

Salary Commensurate with experience

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? No

Does this position require a background check? Yes

If yes, please specify
  • Criminal background check
  • Sex offender registry check
  • Financial history background check

Does this position require a substance abuse test? No

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, and financial history background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date 05/26/2017

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

Jennifer Atchley White
Assistant to the Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development

All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A's employment system at Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting No

City, St. Fayetteville, AR

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree or equivalent?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Please briefly describe your experience working in the field of research compliance.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please describe any supervisory experience that you have had.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * How many years of supervisory experience do you have?
    • No experience
    • Less than one year
    • At least one year, but less than two
    • At least two years, but less than three
    • Three years or more
  5. * Please provide your experience interpreting and applying federal, state, and university rules, regulations, and policies.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. List of Professional References
Optional Documents
  1. Proof of Veterans Status


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