Conflict of Interest Analyst, Senior

University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Aug 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Conflict of Interest (COI) Program is seeking a Senior Conflict of Interest Analyst. The successful candidate will provide support, training, and expert guidance to faculty, and staff members and to academic and administrative units regarding COI policies and procedures. The Senior Conflicts of Interest Analyst will conduct initial compliance reviews and will assist in the development and monitoring of COI management plans. The Senior Conflict of Interest Analyst reports directly to the University’s COI Officer.

Candidates for this position should have experience interpreting and applying complex policies and procedures and assisting applicable personnel in understanding such policies and procedures.

The compliance programs within Research, Discovery, and Innovation seek to create a culture and expectation of responsible and ethical conduct of research, which is a critical component in the advancement of knowledge through research and scholarship. It is also a key element in the maintenance of public trust in the research enterprise. Given that ethical issues emerge when conducting research and scholarship across disciplines of all kinds, UA is committed to the responsible conduct of research across the entire campus community.

With more than $606 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #21 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #2 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

The UA today has over 43,000 students, and nearly 15,600 employees. The main campus has grown from its original 40 acres to more than 350 acres, and boasts the oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona. The University of Arizona offers a broad range of educational programs and support services that attract an excellent and diverse student body.

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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Duties & Responsibilities 

Conflict of Interest Program 
• Serves as a resource for questions concerning the interpretation of the University’s conflict of interest policies and their application to individual circumstances; refers to appropriate department or person when unable to respond.
• Assists University faculty, staff, and students in the disclosure process.
• Develops and monitors COl management plans and, where needed, serves as an Oversight Committee Member.
• Reviews and analyzes applicable state and federal laws and regulations.
• Conducts fact-finding inquiries and investigations of possible noncompliance or whistleblower complaints. Monitors implementation of corrective action. 
• Conducts internal audits or reviews to ensure compliance with the University COI policies and procedures.
• Communicates with peer institutions to determine best practices in the field.

• Completes the initial review, analysis and summary of data and documentation for COI submissions to the Institutional Review Committee (“IRC”) and to the Executive Review Committee (“ERC”), including collection and review of related supplemental documents. 
• Communicates determinations of the IRC and ERC to faculty members, including determinations of eliminating or managing identified financial conflicts of interest. 
• Meets with individual faculty members to discuss COl issues. Reviews contract provisions related to conflicts of interest and provides agreeable language to the Contract & Research Support Program. 
• Assists COI Officer in developing and implementing research and academic compliance education and training programs for faculty, staff, and students.

• Oversees a variety of projects while determining project priority with competing deadlines.
• Supervises the activities of subordinates; prioritizes and delegates work activities.
• Prepares periodic reports on program activities or other special reports for management or outside agencies.
• Additional duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree with three years of directly related experience; OR an advanced degree.
• Strong analytical and problem solving abilities.
• Strong organizational skills


Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with the following qualifications: 
• Advanced degree in law, research area, or related field 
• Experience in COI compliance or working within a university research or academic medical center compliance office, or healthcare organization with significant university research contacts
• Project management experience, especially in the area of process improvement and software implementation.
• Experience with Kuali Research software suite or other Kuali enterprise systems.
• Experience with UA Enterprise Systems: Analytics, Financials, Research, and Employee. 
• Experience with UA (or other research university) research processes and policies.
• Knowledge of federal conflict of interest regulations and guidelines.


Special Instructions to the Applicant:

The writing sample should be a business communication (email or letter) or other memorandum (full or partial) that provides an example of the candidate’s ability to explain a policy or procedure to an individual who is not familiar with that particular policy or procedure.