Areas of Intereset: Business/Management
Functional Areas: Research & Innovation Office
Department: Research and Innovation Office (RIO)
Requisition Number: 11426
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: University Staff
Posting Close Date: 15-Jul-2018
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is Federally-mandated under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and Public Health Service (PHS) Policy to oversee all aspects of research involving animal subjects. The IACUC Coordinator will support the various functions of the CU-Boulder Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), will advise investigators who are preparing protocol submissions, will perform post approval monitoring, and will collaborate and coordinate frequently with various stakeholders in the program including the IACUC Chair, Occupational Health and Safety, and the Office of Animal Resources. The IACUC Coordinator reports to the IACUC Office Director.
Who We Are
The IACUC consists of scientists, non-scientists and community members with the goal of facilitating ethically responsible non-human animal research and providing oversight over the entire Animal Care & Use Program.
All research, teaching and testing projects conducted by faculty, staff or students involving vertebrate animal subjects at CU Boulder must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC prior to engaging in the research or other endeavors.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Submission Intake and Review
- Monitors protocol submissions and evaluates for completeness working constructively with research staff as needed prior to distributing to IACUC members for review.
- Conduct technical pre-review of animal use protocols for completeness and regulatory compliance consulting with the Director of the IACUC Office, Attending Veterinarian (AV), or IACUC Chair as needed to ensure accuracy of pre-review in complex cases.
- Facilitates the Designated Member Review and/or Full Committee Review process.
- Conduct administrative reviews of Annual Renewals or routes for IACUC review when required.
- Identify and record Guide exceptions and AAALAC-specific information in the Elements database.
- Monitors the IACUC email and other correspondence to assure that submissions, questions and other action items are identified and addressed.
Post Approval Monitoring
- Performs audits of approved research protocols in a collaborative and educational manner ensuring planned research is accurately described and all relevant details are provided including technical details related to procedures performed.
- Observes activities while the PI or staff conduct procedure(s) working directly to assess areas of risk or non-compliance with regulations.
- Provides detailed reports on audits and findings to the IACUC Chair, Director and Committee Members which consists of providing evaluation of compliance efforts, including risk assessment and mitigation recommendations to resolve compliance issues.
- Conduct grant-protocol congruency reviews.
- Monitors and advises Director of changes in compliance requirements, including suggestions for new policies or procedures to ensure compliance.
- Compile reviewer comments in advance of IACUC meetings.
- Prepare and distribute meeting agenda and materials.
- Records and transcribes meeting minutes communicating Committee decisions to the research community.
- Coordinates semi-annual facility inspections and tracks completion dates.
- Coordinates bi-annual program review and inspections.
- With Director develops standard operating procedures and office manuals.
- Assists Director in performing grant versus animal protocol comparison.
- Maintains and tracks training database, verifying training requirements have been met.
- Prepares and maintains records of IACUC activities in accordance with PHS and USDA regulations, and AAALAC standards.
- Assist in identifying and resolving eRA system issues and test enhancements.
- Tracks and follows up with identified deficiency items reported.
Education and Outreach
- Share responsibility in providing regulatory presentations for IACUC training and providing continuing education to the IACUC as developed by the IACUC Office in collaboration with the Director.
Other duties as assigned
- Performs other job related duties as assigned.
What We Can Offer
We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.
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What We Require
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
- One year of relevant experience in a research environment or working in an animal or life sciences laboratory setting.
- Willingness and ability to be CPIA certified within two years of being hired.
- Specialized knowledge and prior experience with federal and state regulations concerning animal research protections.
What You Will Need
- Must possess ability to function independently and manage priorities and time effectively with minimal supervision.
- Exceptional oral and written communication proficiency; attention to detail and ability to multi-task; possess strong organizational skills and maintain efficient, fast- paced processing.
- Perform effectively in environments with frequent workload changes and competing demands, ability to meet deadlines.
- Ability to set priorities which accurately reflect the relative importance of job responsibilities.
- Ability to work within cross-organizational teams collaboratively with individuals and groups from a wide variety of backgrounds and organizational levels.
- Proven project management and committee coordination skills including attention to detail, recordkeeping, scheduling, logistics and time management.
- Ability and interest in continually looking for ways to contribute ideas and suggestions in the area of document creation and administrative process improvement.
- Proficient computer skills in relevant PC applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, databases, etc.).
- Must be able to learn site specific applications i.e. animal protocol database.
- Must have the ability to recognize and maintain confidential information.
- Must be able to read, write and clearly speak and understand English.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Master’s degree in Biology or other Life Science.
- CPIA certification.
- Prior experience conducting Post Approval Monitoring of IACUC protocols.
- Minimum of (2) years of recent experience working with IACUC administrative processes.
- Experience with Web editing and database management.
- Experience in writing Standard Operating Procedures.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.
Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources
Posting Contact Email: HRESmail@colorado.edu
The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer