Associate Vice Provost for Research Policy and Integrity

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Associate Vice Provost for Research Policy and Integrity

Stanford University

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Associate Vice Provost for Research Policy and Integrity

The Associate Vice Provost for Research Policy and Integrity will report directly to the Vice Provost and Dean of Research (VPDoR).

Duties & Responsibilities

Ensure that the Stanford community achieves the highest standards of research integrity, including compliance with regulations and University policies related to

  • research export controls,

  • foreign engagements in research,

  • conflict of interest,

  • responsible conduct of research,

  • human and animal subjects,

  • sponsored projects, and

  • the sharing, retention, confidentiality, and security of research data.

Lead the development and maintenance of Stanford's policies and procedures regarding compliance and research integrity.

Strategize with the VPDoR, the Special Assistant to the President, and the Government Relations staff regarding compliance with policies and requirements of the federal government, state governments, and foundations.

Design and develop an effective program to ensure that researchers and research administrators comply with the policies of the university, the policies of our research sponsors, and the relevant regulations of state and federal governments.

  • Assess the university's needs related to research compliance.

  • Identify research compliance risks, alert university administration to those risks, and recommend strategies to minimize them.

  • Coordinate institution-wide initiatives to prevent, detect, and respond appropriately to research compliance risks.

  • Advise the members of the Faculty Senate Committee on Research (C-Res) and seek their guidance on matters related to their charge.

  • Recommend tools and approaches necessary to promote and encourage research compliance.

  • Coordinate and oversee training and education related to compliance and responsible conduct of research for investigators and staff members.

  • Collaborate with administrators and research compliance staff in the departments, the independent research units, SLAC, and the seven Schools (Medicine, Engineering, Earth, Law, Business, Education, and Humanities and Sciences) to implement the research compliance program, to clarify roles and responsibilities, and to monitor research compliance.

  • Develop assessment processes to assure that researchers and research administrators are complying with all relevant laws and regulations regarding export control, human and animal subjects, and other issues.

  • Develop, implement, and monitor a communication and training strategy regarding research compliance issues.

  • Monitor changes in the regulatory compliance landscape, analyze the impacts of those changes, and communicate those impacts to university administrators.

  • Oversee the development of automated systems to track changes in relevant laws and regulations, inform the Stanford research community about the impact of those changes, and monitor compliance.

  • Lead working groups and committees to address escalated research compliance issues.

  • Lead or oversee investigations of non-compliance or research integrity, collaborating with the Research Compliance Office, the Office of Risk Management, Audit Services, the Office of the General Counsel, or other offices when appropriate.

  • Coordinate or assist with inquiries and investigations relating to allegations of scientific misconduct.

Collaboratively supervise professional staff who are subject matter experts, as well as administrative and support staff.

Deliver presentations at local, regional, and national meetings on compliance, the mitigation of compliance risk, and related topics.

Represent Stanford in discussions and negotiations with government agencies.

Fulfill these responsibilities in collaboration with other administrative units, such as

  • the Research Compliance Office,

  • the Office of Technology Licensing, including the Industrial Contracts Office,

  • the Office of Research Administration,

  • the Research Management Group,

  • the Office of Risk Management, and

  • the Office of the General Counsel.


A model record of integrity.

An advanced degree in law, science, engineering, medicine, finance, business, or public policy.

At least 10 years of experience in a complex research and/or regulatory environment.

Experience in research compliance, administration, and program development and implementation.

Knowledge of federal regulations.

Ability to interpret and explain federal regulations to a broad range of audiences within the University.

Excellent interpersonal skills, communication skills, and conflict management skills.

Ability to work with faculty.

Proven background as an effective manager.

Strong organizational, analytical, and project management skills.

Ability to develop educational programs for faculty and staff.

Demonstrated experience at building consensus among diverse constituencies.

Demonstrated ability to deal effectively and confidentially with difficult situations and with individuals who serve in a broad range of positions within the academic hierarchy.

(Preferred): Expertise in export compliance, foreign engagement, conflict of interest, research data privacy, and/or industrial research contracts.

Work Standards:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

  • Promote Culture of Safety and Integrity: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety and integrity; communicates values and concerns related to safety and integrity; uses and promotes safe, ethical, and compliant behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

About the Office of the Dean of Research

The Office of the VPDoR is directed by the Vice Provost and Dean of Research and oversees Stanford University's research, research policies and interdisciplinary programs. The VPDoR office provides oversight for 20 independent labs, institutes and centers, including physical and biological sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities disciplines, three shared equipment facilities and the offices of Technology Licensing, Environmental Health and Safety, Research Compliance, International Affairs, and Science Outreach and has a consolidated budget of $245M.

About Stanford University

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000, which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. An award winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.

Physical Requirements

  • Regularly perform desk-based computer tasks.

  • Frequently sitting.

  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

  • Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

How to Apply

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Salary Grade: N11

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 1996
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: N11
  • Requisition ID: 84376


Location: Dean of Research, Stanford, California, United States
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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Posted: 8/21/2019
Application Due: 10/21/2019
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