Associate Director for Research Compliance

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Middlebury, VT
Closing date
Oct 23, 2021

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Associate Director for Research Compliance

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Sciences Technical Support Services


Middlebury, VT Campus

Hire contingent upon successful completion of the following post-offer screening:

Criminal Background Check

Position Summary:

The Associate Director for Research Compliance: 1) oversees animal programs and programs in the sciences related to environmental, health, and safety; and 2) coordinates the administration, support, monitoring, and oversight for a range of non-fiscal research compliance functions, including protection of human subjects, animal care and use, export controls, and research involving radiation, biohazards, and other controlled substances.

Essential Functions:

Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

•Serves as the campus contact for information about best practices and government regulations related to research compliance and the responsible conduct of research.
•Provides direct support to the college’s compliance committees: the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), reviewing and managing protocol submissions, coordinating committee meetings, maintaining records, and preparing annual reports.
•Provides guidance to faculty, students, and administrators on compliance committee requirements, to include assisting with protocol modifications necessary to receive approval.
•Oversees and manages registrations with federal agencies, monitoring compliance with agency requirements and facilitating revisions to college policies and procedures as necessary.
•Reports significant problems or violations of agency requirements as required.
•Manages committee websites, including electronic submission forms.
•Manages compliance with institutional policies on Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) for grant-funded (sponsored) research and provides support to the institutional official responsible for Middlebury’s Research Misconduct Policy.
•Oversees animal programs, working closely with IACUC chair and attending veterinarian to determine requirements and ensure full compliance with USDA, NIH-OLAW, AAALAC, and other regulations and standards applicable to animal care and welfare.
•Establishes policies and procedures related to animal care, vivarium operations, and environmental health and safety, in conjunction with IACUC, attending veterinarian, and Vivarium Manager.
•Oversees laboratory support functions related to laboratory safety, chemical hygiene, radiation safety, and hazardous waste management, hiring and supervising the Vivarium Manager, Laboratory Stores and Safety Manager, Senior Laboratory Technician, and Greenhouse Curator, and negotiating contracts with the attending veterinarian.
•Serves as Radiation Safety Officer.
•Oversees required training for students, staff, and faculty on safety and compliance-related issues, and manages the vivarium’s occupational risk assessment program.
•Develops and provides additional educational programs related to research, research compliance and the responsible conduct of research to the Middlebury community.
•Identifies areas of compliance vulnerability, performing risk assessments as necessary.
•Serves as the primary contact for faculty research on export control issues, Material Transfer Agreements, and Data Use Agreements.
•Manages the Research Compliance budget.

General Responsibilities:

Exercises sound judgment, prioritizes, and manages time effectively, while working effectively under pressure.
Acts as a team player by working collaboratively and demonstrating initiative, creativity, sound judgment, discretion, and leadership.
Handles confidential information in a discreet manner.
Periodically works extended hours, including weekends, in order to meet deadlines or attend conferences.
Performs other related duties as required.


A Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) and three years of related experience are required. Master’s degree preferred.
Training or experience suitable for serving as Radiation Safety Officer (may be taken after hire).
Training in EPA and DOT requirements needed to be able to authorize or sign hazardous waste manifests.
Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word software and be familiar with other software products such as Microsoft Access or FileMaker Pro.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Experience in managing animal program compliance, ideally with some level of AALAS certification.
Exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail, and a strong work ethic.
The ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with high volume production requirements and meet frequent deadlines under minimal supervision.
The ability to express thoughts in a clear, concise, and professional manner, both verbally and in writing, to audiences with widely varying experience in working with compliance issues.


Experience working in a human subject protection compliance position in a higher education setting preferred.

Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.


Working at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, a graduate school of Middlebury College, provides international professional education in areas of critical importance to a rapidly changing global community, including international policy and management, translation and interpretation, language teaching, sustainable development, and non-proliferation. We prepare students from all over the world to make a meaningful impact in their chosen fields through degree programs characterized by immersive and collaborative learning, and opportunities to acquire and apply practical professional skills. Our students are emerging leaders capable of bridging cultural, organizational, and language divides to produce sustainable, equitable solutions to a variety of global challenges.

In 2010, the Institute became a graduate school of Middlebury College. Middlebury is known worldwide for its leadership in undergraduate language instruction and international studies, and features both summer language immersion programs and Schools Abroad in 16 countries and 37 cities around the globe. Middlebury is also home to the oldest environmental studies program in the nation.

Monterey and Middlebury share much more than a common interest in cross-cultural communication and the environment, though—we share a commitment to making a difference in the world, and are building a truly global network of programs for future leaders in areas from translation and interpretation to environmental policy, economic development to language education, conflict resolution to sustainable business.

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey offers graduate programs that prepare innovative professionals to provide leadership in cross-cultural, multilingual environments. Practical skills, collaborative processes, and innovative approaches are defining features of a Monterey Institute education. The Institute’s unique "Monterey Way" learning model ensures that students are learning through firsthand experiences in more than one language. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey learners are problem solvers and process masters, building sustainable, equitable solutions for a global community through our interdisciplinary blend of business, policy, and language.


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