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Associate Director for Research Compliance

Middlebury College

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Associate Director for Research Compliance
Middlebury College

Posting Number: S01549

Position Summary:
The Associate Director for Research Compliance oversees animal programs and programs in the sciences related to environmental, health, and safety, and coordinates the administration and support for research compliance functions involving protection of human subjects, animal use, and biohazards.

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 obtain approval.· Oversees and manages registrations with federal agencies, monitoring compliance with agency requirements and facilitating revisions to college policies and procedures as necessary.· Reports signicant problems or violations of agency requirements as required.· Manages committee websites, including electronic submission forms.· Manages compliance with institutional policies on Financial Conict of Interest (FCOI) for grant-funded (sponsored) research and provides support to the institutional ofcial 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.· Hires and supervises staff performing laboratory support functions related to animal care, laboratory safety, chemical hygiene, radiation safety, and hazardous waste management; negotiates 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.· Identies areas of compliance vulnerability, performing risk assessments as necessary.· Provides advice and support to faculty on other research issues, including Material Transfer Agreements and Data Use Agreements.

General Responsibilities:
· Exercises sound judgment, and prioritizes and manages time effectively.· Acts as a team player by working collaboratively and demonstrating initiative, creativity, sound judgment, discretion, and leadership.· Performs other related duties, as may be required.


· A Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) and at least two years of experience working in a compliance area are required. Master’s degree preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
· The ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff.· Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and a strong work ethic.· 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.· Training in the following areas (may be taken after hire):
  • Training suitable for serving as Radiation Safety Officer.
  • Training on EPA and DOT requirements needed to be able to authorize or sign hazardous waste manifests.

· Experience working in a human subject protection compliance or an animal program compliance position in a higher education setting is preferred.· Prior experience working with research animals is an asset.

Physical Demands:

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information on our background check policy can be found here:

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Middlebury is an equal-opportunity employer where diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values. To this end, Middlebury recruits talented and diverse faculty, staff, and students from across the United States and around the world. Middlebury encourages applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and members of other protected classes and historically underrepresented communities. Middlebury also invites applications from individuals who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

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Middlebury is one of the country's top liberal arts colleges. It offers its students a broad curriculum embracing the arts, humanities, literature, foreign languages, social sciences, and natural sciences. Middlebury is an institution with a long-standing international focus, a place where education reflects a sense of looking outward, and a realization that the traditional insularity of the United States is something of the past. We seek to bring to Middlebury those who wish not only to learn about themselves and their own traditions, but also to see beyond the bounds of class, culture, region, or nation. Indeed, the central purpose of a Middlebury education is precisely to transcend oneself and one's own concerns. This transcendence may come for some through the study of other cultures; for some through the study of the environment; for others it will come through inquiry into such fields as physics or philosophy, mathematics or music.

Middlebury's undergraduate college is enriched by its other programs. Every summer, the main campus in Vermont is transformed into an institution single-mindedly devoted to the study of nine foreign languages and cultures, and the use of English is virtually banned for the participants, among whom are many Middlebury undergraduates. In the Green Mountains lies Middlebury's Bread Loaf campus, where for six weeks each summer the Bread Loaf School of English is in session. This is followed by the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, which brings together 200 authors and aspiring authors for 11 days of intensive exchange about the art of writing. The Bread Loaf School of English is in session each summer not only in Middlebury but also at Lincoln College, Oxford, in the United Kingdom; at St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

There is also an overseas dimension to Middlebury College. The C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad are located in Belo Horizonte, Berlin, Bordeaux, Buenos Aires, Concepción, Córdoba, Ferrara, Florence, Getafe, Guadalajara, Hangzhou, Irkutsk, La Serena, Logroño, Madrid, Mainz, Montevideo, Moscow, Niterói, Paris, Poitiers, Santiago, Temuco, Tucumán, Valdivia, Valparaíso, Xalapa, and Yaroslavl. These schools enroll more than 300 undergraduate and graduate students who seek to further their foreign language skills and immerse themselves as fully as possible in the host culture through academic study as well as direct experience.

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