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Compliance Officer, Conflict of Interest- The Office of Research, Innovation & Economic Development

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Compliance Officer, Conflict of Interest- The Office of Research, Innovation & Economic Development

The Office of Research, Innovation & Economic Development (ORIED), Division of Research Integrity and Assurance, is seeking a professional to serve as the Conflict of Interest (COI) Compliance Officer for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), Space Institute (UTSI), and Institute of Agriculture (UTIA). This position will assist researchers with conflict of interest policies and regulations as they relate to research conflicts of interest. The goal is to ensure outside interests do not impact – or appear to impact – the objectivity of the research program, safety and welfare of research subjects, the interests of students and trainees, or other employee responsibilities, such as teaching, service, or administrative duties.

Summary of Duties:

Disclosure Review, Tracking, and Support

    Review outside interest disclosure forms for individuals involved with University research projects and/or serving as investigators on sponsored programsResearch complex relationships and transactionsDetermine if sponsors’ conflict of interest disclosure and training requirements have been met and coordinate with the campus Office of Sponsored Programs to allow funding of awardsIdentify disclosures that may need Research Conflict of Interest (RCOI) Management Plans.Promote compliance with regulations by working directly with researchers to review relationships between UT activities and their outside professional activitiesManage and enhance internal systems and processes to track and review disclosures and enhance efficiency/effectiveness
Training and Regulatory Oversight

    Maintain COI training records and monitor required COI trainingDevelop and implement training and guidance materials related to RCOIKeep abreast of new laws and regulations and respond to proposed regulatory changesHelp develop policies and procedures related to RCOIMaintain complete and accurate program records
Oversight of Management Plans

    Oversee UTK/UTSI/UTIA portfolio of RCOI Management Plans, updating as necessaryAssist with development of Plans, coordinating with RCOI Committee and Institutional COI Committee ChairAssist with identification of conflicts that need to be reported to sponsors and notification to RCOI Committee Chair and Designated Official
COI Program Management

    Ensure the integrity and security of confidential information, whether in paper or electronic formatServe as a liaison to and work with other units participating in the COI program or seeking knowledge of the COI programRepresent ORIED, Division of Research Integrity and Assurance, on university committeesConduct COI program research and ensure the preparation of mandatory operational and statistical reports

    Perform other related responsibilities as required

Minimum Qualifications:

    Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in a science discipline or business, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experienceMinimum of two (2) years prior experience in a research, research administration, business, and/or relevant field such as compliance, audit, accounting, or sponsored program administration.Generalized knowledge of federal regulatory requirements as they relate to conflicts of interestAbility to interpret government regulations and communicate complex regulations and requirements to othersAbility to perform and document detailed reviews of complex situationsAbility to prioritize and meet deadlines; strong organizational skillsAbility to maintain confidentiality related to sensitive informationStrong communication skillsAbility to appreciate and handle diverse situations and the needs of university faculty, staff, and studentsMust be a citizen of the United StatesMust be able to obtain a security clearance
Preferred Qualification:

    Master’s Degree, in science discipline or businessDirect knowledge, skills, and experience in research compliance and conflict of interest requirements within a university, national laboratory, or other research environmentUnderstanding of conflict of commitment and effort reporting requirements, as they relate to conflicts of interestAdvanced use of tools to support RCOI (such as PowerPoint, other presentation tools, and systems to develop and manage disclosures and Management Plans)

Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Office Of Research Innov & Econ Develop
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Nov 11, 2021, 12:33:18 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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