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Director of Research Compliance

Salary Range: 

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Department:

The Office of Research provides research services to all faculty and staff at the university.

About the Position:

This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

Reporting to the Vice Provost for Research and Chief Innovation Officer, the Director of Compliance works with high degree of autonomy as the lead person responsible for ensuring the safe, ethical, and responsible conduct of research across the University and its compliance with government regulations and University policies.

This role is a multifaceted and requires in-depth knowledge of Federal and State regulations concerning human research, animal research, financial conflict of interest, and export control, operation of numerous oversight committees, personal interaction with faculty and students, collaboration with other administrative units, and management of the University's animal care facility. 

Essential Functions:

  • Develop and implement University policies and procedures to ensure research compliance with Federal and State regulations pertaining to responsible conduct of research, human subject research, animal research, biological research, financial conflict of interest, research misconduct, export control, foreign influence, data securities, and conflict of commitment.
  • Leadership and responsibility for the oversight, administration, and coordination of policies and procedures related to the Institutional Review Board, the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee, the Institutional Biosafety Committee, the Financial Conflict of Interest Committee, the Archaeological Collection and Curation Committee, Export Controls and Data Securities
  • Ensure necessary and appropriate communication between the University and Federal and State entities to maintain University research operations in compliance with government regulations, and act as an advisor to the Associate Provost for Research on all issues concerning responsible and compliant conduct of research.
  • Oversee and manage the contracted operation of the University's animal care facility (LARC), ensuring compliance, appropriate operating procedures, security, and environmental standards.
  • Monitor developments and changes in statutes and court rulings, rules and regulations that impact research compliance requirements, and respond to periodic changes in Federal regulations and other guidelines.
  • Supervise the Research Compliance Manager in the development of training, educational materials, web-based tools, and outreach programs for the University community, and work directly as necessary with faculty, staff, and students to ensure compliant and responsible conduct of research.
  • Coordinate with other University offices as appropriate, such as the Office of Legal Affairs, Grant & Contract Accounting, Risk Management, and Undergraduate Research to ensure and improve University conduct of research, to investigate possible research malfeasance, and to resolve compliance issues as they arise.
  • Manage the teaching, training, and development of content for the Responsible Conduct of Research training required for all federally funded individuals. 

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree is required. Master's preferred.

A minimum of five years of professional work experience overseeing the ethical conduct of research and compliance with government regulations.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning, and time management skills, as well as an ability to delegate tasks effectively.

Candidate must possess high ethical standards and the ability to exercise judgment and discretion in interpreting and applying regulations and procedures. 

Candidate must have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook). A thorough knowledge of Institutional Review Board practices and relevant federal regulations and guidance is required.

Experience as an IRB member is highly desired. Research and/or clinical experience is highly desired. Training in a medical or allied health field is desired. Administrative management (financial management and personnel management training and experience) is also desired. CIP or CIM certification is preferred

Physical and Environmental Demands:

    Sit for long periods of time
Deadline to Apply:

The position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, [email protected].


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

Primary Location: USA-TX-Dallas
Job: Administrative Managers & Professionals
Organization: Research/Grad Administration
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular
Job Type: Staff
Job Level: Manager with Direct Reports
Travel: No
Job Posting: Dec 6, 2022, 12:27:01 PM

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