Director of Research Compliance


TITLE Director of Research Complaince





IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Vice President for Community and Global Partnerships


The Director of Research Compliance ensures that University-based research, education, and service activities are planned and conducted in accordance with federal and state regulations in areas including, but not limited to, human subjects’ protection, care and use of animals, biosafety, radiation safety, conflict of interest,  and export control. This position assures that University policies and procedures are consistent with applicable regulations and coordinates committees involved in overseeing activities related to these compliance areas.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree preferred. An equivalent combination of years of experience and education may be considered for substitution of educational requirements.

Experience: A minimum of five years of experience working in a University research or closely related environment is required. At least one to two years administrative or supervisory experience preferred.

Skills: Demonstrated knowledge of federal regulations related to compliance for grants and contracts is required. Competency in the use of Microsoft Office software especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. Competency in computer programs related to electronic research administration, compliance, and report generation is preferred.

Other: This position is designated “sensitive” as defined by University policy. This position may include job duties, responsibilities, or activities that are subject to export control regulations.


1. Develops and updates, for review by institutional officials, policies and procedures to assure that University activities are in compliance with governmental regulations related to human subject protection, animal care and use, biosafety, export control, radiation safety, and other areas as assigned.

2. Oversees the activities of compliance committees including the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects, the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Institutional Biosafety, and Radiation Safety.

3. Serves as a liaison with governmental organizations that are responsible for implementing compliance regulations, including, but not limited to, U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS), Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (DHHS-OLAW), and Department of Commerce – Bureau of Industry and Security (DOC-BIS).

4. Oversees compliance for all aspects of animal research, including supervision of vivarium facilities and coordination with the University’s attending veterinarian.

5. Serves as the Research Integrity Officer (RIO), managing cases and/or allegations of research misconduct or conflict of interest by following University policies and procedures in coordination with the appropriate committees and offices.

6. Evaluates adherence to University, sponsor, federal, and state laws, regulations, and policies governing funded projects by coordinating with the Director of Research Administration in the review of proposals, contracts and other agreements, submitted to external agencies by faculty and staff.

7. Serves on the University’s Environmental Management Policy Panel and other campus committees as assigned.

8. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

9. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, attending training and/or courses as assigned by the Vice President for Community and Global Partnerships.

10. Contributes to the overall success of the Office of Research Administration by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Director of Research Compliance exercises supervision of full-time and part-time professional and administrative staff as well as graduate assistants.


APRIL 2024