1061 Director of Research Compliance


TITLE Director of Research Compliance




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Vice President for Research and Economic Development



The primary duty of the Director of Research Compliance is to assure that University-based research, education, and service activities are planned and conducted in accordance with federal and state regulations in the areas of human subjects’ protection, care and use of animals, biosafety, radiation safety, and export control. The Director of Research Compliance assures that University policies and procedures are consistent with applicable regulations and coordinates committees involved in overseeing activities related to these compliance areas. The Director of Research Compliance develops and implements classroom-based and online training programs related to these compliance areas to assure that faculty, staff, and students understand applicable regulations, policies, and procedures. The Director of Research Compliance develops policies and procedures in other compliance areas as needed. The Director of Research Compliance coordinates activities with the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs, Environmental Management, and Safety and Transportation as needed to ensure institutional compliance. The Director serves as a member of the Environmental Management Panel and other committees as needed and prepares reports required for institutional compliance with applicable governmental regulations.


Education: A Master’s degree in a natural or physical science is required.

Experience: Experience working in a University research environment is required. Experience working in one or more of the major compliance areas (human subjects’ protection, care and use of animals, biosafety, radiation safety, or export control) is required. Experience in developing and conducting training programs related to compliance is preferred. Experience in administering electronic processing of applications for review by compliance committees is preferred.

Skills: Demonstrated knowledge of federal regulations related to compliance for grants and contracts is required. Effective oral and written communication skills are required. Competency in the use of Microsoft Office software especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. Competency in computer programs related to electronic research administration, classroom-based and distance training, 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. Advises senior institutional officials regarding compliance areas.

3. Develops, implements, and updates classroom-based and online training programs for faculty, staff, and students in assigned compliance areas.

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

5. Manages the records and databases of compliance programs and committees.

6. Prepares reports as required to comply with federal regulations and University polities.

7. Coordinates activities with the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP), Environmental Management Office, and Safety and Transportation.

8. Assists the OSRP in reviewing proposals, grants, contracts, and other agreements to assure that institutional commitments are in compliance with applicable governmental regulations.

9. Participates in the University’s Environmental Management Panel and the Federally Mandated Reporting/Disclosing Committee.

10.Serves as a liaison with governmental organizations that are responsible for implementing compliance regulations including, but not limited to, USDA-APHIS, DHHS-OLAW, DHHS-OHRP, and DOC-BIS.

11. Serves as the administrator for the Grant Management System’s modules related to compliance areas.

12. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, especially those offered by professional societies and federal agencies, attending training and/or courses as directed by the vice President for Research and Economic Development.

13. Supports the overall success of the Division of Research and Economic Development by performing other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.


The Director of Research Compliance is supervised by the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and may supervise clerical staff and/or graduate assistants.




Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 4 - 2300 Points: Knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, methods and techniques of an administrative, managerial, or professional field such as accounting or auditing, financial management, business administration, human resources, engineering, social sciences, communications, education, law, or medicine. Knowledge permits the employee to complete assignments by applying established methods to recurring types of projects/problems susceptible to well-documented precedents or to schedule, plan, and carry out precedented projects. Alternatively, knowledge at this level might also permit the employee to carry out precedented projects requiring considerable experience in specific areas within higher education. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in a specific technical or professional specialty along with significant related work experience. Alternatively, equivalent knowledge requirements at this level include a non-technical or general Bachelor's degree requirement with substantial work experience or a non-specific Master's degree requirement with substantial work experience. Knowledge requirements generally also include a significant amount of related work experience and may include administrative or supervisory experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 2 - 130 Points: Regular, but limited, supervision, training, or directing the work assignments of (a) small numbers of student, part-time or temporary workers, or (b) one or more permanent, full-time employees. The nature of supervision is largely confined to scheduling work and assigning tasks. Supervision at this level typically does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities, and supervisory duties typically do not consume a large portion of the work day.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 4 - 500 Points: Interactions with others are somewhat unstructured. The purpose may be to influence or motivate others, to obtain information, or to control situations and resolve problems. Interactions may be with individuals or groups of co-workers, students, or the general public, may be moderately unstructured, and may involve persons who hold differing goals and objectives. Individuals at this level often act as a liaison between groups with a focus on solving particular unstructured problems. Interactions at this level require considerable interpersonal skill and the ability to resolve conflict.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 3 - 500 Points: The employee operates under general supervision expressed in terms of program goals and objectives, priorities, and deadlines. Administrative supervision is given through statements of overall program or project objectives and available resources. Administrative guidelines are relatively comprehensive and the employee need only to fill in gaps in interpretation and adapt established methods to perform recurring activities. In unforeseen situations, the employee must interpret inadequate or incomplete guidelines, develop plans, and initiate new methods to complete assignments based on those interpretations. Assignments are normally related in function, but the work requires many different processes and methods applied to an established administrative or professional field. Problems are typically the result of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, or incomplete or conflicting data. The employee must interpret and refine methods to complete assignments. Characteristic jobs at this level may involve directing single-purpose programs or performing complex, but precedented, technical or professional work.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 4 - 1500 Points: Work involves the primary accountability for a smaller department, program, or process. Work activities involve managerial decisions that directly affect the efficiency, costs, reputation, and service quality of the department, program, or process. Work affects a limited range of professional projects or administrative activities of the University. Work activities have a direct and substantial impact on the department. While work activities do have some effect on the efficiency and reputation of the cost center, departments, programs, or processes at this level represent a relatively minor function within the cost center. Employees in jobs at this level may have responsibility for developing budgets, distributing budgeted funds, and exercising the primary control over a relatively small budget.