Director of the Human Research Protection Program (Research Programs Director)

Director of the Human Research Protection Program (Research Programs Director)
Job ID: 19992
Compensation: Salary commensurate with education and experience
Closing Date: Open until filled with review of applications to begin on January 17, 2019 

The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

Reporting to the Dean for the Sciences, the Director of the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is responsible for leading and managing the submission and review process of research proposals from faculty, staff and students. The Director also provides guidance and training on regulatory and policy matters to the Graduate Center's (GC) research community. S/he provides HRPP-related administrative and regulatory support to the Graduate Center's, including the Advanced Science Research Center, researchers and administrators.

Duties include but are not limited to:
- Oversees the HRPP staff’s pre-review of faculty, staff and student submissions requiring Institutional Review Board (IRB) review to ensure completeness and compliance with applicable federal regulations, state laws, and GC and CUNY policies.
- Leads a GC-wide education program to train researchers, IRB members and appropriate campus staff on protocol submissions.
- Organizes regular workshops on the use of the online HRPP system (IDEATE).
- Reviews protocols that meet the regulatory criteria for exemption from IRB review and makes exemption determinations, as appropriate.
- Directs the planning and implementation of a needs assessment of GC graduate programs to identify programs’ specific needs in the area of human subject research and then, in concert with GC graduate programs heads, develops curriculum to address these needs.  
- Serves as a liaison between the CUNY Central Compliance Office and GC researchers.
- Maintains regular office hours and is available to student and faculty researchers seeking guidance on approval and renewal of protocols.
- Serves as an expert on GC committees and provides guidance related to compliance and research, including relevant Middles States working groups and the GC Committee on Research. 
- Directs HRPP staff in support of the office’s mission.
- May require occasional travel to CUNY's Central Office and various CUNY campuses.
- Performs other duties as assigned.

CUNY Title Overview:
- Provides campus-wide leadership and administrative support in the development and administration of grants and contracts. 
-  Manages grants, research projects and proposals, and pre- and post-award activities 
-  Participates in short- and long-term planning of research programs that meet academic and institutional priorities 
-  Identifies and analyzes potential funding sources 
-  Oversees grant development activities, policies, and procedures 
-  Reports on the advancement and completion of research projects to senior management and outside organizations 
-  Provides fiscal oversight related to research programs 
-  Oversees compliance with internal and external policies and regulations 
-  Directs professional development, information sharing, and collaborative communications related to research campus-wide 
-  Manages the unit's staff 
-  Performs related duties as assigned.

Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience required, as well as a thorough knowledge of governmental regulations and compliance requirements and grant and contract management.

A preferred candidate should have:
- Master's degree which may be substituted for up to 2 years of experience.
- Three (3) years of experience in the application of human subject protection regulations focused on Social and Behavioral Sciences and Humanities. 
- Experience with researchers conducting ethnographic fieldwork.
- Excellent written, critical thinking, organization and time management skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of individuals at GC and CUNY and to resolve problems in an effective manner.
- Strong technology skills, including with database search and management.

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Equal Employment Opportunity:
CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer. 

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