Director, Research Compliance

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General Summary

Reporting to the Associate Provost for Research, the Director for Research Compliance manages DePaul’s Research Protections Program. The Research Protections Program at DePaul was established to ensure the University’s compliance with regulations governing research and other qualifying activities that involve human participants, animals, and/or biohazardous materials. The Research Protections Program consists of three university-wide committees - Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee(IACUC), and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) made up of faculty members, staff, outside experts, and community representatives, and these committees are administered by the Director for Research Compliance in the Office of Research Services. The majority of DePaul's research protection activities are related to the IRB.


Responsibilities & Duties


  • Managing the IRB, IACUC, and IBC review committees and programs.
  • Serving as a permanent voting member and regulatory expert on the IRB and serving as an ex-officioadvisor to the IACUC and IBC.
  • Preparing agendas and meeting minutes and creating correspondence to investigators to relay thecommittees’ determinations.
  • Receive and process any non-compliance reports or subject complaints related to human subjectresearch at DePaul, and non-compliance reports related to the IACUC and IBC.
  • Serving as the primary liaison between DePaul’s Research Protections committees and federalregulators, external funding agencies, collaborating institutions, internal and external researchers,other areas of the Office of Research Services, the HIPAA Privacy Officer, Environmental Health andSafety, the Office of General Counsel, and other offices within DePaul, as needed.
  • Maintaining regulatory assurances and registrations with federal agencies by updating theagreements, when necessary, and filing mandated reports with federal agencies, and when necessaryinternally.
  • Ensuring that semi-annual facility inspections and programmatic review for the animal care and useprogram are conducted and documented per federal regulations.
  • Developing and presenting educational and training sessions about the ethical conduct of human,biosafety, and animal subject research and the IRB/IACUC/IBC process.
  • Provide guidance for staff, researchers, and other university departments related to complex researchprotocols.
  • Develop, implement and manage efficient procedures to facilitate institutional policies and procedures,based upon federal regulations and guidelines for the IRB, IACUC, and IBC.
  • Creating and maintaining submission forms for the IRB, IACUC, and IBC.
  • Conducting IRB review of protocols at the exempt, expedited, and full review level.
  • Ensuring IRB, IACUC, and IBC administrative and protocol files are maintained and retainedaccording to federal requirements.
  • Providing guidance to faculty, staff, and students regarding the federal and institutional requirementsfor research with human subjects, research and teaching activities with animals, and research andteaching activities with biohazardous agents.
  • Create the content for and maintain the Research Protections section of the Office of ResearchServices website.
  • Create Oversee Administrative staff in Research Compliance Office.
  • Work with the Research Support Facility (RSF) Director in keeping the animal facility in compliancewith Federal regulations and local policy, as well as aiding in upkeep and needs of the RSF.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree or other advanced degree.
  • Five years of experience in research compliance working with IRB; IACUC and/or IBC experience also preferred as is experience in an academic setting. 
  • Knowledge of and the ability to interpret and apply federal regulations and guidance pertaining to human subject research, animal research, and biohazardous agents.
  • One to two years’ supervisory experience.

Preferred Requirements

  • Biological background.
  • Degrees and/or experiences at the intersection between science, health, and information technology.


Managerial Responsibilities

  • Supervise the Assistant Director of Research Compliance and the Research Protections Coordinator I.
  • Coordinate all IRB/IBC/IACUC meetings by developing agendas, prepare official meeting minutes, andassign primary reviewers for projects that require full IRB review, IBC review, and IACUC review.
  • Discuss IRB/IBC/IACUC review results with researchers.
  • Review resubmissions and issue approval notices for the IRB/IBC/IACUC.
  • Maintain the research protections section of the ORS websites.
  • Manage the DMR review process for IACUC and IBC, create monthly statistical reports and annualreports for internal dissemination.
  • Provide guidance to researchers about bringing non-compliant research proposals back intocompliance with federal & institutional requirements.
  • Monitor federal regulations governing human and animal research.
  • Participate in professional conferences and training opportunities.
  • Work in tandem with the RSF Director to ensure animal facility compliance.

Certifications & Licenses

  • Current Certified IRB Professional (CIP) and Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA), orwillingness to obtain certification within 2 years.


Other Skills & Abilities Requirements 


  • Experience with Sharepoint and maintaining a website.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and efficiently, as well as manage multiple priorities withinthe given deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in tandem with and provide guidance to facultymembers, staff members, and students at varying levels.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Possessing a high level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to spend an extended amount of time at a computer.

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Additional Information

If needed, travel between Lincoln Park and Loop Campus is sometimes required. Occasional evening andweekend hours may be required based upon work load and deadlines.

Salary & Benefits Package:
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Required Background Check:

Employment at DePaul University is contingent on passing a background check. Only final candidates whoare extended an offer of employment will undergo a background check.

Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect:

Upon accepting an offer of employment with the university, you will also be required to sign anAcknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status at the time of hire. A mandated reporter is required to make areport to the Illinois DCFS Hotline whenever there is reasonable cause to believe that a child known to themin their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected. For more information, please visit thefollowing pages:
Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS)

Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.
All qualified applicants willreceive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation,gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status,genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and localEEO laws.


Contact Information

DePaul University



1 E. Jackson Blvd

Chicago, IL 60604-2287


Background Information



  • Non-Profit

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information

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  • Full Time