Associate Director of Research Integrity
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) at UIC seeks an Associate Director of Research Integrity (ADRI) to be a subject matter expert for Research Integrity matters, including Conflict of Commitment and Interest (COCI), Export Controls, Research Security, Federal Agency Reporting on Compliance Issues, International Research and Travel, and Responsible Conduct of Research. The ADRI is responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of policies and procedures for UIC in accordance with other UI System and UIC policies and state and federal regulations. The ADRI will lead the evaluation of regulations, education of faculty and staff, and assessments and recommendations to ensure effective ongoing compliances. In addition, the ADRI is responsible for establishing and managing the institutional compliance program related to allegations, investigations and findings/determinations of sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault in research.
UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. Recent “Best Colleges” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. The UIC campus is located just west of Chicago’s loop, integrated into historic residential neighborhoods and the urban environment. UIC is recognized as one of the most ethnically rich and culturally diverse campuses in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI), and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
Identify, develop, implement, document, monitor, review, and assess Office of Research Integrity business processes and compliance programs, including new programs and established programs such as the state and federal regulations related to sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior reporting, research security, foreign government interference, international travel, and work with subject matter experts in areas with compliance officers.
Collaborate with colleagues to ensure that UIC fosters a research environment that promotes a culture of compliance, the responsible conduct of research, and research integrity.
Contribute to the daily activities for conflict of interest (COI), conflict of commitment (COC), and foreign engagement, including review of COI/COC disclosures and advising leadership on further actions.
Collaborate with deans and department heads to administer changes in research personnel, as may be required by the external research sponsors and in accordance with external research sponsor requirements related to areas of Research Integrity.
Complete reports to federal agencies, as required.
Review and update training materials, both written and in person, to promote understanding of policies, procedures, laws and regulations, and the consequences of non-compliance in areas of Research Integrity, focusing on Conflict of Commitment and Interest Compliance and Export Controls.
Provide guidance and advice to UIC faculty, staff, and students regarding the University of Illinois Policy of Conflict of Commitment and Interest and procedures for pre-approval, disclosure, management, and non-compliance review.
Maintain record keeping system to document operation of the outside activity disclosure and pre-approval system (currently UIC Research – COI), including documentation of annual certifications of compliance and research certifications.
Develop, track, and oversee the technology control plans related to domestic sponsor restrictions on access to research, not related to Export Controls.
Develop, track, and oversee the processes for restricting access to research related to domestic sponsor restrictions on access to research, not related to Export Controls.
Consult with the Office of Sponsored Programs related to matters of Research Integrity.
Prepare reports regarding compliance and the activities undertaken and planned to assure compliance.
Review the Office of Research Integrity websites, adding new information and revising existing information to assure accurate information is conveyed. Work with subject matter experts to assure their areas are updated and clear.
Develop, evaluate, and oversee the UIC grant submission risk-based auditing to harmonize the disclosures in funding applications and UIC Research – COI.
Evaluate and complete updates to the pre-approval, disclosure, and certification system (currently UIC Research – COI).
Work with appropriate individuals to implement corrective actions to resolve compliance deficiencies.
Partner with the Office of University Audits to conduct risk assessment and assess compliance implementation.
Review and develop policies and procedures related to international travel and research.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required.
A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in Research Integrity program management, compliance and/or conflict of interest. Knowledge of Conflict of Commitment and Interest policies and procedures and Export Controls, including University policies, state law and federal regulations, technology control plan development and implementation, and grant reporting requirements.
Ability to develop and implement research compliance activities, develop complex new policies and procedures and administrative plans.
Master’s degree in a scientific or engineering field or JD degree and Certified Research Administrator (CRA) preferred.
Relevant experience within a university setting. Strong interpersonal, management and communication skills.
Knowledge of basic information systems (Word, Excel, Adobe, and other database applications).
Knowledge of the Huron COI disclosure system preferred.
Ability to interact verbally and in writing with faculty with professionalism and decorum.
APPLICATION: To ensure fullest consideration, application materials must be received by February 6, 2024. Start date is as soon as possible after the close of the search. Salary is commensurate with experience and education. All candidates must create a candidate profile through http://jobs.uic.edu and upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references by the close date.
Interested candidates must apply at the following link:
As an EOE/AA employer, the University of Illinois encourages applications from individuals regardless of an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, and Veteran or disability status.
Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.
The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit: https://www.hr.uillinois.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=4292&pageId=1411899