Director, Research Compliance

Updated: 29 days ago
Location: College Station, TEXAS
Job Type: FullTime

Job Title

Director, Research Compliance


Texas A&M Engineering


Chief Operating Officer

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

The Research Compliance Director is responsible for the oversight of financial conflict of interest (FCOI) management and disclosures, export controls, nepotism, responsible conduct of research (RCR), research misconduct, TEES Federal wide Assurance, and acts as a liaison for researchers for TAMU IRB, IBC, and IACUC activities. The position reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer.


35%: Financial- and Institutional-Conflict of Interest Oversight

  • Oversees the management of conflict of interests associated with sponsored research for the Texas A&M University Engineering personnel. This includes financial conflict of interest (FCOI) for all engineering, in coordination with Texas A&M compliance offices.
  • Directs the Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOl) administrative function for Texas A&M Engineering: 1) ensures compliance with the federal government and other entities regarding the disclosing, reviewing, routing and approving of FCOIs and/or management plans, 2) oversees services to assist faculty and other researchers in understanding the process and its requirements, and 3) establishes and oversees the process whereby annual FCOI management plans and updates are collected, reviewed and approved as required by regulation.

35%: Export Controls Oversight

  • Oversees the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station export controls program. Provides export controls interface with various TEES divisions, Sponsored Research Services, TAMU, Agrilife, the Research Security Office and the Office of General Counsel.
  • The Export Controls Office (ECO) works to identify projects with export control implications and to ensure their effective management; develops and oversees educational programs, guidelines, tools and other resources to assist the community in their understanding of export control requirements and obligations; ensures an effective management of the export control compliance program; ensures that non-routine matters that require an escalation of interaction and reporting are effectively administered; oversees periodic assessments of the export controls compliance program, and reviews, administers and updates the export controls compliance monitoring plan. This also includes screening of individuals and companies to work on various projects and with TEES.

10%: Responsible Conduct of Research and Nepotism

  • Oversees TEES Responsible Conduct for Research (RCR) program to ensure that certain categories of individuals involved in research receive proper training as required by sponsors and other federal regulations.
  • Coordinates with TAMU for the training of graduate students, postdoctoral research associates and other positions to ensure that training is in accordance with regulation and/or sponsor guidelines.
  • Determines the institutional controls and review of nepotism on sponsored research.

5%: Research Risk and Compliance Assessment

  • Establishes and implements valid and accurate performance measures to assess COI and export controls risk and compliance. Communicates the effectiveness of the current processes to auditors and upper administration.
  • Develops and recommends rules, guidelines and procedures that will effectively deal with COI risk and compliance matters while providing the best quality of services and assistance to the faculty. Coordinates and communicates COI and export controls risk management processes with the TEES Research Compliance Officer, SRS, and other officials.

10% Leadership & Coordination:

  • Coordinates with the TEES Research Compliance Officer and TEES Leadership on compliance related activities as requested.
  • Oversees operations budget for the Research Compliance office and manages and advises director-level staff to effectively facilitate and support their assigned personnel to ensure compliance while providing quality services to faculty and staff.

5%: Other Duties

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

What we need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in applicable field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ten years of professional experience in research administration and/or compliance.

What is helpful:

  • Advanced degree in law, business, higher education or research administration or relevant field.
  • Professional management experience in one or more of these areas: regulatory affairs, conflict of interest, export control and other compliance.
  • Prior TAMUS experience with research administration responsibilities in sponsored research and in federal compliance issues regarding research compliance, conflict of interest and export control; experience working with database and spreadsheet software.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Keyboarding and proofreading skills. Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel in an office environment. Working knowledge of federal and state regulations governing research administrative issues, basic regulatory requirements for FCOI, RCR, export controls, and/or in regulatory affairs compliance. Requires tact and diplomacy and strong interpersonal skills. Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others. Requires strong oral and written communication skills. Must be detail oriented. Management and motivational skills in overseeing director-level staff.
  • Working knowledge of the TAMUS organizational structure and the relationships between Texas A&M University (TAMU) and the A&M research agencies to include the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), Texas A&M AgriLife Research (AgriLife) and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)]. Ability to work with people of varying backgrounds.

Preferred Licenses and Certifications:

  • JD, ECoP®, CCEP, CRA

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

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