Research Compliance Coord

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Office of Research

Position Overview

This position reports to the director of Research Integrity and works closely with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) administrator to provide administrative and programmatic support, 50% for IACUC administration and 50% for other compliance areas, primarily compliance documentation on award actions. This position works to ensure that research at the university is conducted in accordance with federal regulations and university policies and that appropriate documentation is available, as required.
As mandated by federal regulations, the IACUC is the institutional authority in approving animal research protocols. The Research Integrity unit of the Office of Research is responsible for administration of several other non-fiscal compliance areas. The incumbent must have familiarity with the complex regulations and policies concerning the animal care and use program; basic knowledge of federal sponsored research regulations; be able to accurately document, record and report on various compliance issues; and quickly and accurately assess and determine compliance status of sponsored projects.  This position requires strong organizational and computer skills, excellent communication skills, and attention to detail. The coordinator interacts with the animal care and use community, compliance officers, research administrators, and other university administrative offices.

Job Description

40% IACUC administration: The Compliance Coordinator works closely with the IACUC Administrator to maintain animal use protocol documentation, manage occupational health and safety enrollment and services, document training, maintain policies, assist with semi-annual reviews and inspections, and document post approval monitoring. The Compliance Coordinator provides assistance in other aspects of IACUC administration and conducts essential tasks of IACUC administration when the IACUC Administrator is not available.  It is critical that current, accurate information is available for researchers, administrators and other stakeholders regarding activity of the IACUC.

35% Compliance Liaison for Award Processes: In accordance with federal regulations and university policies and procedures, communicates between coordinators of specific compliance areas, central and departmental research administrators, investigators, and other university administrative departments to ensure appropriate documentation is complete, timely, and available for actions on awards received and active awards.  Strives to increase data accuracy and availability and decrease turn-around time for award set-up and contributes to procedure documentation. Corresponds with all stakeholders in a coherent, cordial, and articulate manner.  

15% Other Compliance areas: Supports Restricted Research application process and documentation and provides documentation and reporting assistance to other compliance areas, as assigned.

10% IACUC Reporting and Communications: Works with IACUC Administrator and RI director to develop effective communications to animal users.  The compliance coordinator must understand the ethical principles, regulations, policies and procedures that define the Animal Care and Use Program in order to fulfill job duties and provide assistance to researchers. Maintains productive, service-oriented working relationships with members of animal research community.  Assists with scheduling IACUC events and distributing IACUC messages to the animal research community. Provides reports of activity on all areas of responsibility.  Contributes to outreach initiatives.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant experience OR 6 years relevant experience
  • Excellent written communication skills as evidenced by application materials and job experience.
  • Evidence of ability to meet deadlines and turn-around times in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Work history that indicates or required initiative and excellent organizational, analytical, and administrative skills, including one year administrative experience in a relevant setting.
  • At least two years of experience working in an environment that required mid-range skills (such as merges, queries, forms, graphs) in Microsoft Office applications or similar systems.

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with an IACUC, in an animal research facility, or in laboratory research.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret federal regulations or similar regulatory structures.
  • Demonstrated use of business software and data systems to create workflow efficiencies.
  • Experience using complex system-of-record software systems and helping others use it effectively.
  • One year of work experience in university research administration in a Research I university environment.
  • Evidence of high ethical standards, ability to maintain confidentiality, and ability to make independent judgments.
  • Work history that includes experience in a culturally diverse setting with all levels of personnel.

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Susan MacNally

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    In addition to the online application, the following documents are required to be considered for this position:

    • A cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.
    • Resume or curriculum vitae.
    • Contact information for three professional references.

    Review of applications will begin June 15, 2020 and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is collected. 

    Advertised Salary Range

    $41,300 - $48,000

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    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Work Schedule

    40 hours per week, Monday- Friday, 8am- 5pm

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    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding


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