The Office of Research, Office of Research Compliance (ORC)
Research is integral to the overall mission of The Ohio State University. To enhance the University's research, outreach, engagement activities, and to fuel Ohio State's commitment to economic development and the well-being of our community, top priorities for the Office of Research include increasing Ohio State's participation in large-scale funding initiatives, improving the competitiveness of our researchers in their efforts to secure funding, and fostering economic development through enhanced industry-sponsored research and commercialization.
The Office of Research is working to increase Ohio State's participation in large-scale funding initiatives from federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense. We are working to develop stronger relationships with program managers within the federal agencies to impact the development of requests for proposals and gain access to up-to-the-minute information about emerging new programs. In parallel, we are also working to develop stronger relationships with national laboratories and research institutes across the U.S.
In the coming years, the Office of Research will work to:
Establish and support a system of world-class, multidisciplinary, and trans-institutional and trans-national research centers and initiatives.
Strive to be leaders in the ethical conduct of research and provide on-going instruction in all aspects of research compliance.
Provide the leadership necessary to expand existing collaborations between Ohio State and other institutions within the University System of Ohio.
Support research activities in disciplines where opportunities for external funding are limited such as the humanities, arts, law, and business.
Make Ohio State a strong voice in the national conversation about research priorities.
Celebrate the accomplishments and innovation of Ohio State researchers. The research landscape has become much more complex, and facilitating research has become correspondingly more difficult, in an era of increasing regulation of all aspects of research activity. It is crucial that our research is in compliance with requirements of the federal and state government regulating human subjects, animal subjects, conflict of interest, export controls, oversight of large-scale clinical trials, and fiscal responsibility. It is equally important that we have coherent policies and procedures to support these and other aspects of research, including inventions/intellectual property and commercialization activities. Our policies and procedures must be developed and implemented in a way that maximizes flexibility for researchers and does not subject them to unnecessary bureaucracy. We are always striving to streamline research processes to reduce administrative burdens. The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) works with faculty, staff, students, department chairs, deans and other senior leaders to review and investigate allegations of misconduct in research and scholarly activities. We work to assure completion of the University's faculty conflict of interest process and develop management plans for conflict of interest cases. ORC also negotiates, manages, and monitors export control issues; and provides guidance for research involving controlled substances, research diving, human gene transfer, and human stem cell research. The ORC team is available to help researchers minimize and manage potential compliance risks in any regulatory area impacting their research activities.
The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) is seeking an Assistant Vice President for Research Compliance (Assistant VP) to support the University's mission to oversee and manage all research misconduct and research non-compliance investigations appropriately and efficiently and advise University Research Integrity Officer(s) to ensure compliance with U.S. regulations and University policies affecting the conduct of research. In conjunction with the Associate Vice President for Research Compliance, the Assistant VP is responsible for developing, implementing and leading programs and policies to ensure the University’s compliance with federal, state and/or private sponsor requirements as well as university policies in order to support and promote ethical research practices at The Ohio State University. This individual serves as the senior Coordinator as defined in the University Policy and Procedures Concerning Research Misconduct and advisor to all others acting as university Research Integrity Officers (RIO). The Assistant VP informs the Associate Vice President for Research Compliance, the Senior Vice President for Research, and Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of allegations, the progress of any investigation undertaken, and makes recommendations for University actions. This position works closely with faculty, the graduate school, and administrative units to implement University-wide research-related compliance programs required by federal and state regulations that ensure that the research carried out is of the highest quality, is conducted in a way that can be freely and openly disseminated to the extent possible, and addresses issues of noncompliance so that the University’s integrity is maintained. Therefore, this individual will perform the following job duties:
The Assistant VP works with the Associate VP for Research Compliance and University RIOs to create and integrate with the overarching organization that enhances OSU’s existing research enterprise, implements and executes clear strategies for institution-wide research compliance policies and procedures, and identifies initiatives that help position OSU to be a recognized leader in innovative yet ethical research practices.
The Assistant VP possesses authority to ensure the observance of institutional and governmental policies and regulations for research compliance activities, including conflict of interest and scholarly misconduct, and institutional and governmental policies and regulations involving research security and safety. Provides guidance to University senior leadership, University RIOs, key administrators, and University faculty on implementation and interpretation of external research compliance requirements.
Organizes and oversees institutional responses to inquiries from external regulatory agencies related to research integrity matters including, federal audit responses and records requests.
Envisions continuous improvements and streamlining of processes that support research compliance activities.
Develops outreach strategies to build faculty, staff and student awareness and support of these procedures across campus.
Manages the ORC staff responsible for executing activities in each of these areas.
Partners with University faculty and staff researchers to develop novel and effective ways to minimize and manage compliance risks, while also providing value to the institution and minimizing the administrative burden on researchers.
This position will report to both the Associate Vice President for Research Compliance and the Senior Vice President for Research. This position also collaborates directly with Legal Affairs, Government Affairs, college deans/chairs and research officers, Academic Affairs, the Office of Responsible Research Practices, Technology Commercialization Office, University Laboratory Animal Resources, the Office of Sponsored Programs and other University stakeholders.
Additional Information for Applicants::
The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.
Doctoral degree or equivalent combination of education and experience;
Extensive experience in academic research and research administration and compliance or equivalent experience in regulatory compliance in governmental or large institutional setting;
Extensive knowledge of FDA, USDA, HHS, OHRP and ORI policies and regulations, state law;
Experience with university policies and guidelines pertaining to human subjects research, animal research, conflict of interest and research integrity;
Working knowledge of HHS and other federal and state regulations, rules, policies and guidelines involving the ethical conduct of research including administration of sponsored programs, commercialization of university-created technology, and protection of personally identifiable research information;
Extensive experience working with sponsored research and compliance issues in higher education;
Excellent problem-solving, critical thinking, and leadership skills;
Ability to develop strong relationships both internal and external to unit, and lead by example;
Ability to exercise authority through influencing others.
Doctoral degree in law or a biomedical, physical or behavioral science.
Target Salary: $150,000.00 - $155,000.00 Annually
Job Category: Administrative and Professional
Job Appointment (FTE%):
The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, and protected veteran status.
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