Associate Vice President, Research Regulatory Operations
Rush University Medical Center
February 6, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Hospital, Public and Private
The Office of Research Affairs at Rush University Medical Center is looking for an Associate Vice President, Research Regulatory Operations, who can successfully sustain a balance between a high level of faculty and staff service, operational efficiency, and a culture of informed, self-directed compliance with institutional, regulatory, and sponsor requirements.
The Associate Vice President, Research Regulatory Operations (AVP, RRO) serves in a key strategic, regulatory and operational role for Rush University Medical Center (RUSH). In addition to ensuring RUSH day-to-day research activities comply with government and sponsor regulations, this position plays a key role leading and establishing strategic priorities that satisfy regulations, ensuring service efficiencies to research investigators, and helping provide for the protections of research participants and those engaged in the conduct of research.
The AVP, RRO role provides a vital link to national, local, and institutional bodies responsible for ensuring a safe and responsive research environment. In addition to providing institutional access to external regulatory agencies, sponsors, and interested parties, this role provides pivotal leadership linkages to strategic organizations and individuals who help foster safe, participative, and collaborative environments for the conduct of research. The AVP, RRO regularly serves on national committees, boards, and oversight groups who help shape the national agenda for the safe conduct of biomedical research that involves both human and animal subjects.
Finally, this function oversees the review of all research involving human subjects at RUSH, and coordinates the operational activities of RUSH institutional research regulatory boards and committees. This role works closely with the Institutional Official, Corporate Compliance Office, Research Compliance, and key staff monitoring research activities at RUSH, the AVP, RRO regularly reviews evolving government compliance guidelines and operational issues that foster and maintain a strong RUSH compliance program. This position also takes a leading role in developing and updating RUSH research policies and procedures, along with coordinating training and education to implement new policies and procedures. The Associate Vice President, exemplifies the Rush mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures.
Position Qualifications Include:
The position requires in-depth knowledge of government regulations related to conduct of research as well as all Rush policies and procedures. The position may require certification from a nationally recognized body acknowledging competency related to IRB, IBC, IACUC, Radiation Safety, and Biorepository Committee issues. Additional requirements:
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field plus deep experience in research administration, regulatory compliance, and research collaboration at a major research medical center or significant academic or research institute.
Preferred additional qualification: a Master’s degree or higher in a scientific field or in research administration, business, law, accounting or financial management.
A minimum of eight years related experience.
Demonstrated experience leading successful organizational transformation to achieve consistency of service, orientation to faculty or staff, and operational efficiency.
Excellent interpersonal, management, and organizational skills.
General knowledge of laws, regulations, and policies relating to the protection of human subjects, animal welfare, intellectual property, and cost-accounting standards.
Demonstrated success supervising staff and identifying and engaging resources in a complex, decentralized environment.
Advanced leadership skills and experience in complex problem-resolution.
Significant experience in directing a significant number of staff who have a variety of functions, jobs, and skills.
Experienced public speaker and presenter for staff and institutional leadership meetings, and training programs.
Given the scale, range, and complexity of Rush’s research activities, it is essential this candidate be someone who can develop relationships with senior administrators, influential members of the faculty, and can succeed through influence as well as authority.
Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.