Assistant Director, Animal Research Protection Program
May 8, 2018
Reporting to the Director of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), the Assistant Director will provide administrative oversight of the Universityâ™s Animal Care and Use Program through support of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). This is a leadership role within the ORI that requires direct supervision of two full-time employees and summer interns, as well as day-to-day collaboration with faculty and cross-institutional partners (i.e., Animal Care, EHS, etc.) that share responsibility for the success of these critical compliance programs. The incumbent will adeptly and independently interpret and apply federal regulations governing animal research, stay apprised of evolving regulations, and work with key stakeholders to amend institutional policy and practice as needed.
Overall Management of the Animal Research Protection Program
Supervise and conduct performance reviews of the IACUC Manager, IACUC Specialist, and summer interns that support both the IACUC and the IBC
Maintain high-level support of and guidance to the IACUC to ensure that all programmatic requirements are satisfied
Independently prepare for and manage all regulatory inspections and audits and serve as the primary point of contact for outside parties (USDA, OLAW, NIH, Department of Defense, etc.)
Proactively troubleshoot investigator concerns and ensure commitment to administrative burden reduction through continuous development of streamlined processes
Work with the Director of ORI to implement any changes in new procedures involving studies with animal subjects and/or bio-safety requirements
Stay abreast of proposed changes to federal regulations; solicit and organize University stakeholder feedback to devise institutional responses to Requests for Comments during Proposed New Rule Making
Collaborate with the QA/QI Administrator to develop projects and define priorities for Post-Approval Monitoring activities
Assist the Director of ORI with investigations and other internal programmatic reviews
This position will be responsible for drafting and ensuring timely submission of all IACUC-related regulatory correspondence that fall under the purview of the ORI. This includes: renewal of the Universityâ™s OLAW Assurance; annual reporting to OLAW; noncompliance reporting to OLAW, sponsors, AAALAC, and investigators; contributing to the institutionâ™s AAALAC Program Description; and semiannual reporting to the Institutional Official.
Independently draft all noncompliance letters on behalf of the IACUC and the Institutional Official (the Vice President for Research)
Through active collaboration with the Biosafety Office, ensure that all regulatory requirements of the IBC are satisfied
Management of the electronic protocol system
Manage and trouble-shoot transition to a new electronic protocol submission system and researcher training on the new system
Work collaboratively with the Research Administration Information Systems (RAIS) team to refine the electronic system over time to adapt to changing regulatory requirements and researcher needs
With RAIS support, develop a streamlined submission, tracking and reporting system for the IBC
Policy and Educational Outreach Program Development
Proactively identify policy gaps and draft policies on behalf of the IACUC and IBC as needed; solicit key stakeholder feedback prior to formalizing
Strategically develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and template protocol text for common procedures to reduce researcher burden and ensure consistency in IACUC reviews
Create a robust and forward-looking outreach and training program for the animal research program, including training of the IACUC, animal researchers, internal staff, and institutional collaborators, to ensure compliance
Required: Bachelorâ™s degree plus 5-7 years of animal research experience, or equivalent of education and experience.
Demonstrated proficiency with applying the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, PHS Policy on Humane care and Use of Laboratory Animals, USDA AWA and Animal Welfare Regulations, and Department of Defense regulations pertaining to animal research, and working on accreditation reviews by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC)
Direct experience managing / supervising a diverse team and demonstrated commitment to staff development
Hands-on experience maintaining and trouble-shooting computerized databases and tracking systems
Experience in a position that required working with highly sensitive and/or confidential information
Must be able to demonstrate exceptional writing skills, including the ability to translate and consolidate complex determinations and regulations into accessible text
Exceptional organizational, multi-tasking, and time management skills. Must be detail-oriented. Initiative and judgment to independently problem solve and prioritize.
Ability to independently develop and implement short and long term goals and also work as a member of a team.
Demonstrated ability to research, analyze and summarize complex information through leveraging available data. Demonstrated facility with interpreting regulations.
Customer-service focused approach with strong interpersonal skills. Confident public speaker. Highly effective oral and written communication skills necessary.
If not already a Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA), the Assistant Director will be expected to obtain CPIA certification within 2 years of hire.
There is potential for harassing phone calls by individuals / organizations that oppose the use of animal in research. It is of paramount importance that the University remains diligent in its responsibility to comply with regulations governing the use of animals in research and ensures the health and welfare of the animals at Brown. This position is instrumental in providing the knowledge, training and general understanding and appreciation of Brownâ™s policies and procedures and federal regulations that govern animal research.
All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal and education records check satisfactory to Brown.
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Internal Number: REQ145379
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