Virginia Commonwealth University – Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation seeks to fill the position of Director of the Human Research Protection Program. The mission of the OVPRI is to create an environment that enables our investigators to: 1) effectively compete for research funding, 2) responsibly conduct research in compliance with mandated policies; and 3) broadly disseminate knowledge gained by discoveries made.
The Director of the Human Research Protection Program reports to the Senior Associate Vice President for Research Administration and Compliance at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation. This position is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the human subjects protection programs, directing and ensuring the University’s compliance with international, federal, state, and University rules, regulations and ethical principles as they relate to research protocols, and fostering an environment of administrative support and service to the research community.
Develop, refine, and implement policies and procedures to promote compliance with federal and state regulations governing the protection of human research subjects, research involving the use of PHI in research activities and managing noncompliance. Collaborate and coordinate oversight activities with the VCUHS Privacy Office to promote investigator knowledge of and compliance with privacy regulations.
Provide operational and oversight responsibility to the IRB and the office supporting these committees to facilitate efficient operations of the subjects protections office.
Act as a liaison with other research support units such as the Conflict of Interest program, Clinical Research Operations, Sponsored Programs, Environmental Health and Safety, and Occupational Health and Safety. Coordinate with independent IRBs to ensure compliant and efficient processes for external IRB review. Collaborate with Information Technology for the development and ongoing refinement of electronic submission system for Institutional Review Board and staff.
Establish and implement training programs to promote compliance with federal regulations and University policies associated with research subjects protection. Maintain accreditation of VCU’s human subjects (AAHRPP) research programs. Work collaboratively with other essential components of the Human Research Protection Program to ensure continued accreditation.
The candidate should have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Manage post-approval compliance monitoring and quality improvement initiatives related to research subjects protection including research protocol monitoring, program evaluation, and quality assurance reviews of committee and office operations.
Represent VCU’s HRPP as a liaison with regulatory agencies, accrediting bodies, and funding agencies.
Consult with IRB members regarding interpretation of regulations and application of internal policies and procedures. Provide advice and consultation to investigators, administrators, committee chairs, members, and staff on ethical principles, laws, regulations, and policies regarding the review and conduct of human subjects research.
Guide the development and maintenance of the human subjects protection websites. Develops web-based guidance materials as a resource for faculty, staff, students, IRB members and staff.
PhD, MD, or JD degree Have obtained or ability to obtain the Certified IRB Professional designation
Advanced degree in a related field Minimum of 5 years experience in a leadership position Minimum of 5 years experience with human research compliance
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: FA7360
About Virginia Commonwealth University
Official VCU mission: Why we’re here
As the premier urban, public research university in the state, Virginia Commonwealth University’s mission is to advance knowledge and student success through its commitments to:
An engaged, learner-centered environment that fosters inquiry, discovery and innovation in a global setting
Research that expands the boundaries of new knowledge and creative expression and promotes translational applications to improve human health
Interdisciplinary collaborations that bring new perspectives to complex problems and mobilize creative energies that advance innovation and solve global challenges
Health care that strives to preserve and restore health for all people, to seek the cause and cure of diseases through groundbreaking research and to educate those who serve humanity
Diversity that provides a climate of inclusion, a dedication to addressing disparities wherever they exist and an opportunity to explore and create in an environment of trust
Sustainable university-community partnerships that enhance the educational, economic and cultural vitality of the communities VCU serves in Virginia and around the world