Reporting to the Research Compliance Officer, the Research Compliance Specialist will support the FAS, SEAS, and relevant constituents in all of the RAS areas with a strong emphasis in research compliance and policy. Works independently performing a wide range of projects and initiatives. Projects and priorities in the following areas will involve a variety of complex organizational areas and interests and will evolve as needs arise:
Serve as initial point of contact to administer all financial conflicts of interest (fCOI) daily proposal and award conflicts of interest review in order to ensure compliance with the University fCOI policy and the Public Health Service (PHS) conflict of interest regulations
Ensure compliance with fCOI policy through monitoring, tracking, and direct outreach with faculty
Review FAS/SEAS submitted annual fCOI disclosures for 1500+ faculty and lecturers in order to determine whether there is a significant conflict that requires managing
Coordinate with and support the Office of Faculty Affairs in fCOI research as it relates to the appointment process
Schedule and prepare agenda materials for research compliance meetings to include CRP and CPC; draft meeting minutes and disseminate follow-up communication as required
Assist with RAS research compliance, Responsible Conduct of Research, and Research Integrity web page maintenance and updates with program, policy, and resources
Provide logistical support and assist in development of online (Harvard Training Portal) or in-person courses to include Responsible Conduct of Research, conflict of interest, export controls and other research compliance areas
Provide technical support for research compliance systems (especially fCOI) to include responding to inquiries from users, testing the application prior to new releases, and reporting and following up on any bugs or enhancement requests
Work closely with the Office for Technology Development (OTD), departments/centers/areas, and faculty to evaluate export-control screenings for Material Transfer Agreements, H1B and O1 Visa applicants, and other individuals/organizations as needed
Participate in University and/or school-level committees and working groups as necessary
Maintain active knowledge of evolving federal and University laws, regulations, and policies that are applicable to compliance oversight areas to include conflict of interest and export regulations through continuous professional development
Other administrative duties as required
Research Administration Services (RAS) supports the research and scholarly activities of FAS and SEAS faculty in collaboration with research and administrative staff. RAS support areas include: 1) Strategic services for faculty seeking grant funding; 2) Sponsored research proposal development, review, award and financial management; 3) Creation, implementation and upkeep of research policy, systems, and procedures; 4) Professional development of researchers and research administrators; 5) Research integrity guidance; 6) Compliance monitoring and audit support; and 7) Administrative support for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Committee on Research Policy (CRP), Committee on Professional Conduct (CPC).
This is a 2 year term position.Continuation is subject to performance and available funding.
All candidates invited to interview will be subject to a writing assessment.
All formal written offers will be made by FAS HR.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Bachelor's degree required; minimum 3 years in research administration and/or research compliance experience in an academic research setting
Basic knowledge and understanding of federal regulations regarding research compliance. Strong proficiency in the use of MS-Office Suite to include Outlook, Excel, Word, and Power Point.
4-5 years' research compliance or research administration experience in an academic research or medical center setting preferred. Familiarity with grants management systems strongly preferred. Excellent organizational skills with particular ability to prioritize work in an environment with multiple and conflicting interests. Attention to detail essential. Proven project and/or program management skills. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Ability to handle complex and confidential information with discretion.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 49924BR
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