Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
This position is responsible for developing and coordinating University wide processes that ensure UTA is compliant with regulations, policy requirements, and best practices in the areas of export control, foreign influence vulnerabilities, international research collaborations, and protection of intellectual property. In a university setting this presents a unique challenge because it requires balancing national security concerns with traditional concepts of university openness and academic freedom. This position will need to work with a wide number of stakeholders in order to develop a system of controls and transparency.
Responsible for day-to-day administrative and business activities related to the export control program: evaluate research activities for applicability of export controls and fundamental research exclusion; perform export classification activities including self-classifications as well as submitting commodity classification/jurisdiction requests when necessary; review export control terms in proposals, contracts, and other agreements; assess need for Technology Control Plans (TCP), export licenses, or license exceptions; work with investigators to develop TCPs with appropriate control measures and conduct site visits and monitoring to ensure effectiveness; determine requirements for embargoed and sanctioned countries; perform restricted party screenings; draft license applications and maintain institutional registrations; evaluate and advise on restrictions or limitations of international travel; assess international shipments including filing Electronic Export Information (EEI) when required; screen end users and countries; maintain documentation and required records; partner with other departments to ensure compliance across intersecting University processes. Responsible for development and delivery of training and outreach related to export control: maintain and update export control manual/operating procedures and website; create guidance content and materials; create and deliver export control training and education to a wide variety of stakeholders. Responsible for coordination of university efforts to identify and prevent foreign influence and insider threats: conduct screenings for foreign national students, scholars, and visitors; assess need for and develop Research Security Plans (RSP) for research identified as high risk or sensitive; conduct internal screenings of foreign collaborators, gifts, and end users; coordinate process for 3rd party performance of heightened screening/background checks as needed; coordinate among various departments/processes (e.g., sponsored programs, tech transfer, research conflict of interest, conflict of commitment) to ensure that investigator foreign relationships are disclosed properly and in accordance with federal regulations and UT System requirements; perform ongoing gap analysis on existing policies and processes to develop risk mitigation measures and monitoring tools; lead responses to regulatory violations. Responsible for development and delivery of training and outreach related to export control: maintain and update export control manual/operating procedures and website; create guidance content and materials; create and deliver export control training and education to a wide variety of stakeholders. Responsible for development and delivery of training and outreach related to foreign influence and insider threats: create and coordinate outreach program to help educate UTA community on current security related issues seen across academia and how to limit intellectual property theft and insider threats; create and provide oversight and guidance documents related to issues of foreign influence; communicate changes and updates to federal requirements and best practices relating to national security and foreign influence (e.g., NIH policies, FBI alerts). Support and coordination with other areas of Regulatory Services including: biosafety, conflict of interest, responsible conduct of research, research misconduct, human/animal research. Coordinates with other departments on campus such as campus departments, International Education, University Legal, Human Resources, Business Services, Grants & Contracts, Tech Transfer, EH&S, Development. Performs other job duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree. Two (2) years of related experience in export control. Up-to-date knowledge base of the issues surrounding foreign influence/insider threat, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) under the U.S. Department of State; the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) under the U.S. Department of Commerce; and the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC) regulations under the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Master’s degree with a working knowledge and minimum of three years of experience in export control compliance. Experience in a higher education institution is highly desirable. Previous experience developing license applications and using federal export licensing systems. Knowledge of cyber security and facility security. Knowledge of University compliance policies, procedures and programs. Compliance, trade compliance, or export control certification Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated ability to make independent judgments regarding the interpretation and application of U.S. Export Control Regulations, including identifying the applicable regulations, exemptions and exclusions for a given situation. Ability to think critically and work through complex issues with limited or no precedence, where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Ability to apply policy and legal concepts to issues. Ability to communicate complex information to stakeholders in a clear and concise manner both written in report form and verbally in meetings and through presentations. Ability to proofread business correspondence with a high degree of accuracy. Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills to work independently with all levels of University personnel, including management and faculty to facilitate consensus and move projects forward. Excellent time management skills and demonstrated ability to independently prioritize heavy workload, meet deadlines, cope with peak workload periods and apply creativity and originality in time sensitive problem-solving situations. Highly motivated with strong initiative to improve, update, and develop programs to meet user expectations and changing regulatory requirements/guidelines. Experience with recordkeeping through use of databases and spreadsheets. Willingness to attend external trainings to gain expertise in specific areas.
Applicants must include in their online resume the following information: 1) Employment history: name of company, period employed (from month/year to month/year), job title, summary of job duties and 2) Education: school name, degree type, and major.
UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.
Open Until Filled: No
Internal Number: 13474
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With annual research expenditures in excess of $100M, the University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution committed to life-enhancing discovery, innovative instruction, and caring community engagement. A leading institution in the heart of the thriving North Texas region, UTA nurtures minds within an environment that values excellence, ingenuity, and diversity. With a total global enrollment of over 59,000 in AY 2018-19, UTA is one of the largest institutions in the University of Texas System. Guided by its Strategic Plan Bold Solutions | Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and teaching to enable the sustainable megacity of the future within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities in 2018. U.S. News & World Report also ranks UTA fourth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2018 Best for Vets list.