The Director of Research Compliance, Integrity, and Safety in the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships (RIPS) will work to help ensure researchers, scholars, artists, and the university achieve and maintain ethical principles and compliance with federal, state, and university regulations governing research. The Director has managerial and supervisory responsibilities for a staff of five who are responsible for the full array of compliance programs at a high researcher activity doctoral university. The Director will work with the Vice President of RIPS to expand and strengthen a culture of research safety and compliance across the university.
The Director for ORCIS reports to the Vice President of RIPS to ensure University research, scholarly, and artistic programs comply with all regulatory requirements and are safely executed. In doing so, this person interacts with faculty, support staff, and students across the university campus and with external regulatory agencies. This position has three direct reports: An Associate Director, a Laboratory Safety Manager, and a Research Compliance Coordinator responsible for human and animal subject protocols. The Director also represents RIPS on laboratory safety and protocol committees and liaises with the University Department of Environmental Health and Safety.
Successful candidates will have:
A Master’s degree or equivalent in law, public administration, science, or engineering
A minimum of five years experience in research compliance, integrity, or safety
Strong project management, organizational, and leadership skills with the ability to handle multiple, complex tasks and projects concurrently
Excellent verbal and written communication; strong analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills; and independent judgment
Knowledge of academic research methods and a broad, in-depth knowledge of compliance issues
Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituents including faculty, staff, attorneys, sponsors, and industry representatives
Successful candidates may also have:
A PhD or equivalent in law, public administration, science, or engineering
Experience supervising professional staff
Experience developing and overseeing strategic approaches and initiatives in a complex organization
Experience in public higher education compliance and/or safety administration
Demonstrated collaboration with faculty, graduate students, and administrators to advance a culture of safe research and innovation
Internal Number: 5043
About Northern Illinois University
ORCIS works to help researchers and the university as a whole, to achieve and maintain ethical principles and maintain compliance with federal, state, and university regulations governing research. The office acts as a liaison between the Vice President for Research (the Institutional Official designated with compliance oversight) and the various committees required to monitor research activities. In addition, the office is charged with overseeing reported noncompliance issues and providing training to faculty, staff, and students in order to proactively mitigate concerns in the future.
Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois.
The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago's "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In a...ddition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.