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Senior Director of Research Compliance

Harvard University
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May 15, 2022

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The Sr. Director of Research Compliance for Research Administration Services is a curious, effective communicator with a thirst for knowledge, holistic considerations, and assured leadership skills. The ideal incumbent is also analytical and able to navigate a complex environment with a quickly changing landscape, often with competing priorities. At times with minimal guidance, and other times in partnership with executives and senior leaders from the Harvard community, s/he will assess and lead the development and implementation of an exemplary compliance program for the research community under RAS' purview. S/he will have a lead role in the dissemination of federal, local government, university-wide, and sponsor-related guidelines including, the development, maintenance/revision of policies and procedures as needed and in anticipation of growth in the overall research landscape. S/he will represent RAS and the Associate Dean for Research Administration on a number of university-wide committees and represent Harvard at local and national meetings/conferences. This successful candidate is agile, sincerely appreciates the significance of diversity in research and academia, and is a forward thinker who is flexible in a hybrid environment.

Brief description of responsibilities:
  • Provide expert/seasoned guidance, dissemination, support, and/or training in the following areas of research compliance:
    • federal regulations and guidelines
    • state regulations and guidelines
    • sponsored terms and conditions
    • export control
    • international collaborations
    • conflicts of interest
    • legal obligations related to sponsored research
  • Management of compliance team (which includes):
    • Training/continued education
    • Mentoring
    • Career development
    • Team building
  • Develop processes/procedures related to research compliance for varying end-users (including but not limited to faculty, Sr. Leadership, students, administrators/staff)
  • Develop, maintain, oversee reporting and analysis related to compliance oversight
  • Provide support/guidance for:
    • internal audits
    • external audits
  • Participate on/lead various committees and task forces related to sponsored project compliance
  • Represent the department and university at various meetings/conferences both locally and nationally

Basic Qualifications
  • Master's degree or equivalent work experience required
  • Minimum of 10 years' relevant work experience
  • Advanced knowledge of sponsored research regulations
  • Supervisory experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Minimum of 6 years progressive work experience in three or more of the following areas: export control, sponsored projects, financial compliance, research administration, data management, conflict of interest in research administration, international collaborations, other research compliance related areas
  • Advanced knowledge in:
    • federal research regulations
    • export control in research
    • conflict of interest in research
    • fundamental research
  • Interpersonal awareness
  • Dedicated collaborator
  • Working comfort with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Excel, Teams
  • Comfort working in a hybrid environment
  • Ability to pivot in an actively changing environment

Working Conditions

Work will be performed in an office setting.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard's Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University's "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" webpage: /.

Additional Information

Founded in 1890, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) is the largest division of Harvard University. FAS is dedicated to being at the forefront of teaching and learning and fostering cutting-edge research and discovery. FAS is redefining liberal arts education for the 21st century and is committed to making a Harvard education accessible to students from all backgrounds.

Research Administration Services (RAS) supports the research and scholarly activities of FAS and SEAS (the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) faculty, through close collaboration and oversight of/with the research faculty, staff and students by providing administrative support for the lifecycle of sponsored research. This support includes, but is not limited to, pre- and post-award guidance, review, audit, and oversight of both financial and non-financial aspects of sponsored projects.

All formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

RAS values diversity with full recognition that diversity is integral to success in research and achieving Harvard's fundamental mission. This without a doubt extends into research administration and in turn, RAS is dedicated to creating and maintaining a diverse, inclusive culture that values, amplifies, and views as necessary strengths the unique qualities that varying backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and career paths bring to the workplace. RAS is committed in our service and support of the research community to ensure we practice, respect, and uphold Harvard's core values of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and are steadfast in our belief that adherence to these values allows us to make the most effective use of our collective talents.

EEO Statement

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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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