Director, Office of Research Safety

The George Washington University
Washington, OH
Closing date
Sep 26, 2023

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Pharmaceutical, Pharmacovigilance
Organization Type
Posting DetailsI. JOB OVERVIEW
Job Description Summary: The Director, Office of Research Safety reports to the Associate Vice Provost for Research Integrity, and is responsible for leading the administrative, regulatory, and programmatic activities supporting the university's oversight committees for animal research, use of recombinant DNA and biohazardous materials, and research involving human embryonic and/or pluripotent stem cells. The Director is also responsible for administrative oversight of the research radiation and laser safety programs.Responsibilities:
  • Provides strategic leadership and operational direction to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
  • Oversees the administrative, regulatory, and programmatic activities of the IACUC, IBC, Radiation, and laser safety programs.
  • Develops and maintains and enforces safety standards, policies, and standard operating procedures.
  • Facilitates ongoing AAALAC accreditation. Establishes and maintains efficient and compliant operational systems that facilitate protocol reviews. Directs semi-annual facility inspections and program reviews.
  • Communicates with federal and accrediting oversight authorities and carries out annual reporting requirements.
  • Oversees quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives, including post-approval monitoring of animal research protocols.
  • Directs biological and radiation safety during emergencies and planned special events at the University.
  • Develops policies and procedures to ensure biosafety and radiation safety certifications are maintained by all relevant stakeholders;, decontaminations and moves are implemented safely and in accordance with regulatory requirements.
  • Develops, delivers, and maintains education and outreach programming for the committees and the research community. Serves as a liaison between the oversight committees and the university research community.
  • Engages with stakeholders to ensure the programs continue to provide optimal research support. Collaborates with other research units to ensure ongoing compliance of research involving animals and biohazardous materials.
  • Hires, trains and supervises staff; establishes clear expectations for direct reports; provides frequent feedback; and conducts timely and thorough performance reviews.
  • Maintains current regulatory knowledge of and compliance with all relevant regulations and guidelines pertaining to areas of oversight including but not limited to CDC, NIH, NRC, and OSHA requirements, PHS regulations and guidance, USDA regulations, the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules, and the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Guidelines for Stem Cell Research and Clinical Translation. Stays current on emerging issues.
  • Communicates pertinent information to staff, other research units, or the research community in a timely manner.
  • Performs other work-related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Minimum Qualifications:
Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 8 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master's degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 6 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in the biological sciences or related discipline.
  • Managerial experience is highly desirable.
  • Thorough knowledge of federal regulations and guidelines related to the oversight of laboratory animal research and use of biohazardous materials in research.
  • CPIA credentialed or qualified to earn the designation within one year of employment.
  • Ability to plan, organize and carry out responsibilities independently.
  • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to interpret policies and procedures to solve unusual and/or difficult problems.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with university administrators, faculty, post-docs, and students in a collegial manner.
  • Demonstrated written communication skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Experience using electronic protocol submission and review systems.
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Experience in laboratory animal research.
  • Understanding of molecular and biochemical standard methods and cell culture in an academic research laboratory.
Typical Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience II. JOB DETAILS
Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. College/School/Department: Office Vice President of Research (OVPR) Family Research Administration Sub-Family Research Compliance Stream Management Level Level 3 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full time -> FTE 1.00 Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8-5 Will this job require the employee to work on site? Yes Employee Onsite Status Hybrid Telework: Yes Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants: Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa status Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S012176 Job Open Date: 05/26/2023 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:
The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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