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Associate Director, Animal Research Protection Program

Employer
Brown University
Location
Providence, RI
Closing date
Apr 11, 2024

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Other
Organization Type
Corporate
Job Description:
About Brown

Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world.

Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break and a comprehensive Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts and more. To learn about Brown University's benefits, visit the University Human Resources web page here for further information.

About the Opportunity

Reporting to the Senior Director of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), the Associate Director provides administrative leadership of the University's Animal Care and Use Program through support of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and oversight of the Animal Research Compliance (ARC) team. The Associate Director also has responsibility for the University's Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight (ESCRO) program and Committee. This role will adeptly and independently interpret and apply federal regulations governing animal research and embryonic stem cell research, stay apprised of evolving regulations, lead investigations as needed, and work with key stakeholders to amend institutional policies and practices. The Associate Director supports the IACUC meetings, is responsible for preparing meeting agendas and materials, reviewing meeting minutes, and for training and advising IACUC members on applicable regulations, policies, and review criteria. They are also responsible for integrating the ARC program with Brown University's Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) to facilitate compliance with regulatory requirements. The Associate Director supports the ARC team in day-to-day collaboration with faculty and cross-institutional partners (i.e., CARE, EHS, etc.) that share responsibility for the success of these critical compliance programs. This position is responsible for timely and accurate reporting to external agencies and to AAALAC, and represents ARC during inspections and site visits by federal agencies and/or accrediting bodies. This leadership role within ORI requires direct supervision of two full-time employees.

Responsibilities

Leadership of the Animal Research Compliance Program
  • Supervise and manage ARC team members.
  • Prepare and lead all IACUC related meetings, including the monthly IACUC meetings and Steering Committee meetings, and provide instructive guidance and training to the IACUC to ensure that all programmatic and regulatory requirements are satisfied.
  • Independently prepare for and manage all regulatory inspections and audits and serve as the primary point of contact for federal agencies and other regulatory or accrediting bodies (USDA, OLAW, NIH, Department of Defense, AAALAC, etc.).
  • Liaise with ORI's QA/QI Manager to support the post-approval monitoring program, research engagement visits, and program audits.
  • Prepare and present quarterly reports to Brown's Institutional Official for the animal research program.
  • Support the IACUC by preparing meeting agendas and materials, reviewing meeting minutes, training and advising IACUC members on applicable regulations, policies, and review criteria, and recruiting new IACUC members.
  • Draft new policies, directives, and SOPs at the request of the IACUC (and in collaboration with CARE, when appropriate) and ensure all policies, directives, and SOPs meet University and regulatory requirements.
  • May represent the ARC program on other related committees, such as the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).


Regulatory Reporting and Investigations
  • Lead animal research investigations and other internal programmatic reviews, including writing complex reports of the IACUC's reviews and findings.
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting of all IACUC-related noncompliance to OLAW, AAALAC, USDA, and sponsors, as required.
  • Lead and ensure the successful renewal of the University's OLAW Assurance, through proactive planning and convening all institutional parties that serve key roles in the animal research program.
  • Complete and ensure the accuracy of annual reporting to OLAW; ensure timely and accurate noncompliance reporting to OLAW, sponsors, and AAALAC.
  • Represent ARC in contributing to the institution's AAALAC Program Description.
  • Represent ARC during inspections and site visits by federal agencies and/or accrediting bodies.


Management of Brown Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight program
  • Lead the University's Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight (ESCRO) program, including providing administrative and compliance support to the ad hoc ESCRO committee.
  • Develop outreach and education to the Brown community regarding the use of human embryonic stems cells in research and ensure timely notification of evolving regulatory changes in this area.
  • Ensure close coordination between the ESCRO and other regulatory committees (e.g., IACUC, IRB) where overlap involving human embryonic stem cells may occur.
  • Evaluate and, if practical, implement an electronic systems solution for ESCRO applications that allows for integration with related regulatory areas (e.g., IACUC, IRB, MTAs, etc.).


Qualifications

Education
  • Required: Bachelor's degree plus 6-8 years of animal research compliance experience, or equivalent of education and experience.
  • Preferred: CPIA certification strongly preferred; CPIA eligibility required.


Experience

Required:
  • Demonstrates proficiency with applying the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals , PHS Policy on Humane care and Use of Laboratory Animals, USDA AWA and Animal Welfare Regulations , and Department of Defense regulations pertaining to animal research, and working on accreditation reviews by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC )
  • Direct experience managing / supervising a diverse team and demonstrated commitment to staff development.
  • Experience working with electronic protocol submission and tracking systems.
  • Experience in a position that requires working with highly sensitive and/or confidential information.
  • Must be able to demonstrate exceptional writing skills, including the ability to translate and consolidate complex determinations and regulations into accessible text

Preferred:
  • Experience supporting an ESCRO or serving as a member of an ESCRO and knowledge of applicable regulations.


Job Competencies
  • Exceptional organizational, multi-tasking, and time management skills. Must be detail oriented. Initiative and judgment to independently problem solve and prioritize.
  • Ability to independently develop and implement short- and long-term goals and also work as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to research, analyze and summarize complex information through leveraging available data. Demonstrated facility with interpreting regulations.
  • Customer-service focused approach with strong interpersonal skills. Confident public speaker. Highly effective oral and written communication skills necessary.
  • Possess a willingness and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community.


Candidates must submit a resume and cover letter with their application.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.
Recruiting Start Date:2024-02-20Job Posting Title:Associate Director, Animal Research Protection ProgramDepartment:Office of Research IntegrityGrade:Grade 11Worker Type:EmployeeWorker Sub-Type:RegularTime Type:Full timeScheduled Weekly Hours:37.5
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Hybrid EligibleSubmission Guidelines:Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.Still Have Questions?If you have any questions you may contact employment@brown.edu.EEO Statement:Brown University is an E-Verify Employer.As an EEO/AA employer, Brown University provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation based upon a person's race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, and caste, which is protected by our University policies.

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