Utah State University

Director of Research, Integrity and Compliance (Compliance Officer SR)

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(10/22/2020 11:54 AM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
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Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Research Compliance
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Reporting to the Vice President for Research (or their designee), the Director of Research, Integrity, and Compliance (RIC) provides support on all matters related to research compliance including: individual and institutional financial conflicts of interest, conflict of commitment, responsible conduct of research (RCR), research data use, data management and sharing systems, export compliance, and foreign influence. The RIC Director provides guidance, advice, and monitoring as required for all topic areas listed, as well as direct management of functions as outlined in the section below.


  • Manages Individual and Institutional Conflicts of Interest, as well as Conflicts of Commitment, related to research. This includes maintaining disclosures and management plans via the institution's automated system and providing support for investigators and administrators charged with managing these conflicts
  • Oversees RCR training programs to meet federal agency requirements. This includes facilitation of federally-required face-to-face Research Integrity workshops.
  • Oversees Export Compliance activities under both Department of Commerce and Department of State oversight as the Export Control Officer. 
  • Provides training for investigators conducting export-controlled research, assists in making determinations of commodity jurisdictions, oversees the establishment of Technology Control Plans, and the design and operation of space used to house export controlled items.
  • Participates regularly in policy review, creation, and implementation for institutional policies related to research.
  • Facilitates inquiries, investigations and reporting concerning allegations of research misconduct.
  • Serves as a non-voting ex officio member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), with the responsibility of assessing financial conflict of interest and possible Institutional Conflicts of Interest related to Human Subjects Research. 
  • Serves as a non-voting ex officio member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
  • Serves as a non-voting ex officio member of Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
  • Works closely with other division directors within the Office of Research to develop standard operating procedures to comply with federal, state, local, and institutional reporting and certification requirements.
  • Provides support for monitoring against the potential release of restricted research data and supports any investigations resulting from such releases.
  • Remains abreast of changes in regulations governing research and communicates those changes to the USU research community as appropriate.
  • Interfaces with members of the USU Office of General Council regarding compliance-related issues.
  • Develops, reviews, and/or provides training to USU students, faculty, and staff on research compliance-related topics.
  • 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:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience. Degree and experience requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Requires strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Excellent communication, writing, organizational, and presentation skills are required.
  • Must be able to handle confidential and sensitive information in an appropriate and professional manner, and to manage shifting priorities and multiple, demanding projects.
  • Must be a team player with collaborative working style.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 10 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Extensive experience in research compliance in higher education, a research institute, or a government regulatory agency.
  • Experience working with faculty and Senior University Administrators, preferably within a research-intensive academic setting.
  • Good working knowledge of research compliance areas (i.e., Conflict of Interest/Commitment, Responsible Conduct of Research, Export Control, Foreign Influence, etc.).
  • Demonstrated experience interacting with regulatory governmental agencies, accreditation, and/or other oversight organizations.
  • Working knowledge of research processes and infrastructures in research-intensive academic settings.
  • Experience managing internal investigations.
  • Demonstrated supervisory/managerial experience.


Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume/CV to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile

2. Contact information for three professional references

3. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted into a text box at the end of application 


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

USU Research Profile


Utah State University has a strong research portfolio that crosses many disciplines (Agriculture, Education, Science, Engineering, Social Sciences, among others).  USU ranks second in the nation for aerospace and aeronautics research and third in the nation for external funding for education research. 

Summary of 2020 Research Activities

  • Total # sponsored awards received (FY20): 1561
  • Total USU sponsored awards (FY20): $290.7 M
  • Total # USU proposals: 1468
  • Total amount of USU proposals: $1.3B 


For more information regarding Research at Utah State University, see the latest research annual report at https://research.usu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Annual-Report-2019-FINAL.pdf

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.



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