Utah State University

Temporary Human Research Protections Coordinator (Temp. Program Coordinator III)

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(11/13/2020 1:45 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Temporary Full-Time
Job Classification
Institutional Review Board
Advertised Salary
Minimum $45,290, negotiable depending on experience


The Human Research Protections Office at Utah State University is responsible for the oversight and coordination of activities that support the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). Its primary goal is to ensure the safety and welfare of human participants in research by implementing best practices surrounding the review and conduct of human subjects research.


Most of the day-to-day work in the Human Research Protections Office (HRPO) involves the tasks of the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB). The Human Research Protections Coordinator will assist in the facilitation of both HRPO and IRB functions and operations. This includes supporting the Director of the Human Research Protections Office by providing front-line responses to questions and concerns from campus researchers; reviewing IRB exclusions, exemptions, protocols, and amendments in a timely and thorough fashion; supporting HRPO outreach initiatives; supporting other members of the IRB; and assisting with regulatory-, ethical-, and accreditation-based activities as needed.


From Fall 2020 anticipated through Spring/Summer 2021 semester, this position will work remotely. USU will provide a computer and monitor; the successful candidate must otherwise have an acceptable remote work setup available. Utah State University expects to return to on-site work in 2021, and if this position shifts to a permanent one, the successful candidate would be expected to be able to report onsite in Logan, Utah within a reasonable timeframe (though excellent performance may render this term of employment negotiable). A cover letter that is tailored to this position is required in your application materials.



  • Engage with required and recommended trainings regarding the protection of human participants in research.
  • Utilize training, policies, regulations, procedures, accreditation standards, best practices, and other relevant resources in order to timely and thoroughly review requests for exclusion, requests for exemption, protocols, modifications, and other protocol-based review actions.
  • Serve as a member of the Institutional Review Board for all actions requiring Full Board Review.
  • Advise faculty, staff, and students on regulatory and other relevant standards for the eventual review of research.
    • Conduct your own research and seek assistance where requirements or best practices are unclear.
  • Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, with campus researchers and other stakeholders regarding protocol reviews, HRP policies, institutional policies, accreditation standards, and federal regulatory frameworks which impact the review of research with human participants.
  • Represent the Human Research Protections Office during outreach, educational, or other functions as designated by the Director.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with campus researchers and other HRP stakeholders.
  • Support the HRP's accreditation and compliance efforts as designated by the Director.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree or 4 years of experience within a research enterprise.
  • Advanced working knowledge of the English language.
  • Positive, collaborative attitude.
  • During the period of remote work: must maintain a laptop that is able to run cloud-based software such as Box, Zoom, Kuali Protocols, Airtable, Slack, and Outlook.
  • Must maintain an Internet connection capable of holding meetings, communicating in a timely manner with office colleagues, and completing the review tasks required of this position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree; extra consideration for Ph.D., JD, or other terminal degree.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Spanish.
  • Experience conducting research or working with researchers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilites:

  • Demonstrated ability to interpret regulatory frameworks and apply them to unique factual scenarios, i.e. strong analytical skills and problem-solving abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and manage sensitive topics.
  • Excellent communication skills – written, verbal, and interpersonal.
  • Ability to effectively multitask, meet deadlines, and provide timely responses.
  • Excellent organizational skills.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

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

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


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

Advertised Salary

Minimum $45,290, negotiable depending on experience


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.

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 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 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 114 undergraduate majors, 132 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 EducationOffice 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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