Utah State University

Chief Research Compliance Officer

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(7/7/2022 6:54 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
Research Compliance
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Reporting to the Vice President for Research, the Chief Research Compliance Officer (CRCO) (Compliance Officer Lead) provides leadership, supervision, management support, and oversight on all matters related to research compliance including export compliance, research security, research misconduct, conflict of interest, and responsible conduct of research. The CRCO also consults on research data use, and data management and sharing systems.


  • Supervise all processes and personnel within the Division of Research Integrity and Compliance within the Office of Research at Utah State University.
  • Responsible for the hiring, training, evaluation and management of professional staff who oversee implementation of processes related to the disclosure of Individual and Institutional Conflicts of Interest, and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training programs to meet federal agency requirements.
  • Serve as the USU Export Control Officer, overseeing all export compliance activities under both Department of Commerce and State oversight. This includes providing training for investigators on export control, assisting in making determinations of commodity jurisdictions, overseeing the establishment of export control plans, and designing the operation of space used to house export-controlled items.
    Provide training for investigators on research security and foreign interference.
  • Facilitate inquiries, investigations and reporting concerning allegations of research misconduct.
  • Provide support for monitoring against the potential release of restricted research data and supports any investigations resulting from such releases.
  • Participate regularly in policy review, creation, and implementation for institutional policies related to research.
  • Serve or appoint 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.
  • Serve or appoint a non-voting ex officio member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
  • Serve or appoint a non-voting ex officio member of Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
  • Collaborate closely with other division directors within the Office of Research and other campus offices to develop standard operating procedures to comply with federal, state, local, and institutional reporting and certification requirements.
  • Remain abreast of changes in regulations governing research and communicates those changes to the USU research community as appropriate.
  • Develop, review, and/or provide training to USU students, faculty, and staff on research compliance-related topics.
  • Perform 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 in an appropriate area of specialization plus 5 years of relevant professional experience, including at least 1 years' experience in a compliance role. 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 a collaborative working style.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of relevant compliance-related professional experience, including 3+ years in a compliance role.
  • 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., Export Control, Research Security, Conflict of Interest/Commitment, Responsible Conduct of Research, and 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 at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  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).


Summary of 2021 Research Activities

  • Total # sponsored awards received (FY21): 1942
  • Total USU sponsored awards (FY21): $368.5 M Total # USU proposals: 1545
  • Total amount of USU proposals: $2.0 B

For more information regarding Research at Utah State University, see the latest research annual report at https://research.usu.edu/annual-report.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


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.


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.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


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 Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

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


*Updated 08/2022


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