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Director, Research Compliance

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Work type: Full-Time
Location: Remote, University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University

About Drexel

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Job Summary

The Director of Research Compliance is committed to the highest standards of integrity to ensure that all research activities undertaken by faculty, staff and students will be conducted in accordance with strict ethical principles and in compliance with federal, state and institutional regulations and policies. Reporting to the Executive Vice Provost for Research & Innovation, the Director of Research Compliance is responsible for providing support and training to faculty, students and staff in order to meet these requirements and main a robust research compliance program. 

Critical is the effective collaboration of the Director and research compliance staff with colleagues within the Office of Research & Innovation, especially the Office of Sponsored Programs and Applied Innovation (Technology Commercialization), as well as other relevant Drexel administrative office including the Office of Global Engagement, Office of Environmental Health & Safety, Office of Compliance, Privacy, & Internal Audit, Office of the General Counsel, and the Office of Finance & Treasury. This collaboration will help to ensure appropriate and coordinated responses, trainings, policies, and procedures.

Essential Functions

Provide expert/seasoned guidance, dissemination, support, and/or training in the following areas of research compliance

  • Federal regulations and guidelines
  • State regulations and guidelines
  • Sponsored terms and conditions
  • Export control
  • International collaborations
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Legal obligations related to sponsored research
  • Research integrity

Lead and manage the compliance team including but not limited to:

  • Training/continued education
  • Mentoring
  • Career development
  • Team building and collaboration

Develop processes/procedures and performance metrics to lead the operations of research compliance functions, including, but not limited to export control and foreign influence, institutional and financial conflicts of interest, dual use research of concern, and research integrity. This is accomplished by developing institutional policies, procedures, and performance metrics as they relate to research compliance according to federal regulations.

Develop, maintain, oversee reporting and analysis related to compliance oversight. This includes ensuring that institutional documentation and records related to compliance functions as they impact the research enterprise, and other essential regulatory matters are kept current, that research administration systems and processes capture sufficient data and support or complement the compliance program and participate in continuous improvement initiatives.

Serve as the Research Integrity Officer, responding and guiding research misconduct allegations, as well as fosters a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) environment.

Participate on/lead various committees, includes the Research Conflict of Interest Committee and International Research Risk Committee, and ad hoc task forces related to sponsored program compliance.

Represent the Office of Research & Innovation and university at various meetings / conferences both locally and nationally

Act as the point of contact with government agencies and other external stakeholders on matters related to research compliance

Lead, participate and/or collaborate in internal and external audits and investigations, including the development and implementation of corrective action plans

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree or 10 years of work experience
  • A minimum of 7 years progressive work experience in three or more of the following areas: export control, sponsored projects, financial compliance, research administration, data management, conflict of interest in research administration, international collaborations, other research compliance related areas
  • Superior writing skills
  • Management expertise
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Outlook, Excel, Teams
  • Comfort working in a hybrid environment
  • Ability to pivot in an actively changing environment
  • Advanced knowledge:
    • Federal research regulations including but not limited to OMB Uniform Guidance 2 CFR Part 200 along with applicable international, state, and local regulations
    • Export control regulations specifically the US Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, US Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security, and US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control
    • Conflict of interest in research
    • Fundamental research

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree or JD in related field 
  • Advanced knowledge of privacy regulations, specifically as they relate to human subject research compliance


Remote/University City, Philadelphia, PA – eligible for Hybrid Work Schedule

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of N. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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