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Research Conflict of Interest Coordinator

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia
Laboratory and Research

Job Description

The Division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance (SIRC) at Virginia Tech is seeking a Research Conflict of Interest (COI) Coordinator to join the Research COI Program. The Research COI Program assumes a critical role in the research enterprise at Virginia Tech, facilitating the university-wide disclosure process and identifying and managing investigator financial conflicts of interest. SIRC is a critical unit within the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) that facilitates scholarly excellence by fostering ethical decision-making and ensuring research regulatory compliance. OVPRI supports university-wide strategic initiatives and operational functions of Virginia Tech's $530+ million research enterprise and associated technology commercialization activities, which span nine academic colleges, eight university research institutes, and three affiliated corporations.

The Research COI Coordinator will join a dedicated team of professionals working to ensure ethical excellence in disclosing and managing conflicts of interest and commitment and compliance with regulations. The incumbent will provide oversight and management of activities that pertain to activity/interest reporting and managing financial conflicts of interest in accordance with university policy 13010, Conflict of Interest. The incumbent will serve as the liaison to researchers and stakeholders within and outside of the university and will develop quality improvement measures based on these trends and interactions. The incumbent will serve as a subject matter expert on disclosure and the related partnerships the Research COI Program maintains to facilitate the university-wide disclosure process. This position requires the ability to take direction and work independently; a strong focus on customer service and creativity in developing tools and solutions; working in an organized manner under tight deadlines; and effective interpersonal, teamwork, and communication skills. The incumbent will report to the Director of the Research COI Program, who in turn reports to the Associate Vice President of   Research and Innovation, Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance.

Required Qualifications

* Bachelor's degree, preferably in health/science, business, or closely related field(s) or lesser degree with equivalent training or experience.
* Strong analytical, multi-tasking, and communication skills.
* Experience interpreting and summarizing complex documents such as research protocols, federal regulations and guidelines, policies, and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
* Customer service experience and effective interpersonal skills.
* Demonstrated ability organizing/prioritizing workload effectively to meet urgent and/or important deadlines.
* Demonstrated collaborative approach to problem solving.
* Experience handling confidential materials.
* Experience with Adobe Acrobat and standard office programs, such as word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software

Preferred Qualifications

* An advanced degree, preferably in health/science, business, or closely related field(s)
* Experience conducting research or other experience working in an academic or medical center/higher education environment supporting research activities.
* Experience in support of conflict of interest or other compliance programs.
* Demonstrated ability creating infographics or other visual representations of complex information.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience.

Review Date

August 17, 2022

Additional Information

This position is located in Blacksburg, Virginia. A hybrid work arrangement is available and details will be confirmed upon hire.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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