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Research Compliance Officer

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Academic Affairs

Position Title Research Compliance Officer
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department

Western Washington University's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) supports Western's nationally-recognized research, scholarly, and creative communities through a variety of internal funding programs and by providing guidance and resources for proposal development, submission, post-award management and compliance. For more information, visit RSP's website.

Our growing team includes six staff members supporting pre-award, post-award and research compliance operations on the main Bellingham campus and as well as remote services supporting University research programs at other Puget Sound locations.  We assist with 100 - 150 proposal submissions per year and manage $10-$12M in external funding.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs supports Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position The Research Compliance Officer (RCO) is responsible for supporting the faculty, staff, and administration by providing customer-oriented research administration services to ensure compliance with University, federal and state regulations pertaining to the responsible conduct of research. Working collaboratively with other RCOs, Research and Sponsored Programs staff and other stakeholders, the position shares responsibility for the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Conflicts of Interest in Research, Scientific Misconduct, Export Controls and HIPAA, among others.

Typical duties include:

  • Serves as a regulatory expert and coordinates activities directly related to research compliance, comprehensive analysis of human and animal research protocols, and conflict of interest certifications and disclosures.
  • Reviews research submissions for completeness and initial regulatory review categorization and compliance prior to regulatory committee (IRB and IACUC) review.
  • Works with researchers, staff and others to gather additional data when needed, may provide advice to researchers regarding submission problems and suggest solutions.
  • Coordinates committee meetings and recommends faculty reviewers with applicable expertise, drafts official committee correspondence and meeting notes.
  • Gathers information to assist with concerns of potential regulatory noncompliance in accordance with scope set by regulatory committee, drafts Inquiry/investigation reports and submits to the committee for appropriate action.
  • Ensures federally mandated records are maintained.
  • Reviews and approves administrative modifications to procedures.
  • Provides regulatory and compliance education and training to faculty, staff, students, and committee members.
  • Serves as a contact for regulatory audits and program/facility inspections.
  • Composes reports to agencies and accreditation entities.
  • Aids with implementation and problem-solving related to online compliance submission system.
  • Collaborates with university committee members and groups to facilitate research approval.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned by the Director and VPR.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least two years’ experience in research compliance administration
  • Demonstrated understanding of compliance policies and regulations (e.g. exemption categories, consent regulations)
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and work on several complex projects at once with a minimum of supervision
  • Ability to plan and teach workshops about a wide variety of research compliance topics
  • Excellent critical thinking skills, editing abilities, and proven attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Commitment to professional development and keeping current in the field
  • Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and promoting an environment of accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated commitment to teamwork, taking initiative, and responsive customer service
  • Demonstrated MS Office Suite or equivalent computer proficiencies
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's, Ph.D. or JD degree with experience in a research compliance area.
  • CIP, CPIA, ECTI certification
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Sharepoint
  • Familiarity with web content management systems (e.g. Drupal)
Special Conditions All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.
Salary New hires typically start at $59,400- $69,300, commensurate with experience; includes an excellent benefits package.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins November 28, 2021; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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