Director, Conflicts of Interest Review and Management

Georgia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 15, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Georgia currently seeks a dynamic and experienced person to serve as the Director for Conflicts of Interest Review and Management. While responsible for directing a university-wide program, this position resides in the Office of Research.

Position Description:
The Director for Conflicts of Interest Review and Management (Director) will support the mission of the university by developing, implementing, and managing an integrated, campus-wide conflicts of interest (COI) program.  This includes developing and operationalizing new policies and related procedure for the disclosure, review, and management of COI relationships in research, outside work/consulting, and other activities.

The Director will have a thorough understanding and day-to-day responsibility for promoting and ensuring that UGA activities comply with applicable laws, rules, and policy and employee outside activities and financial interests are compliant with ethical and professional standards and practices.  Once properly disclosed, outside activities and financial interests must be reviewed promptly, professionally, and consistently in context of the applicable laws and policies.

The Director will establish and maintain critical collaborative relationships with numerous other UGA units that have conflicts of interest exposure, as well as a continuing program of conflicts of interest outreach and training, with ongoing reviews of compliance.  The Director will draft and maintain policies, training manuals, and website resources to ensure consistency and conflicts of interest compliance across the university.  The Director will effectively communicate with all levels of University leadership, faculty, and staff, and will serve as a highly skilled resource for the University.  High value is placed on the ability to interact and engage with faculty to receive and address their concerns and provide guidance with complex or unusual conflict of interest issues.

The Director will be responsible for leading the selection, implementation, and management of a software solution for disclosing and managing conflicts of interest and escalating issues to the proper units.

The Director must handle confidential issues with a high degree of sensitivity. The Director should maintain high levels of confidentiality in dealing with controlled, sensitive, and proprietary information.

Specifically, the Director will manage and conduct document and disclosure reviews, disclosure research, conflict management analysis, and reporting, and support the campus-wide COI committee in its work. The development of practical and effective management plans in cooperation with other stakeholders will be required.

The position will be housed within the Office of Research, reporting to the Associate Vice President for Research Integrity and Safety, but will work with units from across campus to accomplish the mission. The Director will collaborate with leadership with strategic planning, program development, and special projects to meet the Program’s goals.

The preferred candidate will possess technical knowledge balanced with soft skills that include managing complex projects, robust interpersonal abilities, effective messaging, and a thorough understanding of an academic and research environment.  The candidate must be organized, thorough, and timely in follow-up. Informed by an outreach, feedback, and discovery process, excellent project management skills will be crucial in establishing key programmatic elements of policy, processes, and training, and implementing an effective IT solution.


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in an appropriate area and 3 years of relevant experience; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and 5 years of relevant experience 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • JD or PhD, or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities have been acquired
  • Five years of relevant work experience in a university research environment
  • Experience with Conflicts of Interest program/processes
  • Experience working with administrators and faculty members on compliance matters and problem solving
  • Demonstrated ability in effectively implementing academic compliance programs
  • Experience with software solutions for research, compliance, or academic administration
  • Strong regulatory research skills. Ability to translate complex regulatory requirements and issues into terms readily understood by the organization
  • Documented leadership of major projects
  • Service-oriented leadership experience
  • Ability to problem solve. Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills. Uses sound judgment in decision-making.
  • Clear and accurate written and verbal communication skills

Situated in the vibrant college town of Athens, Georgia, UGA is a leading land grant and sea grant university that is ranked among the nation’s top 20 public universities.  Athens offers a wide variety of social and cultural opportunities as well as a high-quality of life, and is located one-hour’s drive from Atlanta.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and include full benefits.

To Apply:  Interested applicants should complete the on-line application at


For More Information:

Christopher King

Associate VP for Research

Office of Research



The University of Georgia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.