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Director, Human Research Protection Program

The New School
New York City, New York
Posted Date
Aug 18, 2022

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The Provost’s Office – Office of Research Support (ORS) at The New School seeks a Director, Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) to lead university efforts to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects in research. The successful candidate will have experience in providing direction, execution, and regulatory oversight to all core components of the institution’s HRPP including Institutional Review Boards, Research Integrity and Compliance Training, and Quality Assurance and Improvement. The HRPP Director will oversee regulatory support of research initiated at university sites, which may include those outside the United States. The HRPP Director reports to the Assistant Provost for Research Support and is responsible for developing additional HRPP services needed based on operational metrics and expanding the program to align with the university’s diverse and growing research portfolio. 

The New School is strongly committed to diversity in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.

The New School prepares students to understand, contribute to, and succeed in a rapidly changing society, thus making the world a better and more just place. We will ensure that our students develop both the skills that a sound education provides and the competencies essential for success and leadership in the emerging creative economy. We will also lead in generating practical and theoretical knowledge that enables people to better understand our world and improve conditions for local and global communities.

In addition to a dynamic and progressive work environment, The New School offers a competitive benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, retirement plans, flexible spending accounts and a tuition waiver. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and offer employee assistance services, health and well-being programs and over four weeks of vacation time per year.

Apply with us and discover the rewards and opportunities in working for a world-class, urban university.  

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Provide direction and integrative coordination in the planning, development, and implementation of the HRPP. Oversee the HRPP Office, IRB, and staff, including hiring, evaluating, promoting, and developing professional staff.
  • Establish and implement short-and long-range goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures; monitor and evaluate operational effectiveness and implement HRPP improvement initiatives.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of Federal, State, international, and university laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines governing human subject research. 
  • Interpret and apply federal, state, local, and international regulations, policies, and procedures related to research involving human participants.
  • Develop and oversee a quality assurance program for both the research community and the IRB to support routine monitoring and for-cause auditing.
  • Design, develop, implement, evaluate, & modify IRB review processes and internal research auditing policies, protocols, systems, and procedures.
  • Work with appropriate internal resources to analyze data and prepare and present monitoring and auditing reports and summaries, and provide feedback to the Institutional Official/Designee, researchers, and the IRB as appropriate.
  • Identify educational needs of researchers, based on audit data and other information; Design and implement targeted training programs and materials for IRB, HRPP, Responsible Conduct of Research, and other research integrity content areas.
  • Provide advice, guidance, and problem resolution to research investigators and support personnel in the application of relevant Federal and State laws, regulations, and guidelines, as well as university policies and procedures to human subjects research.
  • Assist with specific inquiries related to scientific misconduct and/or IRB-related non-compliance issues.
  • Establish a conflict of interest review specific to human subject research.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree; at least 5 years of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified OR Bachelor’s degree; at least 7 years of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Experience with interpreting and applying Federal regulations, policies, and systems related to protecting human subjects (e.g., OHRP, FDA)
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a team player, manage time and multiple tasks, set priorities and manage deadlines in a professional manner
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex issues straightforwardly (both verbally and in written communication) in a professional manner
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, 365)
  • Demonstrated deductive reasoning and critical thinking skills 
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal skills and the ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Ability to adhere to University COVID-19 policy and requirements.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Certification or ability to sit for certification exam for Certified IRB Professional (CIP)
  • Experience with Cayuse Human Ethics or similar IRB electronic administration platform 
  • Knowledge of HIPAA regulations and state laws governing privacy
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