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Director/Deputy Chief Compliance Officer

University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Aug 23, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents
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Position Overview

The University of Kansas (KU) is the state’s flagship university, an R1 institution and member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). KU has five campuses including the Lawrence campus, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, and an Academic Medical Center with branches in Kansas City, Wichita, and Salina. As a distinguished R1 research university, KU offers world-class research programs that advance the health sciences and attract national recognition.

KU’s newly created Office of Audit, Risk & Compliance (OARC) provides leadership and university-wide services that strengthen accountability, mitigate significant risks, investigate and resolve allegations, and reduce the consequences of non-compliance with federal and state laws. Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor Integrity & Compliance/Chief Compliance Officer, the Deputy Chief Compliance Officer (DCCO) contributes to the leadership of the university’s institutional compliance and ethics program and provides programmatic oversight to the research-focused regulatory compliance areas. These areas include export compliance, conflicts of interest and commitment, research integrity, and data security and privacy.

The DCCO must possess a broad knowledge of research-related regulations to support the responsible and ethical conduct of research and ensure compliance with key federal and state laws and regulations, as well as university policies. The DCCO works closely with research units on all campuses to identify, prioritize and remediate research compliance risks.

Job Description

50% - Institutional Compliance Leadership:

  • Lead the university’s institutional compliance and ethics program as it relates to research-related risks; inform best practices and identify program priorities to assess and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of university research compliance processes and respond to changes in the law.
  • In coordination with the CCO, work collaboratively with compliance partners and with all levels of university management to coordinate risk, compliance, and ethics activities, accomplish program objectives, and facilitate mitigation of identified risks.
  • Develop an annual research compliance work plan that reflects the University’s unique characteristics, needs, and risks.
  • Identify compliance gaps and propose corrective actions.
  • Implement and oversee a monitoring program in coordination with university research partners to gain assurance of research-related compliance across high-risk compliance areas. Perform and oversee compliance reviews and cultural surveys, as appropriate.
  • Provide guidance, advice, and training and educational programs to KU faculty, staff, and students to improve the university’s understanding of compliance-related laws and regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee, develop, and execute effective marketing and awareness campaigns to promote the research compliance program and to encourage reporting of suspected non-compliance.

25% - Support of Regulatory Compliance Program areas:

  • Provide general guidance and support to research-related compliance program areas to ensure effective policies, education, assessments, prevention strategies, and corrective measures are in place to comply with the laws, regulatory requirements, and ethical standards of each program

15% - Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Assist the CCO in preparing reports and presentations for the Executive Institutional Risk Committee. Provide presentations to university leadership and the EIRC at the direction of the CCO.
  • Monitor the regulatory landscape within higher education compliance and ethics and continuously expand subject-matter expertise.
  • Participate in relevant compliance and ethics organizations, including attending meetings and conferences, participating in work groups, engaging in speaking opportunities, or performing other related activities.
  • Evaluate emerging compliance trends and make recommendations to the CCO for implementing best practices to support the continuous improvement of the university’s program.
  • Support the university’s mission of fostering an environment of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

10% - All other duties as assigned by the CCO.

Key Competencies

  1. Technical Competency: subject-matter expertise in research compliance matters for universities and academic medical centers. Understanding of compliance frameworks and their applicability to the higher education industry.
  2. Risk-identification: the ability to identify and assess compliance risks and navigate a decentralized control environment. Strong critical thinking and analysis skills to solve problems.
  3. Leadership Presence and Credibility: the ability to hold the room with senior leaders. Willingness to engage on difficult issues and hold other leaders accountable with transparency and fairness.
  4. Action Oriented: the ability and desire to act quickly to resolve issues and develop solutions.
  5. Communication: effective communication skills with internal clients, team members, peers, and senior leaders.
  6. Customer and Personal Service: dedication to providing high service levels to internal and external campus stakeholders.
  7. Utilizing Technology: understanding and expertise with the role technology plays in compliance activities.
  8. Law and Government: knowledge of laws and the regulatory environment that influence higher education and KU.
  9. Management: the ability to manage individuals with differing backgrounds and experience with a passion for developing talent and fostering opportunity and growth and in a workplace culture that is inclusive and equitable.

Required Qualifications

  1. A Master's Degree and five (5) years of experience in an institution of higher education, research-related discipline, or comparable environment OR a Doctorate Degree and three (3) years of experience in an institution of higher education, research-related discipline, or comparable environment;
  2. Strong communication skills as evidenced in application materials and interview.
  3. Knowledge of research compliance-related laws and regulations as they relate to a large public research university and academic medical center as outlined in application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Prior experience supervising others and managing complex programs in a higher education setting;
  2. Strong organizational, communication, strategic planning, and project management skills;
  3. Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP) or certification within 12 months of hire.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application consists of:

  1. A cover letter addressing how required qualifications are met
  2. Resume or curriculum vitae
  3. 3 Professional References

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application review begins Tuesday, September 6, 2022 and will remain open until a qualified pool of candidates has been identified.

Contact Information to Applicants

Natalie Holick

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

Work Schedule

Strong Hall (KU Lawrence Campus)
Monday- Friday 8:00am- 5:00pm

Less than 25%, in state- primarily between KU Medical Center and Lawrence campuses

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

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