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Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Compliance

The University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, Massachusetts
Date posted
May 21, 2024

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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts Amherst ("UMass Amherst" or “UMass”), the state’s land-grant and flagship university of the University of Massachusetts System, seeks a knowledgeable, experienced, and service-minded individual to serve as the next Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Compliance (AVCRC). The AVCRC will have the opportunity to work with a strong team, collaborative researchers, and campus officials in the development and implementation of research compliance protocols to ensure that research projects adhere to prevailing regulations and best practices.

UMass Amherst serves approximately 32,000 students (24,000 undergraduate students and 7,800 graduate students) in 11 schools and colleges, taught by over 1,400 faculty with 1,084 tenure-track faculty. It enrolls more first-year students from Massachusetts than the Commonwealth's top eight private universities combined. UMass Amherst has nearly 300,000 alumni worldwide, the majority of whom live and work in the state. They provide the essential workforce for the booming Massachusetts economy.

The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Compliance (AVCRC) is a member of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement (VCRE) leadership team, reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement, and directs multiple units focused on research compliance. They are responsible for working with UMass Amherst research community members to establish and maintain an effective research compliance program and coordinate research compliance activities. The AVCRC should be a service-minded leader who will thoughtfully plan for the continued growth of the research enterprise, facilitate the sharing of information and knowledge amongst members, and develop protocols that strike a balance between efficiency and effective compliance.

The University is in the heart of the Pioneer Valley, offering a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. It is among the largest employers in the region and the engine of the local economy. With its elevated national profile, the University is a magnet for talented faculty, increasing state funding, and an increasingly competitive student body.  UMass Amherst seeks an AVCRC who will embrace its ethic of kindness and generosity, public mission, commitment to social justice, and ambition for enhanced academic and research eminence. 

Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, has been retained to assist the search committee and UMass Amherst in this recruitment. Confidential applications, inquiries, and nominations should be directed to:

Becca Kennedy, Partner (she/her)

Melissa DePretto Behan, Senior Associate (she/her)

Elizabeth Arvanitis, Search Coordinator (she/her)

Isaacson, Miller



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