Department: Research Integrity Salary/Grade: EXS/10
The Senior Compliance Specialist (SCS) supports ORI’s mission by managing research misconduct and research non-compliance investigations to ensure efficient coordination of research-related reviews, University compliance with all applicable regulations and policies and correction of non-compliance, as appropriate. The work performed by the SCS involves highly confidential investigations of potential wrongdoings by faculty, staff and students. The SCS interacts with the highest levels of University administration, and coordinates closely with the Office of the General Counsel and federal regulatory oversight agencies.
Outcomes of the SCS’s work include:
Comprehensive management of research non-compliance reviews;
Federally compliant research misconduct proceedings; and
Support and coordination of other ORI research compliance initiatives.
Direct and conduct research misconduct investigations arising from allegations of wrongdoing, data falsification, fabrication or plagiarism, in accordance with federal regulations and institutional policy, including the management of faculty inquiry and investigation committee activities and reporting to federal oversight agencies.
Lead focused reviews of potential research non-compliance, including coordination with other OR and central offices to ensure that research is consistent with federal, state, local and institutional requirements and implement corrective action plans as necessary.
Work with ORI’s Research training development processes as well as other OR and central offices to determine proactive approaches to prevent identified non-compliance issues from recurring.
Performs other duties as assigned.
BA/BS or the equivalent in education & experience.
Five + years working experience in a higher education or business environment in a role related to audit, internal control, clinical research and/or investigative processes.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Working knowledge of federal policies and regulations as they relate to the financial management, human subject protections and administration of sponsored jprojects and clinical research.
Strong knowledge of auditing techniques, non-profit and federal acquisition regulations and/or related cost accounting standards for government contractors
Ability to understand and critically analyze various operational systems data and documentation to identify potential research compliance risks
Ability to understand and critically analyze financial and other data and documentation used in day-to-day business operations and transactions to identify potential compliance risks
Self motivation, initiative and broad thinking
Must possess effective project planning and project management skills with ability to meet deadlines and prioritize multiple tasks
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, and ability to interact with process owners and senior level management, faculty and staff across the University at a variety of levels and positions
Demonstrated skills using computer applications for data retrieval and analysis
Excellent problem-solving capabilities
Work well independently as well as contribute to team efforts
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
A background in research compliance reviews, clinical trials monitoring or auditing.
A background in conducting clinical trials or other human subject research.
Experience with investigative and/or forensic techniques.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Knowledge of the federal research misconduct policies and procedures.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 36915
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.