IRB Specialist (Administrative Program Support 4) -

University of Connecticut   Storrs, CT   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on March 22, 2024
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JOB SUMMARY

Reporting to the IRB Program Manager, the IRB Program Specialist (Administrative Program Support 4) will collaborate with faculty, research compliance staff, and members of the IRB to ensure that all research involving human subjects conforms to all applicable University, state, federal, and other external regulatory requirements and guidelines. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Performs initial intake and assessment of IRB submissions for completeness prior to processing.
  • Assists with administrative pre-reviews of IRB protocols in exempt or expedited review categories, including modifications to previously approved research. May also assist with administrative pre-reviews of protocols submitted for full board review.
  • When qualified, serves as an IRB member or alternate member and performs IRB reviews as appropriate.
  • Prepares detailed correspondence to investigators to communicate findings of the IRB.
  • Assists in the development of written policies and procedures that foster and enhance compliance in research involving human subjects.
  • Assists in the development of educational/training materials to facilitate compliance by UConn investigators and key study personnel with their approved protocols; with federal regulations and relevant University and IRB policies related to the protection of human subjects participating in research.
  • Participates in delivering educational training programs and workshops for faculty, staff, and student researchers. 
  • Serves as a resource for faculty, staff, and students who have questions when preparing applications to the IRB. Serves as a compliance resource to the research community and other internal interested parties.
  • Keeps current on federal, state, local, and other human subject research regulations, guidelines, and policies and ensures that such changes are communicated to the appropriate person(s). 
  • Attends IRB meetings as needed, takes notes, and prepares reports. 
  • Maintains IRB study-related documents and digital records in accordance with federal guidelines, IRB, and UConn policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

  1. Bachelor’s degree and four years of related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Must obtain a Certified IRB Professional (CIP) within one year of becoming eligible.
  3. Ability to use independent judgment to interpret, analyze, and apply Federal laws and University guidelines to promote compliant practices in research involving human subjects.
  4. Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  5. Excellent organizational skills to effectively multi-task to meet deadlines and troubleshoot problems.
  6. Ability to work under the direction of a supervisor, as well as exercise a high level of independence and discretion.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, and students in a diverse work environment.
  8. Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and interact with colleagues in a positive, flexible, and constructive manner.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Current Certified IRB Professional (CIP)
  2. At least two years of experience in research compliance utilizing knowledge and understanding of federal laws, regulations, and procedures pertaining to human subjects’ protection in research including, but not limited to 45 CFR 46, 21 CFR 50, and 21 CFR 56.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

This is a full-time, permanent position. The University offers a competitive salary, and outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. For additional information regarding benefits visit: https://hr.uconn.edu/benefits-beyond-pay/. This position also must obtain a Certified IRB Professional (CIP) within one year of hire. Other rights, terms, and conditions of employment are contained in the collective bargaining agreement between the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Professional Employees Association (UCPEA).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

TO APPLY

Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #498039 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on April 12, 2024. 

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce. The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner. This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all. We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.