The Research Compliance Specialist (RCS) provides administrative support, critical education, communications, and liaison service to the faculty and staff of the institution to ensure compliance with federal regulations and guidelines pertaining to the conduct of research. Specifically, the RCS will assist the Research Compliance Manager with the administrative functions of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Additionally, the RCS may provide administrative support for the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and assist with the administration of internal grant programs, as needed. The RSS will be part of the compliance team and will interface with other staff in the Office of Research, EVMS Sponsored Programs, EVMS Occupational Health and Safety, the Division of Comparative Medicine, and various Centers and Institutes.
Assist with processing research compliance materials related to the IACUC and IBC (new protocol submissions, protocol revisions, annual reports, closure forms, and tissue project forms)
Assist with preparing research compliance meeting agendas and accurate/timely meeting minutes
Assist with IACUC semi-annual animal facility inspections and semi-annual reviews of the animal care and use program (scheduling, logistics coordination, and inspection activities)
Assist with the timely preparation and distribution of information to staff, regulatory agencies, and accreditation agencies related to IACUC and IBC submissions and activities to ensure completeness and compliance
Assist with management and maintenance of up-to-date files and electronic records of current, closed, suspended, and/or terminated projects
Assist with maintaining training materials and tracking mandatory and elective training for animal users (staff, students, collaborators, and volunteers)
Assist with development of workflow processes, guidelines, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) related to the IACUC and IBC
Serve as a liaison between the IACUC/IBC and the research staff by responding to inquiries and providing information, guidance, interpretation, and/or clarification regarding regulatory and institutional guidelines, policies, and procedures
Assist with conducting congruency checks of approved protocols and funded grant applications as requested by EVMS Sponsored Programs or the Principal Investigator (PI)
Assist the Institutional Official (IO) with preparation of routine notices, reports, policy development, and presentations, as needed
Perform other administrative functions and related duties as assigned
Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific area, public health or administration, or related compliance/regulatory field. Two (2) years of experience in a research-related field with experience in the design, conduct and regulatory aspects of research.