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Human Research Protection Program Administrative Specialist

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Scholarly Integrity&Res Compliance
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus, Hybrid
Categories: Administrative / Clerical, Grants / Contracts

Job Description

The Division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance (SIRC) at Virginia Tech is seeking a Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Administrative Specialist to support the business management of the HRPP and the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The Division of Scholarly Integrity & Research Compliance (SIRC) facilitates scholarly excellence by fostering ethical decision-making and ensuring research regulatory compliance.
SIRC is a critical unit within the Research and Innovation office. The Research and Innovation office supports university-wide strategic initiatives and operational functions of Virginia Tech's $550+ million research enterprise and associated technology commercialization activities, which span nine academic colleges, eight university research institutes, and three affiliated corporations. With more than 80 new IRB submissions each year, the HRPP Administrative Specialist holds a key position in support of current research excellence and this anticipated growth.

The HRPP Administrative Specialist will join a dedicated team of HRPP professionals working to ensure protection of the rights, dignity, and safety of all human subjects involved in research activities. The incumbent will provide administrative support to the university's HRPP administrative team and to the chair and members of the IRB. The IRB is comprised of subject matter experts who make final determinations concerning regulatory and ethical compliance of protocols submitted for review. The position requires interpersonal and teamwork skills; the ability to take direction and work independently; the ability to prioritize, problem solve and work in an organized manner under tight deadlines; and effective communication skills. The incumbent will report to the HRPP Director/IRB Administrator who in turn reports to the Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation.

This position provides support to researchers and stakeholders within and outside of the university, serving as the first point of contact and introduction to the HRPP and IRB. It requires a strong focus on solution-oriented customer service, problem solving, and detail-oriented task completion. As a member of the HRPP team, the position provides support to the HRPP Director/IRB Administrator and staff, as well as the IRB Chair and members.

Required Qualifications

• Associate's degree in health/science or related field(s) or equivalent training or experience.
• Demonstrated customer service experience.
• Demonstrated organizational and prioritizing skills, including attention to detail.
• Ability to work effectively under tight deadlines.
• Demonstrated ability to read and interpret complex documents such as research protocols, consent forms, federal regulations and guidelines, policies, and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
• Must possess a learning orientation to changing technology.
• Experience with standard office programs, such as word process, spreadsheets and presentations as well as a PDF creator and editor.
• Demonstrated experience in a professional setting.
• Experience in handling complex and confidential material.

Preferred Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in health/science or related field(s).
• Demonstrated experience in IRB and HRPP administrative support or other compliance program support.
• Demonstrated working knowledge of human subjects research.
• Demonstrated experience and/or training in human subject protections.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

June 15, 2022

Additional Information

This position is located on the main Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA. Hybrid work arrangement is available with time in the offer and remote each week.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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