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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Personnel Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Research And Innovation
Department: Office Of Research Regulatory Support 10059693
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Continuing System Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union, Remote-Friendly

Working/Functional Title

Director of Conflict Disclosures and Management

Position Summary

The Director of Conflict Disclosures and Management is responsible for the reorganization and daily operation of the office. The Director will develop strategies for disclosure, review, management, and/or resolution of individual conflicting interests to ensure institutional compliance with applicable federal, state, and other regulations and policies while advancing the university’s mission. The Director will serve as the point of contact for faculty questions regarding conflict of interest and commitment disclosure, training requirements, and security issues. They will successfully communicate and collaborate with individuals, units and Conflict Review Committee members to elicit needed information, discuss sensitive information, and develop appropriate solutions for the University community. The Director will be responsible for establishing programs, assessments, training, and procedures to ensure education in conflict disclosures that meet regulatory requirements and best practices in research conduct. They will keep current on changes to federal and state regulations that might impact conflict of interest review and oversight at the University.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • oversee a small staff to implement university and governmental conflicts of interest and commitment, research security, and federal responsible conduct of research requirements
  • develop and implement balanced guidelines, procedures, and policies related to conflicts of all types and clearly communicate them to the faculty, administration, and all individuals involved in the conduct, management, or reporting of research
  • work with stakeholder teams and other campus offices to recommend and lead the implementation of updates in accordance with regulatory changes and University community best practices
  • ensure effective financial conflict of interest and conflict of commitment training and education activities for university employees
  • collect and review faculty and employee disclosures of significant financial interests and relevant outside commitments
  • provide regulatory, policy and procedural advice and relevant information to the Conflict Review Committee to inform their review and assessment of reported real or perceived financial conflicts of interest to facilitate the development of management plans
  • report to internal groups and units and external agencies as necessary and required around the reporting of managed conflicts
  • keep University institutional leaders informed about the implementation of the University Conflict of Interest Policy and about educational and other activities of his/her office.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Bachelors -Science, Policy, or Technology desired

Desired Degree

Other -Law

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelors degree required.
  • The successful candidate will have knowledge and experience equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a master’s degree;
  • three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in regulatory compliance for an institution of similar size and complexity;
  • experience assisting individuals and institutional committees in regulatory reviews in one or more settings;
  • public speaking, writing and editing abilities; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

A law degree and experience in basic and clinical research environments is desirable.

The Director will provide evidence of the following desired experiences, capabilities, and attributes:

  • proven leadership success across broad and decentralized environments of comparable size and complexity
  • the energy and interest to work with all divisions of a major research university
  • knowledge of conflict disclosures related to working in clinical environments
  • knowledge and understanding of financial interests and corporate and industrial relationships that raise potential financial conflicts of interest and ethical considerations in conducting research
  • exceptional interpersonal skills
  • a strong listener and confident communicator who brings integrity, a calm presence, builds consensus, and engenders trust
  • distinct appreciation for the mission, traditions, and culture of the University
  • demonstrated ability to establish credibility with all constituencies based upon high integrity, critical thinking, effective problem solving, outstanding operational performance, and regulatory policy knowledge
  • demonstrated judgment of risk management and risk-based decision-making
  • a keen attention to detail
  • success with and comfort in cultural change and re-engineering processes
  • experience with the development and maintenance of computer database systems, enterprise-wide systems, and significant experience with data analysis
  • persistent and persuasive approach to challenges and people
  • an ability to work in environments with ambiguity and uncertainty
  • demonstrated ability to achieve results in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment with multiple priorities and multiple stakeholders
  • an advanced degree in a relevant field is preferred.

Required Application Materials

  • CV 
  • Cover letter

Together-we-will Statement

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Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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