The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) seeks a high energy, service-oriented and experienced leader to be its next Director of the Human Research Protections program and the Office of Human Research Ethics (OHRE). Reporting to the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, the Director will lead the IRB program at UNC-Chapel Hill and be responsible for interpreting and applying federal, state, and local regulations, policies, and procedures related to human subjects research. The Director will lead all administrative and compliance activities for the OHRE, including overseeing the OHRE office and its six IRBs, including operating budgets, and hiring, evaluation, promotion, and development of professional staff. The OHRE Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of approximately 25 professional and administrative staff and an annual operating budget of over $2.5 million.
Operating under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Office of Human Research Ethics is responsible for ethical and regulatory oversight of all research at UNC-Chapel Hill that involves human subjects. The OHRE administers, supports, and guides the work of the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and all related activities with responsibility for approximately 5,000 active protocols. These activities contribute to UNC-Chapel Hill’s overall research enterprise: UNC's annual externally funded research portfolio stands at $1.15 billion, an amount that has doubled in the last decade. The University is the 6th top-ranked university in the United States for federal research, totaling $721M annually, and its sponsored research from all sources annually make it the 12th largest US research university in research volume and annual expenditures.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of the nation’s top ranked public universities and one of the world’s premier global research universities. Since it first opened its doors in 1795, UNC-Chapel Hill has been at the heart of cutting-edge education, preparing a diverse student body to become makers, explorers, innovators, public servants, and leaders both locally and globally. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching and campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continues this heralded legacy to this day.
The Director will be a well-respected leader in research administration and a strategic thinker who displays a passion for research. The Director will bring a demonstrated understanding of the research environment of a major university/medical center and its education, public service, and patient-care missions, and at least 3 years of supervisory experience, including management and professional experience. Expert knowledge of federal, state, and local agency regulations associated with sustaining and enhancing a campus-wide program for human subject protection and working knowledge of AAHRPP standards and requirements is required.
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.