Human Resources

Director, Human Research Protection Program

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Department: Associate VP for Research Devel
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Remote, Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Research

Department: Associate Vice President for Research Development

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

The Director of the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) at Michigan Technological University (MTU) is charged with ensuring that the human research protections program complies with applicable laws, regulations, and policies. The Director, within the Office of Research Integrity, is responsible for oversight of the human research protections program including administration of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) as well as implementation and management of policies and procedures related to research involving human subjects.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

● Review protocols submitted for approval by IRB for completeness and compliance with the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) regulations, other Federal regulations, state and local laws, and IRB Policy and Procedures.
● Provide oversight and support for the MTU IRB including evaluation of submissions for appropriate assignment of review category under Federal guidelines (e.g., Exempt, Expedited, Full Review).
● May include IRB membership with responsibilities for Exempt determinations and Expedited reviews, as commensurate with the level of knowledge and expertise.
● Maintain IRB Policy and Procedures Manual and recommend revisions/updates, as needed.
● Provide education/outreach/training for the research community, as needed, regarding the overall HRPP, including, but not limited to: (a) determining when IRB review is necessary; (b) identifying appropriate categories of review; (c) protocol submission process and procedures including use of, and technical support for, the electronic submission system; and (d) the institutional HRPP education/training program (CITI).
● Build relationships with internal stakeholders (including consulting with researchers) and liaise with the Office of Research Integrity and internal audit representatives as appropriate; work with various stakeholders to build a culture of compliance.
● Assist researchers with compliance reporting requirements in accordance with Federal regulations.
● Oversee the quality assurance monitoring of the HRPP, including investigation of matters of noncompliance; and ensure implementation of corrective action, as needed, in accordance with the policies and procedures of MTU and the IRB.
● Represent MTU HRPP as a liaison with regulatory agencies, accrediting bodies (as applicable), and funding agencies.
● Ensure HIPAA compliance.
● Other related duties as assigned.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

● Bachelor's degree.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

● Experience working with multiple stakeholders and managing relationships across various stakeholders

Desirable Education and/or Experience

● Experience with human research compliance, regulatory compliance, IRB administration, or related fields.
● Demonstrated understanding, and detailed working knowledge of federal regulations and agency guidelines for conducting research and the protection of human subjects.
● Certified IRB Professional (CIP).
● Master’s degree in a related field that included working with human subjects.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

● Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills, including ability to constructively resolve conflicts and problem solve.
● Ability to synthesize information from multiple sources to produce succinct, detail-oriented, and accurate documents, policies, reports, and announcements.
● Ability to exercise sound and consistent judgment within a defined process.
● Strong interpersonal skills and ability to diplomatically navigate complex and sensitive situations.
● Advanced competence utilizing MS Office suite, computerized databases, and other technological products that facilitate effective management.
● Fluency in cloud- or remote-based computer environments and video conferences.
● Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, along with the ability to effectively collaborate with a diverse constituent population, including remotely.

● Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff. 

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities


Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands


Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.


Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months

Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable, No less than $60,000

Title of Position Supervisor

Assistant Vice President for Research Facilities & Federal Relations

Posting Type

Internal and External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)


Additional Information

  • This position has the possibility of being remote with required travel to campus several times throughout the year

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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