• Director of Research Integrity

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 2 months ago(8/28/2019 3:17 PM)
    Job ID
    Hidden (24975)
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


    The Director is a member of the Research Administration leadership team and is responsible for the oversight, implementation and management of the research integrity and conflict of interest policies at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI).  The successful candidate is a knowledgeable, collaborative, well-organized, detail oriented and discrete professional with a proven track record of effective personnel management.  The Director will oversee the Office of Research Integrity, which includes 4.5 FTEs, and the following activities and programs under its oversight : 1) DFCI’s faculty and institutional conflict of interest programs, 2) DFCI’s mandated review of faculty consulting activities 3) management of faculty outside activity and financial information, including individual and institutional conflict of interest databases and (4) DFCI’s research integrity policies, including its policy for responding to allegations of research misconduct. The Director must be able to balance and prioritize competing demands and comfortable interpreting and guiding faculty and research staff on relevant policies and applicable regulations. 



    The responsibilities include but are not limited to:


    1. Manage Faculty Conflict of Interest Program for faculty and research community
    • Manage overall COI program- this includes advising, educating and monitoring compliance of faculty and research staff with respect to annual, periodic and transactional conflict of interest requirements
    • Collaborating with Chief Scientific Officer, Chief Clinical Research Officer and COI committee members in setting institutional priorities and compliance efforts.
    • Collaborating and coordinating with DFCI-affiliated institutions, including Harvard Medical School, to identify, manage, mitigate and/or eliminate existing conflicts of interest
    • Develop and support COI committee structure, including setting agendas and managing monthly meetings
    • Remaining current in field and helping to identify overall strategy for DFCI
    • Develop and implement new and/or revised policies related to conflicts of interest
    • Serve as the liaison with conflict of interest officials at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard-affiliated medical centers and institutions and the Broad Institute
    • Manage the development and refinement of conflict of interest database with IT and external vendors
    • Work with faculty and covered research staff on individual COI issues
    • Prepare educational materials and presentations on COI, including RCR requirements
    • Develop and maintain COI website
    • Manage DFCI annual disclosure process 
    1. Manage Institutional Conflict of Interest Program
    • Manage overall ICOI program – this includes working with Chief Scientific Officer, Chief Clinical Research Officer, SVP for Research Administration, OHRS staff, faculty and ICOI members to set institutional priorities and to manage oversight and compliance with established policies.
    • Develop and support ICOI committee, including setting meeting agendas and managing meetings
    • Prepare materials and presentations on ICOI
    • Develop senior official and research related institutional management plans at direction and under oversight ICOI committee.  Responsible for implementation of plans in collaboration with OHRS and monitoring compliance
    1. Manage consulting agreements program.
    • Meet with individual faculty on specific consulting requests
    • Review, negotiate and approve agreements
    • Increase faculty awareness of need for consulting agreements
    • Prepare educational materials and presentations on consulting issues
    • Develop and maintain relevant information on Research website
    • Develop and maintain internal policies and procedures 
    1. Oversight of Research Integrity program, including responding to allegations of research misconduct
    • Receives allegations of research misconduct and performs preliminary assessments in collaboration with Chief Scientific Officer; Coordinate and oversee sequestrations processes with IT colleagues
    • Provides administrative support to faculty panels responsible for inquiries and investigations in collaboration with Harvard Medical School and/or Harvard School of Public Health when applicable.
    • Provides administrative support to Deciding Officials and, when applicable, the Standing Committee on Faculty Conduct. Keep Chief Scientific Officer abreast of all inquiries and investigations.
    1. Manage other special projects within the Office of Research related to faculty on an as needed basis
    1. Provide direct daily supervision of 4.5 FTEs, including department administrative specialist, contract administrator, project managers, program manager. 


    • Incumbent with an advanced degree (Ph.D. level or equivalent) in a biological or physical science or a JD preferred. Bachelor's degree required. 
    • 3 - 5 years of working experience in research, research administration or policy development.
    • Incumbent must possess advanced communication and management skills, along with mature judgment, to support the senior level decision-making requirements of this position.  
    • Incumbent must possess problem-solving skills and must be able to handle multiple tasks and manage time well.   Above all, the incumbent must have the highest ethical standards and the ability to handle stressful situations with tact and diplomacy.  

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:


    • Knowledge of faculty academic issues, with a particular emphasis on conflict of interest
    • Ability to develop policies and procedures and evaluation strategies consistent with emerging federal and local policies and practices
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills
    • Exceptional management and organizational skills
    • Ability to work collaboratively and maintain positive working relationships with others within and outside of the Department
    • Ability to balance multiple priorities, responsibilities and complex projects in a timely manner.
    • Ability to keep information confidential

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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