The Director of the Office of Research Excellence oversees all aspects of research review, monitoring, training and advocacy for Southern Wesleyan University. The position requires strong experience in administration and supervision of graduate and doctoral-level research (e.g., dissertation), including all aspects of institutional review and monitoring of research proposals involving human subjects, animals, and hazardous chemicals or biological agents. The position involves oversight of all functions of the university’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
This position reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. This is a full-time, 12-month, salaried, exempt position with faculty status located at the university's main campus in Central, SC. The projected hire date is June 29, 2020.
Specific duties of the position include:
Oversee the operation of the Office of Research Excellence, including safeguarding the welfare of human participants and animal subjects in research, providing prompt feedback to all faculty and student researchers, and facilitating education and campus conversation about ethical research.
Ensure the maintenance of detailed and complete record keeping for research-related training and committee work.
Act as committee chair for the IRB, IACUC, and IBS committees, advising the Provost on committee member assignments, making decisions regarding classification of applications as exempt, expedited or full review, and working collaboratively with committee members to ensure a timely turnaround from the receipt of a viable proposal to notification of a final decision.
Monitor and publicize grant opportunities to appropriate schools and divisions of the university and work collaboratively to advise and spearhead grant writing efforts with the University’s grant coordinator.
Periodically and systematically review research guidelines to ensure compliance with federal regulations.
Must have 3-5 years of related experience in research, IRB processes, project management, or a closely related field. An earned doctorate in a research-related field is required.
Grant writing and coordination experience preferred.
Demonstrated ability in clear, effective communication with diverse constituencies.
SWU is committed to maximizing the use of technology in its daily operations and in achieving its strategic goals; the ideal candidate will be familiar with integrated database management systems, including reporting, and have a high comfort level with web-based, mobile and PC applications including but not limited to the use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Mission and Lifestyle Expectations. The university is a Christian liberal arts institution in the Wesleyan-Holiness theological tradition. In light of SWU’s unapologetically Christ-centered mission, all employees are expected to embrace the university’s Statement of Faith, respect its Wesleyan heritage, and adhere to its lifestyle expectations.
Visual acuity necessary to do editorial work, proof documents, and manage files.
Requires ability to sit for periods of time in an interior office environment. May require infrequent lifting of objects up to 10 pounds, and occasionally items up to 20 pounds.
Travel may be required as a part of this position. There may opportunties for having a flexible work schedule.
Pre-employment Screening. Employment is contingent on the completion a criminal background screening.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 223
About Southern Wesleyan University
Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ. SWU provides quality undergraduate and graduate programs in a distinctively Christian environment that fosters the integration of faith, learning, and living. Candidates for employment must support the Christian mission of the university and give evidence of successful professional experience, mature faith, and consistent Christian lifestyle.
University Core Values-
Christ Centered: Purpose, Scholarship, Community, Transformation
•Purpose: A specific calling for a unique role in our world.
•Scholarship: Academic excellence in an innovative faith-centered environment.
•Community: Belonging to a connected and compassionate body of learners.
•Transformation: Christ’s redemptive work in individual and corporate life.
We believe that every individual has a God given purpose, brought to fruition by the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit and the challenge of scholarship. As we participate in a consecrated community of learners we are continuously transformed into the image of Christ both individually and corporately.