Stanford University, a global leader in higher education, seeks an experienced professional to serve as the University's Research Data Governance Director within the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research. This is a unique opportunity to work in a truly entrepreneurial academic community to support the University's world-class research enterprise.
Stanford University has a sponsored research project budget of over $1.6 billion, including the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC), and manages more than 6,000 externally sponsored research projects. A high volume of protected information is essential to support the research enterprise. The collection, storage, use, and sharing of this information generates many privacy issues and data management issues, particularly in projects that have human subjects. Given the large number of students, alumni, employees, and patients at the University's affiliated medical center, research privacy and data management issues affect a wide range of constituencies.
This position requires a subject matter expert in data governance for the conduct of research, domestically and internationally. The director will serve as a key member of the Stanford University Dean of Research (DoR) Office, reporting directly to the Associate Vice Provost for Research Policy and Integrity. To promote collaboration and partnership with the University Privacy Office and other units, the director will be a member of the Executive Privacy Governance Council and Privacy Governance Council, both advising the Council and implementing policies and practices agreed on by the Council. The director will work with researchers, the University Privacy Office, and other stakeholders to design and implement best practices and data management plans that support the University's research mission while ensuring protection of personal information, in accordance with regulatory requirements and the University's values, policies, infrastructure, and operations.
Work across the University, in close collaboration with the University Privacy Office (UPO) and major research stakeholders, including the Research Compliance Office (which oversees the institutional review boards), Institutional Research and Decision Support, Stanford Research Computing Center, Office of Technology Licensing, Research Management Group, Office of Research Administration, and Stanford University Libraries. Provide expert privacy consultation on data sharing agreements for research, research collaborations, clinical trial agreements, and other research projects and agreements. Serve as a consultative resource to faculty and staff.
Develop strong working relationship with and act as the research liaison to the Stanford Medicine privacy team (including at Stanford Health Care, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and a community hospital and physician networks) to assist with data governance concerning patient medical data used in research projects.
Represent DoR and provide research data expertise to stakeholders. Actively participate in UPO meetings and research-related strategic initiatives, and serve on relevant research committees.
Develop strong working relationship with the Office of the General Counsel.
Represent DoR and provide research privacy expertise in the Privacy/ISO Data Risk Assessment (DRA) process.
Contribute as the research privacy expert on the University's Student Data Oversight Committee, which reviews research involving student data. UPO is otherwise primarily responsible for ensuring the privacy of student data.
Provide privacy expertise, in areas such as secondary use of information for research, data and tissue repositories, precision health, digital health/wearables and artificial intelligence (AI) research, and physiological and genetic research, among other areas. Together with UPO, stay abreast of identifiability vs. de-identification of information in the context of research activities.
Design and promulgate guidelines that help Stanford researchers understand the sensitivity of the data they are collecting, develop appropriate data protection plans, and best practices for keeping data secure in collaboration with the Information Security Office.
Guide data management planning to help researchers meet federal funding agency requirements and prepare research data for public use.
Provide expert privacy consultation on data sharing agreements for research, research collaborations, clinical trial agreements, and other research projects and agreements.
Serve as a consultative resource to faculty and staff.
Seven or more years of privacy research experience at or on behalf of institutions of higher education, academic medical centers, or research organizations.
Experience applying privacy requirements to complex datasets, including big data research, clinical trials, digital health, wearable, and AI studies, and social/behavioral and educational research.
Expert knowledge of HIPAA as applied to research. This position is not a clinical care privacy position, and practical experience applying privacy laws to research is required.
Expert knowledge of and experience with additional federal and state laws, including FERPA, and the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) or comparable state laws protecting health information, including genetic and other sensitive health information.
Expert knowledge of and experience with international privacy laws, including GDPR as applied to research. Experience with privacy laws in other areas of the world, including Asia, is preferred.
Excellent interpersonal and listening skills; ability to work well individually and as a team member.
Excellent ability to analyze complex issues, organize, and make recommendations that are achievable within the University environment. Solution-oriented approach.
Excellent writing and communication skills. Ability to multi-task within necessary timeframes.
Integrity and excellent judgment.
J.D., or appropriate combination of education and regulatory compliance experience.
Privacy professional certification.
Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds;
Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.
Occasionally work evenings and weekends.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
***We believe Stanford's future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
*** Procedure for Candidacy:
We are partnering with WittKieffer, an executive search firm, in support of recruiting for this position. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. For consideration, applications must include, as separate documents, a letter of interest and a CV or resume. A comprehensive leadership profile can be found at Research Data Governance Director. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by April 24, 2020. Nominations, inquiries and application materials can be directed to the WittKieffer consultants supporting this search, Lisa Meyer and Lauren Stets, at [email protected].
In addition, all applicants are required to submit their application with letter of interest and a CV or resume via the StanfordCareers portal. Additional Information
Location: Dean of Research, Stanford, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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