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Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,150 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities, Boston College has 758 full-time and 1,096 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $956 million, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.

Job Description

The Associate Director works in a dynamic federal regulatory environment to ensure institutional compliance with federal, state and local research regulations in association with human subjects and animal research.  The Associate Director is also the primary liaison between the Vice Provost for Research’s office and the faculty concerning policies and procedures with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and animal protocols.  In this capacity there is a strong service component to the position that involves minimizing regulatory burden on researchers while maintaining the University's commitment to the highest standards of ethical research. The Associate Director will report directly to the Executive Director of Research Administration.

 The primary functions of the position are:

o  Performs as team leader and immediate supervisor for the Office for Research Protections (ORP).

o  Manages office operations and budget oversight for the ORP. Works closely with the Executive Director in representing the University in external reviews and audits.

o  Reviews and analyzes the most difficult and complex research protocol submissions, and drafts standard operating procedures, often maintaining intricate dialogs with faculty and student researchers and committee members.

o  Develops and integrates multiple electronic relational databases to enter, track, analyze, and disseminate information to faculty, staff, students, committee Chairs and committee members.  Holds primary responsibility for the CyberIRB database and on-line protocol creation and approval system.

o  Develops and presents educational programs and outreach to promote the role of the Office of Research Protections.  Designs educational presentations on human subjects research for the BC research community.

o  Drafts, maintains, and/or oversees internal ORP Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs) and keeps the University policies and researcher SOPs accurate, current, and responsive to the regulatory environment.

o  Serves as the University’s CITI Program Administrator for human subjects training modules.

Salary Range: $66,400 to $83,000


PhD preferred, BA/BS required and 5 years of relevant experience.

Closing Statement

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at