Assistant Vice President, Research Regulatory Affairs

Assistant Vice President, Research Regulatory Affairs

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ   |   October 25, 2021

About Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

A leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education, more than 66,000+ students and 23,600 full- and part-time faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers.  The university has a wide-spread presence in the State of New Jersey with locations in all 21 New Jersey counties as well as academic and research enterprises around the world.

As one of the highest-ranked public research universities in America, Rutgers is also the oldest, largest, and top-ranked public university in the New York/NY Metropolitan area. A research powerhouse, Rutgers’ research expenditure stop $730M annually. As one of the leading comprehensive public research universities in the nation, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has the threefold mission of:

  • providing for the instructional needs of New Jersey’s residents through its undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs;
  • conducting the innovative research that contributes to the medical, environmental, social, and cultural well-being of the state, as well as aiding the economy and the state’s businesses and industries; and
  • performing public service in support of the needs of the residents of the state and its local, county, and state governments.

Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence, to conducting research that breaks new ground, and to providing services, solutions, and clinical care that help individuals and the local, national, and global communities where they live.

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About Research at Rutgers

The Office for Research is a key partner in driving and supporting faculty research and leading the University’s economic development activities. With research a fundamental part of the university’s mission, the Office aims to further the reach of Rutgers research and its impact on communities. As a leading national research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education, Rutgers spends more on research and development than all other New Jersey universities combined.

The Office for Research provides a pipeline of services across the university to support faculty research and strategically leads its economic development activities.  As New Jersey’s research titan, Rutgers is a member of both the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Big Ten Academic Alliance.  In FY21, sponsored research totaled 4,142 Research Awards, $911.5M in Research Grants and Sponsored Programs, and 1,553 PIs received awards. Despite the challenges of 2020, Research Administration effectively served the Rutgers community during the pandemic in FY21, submitting more than 396 COVID related research grant proposals, executing 216 agreements, and processing 255 awards valued at $65.4M.

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The Opportunity

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking an Assistant Vice President, Research Regulatory Affairs for the Office for Research (AVP). As part of the Office for Research, the AVP develops, maintains, and provides oversight for all University research to ensure compliance with federal, state, local and University policies and regulations This oversight involves the provision of essential operational support for research-related activities that span all campuses of the University. Reporting to the Vice President for Research Administration, Dr. José Román, the AVP has a direct line responsibility for the directors of HSPP, Export Control, and Research Integrity.

The next AVP will be tasked with several key priorities centered around create an operation that supports research at a premier public research center, ensuring the highest level of documented compliance with regulatory requirements by:

  • Advancing business improvements projects (i.e. revisioning and reorganization, systems integrations) initiated within three Regulatory Offices (IRB, Export Control, and Research Integrity).
  • Deepening and developing strong partnerships with the Office of the Chief Compliance Officer and other compliance functions and offices throughout the University, ensuring greater integration of efforts, policies, procedures, and systems.
  • Leading an effective response to the growing concern associated with undue foreign influence.
  • Helping to develop a university-wide documented training process focused on regulatory compliance and research integrity.

Core responsibilities of this position including the following:

  • Lead and manage critical research activities in the administration of research regulatory affairs with respect to Institutional Review Board/Human Subjects Protection Program (IRB/HSPP), Research Integrity and Export Control, as well as conflict of interest management and responsible conduct of research training.
  • Provide comprehensive support to faculty for continued expanded research activities and to the success of research funding, which contributes to increased revenue for the University and faculty, while ensuring the highest level of integrity in the conduct of research at Rutgers University.
  • Work with leaders of the respective units to ensure compliance of University researchers and programs with all relevant regulations; reviews and advocates for resources to facilitate operations of these units.
  • Lead the external agreements, including but not limited to service agreements with RWJBarnabas Health, a strategic partnership aimed at jointly operating a word-class academic health system.
  • Through thoughtful collaboration and results-oriented problem-solving, facilitated and maintains relationships with key collaborators to ensure excellence in service.
  • In partnership with key collaborators across the University—develop comprehensive regulatory affairs strategies ensuring that Rutgers maintains a culture of research compliance and integrity (ensuring a high-performing culture of Responsible Conduct of Research).
  • Architect policies, procedures, systems, staffing plans, infrastructure, and trainings that support responsible research and compliance with all regulatory and other requirements.
  • Liaise with other university compliance officers and stakeholders, including the Office of the Chief Compliance Officer, to ensure the highest level of integration, efficiency, and effectiveness in policy, procedures, and processes that support regulatory compliance.
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

  • Prior experience as a change manager with the ability to evaluate organizational structures as well as process efficiencies that better align outputs and customer service with the needs of the University.
  • Strong operational skills, with a focus on effectively and efficiently developing productive workflows for departments/organizations operating with high levels of research activity.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategy and policy development and a track record of providing high-level customer service to sponsors and researchers within an academic environment.
  • Strong personal and professional integrity.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as well as political astuteness and ability convey a sense of energy, openness and optimism with a collaborative, consensus-building, yet decisive management style.
  • Use of personal vehicle in order to travel for business demands; a valid driver’s license would be required for this position.

In addition, strong candidates will offer:

  • Master’s degree.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience with research regulatory affairs, at least five of which have been in a leadership/management position in an academic health sciences or health care institution.
Compensation & Benefits

The salary range for the AVP begins at $130K+ and is commensurate with experience. Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at:


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