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Harvard University Assistant Director, Research A in Cambridge, Massachusetts

52143BRAuto req ID:52143BRJob Code:358057 Admin Pro/Indiv Contrib Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Assistant Director, Research Administration and Human Subjects ProtectionSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • At least 5-7 years of experience conducting IRB reviews of social/behavioral research projects in a high volume office where customer service is a priority

  • Demonstrated knowledge of human subject protection and related regulations normally acquired through employment with an Institutional Review Board (IRB)

  • Current Certified IRB Professional (CIP) designation required (In the absence of such a designation, CIP eligibility must be obtained within 1 year of hire)

    Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Familiarity with Huron Research Suite (Formerly Click) software (or have used other similar IRB electronic-system software)

  • Excellent judgment and sound decision-making skills

  • An understanding of and ability to manage highly confidential information

  • The ability to communicate with a diverse group of people with sensitivity

  • Demonstrated ability and comfort in teaching and presenting ethical and regulatory requirements in the protection of participants in research

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a complex organization and across multiple units and levels

  • Ability to take initiative and work independently with an entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility, and high-capacity assess priorities and to meet competing deadlines

  • A strong customer service orientation, and excellent interpersonal skills

Additional Information:

During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with the transition to onsite at HBS campus in Boston, MA when the office reopens.

We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and the lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.

A Cover Letter is required to be considered for this opportunity.

Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS is profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and life experiences. Explore more about HBS work culture at

Department:Division of Research and Faculty DevelopmentPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:General Administration, ResearchJob-Specific Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Senior Director, Research Administration and Behavioral Research Services, and working closely with members of the research administration team, HBS faculty, and administrative partners at HBS and across Harvard University (HU), the Assistant Director supports the research and scholarly activities of the HBS faculty by managing the administrative review process (IRB) for the use of human subjects in HBS research and ensuring the ethical principles that apply to human research projects are adhered to.

Human Subjects (IRB) Review

Analyzes and reviews all submissions by HBS faculty to ensure completeness and compliance with applicable federal regulations, State laws, Harvard, and HUA IRB policies. Identifies protocols that meet regulatory criteria for exemption from human subjects review. Determines whether research projects are exempt from further review; reviews and approves certain research projects as a designated reviewer; corresponds with researchers, articulating required modifications to study documentation, including consent forms, in order to secure approval, and requesting additional information needed before approval can be considered.

  • Is a subject matter expert on federal regulations, State laws, Harvard, and HBS IRB policies related to the protection of research participants. Provides guidance to individual researchers regarding IRB submissions, incomplete protocols, policy questions, and serves as a consultant on matters pertaining to the use of human subjects in HBS research. Serves as the point of contact on research­ related policies and procedures to HBS faculty, researchers and other administrators.

  • Serves as the liaison to Harvard’s Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHS), attending staff meetings and ensuring policies and procedures are consistently applied at HBS.

  • Maintains active knowledge of evolving laws, regulations, policies, and ethical norms that are applicable to human research activities through continuous professional development.

Program Management and Delivery

  • Manages the submission review process of protocols by HBS faculty in the Harvard-wide electronic submission and tracking and reporting (ESTR) system. Reviews the ESTR queue, prioritizing and allocating submissions for review, ensuring goals relating to timely output, turnaround, accuracy, and customer service are met. Maintains up to date workflow documentation on all processes.

  • Provides guidance to researchers and administrators on the use of the Electronic Submission Tracking & Reporting (ESTR) system used to manage applications for review and automate correspondence.

  • Creates and maintains a system of monitoring relevant metrics to inform strategic decision making and policies around the use of human subjects in HBS research.

  • Develops, implements, and manages IRB education and training programs for faculty and staff promoting best practices, policies and procedures related to the use of human subjects in HBS research.

School/Unit:Harvard Business School EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Certificates and Licenses:

  • Current Certified IRB Professional (CIP) designation required (In the absence of such a designation, CIP eligibility must be obtained within 1 year of hire)

Job Summary:

The Assistant Director, has Research Administration and Human Subjects Protection primary responsibility to manage the HBS program for the protection of research participants ensuring compliance with all federal, state and local regulations, including HBS and Harvard University IRB policies and procedures.