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Research Integrity and Compliance Officer

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title Research Integrity and Compliance Officer
Posting Number NFE00072P
Department SDSU-Division of Research & Econ Dvlp
Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings
Posting Text

SDSU’s Division of Research & Economic Development is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Research Integrity and Compliance Officer. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join our team. The Research Integrity and Compliance Officer will be actively involved in the leadership of our responsible growth in research programs at SDSU and report to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Sponsorship is not available for this position. This is a 12 month, full-time, benefit-eligible position.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to strategies that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

The Division of Research and Economic Development provides leadership for the university’s research, scholarship, creative activity, and economic development initiatives. This includes forging public-private partnerships, and pre-award services related to proposals and contracts. The Division is also responsible for ensuring that the university is in compliance with federal and state regulations related to research, and commercialization and management of intellectual property. Additionally, SDSU’s governmental affairs are coordinated by the Division.

Responsibilities of the Research Integrity and Compliance Officer will include but will not be limited to the following;
• Implement, apply, and provide training regarding laws, regulations, policies and practices regarding human subjects and their protection.
• Implement, apply, and provide training regarding the responsible conduct of research (RCR) policy and practice to the SDSU community.
• Advise the Vice President of Research and Economic Development on necessary corrective measures and act on approved plans of action.
• Conduct confidential investigations of alleged research misconduct and submit reports to the SDSU Deciding Official.
• Implement, apply, and provide training regarding laws and regulations, policies and practices regarding animals and their protection.
• Implement and apply laws and regulations, policies and practices regarding export controls (in cooperation with the South Dakota Board of Regents Empowered Official), unmanned aerial systems, biological safety and recombinant DNA and other areas that may become applicable.
• Lead and coordinate development or revision of compliance policies and procedures and record-keeping systems in close cooperation with the Vice President and Associate Vice President for Research.
• Provide leadership to promoting responsible and ethical practices in research involving human subjects, animals, recombinant DNA, hazardous materials, select agents, unmanned aircraft systems and other compliance matters.
• Monitor the regulatory environment, coordinate institutional self-assessments, and review and monitor compliance areas including, but not limited to, human subjects, animal care and use, biological safety, export controls (ITAR/EAR/OFAC), research integrity, conflict of interest, public access, and unmanned aircraft systems.
• Create and maintain a university-wide, comprehensive compliance program for sponsored research consistent with the Federal Sentencing Guidelines (standards for effective research compliance).
• Serve as a principal point of contact for information regarding research compliance, provide expert knowledge of regulations governing research and serve as a resource to university researchers and research administrators.
• Serve as an ex-officio member of university research compliance committees. Assist university compliance committees, help develop and maintain protocol tracking databases and other records, and assist the committees in investigating and documenting cases of noncompliance.
• Create and maintain appropriate research compliance documents, forms, and web pages.
• Participate in professional organizations and conferences.

• Master of Science Degree or equivalent in related field or Juris Doctorate by time of application.
• At least three years of relevant work experience in research administration in higher education, industrial research organization or federal regulatory agency.
• Demonstrated experience with research integrity and compliance programs, including deep knowledge of related federal laws and regulations.
• Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team.
• Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated experience working effectively with diverse personnel, government, and members of the research community at large.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability working with a diverse population within a compliance setting.
• Experience in developing and conducting education and training programs in research compliance and integrity.
• Demonstrated leadership conceptualizing, initiating and implementing compliance programs that support research while ensuring accountability.
• Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel and participate in professional development activities.
• Knowledge of the land-grant university mission and how it informs the research mission of SDSU.

• Experience or training as a Research Integrity Officer (RIO).
• Demonstrated collaboration in developing funding proposals to support new and/or enhanced programming.
• Understanding of graduate education.

This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

As of January 1, 2018, South Dakota State University will be a tobacco free environment.

Posting Date 12/27/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 02/15/2018
Advertised Salary Commensurate with qualifications.
Duration of the Term 12 months
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Appointment Percent 100
Work Hours

M-F, 8 – 5

Typical Hours Worked Per Week
Appointment Type Regular
Faculty Status No
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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This position requires Travel, Overnight stays, Valid Drivers License
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Department Description and Cultural Expectations

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive higher education institution. As South Dakota’s Morrill Act land-grant university, SDSU had a fall 2016 enrollment of 12,613 students from all 50 states and 85 countries. Students choose from 73 majors, 36 specializations, 75 minors, 35 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. programs and two professional doctorates. Approximately 55% of SDSU students are residents of South Dakota, 37% from other states, and 8% from other countries. There are ongoing efforts to bring a greater global perspective to the campus to increase diversity. The work of the university is carried out on a resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.

From its roots as a land grant university established in Brookings, South Dakota in 1881, SDSU today is a vibrant, complex Carnegie Research University – High Intensity institution. It competes in Division I Athletics, is a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference and participates in the Summit League for most other sports.

With exceptional alumni, community, and Foundation support for student scholarships as well as all aspects of campus life, SDSU is the center of life in Brookings, a friendly, economically-healthy community of nearly 23,657 residents on the Eastern border of the state. The city has an excellent K-12 educational system. During a campus visit, a tour of the education systems and visit with school administrators may be arranged. The city is also accessible to major medical facilities, has an active social and cultural environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within an easy commute. Sioux Falls, a city of approximately 170,000 persons, is 55 miles to the south. Brookings is also located about 200 miles west of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, a metropolitan area with major design and art centers such as International Market Square, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, and Weisman Art Museum. To find out more about Brookings, please visit

Affirmative Action Statement

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

Diversity Statement

We are committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe in a supportive, diverse, collaborative, and cohesive environment with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration with individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.

Contact Information

For questions on the position, contact Jim Doolittle, Search Committee Chair at 605.688.6696 or

Supplemental Questions

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  1. Where did you hear about this position?
    • SDBOR Employment Site
    • List Serv
    • Website
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Newspaper
    • Black Doctoral Network
    • APLU
    • Linkedin
    • Other

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
Optional Documents