Senior Manager, Office of Research Ethics and Integrity – University of Ottawa

Salary Range: $105 694,00 – $128 666,00

The Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation sets the strategic direction and oversees the administration of the University of Ottawa’s research enterprise, including funding, equipment and facilities, international collaborations, partnerships and business development. Position Purpose Reporting to the Director, Office of Research Ethics and Integrity, provides strategic and operational leadership in the planning, development, and delivery of effective and efficient ethics certification processes, and related training and communication activities. Supports the Director in regards to responsible conduct of research activities and allegations.

This position is central to the Office’s mandate to promote and respect University policies and procedures, government regulations and laws, as well as international guidelines and external regulatory requirements in relation to the ethical conduct of research involving humans, thus ensuring the appropriate treatment and protection of human participants in research conducted by members of the University of Ottawa community (e.g., faculty, staff, and students).

Responsibilities:

  • Plans, organizes, directs and controls the ethics certification process (intake, review, approval, renewal, modification, closure, reporting, and suspension) for research projects involving human participants in order to ensure compliance with University, regulatory, and funding agency requirements; ensures the research ethics boards (REBs) meet regulatory requirements; takes into consideration diversity and inclusion criteria in the REB composition, and ensures that members have the expertise needed to meet their mandate of reviewing the ethical acceptability of research projects; in collaboration with the team, assures the continuing development and improvement of ethical review processes.
  • Ensures that areas under his or her responsibility operate in the most efficient and effective manner while providing a high level of customer service.
  • Directs the team responsible for the provision of administrative and operational services. Monitors and assesses the support services.
  • Strategically plans to ensure staff is well coordinated, efficiently organized, and provides a consistently high level of service to the research community. Responsible for the hiring process within the Office and managing training of new personnel. Monitors communications between the Office and the research community.
  • Manages the Participation Agreement with Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) and serves as the Primary Institutional Representative. As such, reviews and approves applications submitted through CTO Stream and ensures appropriate ongoing review activities are undertaken at the University of Ottawa and any other relevant sites. Also serves as the main administrator for the uOttawa Clinicaltrials.gov account.
  • Provides expert strategic and practical problem-solving advice to Deans, professors, REB chairs, REB members and other internal stakeholders on ethics practices, procedures, and complex issues in research ethics. Acts as liaison between the REB, researchers, faculty and departmental administrators, external funding bodies, and other uOttawa services.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Completion of a Master’s degree in a relevant health-related discipline or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of progressive research or research administration experience ,preferably in a university or hospital research ethics environment.
  • Knowledge and experience in theories and practices of research ethics management. Awareness and understanding of university and health-based (e.g., hospital) research environments.
  • Excellent working knowledge of the TCPS2, and the conduct of research studies in varied settings. Must be TCPS certified.
  • Knowledge of the federal granting councils (e.g., NSERC, CIHR, Genome Canada, SSHRC) and other external funding organizations.
  • Extensive Knowledge of the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research. Completion of recognized training in ethics review or administration an asset.
  • Ability to interpret and apply policies and guidelines, such as agency and institutional regulations, policies and guidelines.
  • Experience in human resource management.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities, problem-solving, organizational and administrative skills. Demonstrated tact, diplomacy, and judgment.
  • Ability to take a broad, long-range approach to problem-solving and decision-making that involves objective analysis, forward thinking and planning.
  • Project management and/or other experience with a proven track record including simultaneous management of multiple projects.
  • Experience developing and delivering workshops and/or training sessions.
  • Demonstrated ability to create, maintain and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders such as researchers, administrators, faculties, staff, students, administrators from other institutions and sponsors.
  • Able to work effectively and efficiently in a complex, fast-paced and changing environment with numerous deadlines and priorities.
  • Demonstrated experience using online review systems, e.g., CTO Stream, and software such as MS Windows suite of software, spreadsheets, database, financial systems, e-mail and internet.
  • Bilingualism – English and French; excellent ability to communicate verbally and in writing in both official languages.

Deadline to apply: August 20, 2023

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