Washington University of St. Louis Senior Research Compliance Specialist - Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research - 42198 in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. This position is located near the School of Medicine campus.

Essential Functions


A Senior Research Compliance Specialist provides programmatic support for the University’s research ethics and compliance programs. This person implements and monitors compliance review activities in accordance with the University’s policies, and federal and sponsoring agencies regulations, with minimal supervision; interprets applicable policies and regulations to resolve complex research and regulatory issues; provides expert advice and training to faculty, non-faculty, and committee members; interacts directly with external funding agencies and other academic institutions regarding the University’s adherence to policies and regulations; serves as lead person in the absence of a manager or director.


  1. Independently researches highly complex relationships and transactions with minimal supervision; monitors for compliance and identifies and investigates instances of non-compliance; prepares detailed case reports for review by the faculty committees; makes recommendations to faculty committees to help resolve cases/situations; prepares reports/notifications to stakeholders of committee findings; ensures the integrity and security of confidential information; maintains complete and accurate program records.
  2. Reviews and evaluates faculty and non-faculty personal financial relationships related to research to determine the applicability of the University’s policies and whether it needs to be reviewed by the faculty committees; has independent authority to approve financial disclosures; primary responsibility for reviewing complicated, high risk cases/financial disclosures (predominately focused on clinical research) with minimal supervision.
  3. Works directly with the faculty appointed committees and chairs as well as other program staff to ensure reviews are completed consistently and in a timely manner.
  4. Provides advice and counsel to faculty, non-faculty, committee members, and other program staff regarding University’s policies and processes, and federal, state and sponsoring agency regulations. Liaisons with other University departments or programs as needed to facilitate reviews or support program initiatives.
  5. Ensures the submission of the appropriate reports to federal, state, sponsor or regulatory agencies; ensures preparation of operational and statistical reports. Speaks for the University when interacting directly with external funding agencies and other academic institutions.
  6. Develops and implements educational programs, other communication tools, and procedures; reviews and analyzes current processes to evaluate efficiency; assists with policy development. Leads presentations and training sessions regarding university policy as needed. Coordinates the planning and delivery of electronic forms and electronic administration software programs, with minimal supervision.
  7. Decisions and judgments have an impact on the university’s reputation and external compliance so significant judgment expertise is required; therefore, this position is required to stay abreast of regulations, external environment, and University policies.
  8. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field plus three years of related work experience, preferably in a research intensive university or hospital setting, or equivalent combination of experience and education
  • Demonstrated understanding of a research and regulatory environment, and ability to interpret regulations, policy and legal documents

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in related field
  • Demonstrated understanding of a clinical research environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize tasks for multiple long and short term projects, and manage confidential information
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Able to effectively accumulate and organize data for reporting
  • Effectively works with a variety of individuals at all levels of the organization

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $47,151 - $61,289 annually.


  • Retirement Savings Plan

  • 22 vacation days

  • 8 Paid Holidays

  • Sick Time

  • Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children

  • Free Metro Link/ Bus pass

  • Free Life Insurance

  • Health, Dental, Vision

  • Health Savings Accounts (HSA)

  • Long Term Disability Insurance

  • Flex Spending Plan

  • Other Benefits

Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)

Applicant Special Instructions

Occasional travel to other campus locations.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Senior Research Compliance Specialist - Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research - 42198

Job ID: 42198

Location: Danforth - Main Campus

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular