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Director of Institutional Compliance (Wistar)

The Wistar Institute, 3601 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #443

The Wistar Institute is seeking a Director of Institutional Compliance. Reporting to the President & CEO, the Director of Institutional Compliance is responsible for the overall compliance environment at the Institute by overseeing the Compliance Program and the Conflict of Interest Management Program, and through activities of the Compliance Committee. The Director of Institutional Compliance also serves as the Institute’s Research Integrity Officer and Ethics Administrator as defined in relevant Institute policies.

The Director of Institutional Compliance accomplishes this work by working collaboratively with senior administrators, research scientists, and staff within the Office of Science Administration and other departments represented on the Compliance Committee.
Institutional Compliance Duties:
  • Works directly with the Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, Government Affairs, to develop and implement institutional policies and practices ensuring that the Institute meets all regulatory requirements and assurances for the conduct of research, including requirements for managing financial conflicts of interest and investigating scientific misconduct.
  • Fulfills the role of the Institute’s Ethics Administrator and Research Integrity Officer as defined by the Institute’s Financial Conflict of Interest and Research Misconduct policies, respectively.
  • Oversees the conduct of periodic compliance reviews and internal audits of research compliance activities.
  • Joint with Science Administration Director - Disseminates information on regulatory research compliance and safety to the Institute staff through a comprehensive training program, including training sessions for new and existing employees, and preparation and distribution of educational materials. 
Compliance Officer Duties:
  • Chairs the Institute’s Compliance Committee.
  • Develops effective lines of communication with direct access to Institute leadership, all senior management, and internal and external legal counsel.  
  • Keeps the President & CEO informed regarding compliance activities and risks under the Compliance Committee’s mandate.
  • In consultation with the Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, Government Affairs and other senior administrators as needed, identifies opportunities for enhancements of institutional compliance.  Confirms corrective action plans are developed and implemented when necessary.
  • In consultation with the Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, Government Affairs and other senior administrators as needed, confirms alleged violations of regulations or rules are investigated or evaluated.
  • In consultation with the Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, Government Affairs and other senior administrators as needed, confirms that legislative and agency affairs are monitored to ensure that institutional policies remain current, and that new regulatory requirements are implemented in a timely manner.
  • Copied on the results of all internal audit reports and works closely with key managers to identify risks.
  • Ensures through the Compliance Committee that regulatory compliance training is disseminated to Institute staff.
  • In consultation with the Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, Government Affairs, provides advice to Institute management and staff when compliance questions arise.
  • Institutional point of contact, or provides support to the institutional point of contact, depending upon the nature of the inquiry or action, for regulatory agencies regarding compliance inquiries or incidents requiring reporting through established channels.

Graduate degree with seven or more years of experience in science or medical administration, regulatory affairs, or related field, preferably at an academic institution or federal regulatory agency, required.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated managerial and supervisory experience and exceptional written and verbal skills coupled with the ability to think strategically and collaboratively. The successful candidate must be a person of high integrity, who seeks to meet and exceed expectations, and inspires others to do so as well.
The Wistar Institute is located in the University City area of Philadelphia, in the heart of the University of Pennsylvania Campus. Wistar provides resources to its faculty and staff that enable them to conduct cutting edge collaborative research and provides for outstanding intellectual environments and state-of-the-art facilities. Research discoveries conducted at Wistar have led to the development of vaccines; the identification of genes associated with cancers; and the development of many other significant research technologies and tools.
We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.
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It is the policy of The Wistar Institute to provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or on the basis of genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law, with respect to all terms and conditions of employment.