Brown University — Assistant Director, Conflict of Interest and Research Integrity

Job Description:

About Brown
Brown University is a leading research university distinct for its student-centered learning and deep sense of purpose. Our students, faculty and staff are driven by the idea that their work will have an impact in the world. Brown University offers a flexible work/life balance; summer hours, winter break and a comprehensive Benefits package including time off, annual paid holidays; benefits offerings including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, wellness, employee discounts and more.  To learn about Brown University’s benefits, visit the University Human Resources web page here for further information.

About the Opportunity
The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) at Brown University partners with the research community to facilitate ethical research guided by governing policies and regulations. ORI provides oversight of human and animal subjects research, financial conflicts of interest, and use of human embryonic stem cells in research. It also reviews allegations of research misconduct and other reports of research-related noncompliance, and promotes integrity in scholarship by administering one of Brown’s responsible conduct of research programs. ORI also administers the University’s export control compliance program, and serves as a centralized resource to support the responsible management and sharing of research data.

We are looking for an Assistant Director to join our team of professional compliance specialists to manage Brown’s Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) program. Reporting to the Senior Director of ORI, the Assistant Director has primary responsibility for facilitating, managing and strategically streamlining the University’s research financial conflict of interest compliance program. The position is responsible for overseeing annual and ad hoc faculty CoI reporting and disclosure, reviewing cases involving potential conflicts of interest and conflicts of commitment, supporting the Conflict of Interest Review Board (COIRB), and implementing conflict management plans. The Assistant Director provides COI guidance to faculty, develops educational and training materials on conflict of interest, and liaises with other offices within the University to assist with the review and management of non-research related conflicts.

In addition, the Assistant Director provides high-level support to faculty committees and senior institutional leadership related to the review and handling of allegations of research misconduct and other data integrity related inquiries and investigations. The position assists with the development of policies, processes, and Standard Operating Procedures to assure University compliance with federal and non-federal sponsor regulations related to research integrity.

The incumbent will adeptly and independently interpret and apply federal regulations governing COI, and Research Integrity, stay apprised of evolving regulations, and work with key stakeholders to amend institutional policy and practice as needed.   This position is responsible for generating, revising, and updating content on the OVPR website related to COI and research integrity. This position requires access to highly sensitive and confidential information.


  • Required:  Bachelor’s degree required, plus 5-7 years relevant experience.
  • JD or related Master’s degree preferred


  • A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience working in conflict of interest, research integrity, research compliance or research administration
  • Working knowledge of regulations and policies governing conflict of interest, conflict of commitment and research integrity

Job Competencies

  • Ability to collaborate and work diplomatically with all levels of the organization, including faculty and senior leadership
  • Must be a detail-oriented, self-starter with a demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple projects and priorities to meet aggressive deadlines
  • Adept at learning, or has existing experience, with complex regulations
  • Experience monitoring and interpreting changing policies, regulations and state and federal laws
  • Exceptional communication skills required, including excellent writing and presentation skills with the ability to synthesize and communicate complex information to general audiences
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Strictly observes the need for professionalism and confidentiality
  • Strategic problem-solver, able to manage long-term projects that require cross-institutional engagement
  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, University senior leadership and administrative stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Possess a willingness and ability to support and promote a diverse and inclusive campus community.
  • Must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, able to work independently and juggle competing priorities, and communicate effectively with faculty and administrative stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
  • Must be able to tackle challenging issues with a high degree of diplomacy and tact, and be able to develop excellent rapport with faculty and University senior leadership.

Additional Information
Applicants are asked to include a resume and cover letter.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown University.

In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and (once eligible) a booster before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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Job Posting Title:
Assistant Director, Conflict of Interest and Research Integrity

Office of Research Integrity

Grade 11

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Full time

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Remote Eligible

Submission Guidelines:
Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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EEO Statement:
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