Research Agreements Manager at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina

Posted in Other 6 days ago.





Job Description:


Duke University:



Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America's leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.




Background:


The mission of the Duke Research Data Security team is to support Duke researchers and


academic program staff in their work with Sensitive and Restricted data. We serve researchers


at all levels across Duke University and the Duke Health and all levels of scholarship (faculty,


undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students, and staff). We assist with IRB protocol


documents, data use agreements (DUAs), data security plans, academic capstone projects, and


other projects that involve questions about acquiring data and data security. We also provide


computation and storage in our secure enclave and assist with planning technical workflows in


that enclave.



Occupational Summary


This position plays a key role in acquiring Sensitive and Restricted data sets for researchers and


serves as a research and academic contracts legal assistant for the Research Data Security team.


The position combines general knowledge in the legal, research, and data security fields and


works in conjunction with faculty, students, and staff to:


* Review and track Data Use Agreements (DUAs), Data Security Plans (DSPs), IRB


proposals, and other research project documentation to ensure that security


requirements will be met, and legal contracts will comply with Duke's current stance on


issues such as copyright and intellectual property rights;


* Assist researchers and academic program staff through all stages of executing and


maintaining IRB protocols and agreements with external organizations, including


government agencies, university-affiliated research centers, non-profit and for-profit


data collection centers, and other organizations that require the execution of contracts;


and


* Assist with the development and implementation of operational processes for ensuring


compliance with terms of DUAs and other project-related contracts. Additionally, this


position will be expected to provide professional insight in the formation of policy and


process recommendations for research data security at Duke.



Work Performed:


* Assist in drafting and reviewing complex legal agreements to acquire or renew access to


datasets for specific research or academic use. Write, review, and edit DUAs and Data


Management Plans (as required by external data providers). Explain and demonstrate


effective data applications. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of current data provider and


Duke requirements.


* Assist Duke researchers with drafting and submitting Requests for Protocol Approval to


the campus and medical IRBs. Assist with amendments to existing or proposed protocols


as needed. Ensure timely submission of renewals and amendments. Provide


guidance/assist with restricted data applications with public and private data providers.



* Serve as a key facilitator with other parties (including data providers, Duke


Procurement, departmental computing groups, the Office of Research Support, the


University IT Security Office, OIT, University Counsel, Duke Medicine organizational units


(e.g. DOCR, ISO, OCRC) and others) in leading the effort to bridge researchers' and


academics' needs for access to secure environments for data and computation. (20%)


* Maintain familiarity with and apply current data security principles to existing and


proposed academic research projects and advise researchers and administrators on


mitigating any risks involved.



* Maintain familiarity with relevant international, federal, state, and University


regulations and policies applicable to academic research and human subject protection,


and advise researchers as to their applicability to proposed or approved research


protocols.



* Maintains up-to-date records of all agreement negotiations through timely and accurate


entries in project database. In conjunction with the Associate Director of Research Data


Security and RDS team, provide input to the developers to improve the team's tools for


tracking and complying with agreements.




Education/Training


Work requires a bachelor's degree in a field related to the specific position. A Master's Degree


is strongly preferred. Work requires communication, analytical and organizational skills


sufficient to analyze, understand and interpret complex university policies and federal


regulations.




Experience

:


Work requires five years of experience in research administration, law, or related work. Legal


experience preferred. A related professional or graduate degree may offset required years of


experience on a 1:1 basis, e.g., a two-year master's degree in lieu of two years of experience, or


an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience.




Preferences

:


* A minimum of two years of experience in an administrative or regulatory environment.


Experience in a legal, human research protections, academic research, or IT security


program preferred.


* Technical or legal writing proficiency, especially writing and executing Data Use


Agreements and IRB protocol documents in an academic setting.


* Excellent organizational skills; familiarity and knowledge of academic research


processes.


* A thorough understanding of standard DUA contractual elements and the ability to


discuss legal terms with external organizations and Duke faculty and student


researchers.


* Detail-oriented with high degree of computer literacy and competency in the use of


office applications.


* Knowledge of data security, privacy, and human subject protections issues and


applicable laws and policies.


* Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated abilities in collaboration and consensus


building.


* Initiative, resourcefulness and the ability to self-direct, problem-solve, and follow


processes to completion. A collaborative problem solver who can take initiative and set


priorities while being flexible.



Application Process



All applicants must apply through the Duke Human Resources system at


http://www.hr.duke.edu/jobs/main.html.


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


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