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Sponsored Projects - Compliance Specialist - 130067-E

Position Deleted on 2/28/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Macomb, IL
Admin - Sponsored Programs, Grants, and Contracts
Application Due:
Full Time

Company Description:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves more than 12,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status. See complete policy statement.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: March 1, 2013

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Compliance Specialist will: 1) monitor research activity that involves human and animal subjects and ensure compliance with federally mandated regulations regarding human subjects, animal care and use, biosafety, export control and research integrity; 2) assist in monitoring pre- and post-award compliance of external and internal projects; 3) prepare and file reports with University officials and government agencies; 4) work closely with the faculty chairs of the various campus compliance committees; 5) chair and administer the University Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) committee to formulate and review policies; 6) coordinate RCR training and review programs; 7) manage federal Conflict of Interest (COI) policies; 8) conduct guest lectures in student classrooms and training sessions for faculty researchers; 9) travel as required for training purposes; 10) perform special assignments as required by the Director such as advising on budgetary matters affecting compliance, recommending and writing policies and procedures, providing regular and spot reports, and explaining faculty needs and issues. The Compliance Specialist reports to the Director, Office of Sponsored Projects, who is accountable to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

RANK & SALARY: Administrative Personnel position. Salary commensurate with experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package that includes domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 1) Master's Degree from a regionally accredited institution; 2) Research training and/or experience; 3) Excellent interpersonal skills; 4) Excellent organizational skills; 5) Must be able and willing to travel in order to conduct and/or receive training.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: 1) Demonstrated record of progressive professional experience in sponsored programs or other related office; Experience could be in a university or other educational institution, a research center or institute, a government organization, or a not-for-profit agency; 2) Knowledge of and experience with federal grant compliance issues, including Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), at higher education institutions; 3) Computer proficiency with programs such as Microsoft Word, Access, PowerPoint, and Excel; 4) Teaching/lecturing experience/skills; 5) Team-oriented.

Additional Information:

DEPARTMENT: The Office of Sponsored Projects is responsible for the coordination and submission of external grant and contract proposals, administration of awarded grants and contracts, and federal compliance and oversight. There are six full-time employees in the office.

UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review and one of 37 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Regional University" by U.S. News & World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves nearly 13,000 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.

The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 66 undergraduate and 38 graduate degree programs, including a doctorate in education. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, the University's 666 full-time faculty members teach 94 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to 10 pre-professional degree programs and 17 certificate programs.

Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 10,423): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,235): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, at its metropolitan, non-residential campuses in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. The Quad Cities is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.

Western Illinois University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Information about the Commission may be obtained by visiting

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION: Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or navigating to the following URL

Complete applications include: 1) a letter of application, 2) resume, 3) copies of academic transcripts, 4) and the names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three current references.

Screening will begin on February 15, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Shannon Sutton, Director of Sponsored Projects; Western Illinois University; 1 University Circle; Macomb, IL 61455-1390.

For assistance with the online application system call the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
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