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Program Administrator - Office for the Protection of Research Subjects

Office for the Protection of Research Subjects Los Angeles, California

The Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS) is the team at the core of the University of Southern California’s (USC’s) Human Subjects Protection Program. While Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) review projects involving human subjects research, OPRS develops program-wide policies for the conduct and review of human subject research at USC. In addition, OPRS provides educational and training resources, two newsletters (Human Subjects Research Newsletter, Clinical Research Coordinator Newsletter), maintains the OPRS/IRB website, offers in-person  presentations for Research Coordinators, IRBs, and USC researchers.

OPRS also conducts a wide ranging Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) program to identify and implement efficiencies and best practices in submission, review, oversight and conduct of human subject research. An annual IRB satisfaction survey, and not- for-cause- audits are CQI activities as well.

The OPRS is seeking a Program Administrator who will participate in the above mentioned activities, as well as manage the OPRS department.

Job Accountabilities:

  • Keep up with the federal regulations and latest news surrounding Human Subjects Research through listservs/newsletters, websites and other available publications
  • Synergize and disseminate collected information into training modules and other medium for university population’s consumption
  • Provide technical/informational support for the human subjects online education system
  • Work to improve Continuous Quality Improvement methods and procedures including in-person audits, online audits, annual surveys and compile summary of findings
  • Assist with the day-to-day administrative functions of the department (i.e., calendaring, supply ordering, meeting logistic coordination)

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Master's Degree in Research Administration, Instructional Design or related field


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong communication skills and interpersonal effectiveness, including strong relationship building experience and being resourceful
  • Impeccable integrity and high degree of responsibility, accountability and authenticity
  • Have a deep knowledge of research methods
  • Ability to effectively interact with all levels of internal and external stakeholders
  • Previous experience in dealing with staff and faculty in high stress situations
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and is tech-savvy.
  • Experience in putting together presentations from scratch
  • Proficiency in website management
  • Previous experience with Photoshop and use of online survey platforms like Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey and Wufoo
  • Oversee purchasing, process reimbursements and manage budget expenditures
  • Knowledge of ERP systems like Workday, Kuali, etc.

Minimum Education:
- Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience:
- 3 years

Minimum Field of Expertise:
- Directly related professional experience in area of program specialization.

REQ20072888 Posted Date: 04/09/2019

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