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The Research Compliance Office (RCO) is responsible for oversight and management of Stanford’s Administrative Panels and ensures compliance with applicable policies, accreditation standards and external regulations. Our goal at RCO is to help facilitate research and to make sure it is done safely, ethically, and legally. We make being service-oriented a priority.


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  • We promote a culture of belonging, equity, and safety.
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The RCO Program Development Lead position, which is core to Stanford’s research compliance activities, focuses primarily on bio-medical research.  We are seeking a candidate who can provide programmatic direction for components of the Stanford RCO Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and Administrative Panel on Laboratory Animal Care (APLAC).


Under the direction of RCO’s Deputy Director, the Program Development Lead will be tasked with designing and implementing models and frameworks to proactively identify areas that require corrective actions to enhance the culture of compliance. The Program Development Lead will integrate data analysis, metrics, training/education and other forms of assessment to support the continuous quality improvements efforts. 


The Program Development Lead will also use advanced knowledge of the national and state regulatory framework, and thorough understanding of the intricacies of human and animal research, to provide programmatic improvements and advice on federal, state, and University policy and emerging regulatory requirements. While working closely with senior RCO leadership, this position will assist with the development of HRPP and IACUC policies and procedures, and maintain Accreditation status. 


This is a 100% FTE, benefits-eligible position. For consideration, please submit resume and cover letter. All final candidates must complete a background check.



  • Develop policies and procedures and ensure implementation by team members, particularly those mandated by accrediting bodies.
  • Evaluate emerging regulatory requirements, and advise on the appropriate institutional response.
  • Develop and maintain senior level internal and external relationships with a range of contacts (e.g., Stanford, other university-affiliated entities, and federal, state, and local agencies) to represent the HRPP IRB/IACUC interests and promote research compliance.
  • Ensure program accountability for federally mandated research review committees and maintaining compliance with federal, state, and local regulations applicable to research projects involving participation of human/animal participants.
  • Provide advice and leadership on complex risk management issues; lead and support all research compliance committees and administrative activities.
  • Ensure all operational activities related to protocol activities involving human/ animal participants in medical and non-medical research meet timely achievement of goals.
  • Manage the work of other employees, recommending hiring or disciplinary actions or providing coaching, training and mentoring. Determine staffing needs and make hiring or firing decisions, as needed, with final approval from director/deputy director.

This position has the potential to be either a hybrid work role (a combination of onsite work and telecommuting) or fully remote, based on business and operational need.


Note: The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and seven years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated strategic oversight experience.
  • Strong leadership and management skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of human subjects regulations and best practices, as evidenced by certification (e.g., Certified IRB Professional).
  • Knowledge of medical/scientific areas, such as gene transfer, stem cells, cellular biology, biosafety, health and safety, and epidemiology.
  • Direct IRB experience, preferably with an Association for Accreditation of Human Research Participant Protection Programs accredited institution.

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Obtain and/or retain Institutional Review Board (IRB) professional certification.



  • Frequently perform desk based computer tasks, seated work and use light/ fine grasping.
  • Occasionally stand, walk, and write by hand, lift, carry, push/ pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.



  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends or non-standard hours based on project or business needs.
  • Occasional cross campus and local travel



  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.


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  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
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Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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