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Montana State University Conflict of Interest Manager in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21255

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kirk Lubick at 406-994-6998 or

Classification Title Managing Director

Working Title Conflict of Interest Manager

Brief Position Overview

The Compliance Manager will be the Conflict of Interest ( COI ) Program Manager, not only signing all COI agreements at MSU but also representing MSU for COI to all U.S. federal government agencies. Additionally, this position will be responsible for overseeing the Responsible Conduct of Research ( RCR ) program at MSU .

Position Number 4C8009

Department Office of Research Compliance

Division Office of Research and Economic Development

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary range of $55,000 to $65,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Office of Research Compliance ( ORC ) oversees both compliance and safety in research-related activities at Montana State University ( MSU ) and represents MSU to U.S. federal government agencies that provide grants and verifications authorizing and facilitating research on MSU -Bozeman’s campus. Under limited supervision, the Compliance Manager manages and develops the Conflict of Interest ( COI ) and Foreign Influence programs for general university and research compliance including education, policy development, and audit activities; ensures MSU’s compliance with applicable federal and state regulations and University policies and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees daily activities for COI with an emphasis in research; develops and manages infrastructures; ensures University compliance with COI in research federal regulations, State of Montana law, and Board of Regents regulations and procedures; serves as official University contact to federal and state agencies regarding COI ; drafts and coordinates the establishment of related procedures; develops and conducts education and training sessions; conducts audits.

  • Functions as administrative support for Conflict of Interest Committee ( COIC ), including planning COIC meetings, preparing meeting materials, taking and transcribing meeting minutes, and corresponding with MSU employees on behalf of the committee.

  • Solicits and receives all annual and ad hoc COI disclosures; reviews and determines the nature of conflicts, identifies substantive disclosures and triages to the COIC ; maintains and manages files of original disclosures; serves as University contact with state and federal agencies in reporting conflicts of interests in research and applying for approvals as required; coordinates state reporting with other MSU campuses.

  • Collaborates with the COIC in the development and monitoring of Management Plans; maintains files of original Management Plans and Annual Reviews for existing conflicts.

  • Acts as liaison to the Office of Sponsored Programs, Technology Transfer Office, University Business Services, Audit Services, MSU employees, and other entities regarding COI ; checks for disclosures and Management Plan applicability as requested and in particular at grant proposal submission stage with verification at award stage.

  • Coordinates and manages RCR training program for graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and associates, and MSU Investigators.

  • Assists the Research Integrity Officer with research misconduct and research ethics-related proceedings including but not limited to formal and informal inquiries, interviews, investigations, and reports. Liaises with Human Resources, the Graduate School, Office of Institutional Equity, Legal Counsel, and others on interrelated issues.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to multi-task within a compliance program comprehensively, working independently with a high degree of self-motivation, accuracy and efficiency, with little or no direct oversight of day-to-day operations by supervisor.

  • Expert knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards, guidelines and, as applicable, campus policy.

  • Advanced analytical skills and ability to organize, prioritize, and manage high-level and complex projects within time constraints.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience working with multiple different university departments and constituents, specifically Legal Counsel, Research Administration, Sponsored Programs, University Business Services, Technology Transfer, and Principal Investigators

  • Experience in drafting Conflict of Interest Management Plans at an institution of higher learning

  • Experience with supporting U.S. federal government reporting

  • Experience reviewing legal language and negotiating contracts

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Excels in an autonomous environment.

  • Comfortable with financial/legal liability requirements in representing MSU as an official signatory and as the representative to state and U.S. federal government agencies.

  • Attention to detail and significant organizational skills.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite and comfortable with database and web development type systems.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

Must be able to pass a Security Risk Assessment ( SRA ) FBI Background Check in order to have access to compliance research records.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon Completion of a Successful Search

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on July 7, 2021 however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .