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Compliance Committee Administrator

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
United States, Maryland, Chevy Chase
4000 Jones Bridge Road (Show on map)
August 07, 2022
Primary Work Address: 19700 Helix Drive, Ashburn, VA, 20147 Current HHMI Employees, click here to apply via your Workday account.

Janelia Research Campus is a pioneering research center in Ashburn, Virginia, where scientists pursue fundamental questions in neuroscience and imaging. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) launched Janelia in 2006, establishing an intellectually distinctive environment for scientists to do creative, collaborative, hands-on work. Our integrated teams of biologists, computational scientists, and tool-builders pursue a small number of scientific questions with potential for transformative impact. We share our methods, results, and tools with the scientific community. It is a uniquely innovative and collaborative atmosphere that reflects HHMI's reputation for excellence.


The Compliance Committee Administrator will serve as a member of Janelia's Environment Health and Safety (EH&S) team. The mission of the EH&S Department is to support ground-breaking research by providing innovative environmental, health, safety, and compliance solutions. This position will participate in this mission by providing support and oversight of Janelia's regulatory compliance programs for animals in research and recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids, including the coordination of Janelia's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, schedule, and attend meetings, facility walk-throughs, and ad hoc teleconferences.

  • Prepare, edit, and distribute minutes of the meetings.

  • Update technical documents such as protocols, policies, and procedures.

  • Update IACUC intranet page with protocols and protocol amendments.

  • Coordinate designated member reviews, annual reviews, protocol renewals, and policy reviews.

  • Compile and distribute materials for monthly or ad-hoc meetings.

  • Draft and send official communications under direction of committee leadership to committee membership or researchers.

  • Coordinate and document annual training for the committee under direction of committee leadership.

  • Train and guide researchers in the protocol application and review process.

  • Maintain official committee records.

  • Prepare reports for AAALAC site visits.

  • Monitor regulatory requirements, provide guidance on best practices, and initiate changes that may be required due to regulatory changes.

  • Work directly with Committee Chairpersons and Institutional Official (IO) to formally appoint new members to the IACUC.

  • Manage software implementation for all activities associated with both IACUC and IBC.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field and at least two (2) years of related experience in animal research, microbiology, research integrity/compliance, or similar; OR four (4) years of related experience in animal research, microbiology, research integrity/compliance, or similar.

  • Certification by Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) as a Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA)


  • Master's degree in animal science or life sciences.

  • Certification by American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) as a Registered Biosafety Professional

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently

  • Ability to develop creative and effective solutions

  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate at all levels of an organization

  • Excellent computer skills including experience with MS Office and Adobe suites and ability to learn new software or applications as needed

  • Ability to adapt quickly to new technology

  • Ability to perform within a team in a fast-paced, highly diverse, multi-disciplinary scientific environment

  • Effective tact, diplomacy, and judgement dealing with staff at all levels of the organization.

Physical Requirements:

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet).

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job's principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word "may," the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are "essential functions" of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Compensation and Benefits

Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our site to learn more.

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer