The Associate Chief of Staff for Research (ACOS Research) formulates the goals and objectives of the research program for the Lebanon VA Medical Center. The incumbent is responsible for initiating policies, procedures and organizational structures necessary to achieve the stipulated goals. The incumbent is responsible for planning, developing and directing the complex scientific and administrative activities necessary to advance the program. Develops and/or reviews and approves policies and procedures for administration of the organization's research program. Assists in the development of Research Service objectives (goals), priorities and timelines. Approves research program development initiatives and collaborates with researchers, organizations and university to develop research projects that support Lebanon VA Medical Center and VHA mission and objectives. Responsible for compliance with both VISN- and VACO-mandated research policies including those issued by the Office of Research and Development and the Office of Research Oversight which includes accreditation of the Program by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs and the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care program. Continuously monitors new and revised legislation, VHA Directives and mandates from other agencies to identify changes. Assists in the development of new and/or updates existing research policies and procedures bases on new or modified regulations and mandates to maintain compliance. Monitors the effectiveness of the interactive system and procedures necessary to advance the research program in accordance with all principles, rules and regulations affecting research within the VA. Monitors compliance with the program requirements. Conducts program assessments and prepares reports necessary to appraise the R&D Committee of current status. Identifies problems and negotiates corrective action concerning programmatic issues, basic administrative processes and financial management concerns. As the back up point of contact for the Lebanon VA Medical Center. Supervises all Research Service staff, either directly or through subordinate supervisors and assures all Human Resources regulations are followed. Lends supervisory support to staff (VA and WOC) working in the clinical and basic research labs to assure these area maintain compliance with all regulations and mandates. Reviews space needs of staff working on various research projects and allocates research space to meet the needs of all investigators. Reviews major equipment requests in these areas for appropriateness, effectiveness for the entire Service and efficiency. Reviews of research proposals prior to their submission through the R&D Committee and its Sub-committees, whether they are to be funded by VA or a non-VA source. Determines the availability of necessary resources, data management, biological and radioactive waste disposal, the use of investigational drugs, justification of additional or replacement equipment and personnel, and the impact of the proposed work on the institution. Serves as alternate, ex-officio member, as appropriate, to the R&D Committee. Mentors and assists research investigators in preparing proposals that meet R&D Committee and Sub-committee review process requirements. Consults with PIs and serves as a resource for scientific and technical issues. Reviews regular reports generated by the Research Business Office to the R&D Committee to assess investigators' compliance with Standard Operating Procedures and Business Office procedures. Conducts or directs special extensive studies and audits in order to resolve administrative problems that arise in the normal operation of a complex research program. Prepares in-depth background and management information for review by the R&D Committee. Serves as immediate interface between Research Service and investigators, Lebanon support services, VACO, VISN, and the local non-profit Research Foundation. Serves as the back up point of contact for all VA Merit submissions from. Protected research time is provided to the incumbent and he/she is expected to have a program of research, if desired. Designs, oversees, implements, and/or participates in scientific studies, surveys, investigations, or projects, to develop information in such areas as causes of diseases, methods of prevention, control, and treatment. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting
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