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Reliance Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 11/20/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 01/20/2018
Working Title Reliance Specialist
Job Classification Administrator III
Department Name 01091-Institution Review Board
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0135883
Hiring Range $35,100.00 - $56,784.00
Position Description

The Reliance Specialist will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, under the auspices of the University of Pittsburgh Human Research Protection Office (HRPO), formerly known as Institutional Review Board (IRB). The employee will serve in the capacity of the initial point of contact pertaining to requests for various types of institutional agreements such as Reliance, Individual Investigator, and IRB Authorization. This position requires the employee to obtain information related to the types of agreements being requested, as well as making an initial determination regarding the viability of the agreement in collaboration with the HRPO Director and Office of General Counsel. The employee will assist in the review of draft agreements as well as serving as the initial point of contact for revisions to such agreements.

The Reliance Specialist will serve as the primary liaison for approved Central IRB mechanisms, and will provide appropriate review of projects approved through Central IRBs based on the requirements of institutional agreements. When the University of Pittsburgh is the Central IRB, the employee will serve as a protocol reviewer which may involve either expedited or full board submissions requiring the employee to maintain up-to-date OSIRIS applications when new Central IRB mechanisms are approved, will activate new projects and acknowledge changes to Central IRB applications when appropriate, and will process the completion of local context documents when appropriate while ensuring accuracy and compliance with departmental policies and procedures.

The Reliance Specialist will assist members of the Regulatory Division with the development and implementation of a document management hub as well as policies and procedures and guidance documents for the research community regarding Central IRB mechanisms. The employee will assist with programmatic gap analyses and process improvement projects in order to streamline the functions of the HRPO, will monitor the AskIRB mailbox, and may be asked to assist with the workload in the Operations Division on an as needed basis.

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 2-3 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree with prior human subjects research experience is required. Previous experience working in an IRB setting is strongly preferred.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check.
Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree or will have completed one by the end of this current term?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  3. Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter