MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Compliance Analyst in Houston, Texas

The Research Compliance Analyst in the Institutional Compliance Office at MD Anderson Cancer Center performs professional services in support of research compliance program objectives including: conducting audits, special reviews and investigations, risk analysis and monitoring, and education and training. In addition, the Research Compliance Analyst will provide assistance in resolving complex research compliance issues.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings.

It is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. Since 1944, more than 1.2 million patients have sought out MD Anderson's expertise. The institution pioneered a multidisciplinary approach to research-driven care. In Fiscal Year 2016, MD Anderson invested more than $787.3 million in research.

SALARY RANGE

Minimum $59,600 Midpoint $74,500 Maximum $89,400

KEY FUNCTIONS

Audits/Investigations/Special Reviews

  • Independently conducts audits of the institution's research activities and research operational areas for compliance with applicable federal and state statutes, regulations, and guidelines set forth by the federal laws, regulations and guidelines, The University of Texas rules and guidelines, The University of Texas System and MD Anderson policies, procedures, and compliance plans applicable to the conduct of research (collectively Research Compliance Requirements).

  • Assists with identifying research operational/compliance areas to be audited, preparing audit notifications and making arrangements for conducting on-site audits.

  • Identifies and quantifies research compliance deficiencies. Recommends changes to operational systems/practices in order to secure compliance.

  • Evaluates audit results with appropriate consideration of relevance and accuracy. Formulates conclusions against accumulated audit evidence.

  • Prepares timely, thorough, clear and concise written reports of research compliance audits.

  • Arranges audit findings discussion conferences with departments/teams to present audit findings and make recommendations for corrective action plans. Communicates effectively with researchers, administrative staff and other research workforce members to ensure a successful audit.

  • Assesses audit responses provided by operational areas to determine appropriateness of such responses. Makes recommendations for additional follow-up audits, if required.

  • Maintains appropriate and complete audit files. Secures, indexes and archives all documents for storage.

  • Independently conducts focused investigations or special reviews into suspected/alleged research non-compliance.

  • Works collaboratively with other departments to obtain required documents and actively researches background information as required for the special review or investigation.

  • Conducts interviews in a confidential and professional manner to obtain the information required for the special review or investigation.

  • Responds to special reviews or investigations with confidentiality, and ensuring that documentation meets standard fraud investigative techniques.

  • Appraises, or assists in appraising, the adequacy of corrective and preventive action(s) taken to effectively address non-compliant conditions.

  • Prepares timely, thorough, clear and concise written reports of research compliance special reviews or investigations.

  • Makes presentations as requested during and/or at the conclusion of the special review or investigations discussing deficiencies and recommending corrective and preventive action(s) to improve compliance.

  • Maintains appropriate and complete special review or investigation files. Secures, indexes and archives all documents for storage.

Compliance Liaison

  • Works in close collaboration with other Institutional Compliance Office staff and/or other management teams throughout the institution to ensure program-wide compliance efforts are in alignment with federal, state, and institutional requirements for research.

General Compliance Program Activities

  • Assists with the conduct of annual research compliance risk analysis, and monitoring of research compliance risks.

  • Assists in identifying research compliance risks related to assigned research compliance risk areas. Recommends changes to operational systems/practices in order to secure compliance.

  • Evaluates and formulates conclusions of risk analysis and research compliance risk monitoring with appropriate consideration of relevance and accuracy.

  • Prepares timely, thorough, clear and concise written reports of research compliance monitoring.

  • Arranges and conducts meetings with departments/teams to present monitoring findings and making recommendations for improvements to departmental and/or institutional controls to improve compliance.

  • Maintains appropriate and complete monitoring files. Secures, indexes and archives all documents for storage. Extracts information from database to prepare various research compliance monitoring reports, as required.

  • Maintains working knowledge of new federal laws, regulations and guidelines, The University of Texas rules and guidelines, The University of Texas System and MD Anderson policies and procedures, applicable to assigned research risk areas.

  • Participates in assignments that: (a.) facilitate improvement in research operational areas and reduction of research compliance risks; (b.) enhance infrastructure of the research compliance program; or (c.) improve the quality of services provided by the Institutional Compliance Office.

Education, Training and Outreach

  • Independently and in collaboration with other members of the research compliance section or Institutional Compliance Office, develops and provides education and training on Research Compliance Requirements to the MD Anderson workforce, either as part of a corrective and preventive action plan, specialized education or routine education or training activities of the research compliance program.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Required: Bachelor's degree.

Preferred: Master's degree.

Experience

Required: Four years of experience in research or research compliance, general/legal regulatory compliance, corporate compliance, privacy compliance, billing and reimbursement or billing compliance, healthcare administration and/or general business as an analyst, auditor or fraud investigator.

With preferred degree, two years of experience required.

May substitute required degree with additional years of related experience on a one to one basis.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html