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Program Specialist - Research Committee Coordinator

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Albany , NY 12201

Posted 2 months ago

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This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration in the Office of the Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York.

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This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-11. At the GS-9 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-11. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.

In this position you will be the primary procedural and administrative resource for the Research & Development Committee (R&DC) and applicable subcommittees (Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Subcommittee for Research Safety and Biosecurity (SRS&B)). The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Represents the Medical Center at national and local meetings;

  • Provides guidance to investigators as they develop and execute research protocols;

  • Performs intake of research personnel and new research protocols;

  • Oversees or performs audits of local investigators as part of the quality assurance procedures;

  • Trains new members concerning policy, procedures and responsibilities;

  • Provides up-to-date regulations to the board;

  • Reviews all protocols as they are received;

  • Maintains complete folders;

  • Develops meeting agendas and minutes;

  • Performs analytical and evaluative work associated with research activities;

  • Prepares and provides annual training for investigators;

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


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    0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • May be required to serve a probationary period

  • Selected applicants may be required to complete an online onboarding process


You must possess one (1) year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the Program Specialist

  • Research Committee Coordinator, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: possessing comprehensive working knowledge of research protocols and detailed regulatory requirements for research with human subjects and/or animals; maintaining folders for all protocols ensuring they are complete; preparing meeting agendas, overseeing preparation and distribution of meeting packets, and developing meeting minutes; performing intake of new research personnel and research studies assuring that all documents are completed properly; previewing new studies for content and completeness and forwarding them to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). (This experience must be documented in your resume.) - OR -

You may substitute specialized experience with education if you possess a Master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. (Transcript required at the time of application.) - OR -

You may also qualify if you possess equivalent combinations of graduate education and specialized experience (as described above) to meet the requirements at the GS-9. (Transcript required at the time of application.)

You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Administration and Management

  • Analysis and Problem Solving

  • Compliance

  • Education and Training

IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

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Program Specialist - Research Committee Coordinator

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