Human Research Protection Administrator

Arlington, Virginia
May 22, 2022
May 23, 2022
Full Time

  • You will be responsible for the development of standards and procedures for conducting headquarters-level review of research protocols.
  • You will monitor the application of such standards at locations where research involving human subjects is conducted or supported by the Department of the Navy.
  • You will plan and execute site inspections and assist visits to such locations. Coordinates annual site inspection planning with Director, Office of Naval Research (ONR), Research Protections Division.
  • You will report to the Dir., Research Protections Div., Warfighter Performance S and T Department.
  • You will be responsible for independently planning and executing assignments relating to human research protection compliance.
  • You will serve as a headquarters-level senior-level subject matter expert and adviser in the field of human subjects protection and regulatory compliance.
  • You will compose detailed correspondence to explain and interpret DoD, Department of the Navy (DON), and ONR policies and procedures and other human subjects protection regulations and guidelines.
  • You will develop, monitor and exercise compliance oversight.
  • You will provide advice, guidance, recommendations to support personnel, program officers, and managers in the application of relevant federal, Department of Defense and DON regulations and guidelines that protect human subjects in research.
  • You will conduct and/or manages the conduct of inquiries or investigations when allegations of non-compliance with research involving human subjects are referred directly to ONR HRPP/DON HRPP.
  • You will collaborate with other federal, DoD, and DON organizations in the development and implementation of compliance and oversight standards for the protection of human subjects.
  • You will contribute to the development and/or revision of protection of human subjects policy and training programs, as needed, based on findings from headquarters-level reviews, assist visits and site inspections.
  • You will establish and maintain communication and working relationships with DoD and DON personnel and their counterparts at other federal agencies and at institutions conducting or supporting research involving human subjects.
  • You will develop and execute the site inspection plan and prepares required documentation and recommendations for corrective action.
  • You will prepare presentations, briefs, and reports, as appropriate.
  • You will participate in and support the development and maintenance of HRPP electronic database systems and appropriate electronic and hard copy documentation.
  • You will perform other related duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Per the preliminary nationwide injunction on E.O. 14043, COVID-19 vaccinations will not be implemented or enforced. For more information on vaccine status and workplace safety protocol requirements see Additional Information below.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
  • This position is covered under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA). Certification in the Acquisition Functional Area and category assigned to the position is required within established category timeframes.
  • You will be required to complete ethics orientation within three months of appointment and submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, within 30 days of appointment.


You will serve as a Human Research Protection Administrator within the Warfighter Performance S&T Department, Code 0343 of the OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH.

In addition to the Basic Education Requirement your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the grade level (GS-11/13) or pay band (NP-03) in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector performing most or all of the following duties: (1) Executing federal, Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of Navy (DON) standards, regulations, directives and instructions governing the protection of human subjects to ensure full implementation and compliance in DON RDT&E; (2) Collaborating with DON senior decision makers and personnel at the operational level and with representatives of other federal, DoD, Services, academia, and private industry on human research protection matters; (3) Applying substantive expertise to advance DoN responsibility to protect human subjects who participate in RDT&E; (4) Demonstrating human research compliance expertise, including mentoring mid-level research compliance specialists; (5) Conducting and/or manages the conduct of inquiries or investigations when allegations of non-compliance with research involving human subjects are referred directly to ONR HRPP/DON HRPP or when headquarters-level investigation is deemed necessary; and (6) Providing advice, guidance, and recommendations to investigators, support personnel, program officers, and managers in the application of relevant federal, Department of Defense (DoD) and DON regulations and guidelines governing the responsible conduct of research involving human subjects.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website:

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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.


Basic Education Requirement:

Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (external link) at the time the degree was obtained.

Applicants who meet the basic requirements described in the individual occupational requirements are fully qualified for the specified entry grade (generally grade GS-5). Applicants who wish to qualify for positions at higher grade levels (generally grade GS-7 and above) must also meet the requirements shown in the table on page IV-A-22, in addition to meeting the basic requirements. The individual occupational requirements typically provide at least two methods for applicants to meet the basic requirements of the occupations covered by this standard:
  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements generally as stated in paragraph A in the individual occupational requirements. Where specific course requirements are not indicated in paragraph A, the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study. The nature and quality of this required course work must have been such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study in the field or subject-matter area. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major.
  • Appropriate combination of education and experience that is typically specified in paragraph B of the individual occupational requirements. The "paragraph B" method generally requires that an applicant possess a core of educational credit, such as described in paragraph A above, plus additional education and/or experience. The method of determining the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the same as described in paragraph A. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

  • Evaluation of Experience for Grants Administration Positions: For positions at grades GS-12 and above involved in professional work in grants administration, qualifying experience is considered to be experience in grants administration in areas of science, medical and healthcare fields similar or related to the work of the position. Such experience must have involved professional judgment of a kind and level of difficulty and responsibility essential to successful performance in the position to be filled.

    Additional information

    COVID VACCINATION INFORMATION: To comply with the recent preliminary nationwide injunction on Executive Order 14043, Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees, the Department of the Navy is not taking any action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. New hires will need to provide their vaccination status as well as comply with workplace safety protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

    This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

    Several vacancies may be filled.

    This position is eligible for part time, substantial or ad-hoc telework at the discretion of management.

    This announcement uses the Certain Personnel of the DoD direct hire authority to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to positions in the competitive service.

    A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

    Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: .

    Veteran's preference does not apply when selecting individuals under this specific hiring authority. However, if you claim veteran's preference, you will be required to submit supporting documentation with your application as described in the Required Documents section below.