Salary is commensurate with experience and education.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
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The University of Washington's Human Subjects Division (HSD) within the Office of Research, has an outstanding opportunity for a full time IRB Reliance Administrator. This position is based in Seattle at the UW Tower.
The IRB Reliance Administrator is responsible for promoting and evaluating best practices and compliance for UW human subjects research. This includes management of regulatory relationships with non-UW IRBs as well as non-UW institutions and researchers who are participating in UW research; handling and coordination of inquiries, concerns, and complaints about UW human subjects research; and coordination with some non-IRB regulatory requirements such as clinical trials registration and financial conflict of interest review. This position is primarily responsible for establishing and managing regulatory relationships with non-UW IRBs around the world who will review UW research as well as with non-UW institutions and individuals (participating in UW research) for whom the UW IRB will provide regulatory review and oversight.
Review and approve authorization requests for IRB review of UW research by a non-UW IRBs (instead of the UW IRB). The review requires evaluation of requests against established criteria, follow-up interactions with researchers and research staff as needed, and coordination with other UW (e.g. Office of Sponsored Programs, Radiation Safety) and non-UW offices (e.g. IRB, institutional offices) as appropriate. Ongoing management includes metrics, and management or triage of reports of research-related noncompliance, unanticipated problems, inquiries, and complaints.
Establish and manage formal regulatory relationships through which the UW relies upon a non-UW IRB to review a specific UW research study, or a non-UW organization relies upon the UW IRB instead of obtaining its own IRB review. The nature of these relationships varies considerably, from complete reliance to shared/distributed review arrangements. This involves drafting agreements using established templates, reviewing other non-UW institutional templates to ensure HSD-required elements are present, communicating with non-UW IRB staff, researchers and other administrative offices to negotiate any changes, coordinate with other compliance and regulatory requirements, provide local context to other IRBs, documenting outcomes and communicating decisions to HSD staff and researchers. Some of these relationships involve HSD joining a large consortium or network of institutions that all rely upon the same single IRB of record through a contractual agreement that requires consultation with the UW Attorney General's office. Ongoing management includes metrics, and management or triage of reports of research-related noncompliance, unanticipated problems, inquiries, and complaints.
Provide regulatory advice and consultation to IRB staff and researchers regarding established broad institutional agreements for ceding IRB review, and IRB reviews by non-UW IRBs and study-specific reliance agreements.
Review and sign Confidentiality Agreements by exercising signatory authority on behalf of the UW for confidentiality agreements with any researcher (UW or non-UW) who will use UW-owned records and who obtains IRB review from a non-UW IRB.
Process Improvement Identify, plan, manage, and implement changes to policies, procedures, instructions, guidance, forms and templates.
Provide cross-team support for other team functions as needed.
Other duties as assigned by the Assistant Director of Researcher Support or the HSD Director.
Bachelor's degree in a field that requires scholarly research. An advanced degree is preferred.
A minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible experience in human subjects research administration, or other field requiring familiarity with research methodologies. A detailed knowledge and understanding of the implementation of a complex regulatory system is required. An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may substitute for the stated requirements.
Demonstrated interpersonal and communications skills (both written and oral) are required, particularly the ability to write and speak in a concise, accurate, and intelligible manner.
Demonstrated ability to work both independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team with academic researchers and others.
Computer proficiency is required, including MS Word, Excel, internet browsers, and email. Almost all duties require extensive reading. Almost all processes are conducted via an electronic web-based system, which will require individuals to be comfortable reading on a screen rather than paper and to easily switch back and forth between screens to obtain and synthesize information.
Demonstrated experience at managing, tracking, organizing, prioritizing and documenting large volumes of complex tasks and information.
Demonstrated experience at working collaboratively with others to find creative solutions to problems.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
A Master's Degree in a field that requires scholarly research.
Experience in higher education is preferred; familiarity with a complex large research university is preferred, and/or experience in a higher education medical center.
Experience with Industry sponsored and Industry initiated research.
Professional IRB Certification (CIP).
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
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