General Information

Location: Puyallup, WA

Organization: Western Institutional Review Board

Job Type: Full Time - Regular

Description and Requirements

We're looking for dynamic and motivated professional to join our mission of protecting human research subjects as our IRB Regulatory Board Chairperson. In this role, you will provide regulatory and ethical reviews of clinical research study, discuss your findings with other professionals and draft summaries for clients.  If you’re interested in the advancement of clinical studies throughout the globe, we would welcome you to our team.  We will gladly provide exceptional training to skilled professionals who are interested in working within the clinical research industry.   

Along with a competitive salary, we also provide a robust benefits package (medical, dental, vision, PTO, 401K and more). 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Chair Board meetings to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and Company policies and procedures. 

  • Provide ethical and regulatory support and advice to Board members

  • Facilitate discussion from Board Members.  Assist in resolution of disagreements between Board members.

  • Analyze and present protocols and other agenda items at Board meetings to facilitate informed decision making, and to set standards and role model effective presentation and discussion for all Board members.

  • Analyze research submissions, identify problems and issues, collect additional information or request corrections, and draft memoranda.

  • Research, draft, and present reports to the Board on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to, investigator misconduct, site visits, FDA and sponsor audits of investigators and others, issues involving human subjects, sponsors, and institutions.

  • Convey the Board’s concerns with the research submission by composing written correspondence to investigators and sponsors.  This may include requesting additional information and providing the rationale for required changes.

  • Identify and assist in the resolution of problematic review items, through interaction with investigators and other IRB clients.

  • Advise clients of applicable laws and regulations pertaining to human subject research, both orally and in writing.  Provide guidance to help resolve ethical and regulatory issues and difficulties.

  • Research state, federal, and international law and regulations pertaining to human subject safety and research-related issues.

  • Review literature and other materials to keep abreast of developments in the regulatory, legal, and ethical arenas.

Education Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Juris Doctor, Master’s degree or PH.D. preferred  

Qualifications/Experience Requirements:

  • Three years of experience in a professional setting where you were responsible for the full review of information and documentation, and were required to providing both written and oral communications of your findings.

  • Experience in regulatory affairs or IRB, US Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Titles 21 and 45, and International Conference of Harmonisation (ICH) Guidelines, and other applicable regulations desired.

  • Able to Chair Board meeting.  Can effectively present information to a diverse group of professionals

  • Must not have been debarred or declared ineligible by any state or federal agency from participating in clinical research.   

  • Skilled in MS Word, MS Outlook  and various database systems.


  • Ability to work at our Puyallup WA location is preferred.

  • Geographically separated candidates will be considered   

About Western IRB

For more than 50 years, Western Institutional Review Board® (WIRB), a member of the WIRB-Copernicus Group family, has been at the forefront of protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects during all phases of clinical trials.  Recognized as the gold standard of human subject protection, WIRB is the trusted partner to over 1,000 institutions in the United States alone, ranging from small community hospitals and research sites to large academic medical centers and universities. Our distinguished staff of full-time physicians, Certified IRB Professionals, lawyers, and research professionals delivers unparalleled review quality to ensure that human research studies withstand scrutiny around the world.