General Information

Location: Puyallup, WA

Organization: WCG IRB

Job Type: Full Time - Regular

Description and Requirements

JOB SUMMARY:  Provide regulatory assistance to clients, the company, the Board, and staff to ensure compliance with governing rules and regulations.  This requires knowledge of the federal, state, and international laws, regulations, and guidance, including US Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Titles 21 and 45, and International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) Guidelines.


·       Bachelor’s degree required, or equivalent combination of education and experience

·       Juris Doctor or Master’s degree preferred


·       State Bar Association membership preferred

  • Must commit to passing the CIP exam within 2 years of reaching the minimum qualification of 2 years with an IRB.  Maintain CIP certification once obtained


  • Three years related experience and/or training experience in regulatory affairs or IRB, US Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Titles 21 and 45, and International Conference of Harmonization (ICH) Guidelines, and other applicable regulations desired
  • Interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize and address constant deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Computer skills are a must

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required.


  • Chair Board meetings to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and WIRB policies and procedures and facilitate discussion from Board Members.  Provide ethical and legal support and advice to 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
  • Present weekly training to Board members regarding WIRB policies and procedures, federal and state regulations, and guidance
  • 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
  • Review Board meeting minutes to ensure accuracy in the Board’s recorded deliberations and compliance with federal regulations
  • Identify and assist in the resolution of problematic review items, through interaction with investigators and other IRB clients,
  • Perform or assist in performance of expedited review, making appropriate decisions on behalf of the Board, and review of unanticipated problems, research subject complaints involving medical issues, etc.


  • Advise clients of applicable laws and regulations pertaining to human subject research, both orally and in writing
  • Analyze requests for exemption determinations and provide formal written opinions that proposed projects are exempt from the requirements for IRB review or do not require IRB review
  • Provide guidance to clients 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


  • Assist in the development of materials and teach classes for staff preparing for the national Certified IRB Professional (CIP) exam or the internal Advanced Regulatory Training (ART) exam
  • Prepare and teach classes to the WCG IRB Fellows
  • Prepare and deliver training to Board members, outside clients, institutions, and other parties involved in human subject research
  • Deliver training to new Board members and new staff including annual Board Training


  • Consult and advise clients for specific projects per contractual requirements
  • Conduct site visits to research sites throughout North America, to assess compliance with WIRB policies and the federal regulations.  A report must be written for each site visit
  • Conduct audits at the request of an institution or client.  This requires extensive preparation and a comprehensive written report
  • Review literature and other materials to keep abreast of developments in the regulatory, legal, and ethical arenas
  • Complete other duties as assigned.  These may, on occasion, be unrelated to the position described here.
  • Attendance and punctuality are essential functions of the job


TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: Occasional overnight

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to perform sedentary work which includes sitting for long periods of time and occasionally required to lift 25lbs (11.3 kg). Further guidance on physical activities, requirements, visual acuity, and working conditions is available in HCM.

Tasks, duties, and responsibilities as listed in this job description are not exhaustive. The Company, at its sole discretion and with no prior notice, may assign other tasks, duties, and job responsibilities. Equivalent experience, skills, and/or education will also be considered so qualifications of incumbents may differ from those listed in the Position Description. The Company, at its sole discretion, will determine what constitutes as equivalent to the qualifications described above. Further, nothing contained herein should be construed to create an employment contract. Occasionally, required skills/experiences for jobs are expressed in brief terms.

WCG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer – Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other status protected by law.