• Director, Institutional Review Office

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Executive and Management
  • Overview

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    The Institutional Review Office (IRO) functions as the central office for managing the ethical review and approval of human or animal studies conducted at Fred Hutch, with specific responsibilities for supporting the Institutional Review Boards and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.  The Director ensures compliance with all external regulations, best practices, and internal policies, and serves as a liaison between the committees and the research community.  The Fred Hutch IRB is the IRB of record for the Fred Hutch-University of Washington consortium greater-than-minimal-risk oncology studies.  Through close collaboration with the committee chairs and members and the IRO staff, the Director maintains an efficient and effective operating framework for the day-to-day operations of the committees and the office. 


    The Director is a key member of the leadership team of the Vice President for Research Administration and Faculty Affairs and works in close collaboration with other offices and entities that support clinical and basic science research, including Clinical Research Support, Integrated Research Centers, interdisciplinary programs, Conflict of Interest, Office of Sponsored Research, Office of General Counsel, the scientific divisions, and Center executive leadership.  The Director also works closely with counterparts at the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.  The Director is responsible for maintaining the voluntary accreditation status of the human and animal research programs, is a primary point of contact for federal agency inquiries and correspondence, and is responsible for the management and negotiation of institutional reliance agreements, in consultation with the Office of the General Counsel.  The Director is expected to work collaboratively with faculty leaders, individual faculty and study staff, and Division Directors.


    • Provide leadership and oversight to the day-to-day operations of the office and its relevant committees, proactively identifying and implementing solutions to improve efficiency, effectiveness and timeliness of office processes while maintaining rigorous scientific, ethical and regulatory compliant reviews
    • Provide management and supervision to IRO staff and oversee the coordination of the activities of the review committees
    • As a member of the leadership team of Fred Hutch administration and the Office of Research Administration and Faculty Affairs, keep executive leadership informed with respect to all pertinent matters related to human and animal research programs at Fred Hutch
    • Assist leadership on all long- and short-term objectives and other strategies necessary to achieve the organization’s mission, goals, and objectives
    • Serve as liaison between Center and federal and state agencies on matters relating to human and animal protections
    • Advise on policies and procedures impacting institutional compliance with federal and state regulations pertaining to human and animal research protections
    • Coordinate as necessary and participate in regulatory agency site visits and audits
    • Develop quantitative and qualitative metrics along with stakeholder feedback and benchmarks to measure operational performance and identify opportunities for performance improvements
    • Maintain expert knowledge of all federal and state regulations pertaining to human and animal research
    • Serve as a mentor to IRO staff, overseeing and supporting their professional growth, evaluating their performance and improving the quality of their work
    • Oversee the implementation and maintenance of electronic systems, including the Huron IRB and IACUC products
    • At all times understand and exemplify the mission and values of Fred Hutch
    • Perform other related tasks as assigned or needed


    • Bachelor’s degree with minimum of 10 years of directly relevant experience; or, an advanced degree (i.e., MPH, JD, PhD) with 7 years of experience, preferably in an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center and/or academic medical center.
    • Significant demonstrated achievement in research and staff management in a complex organization.
    • Expert knowledge of research-related policies and regulations., including FDA, human and animal research protections, federal grants policy, and conflict of interest.
    • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
    • Must be highly detail-oriented and organized with intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.
    • Demonstrated capacity to manage highly sensitive and strictly confidential material.
    • Ability to solve complicated, sensitive, confidential issues quickly in a fast-paced environment.
    • Self-starter, able to work under minimal supervision.
    • Thorough understanding of the goals and mission of Fred Hutch.

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    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at escmail@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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