IRB Operations Manager

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Research Administration & Faculty Affairs


Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.


At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization.  We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.   

This position manages day-to-day operations of the IRB staff to ensure that IRB staff provides the best possible support to IRB Committees and excellent service to investigators and research staff.


This role will have the opportunity to work partially at our campus and remotely.


Critical Results

  • Consistent, timely, thorough preparation of IRB materials and documentation
  • Well developed, high trust, high performance work team
  • Quality customer service and consultancy to all constituents
  • Collaborative management of the IRO with Assistant Director


Consistent, timely, thorough preparation of IRB materials

  • Check in with staff and monitor workloads daily
  • Redistribute workloads as needed
  • Monitor to ensure follow-up is executed
  • Attend all IRB meetings
  • Pre-review IRB meeting agendas
  • Edit and fact-check result letters and minutes
  • Conduct regular meetings with Analysts to address issues of policy, procedures and consistency
  • Maintain and update IRB Committee member records, Board rosters, and FWA
  • Oversee IRB member continuing education, annual member evaluations, member conflict of interest tracking, and appointment/reappointment process


Well developed, high trust, high performance work team

  • Perform hiring and termination of IRB staff
  • Oversee training of new IRB staff
  • Conduct regular supervisory meetings with individual staff members
  • Provide regular feedback to staff and solicit feedback frequently
  • Model positive, direct communication and conflict resolution
  • Address performance issues swiftly and confidentially
  • Support staff in defining and moving toward their goals for career growth


Quality customer service and consultancy to all constituents

  • Establish clear expectations for customer service and consultancy
  • Solicit feedback from constituents
  • Provide guidance to staff in complex cases
  • Assist staff in resolving complaints


Collaborative management of IRO with Director, Assistant Director, and Admin Coordinator

  • Meet regularly with Assistant Director and Admin Coordinator
  • Collaboratively manage IRB workflow with the Admin Coordinator
  • Inform IRB team members of changes in policy and procedures
  • Co-lead IRO staff meetings with Assistant Director
  • Serve as back-up to Assistant Director on other delegated projects (e.g., AAHRPP Human Subjects Training, etc.)
  • Attend regular IRO Management meetings



  • Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred)
  • IRB training as appropriate
  • CIP certification preferred


  • 5+ years in a supervisory role
  • 5+ years Institutional Review/Human Subjects experience OR Fred Hutch experience in support to research projects/grants; or equivalent combination of education and experience


  • Ability to manage and develop professional staff
  • Effective interpersonal/negotiation skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Detail orientation
  • Understanding of process flows
  • Proficient with IT tools including databases 
  • Proficient in word processing and previous experience with MS office programs (MS word, Access, Excel) required


  • Working knowledge of federal regulations applying to IRBs, including 21 CFR 50 and 56, and 45 CFR 46



Fred Hutch has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations.
As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment. 


A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, 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 or by calling 206-667-4700.


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