Northern Arizona University is seeking an Institutional Review Board Coordinator to conduct the complex administrative and business processes of the campus Human Research Protection Program. Incumbent will coordinate daily activities associated with the processing and review of research protocols within the overall scope of relevant institutional and federal regulations for research at NAU involving human subjects.
In this position, there is a significant emphasis on facilitating processes related to human subject protections, customer service, compliance and monitoring activities and operational reporting. The IRB Coordinator must have the ability to interpret and apply research compliance regulations as well as the ability to identify and recommend best-practices for continuous quality improvement of the program. The successful candidate must possess excellent communication skills to contribute to positive interactions, work effectively with faculty, staff, students, and research representatives from a variety of diverse backgrounds representing the unit in maintaining the highest ethical standards.
Processes and evaluates protocol review requests received through the online application system reviews materials for completeness, adherence to institutional policies and procedures and federal regulations
Processing requests include; contacting PIs and/or research staff for clarifications, corrections or modifications prior to IRB review; preparing approval documentation, notifying PI and research staff when approval has been granted and forwarding approval documentation and newly approved consent instruments to PI
Determine and recommend review type and exempt status, coordinate with other offices, the IRB and other institutions (as applicable) for submissions
Perform pre-committee analysis of submissions; identifies and recommends reviewers for proposed research projectsÍ¾ coordinates research review processes, disseminates necessary information to the appropriate reviewers and investigators
Assist with IRB Committee support activities including preparing review materials for Committee meetings and coordinating IRB Committee support, managing the calendar and agenda for monthly IRB meetings ensuring appropriate reviewer summaries are distributed to board members prior to meetings
Keeps appropriate records and documentation of all research protocols involving human subjects.
Interprets, identifies and applies institutional and federal policies, procedures, and regulations regarding research studies involving human subjects. Assists in maintaining updated campus policies and procedures
Responds to and facilitates office inquiries, communicating guidelines as appropriate to campus constituencies in a timely and effective manner
Reviews and modifies associated departmental and board procedures as necessary to ensure ongoing compliance
May develop, conduct and/or, participates in training for the research community, IRB and staff regarding applicable policies, procedures, and regulations associated with the protection of human subjects at NAU
Develops content for and assists in maintaining the NAU IRB website as needed
Compile and update information for reporting to Federal, State and other regulatory agencies and administrative entities regarding research compliance activities
Coordinates fiscal affairs, including but not limited to, purchasing of supplies and other materials for the IRB/Human Research Protection Program, and personnel matters and maintains unit documents such as personnel and financial records; ensures adherence to policy and procedures and monitors processes and documentation for accuracy
Plans and arranges events and meetings under general instructions from supervisor; communicates arrangements to appropriate individuals
Coordinates and maintains education outreach and training calendar for the Director, prioritizing and arranging meetings and appointments; arranges necessary travel reservations as needed
Provides IRB Office coverage in absence of staff or student
May include supervision and/or reviews work of IRB student workers
Perform other related duties and special projects as directed
Abide by University policies and HRSPP standard operating procedures and processes in performing assigned tasks
Maintain established standard office etiquette and performance expectations.
Maintain current knowledge of applicable Federal, state and local regulations and guidance through continuing education.
Bachelor's degree in field appropriate to area of assignment AND one year of experience in a professional setting focused on research administration, research compliance or in an active research setting that included human health, behavioral, social, or educational studies;
OR, five years of progressively responsible administrative coordinative program experience;
OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education
Experience supporting an Institutional Review Board
Research-based graduate degree
2-5 years research experience in human health, behavioral, social, or educational studies
Certified IRB Professional (CIP) or similar certification
Northern Arizona University has a student population of 30,368, including approximately 22,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.
Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU carefully b...alances teaching, scholarship and service with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.
While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research that extend to such national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.
Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.
With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.
The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.
For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see nau.edu/Center-for-University-Access-and-Inclusion/.