Use your clinical trial knowledge and commitment to diversity and equity-based initiatives to embolden yourself in the service of others. The Washington State Institutional Review Board (WSIRB), in collaboration with Research and Data Analysis (RDA), is seeking a Diversity in Clinical Trials Research Associate to join their team. RDA, within DSHS's Facilities, Finance, and Analytics (FFA) Administration, provides data, analytics, and decision support mechanisms to improve the delivery of services that transform the lives of clients of DSHS, Health Care Authority, Office of Financial Management, Department of Health, Labor & Industries, Department of Corrections, and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families.
In the role of Research Associate for Diversity in Clinical Trials, you serve as a program manager/coordinator in the development, oversight, and maintenance of a Diversity in Clinical Trials program. You will utilize your knowledge of clinical trials (specifically drug and device trials), IRBs, working with clinical research site coordinators, clinical investigators, physicians who conduct the biomedical research for their group or institution, and research sponsors for drugs and devices. You will assist the WSIRB in this work. WSIRB is responsible for administering all laws and policies for the protection of several state agency clients, patients, wards, beneficiaries – and their personal records – as human subjects of research.
Professionals with a Ph.D.* or equivalent in research, sociology, epidemiology, public health, health economics, or related field; concurrent demonstrated work experience should include:
Developing and coordinating project activities, resources, and information including the ability to liaise with partners, staff, and managers to identify and define requirements, scope, and processes and analyze opportunities for growth and development
Establishing methods for identifying and recruiting persons who are members of underrepresented demographic groups to participate in clinical trials in Washington state
Developing a network and contact information for community organizations or other appropriate entities which may be able to assist efforts to increase participation by underrepresented demographic groups in clinical trials
Providing reliable, professionally sound, valid advice, consultation, and technical assistance to high-level leadership in a policy context, preferably with relevance to vulnerable populations or publicly funded social and health services
Presenting complex ideas and information to a variety of audiences in both written and presentation formats, and explaining complex or technical information using plain talk
Producing high-quality policy reports
Certification in Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) for research, including applicable rules and concerns about human subjects or ability to obtain with one month of date of hire
Use of MS Office Suite and ability to learn and effectively utilize other databases and programs
*A Master’s degree with approximately 5 years working with conducting and/or coordinating research for clinical and social-behavioral trials may substitute for a Ph.D.
The WSIRB is a designated institutional review board (IRB) for a number of different Washington state agencies, including the Washington State Departments of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), Health (DOH), Corrections (DOC), Social and Health Services (DSHS), Health Care Authority (HCA), Labor & Industries (L&I), and the Office of Financial Management (OFM). The WSIRB also serves as a designated IRB for other local & state agencies and research institutions. As an IRB serving the above entities, the WSIRB is responsible for providing the requisite regulatory review, approval and oversight of research that may involve these state agencies’ clients, beneficiaries, patients, wards and state agency employees or these individuals’ state agency personal records, in order to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects of research.