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HRPP Protocol Coordinator

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, Virginia
Assessment, Accreditation, and Compliance

Job Description

The Division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance (SIRC) at Virginia Tech supports the business management of the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). SIRC is deeply committed to both the highest ethical standards in scholarship, and to the proactive facilitation of basic, translational and transformative scientific research for the improvement of the human condition across the world. The office assists researchers with the fulfillment of their responsibility for compliance with policies and regulations pertaining to research.

The SIRC is a critical unit within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) which supports university-wide strategic initiatives and operational functions of Virginia Tech's $520+ million research enterprise and associated technology commercialization activities, which span nine academic colleges, eight university research institutes, and three affiliated corporations. The university is embarking on its next phase of strategic growth in research across its Blacksburg, Roanoke, and Northern Virginia locations, including the recent integration of the Virginia Tech Carilion medical school as Virginia Tech's 9th college in 2018. Managing over 4500 IRB protocols a year, Virginia Tech's HRPP team is committed to ensuring protection of the rights, dignity, and safety of all human subjects involved in teaching and research activities. The HRPP Protocol Coordinator holds a key position in support of Virginia Tech's ambitious plans to become a leading 21st century land grant university that delivers innovative solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time.

The HRPP Protocol Coordinator will be part of a dedicated team of HRPP professionals who work to create an organizational culture within the team and across the research community that provides a safe, supportive, and enriching environment. The coordinator will provide oversight and management of research determinations, new protocols, and amendment submissions from Virginia Tech researchers and collaborators, and provide support for those protocols throughout the research lifecycle. The coordinator will serve as an expert on three or more specific topic areas critical to HRPP success as chosen or assigned: regulations; policy procedures, and guidance; single IRB; health insurance portability and accountability act; data security; clinical trials; Food and Drug Administration regulatory requirements; metrics and process improvements; collaborations with external IRBs; training, education, and outreach; international research; and additional subject matter expertise determined by the HRPP director. As a liaison between the faculty and the office, the coordinator advises on regulatory and ethical compliance for IRB submissions and contributes to the division's overall mission to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in health/science or related field(s) or equivalent training or experience.
  • Demonstrated progressive experience related to IRB issues and human subjects research protections.
  • Demonstrated experience serving as a member of a research team conducting research or other experience working in an academic or medical center/school environment supporting IRB research activities.
  • Demonstrated customer service experience.
  • Strong analytical, time management and multi-tasking skills, communication skills, effective interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize work, organize and manage a complex workload effectively under tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to read and interpret complex documents such as research protocols, consent forms, federal regulations and guidelines, policies, and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Must possess a learning orientation to changing technology.
  • Experience in handling complex and confidential material.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certification as an IRB Professional (CIP) preferred at time of employment, required within two years of being in the position
  • Broad knowledge of research methods and terminology.
  • Prior IRB experience with biomedical research and/or behavioral research.

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

December 15, 2021

Additional Information

This position is located on Virginia Tech's main campus in Blacksburg, VA. A hybrid work option with time in the office and remote each week. The schedule will be confirmed upon hire.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation ofCOVID-19 vaccinationor receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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