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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 323O
Category: Health Care


Lead staff engaged in performing a variety of support functions for clinical, biomedical and/or behavioral science research studies involving human subjects.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Regularly assign, instruct and check the work of others.

Under general direction, lead and coordinate research studies involving human subjects and requiring application of knowledge and skills specific to the study.

Typical Work

Participate in training and orienting new staff; assist in preparation of written instructions for clinic and laboratory test procedures;

Coordinate subject recruitment and participation in study and identify subject populations;

Interpret and apply study protocol;

Draft forms, questionnaires and clinic procedures for collecting and summarizing observations and data;

Determine appropriate psychological/neuropsychological test batteries;

Extract technical, medical and/or behavioral information from institution or clinical records;

Dispense and retrieve medication under the direction of a licensed health care practitioner; and maintain and monitor records of drug accountability records; review and modify medication schedules as needed; inform subjects of modifications in medication schedules;

Establish and maintain contact with community agencies, health care providers, and/or study sponsors; inform sponsors of current status of research;

Assist in modifying procedures for collecting and summarizing data; assist in the design of measurement instruments and scoring systems;

Review status of research study to ensure adherence to research protocols and take action to correct problems such as deviation from protocol requirements;
Use statistical and database management programs to analyze data;

Interpret results and determine whether they are consistent with experimental goals;

Prepare reports, graphs, tables, charts and illustrations;

Monitor data quality control to ensure adherence to study protocol;

Prepare human subjects applications, consent forms and progress reports for institutional review board;

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in relevant academic area AND two years of experience as a Research Study Coordinator


equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 2-7-92
New class code, formerly 4870, effective July 1, 2007.

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.