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Position Summary:
Washington University in St. Louis seeks an experienced attorney for the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor and Associate General Counsel, Research (AGC). The AGC's primary responsibility is to provide legal support, advice, and counsel to the university's Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) and the university research enterprise. In addition to the OVCR, the AGC advises key stakeholders including Deans, Department Chairs, Clinical Leadership, and principal investigators. They also support teams in the Human Research Protection Office, Institutional Review Board, Office of Research Integrity and Ethics, Joint Research Office of Contracts, Sponsored Projects Accounting, Office of Sponsored Research Services, conflicts of interest programs, and the HIPAA Privacy Office. The AGC works collaboratively with other members of the Office of Vice Chancellor and General Counsel as necessary to ensure the delivery of prompt and informed legal services.

Job Description:
Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
  • The AGC is a highly visible position that reports to the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel and works with leadership throughout the university on a variety of research-related matters:
  • Provides regulatory compliance support and serves as counsel to the IRB and Human Research Protection Office, conflicts of interest programs, research integrity program, and other university offices that oversee and manage the conduct of research;
  • Serves as counsel to several university research committees, e.g., IRB, conflicts of interest, research integrity, clinical trial safety, research security, etc.;
  • Advises principal investigators, research teams, and senior leadership regarding a variety of regulatory matters, such as federal funding agency policies and compliance, e.g., NIH, NSF, DoD;
  • Supports the research contracts and grants offices, prepares/reviews IRB-related agreements;
  • Collaborates with other university offices, including the University Compliance Office, on investigations, instances of noncompliance, and corrective actions;
  • Advises on international research, “foreign influence,” and research security, e.g., NSPM-33;
  • Provides HIPAA and data privacy advice related to research; and
  • Collaborates with the university's academic hospital partners on hospital-based research matters.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in many of the following legal areas: human subjects research, conflict of interest, research integrity, federal agency funding policies, research compliance and reporting, internal investigations, FDA compliance, and research contracting.
  • Strong background in regulatory analysis.
  • Solid understanding of HIPAA as it applies to research activities.
  • Familiarity with university setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate a large, complex organization.
  • Strong critical thinking skills, sound judgment, and strategic ability.
  • Strong and well-developed client interaction skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide accurate, timely, thorough, and well-reasoned legal advice to senior administrators and members of the university's executive leadership team.

Required Qualifications:
  • JD from an accredited law school.
  • A current license to practice law.
  • Active membership in the Missouri Bar, or immediate eligibility for same.
  • Seven years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of law.


Salary Range:
Base pay is commensurate with experience.

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.

If you are unable to use our online application system and would like an accommodation, please email or call the dedicated accommodation inquiry number at 314-935-1149 and leave a voicemail with the nature of your request.

Pre-Employment Screening:
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement
  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.

Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!

  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We've got you covered.
  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

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EEO/AA Statement:
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University's policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.