Clinical Trial (CT) Specialist

WCG Clinical- FDA News
Falls Church, Virginia
With benefits
May 17, 2019
Metro Area
Full Time

SUMMARY OF POSITION:  The clinical trial specialist is responsible for developing and writing daily, weekly and monthly articles on the clinical trial beat for CenterWatch Weekly, CenterWatch Monthly and Drug Industry Daily (DID).  Most of the clinical trial specialist’s time is spent gathering news and expert viewpoints on clinical trial topics, by phone and in person, and writing stories in accordance with established CenterWatch and FDAnews style and standards. This position also must stay on top of key industry trends and events, new developments and key issues in clinical trial operations. The beat and the readership of the newsletters include all aspects of the clinical trials industry—trial sites, sponsors, CROs, investigators—and requires the specialist to understand the particular needs and interests of those groups.  The CT specialist also must develop enterprise features outside the regular news cycle to provide more in-depth information on key topics.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.


  • None.


  • 2-3 years daily reporting experience.
  • Ability to cover complex topics and report on them in a coherent, concise manner.
  • Understand the issues and intricacies of the various sectors of the clinical trials industry.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required.

  • File two feature stories of about 500 words and 5-6 briefs of about 250 words per week.
  • Monitor federal and international regulations and guidance affecting the clinical trials industry and report on those with direct relationship to clinical trial operations.
  • Attend local and out-of-town industry and regulatory meetings/conferences as required.
  • Must provide final copy to production by editorial deadline and complete proofing and corrections to copy by deadline.
  • Meet with managing editor on the first working day of the week to create a tentative list of stories for CenterWatch Weekly, with deadlines, for publication of next issue.
  • Meet with managing editor on the first working day after publication of the CenterWatch Monthly to create a tentative list of stories for the next issue, with deadlines.
  • Participate in significant business-related social functions, receptions at meetings and conferences.
  • Ensure ample time for reporting, writing, editing and laying out publications.
  • Ensure the quality of information in the newsletters and that all deadlines are met.
  • Update list of enterprise stories you are writing and deadlines for each. Discuss regularly with managing editor, who should have the latest version.
  • Exhibit knowledge of the readership and judgment of what constitutes news for that audience, as well as from a general journalistic perspective; ensure reporting provides effective and appropriate news coverage.
  • With managing editor, help plan overall focus and coverage based on subscriber contacts and knowledge of key industry trends.
  • Work with subordinates, peers and superiors to produce exceptional publications that meet the needs of subscribers.
  • Help marketing department obtain mailing lists, such as trade group members and attendees at key meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor. These may, on occasion, be unrelated to the position described here.
  • Attendance and punctuality are essential functions of the position.



PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to perform sedentary work which includes sitting for long periods of time and occasionally required to lift 25lbs. Further guidance on physical activities, requirements, visual acuity, and working conditions is available in HR

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