VP, Compliance

    • Job Tracking ID: 180003
    • Job Location: Seattle, WA
    • Job Level: Executive
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: January 18, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

ARE YOU ADAPTIVE? We’re driving groundbreaking research in cancer and other immune-mediated diseases that translates into novel clinical diagnostics and innovative therapeutics. We are at the forefront of immune-based discoveries, transforming the future state of health through our disruptive, proprietary immunosequencing technology. With strong financial footing and rapid growth, we are looking for the brightest, most passionate and collaborative innovators to join us.

At Adaptive, you'll be challenged, you'll be inspired, and you'll be proud to be part of an innovative organization making a real impact on improving the quality of life globally. No matter what your role is, you'll find a diverse, team-driven, fun culture where your contributions truly count. #BeingAdaptive

Position Overview

The VP, Compliance shall have oversight responsibility of all ongoing activities related to the development, implementation and maintenance of the organization's compliance program in accordance with applicable federal, state and any applicable international laws. Special emphasis shall be placed on healthcare compliance and data privacy including HIPAA and the GDPR. This shall include the maintenance of the company’s hotline, healthcare and data privacy compliance and code of conduct training, policy development, assistance in investigations and corrective and preventive actions, assistance in any data incidents and reporting, compliance program tracking, benchmarking, and reporting.

The VP, Compliance is a practical, commercially oriented, strategic business partner, who may function as the company’s data privacy officer. Adaptive approaches compliance in a matrixed manner with the VP, Compliance and the SVP, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer having responsibility for compliance oversight, but with line and operational management responsible for maintaining compliance in their respective area of responsibility.

While the VP, Compliance should maintain general awareness and oversight, the position is not envisioned to be responsible for technical security or product issues, operations and monitoring, including firewalls, intrusion prevention and detection, etc., which shall remain with the IT department. The position also is not envisioned to assume responsibility for security of products such as code reviews, vulnerability and penetration testing, or technical vendor security which shall remain with IT.


  • Builds and properly manages, a strategic and comprehensive privacy program that defines, develops, maintains and implements policies and processes that enable consistent, effective compliance practices.
  • Works with organization senior management and Chief Compliance Officer to establish and maintain governance for the privacy program.
  • Serves in a primary management and leadership role for healthcare and privacy compliance including HIPAA and the GDPR. Ensures delivery of appropriate training and that compliance requirements are properly disseminated, explained, and implemented.
  • Collaborates with the security officer to ensure alignment between security and privacy compliance programs including policies, practices, investigations, and acts as a liaison to the information systems department.
  • Performs or oversees initial and periodic information privacy risk assessment/analysis, mitigation and remediation. In collaboration with the General Counsel, reviews and assesses privacy incidents to assess breach notifications as applicable.
  • Manages required breach determination and notification processes under applicable laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • Works with line management and Human Resources to ensure consistent application of sanctions for compliance violations.
  • Maintains current knowledge of applicable laws and regulations.
  • Serves as department resource for legal counsel regarding compliance issues, laws, regulations, and best practices.
  • Establishes and maintains appropriate compliance benchmarks, dashboards, and reporting.

Experience and Skills:


  • BA/BS degree in a related area
  • JD degree or Masters in relevant field a plus
  • 5 years experience in healthcare compliance management for a diagnostic or clinical laboratory company with commercially available products
  • Demonstrated knowledge of FDA; Medicare Fraud & Abuse; Stark Law; Sunshine Act; Data Privacy, e.g., HIPAA and EU GDPR
  • Demonstrated skills in collaboration, teamwork, and problem-solving to achieve goals
  • Demonstrated skills in verbal communication and listening
  • Demonstrated skills in providing excellent service to customers
  • Excellent writing skills
  • A high level of integrity and trust
  • Extensive familiarity with healthcare relevant legislation and standards for the protection of health information and patient privacy
  • Healthcare legal, operational, and financial skills
  • Ability to work full-time at our Seattle Headquarters


  • Compliance certification, e.g., IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC)

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package including employer paid medical, dental, vision, vacations and holidays for eligible positions.

Adaptive Biotechnologies Corp. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

NOTE TO EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES: Adaptive Biotechnologies values our relationships with our Recruitment Partners and will only accept resumes from those partners whom have been contracted by a member of our Human Resources team to collaborate with us. Adaptive Biotechnologies is not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited or are received by any employee of Adaptive Biotechnologies who is not a member of the Human Resources team.