The Contract Negotiator II, under general supervision, negotiates contracts and assists with post-award contract administration. Writes and reviews agreements and negotiates with sponsors/subcontractors. Reviews and negotiates terms and conditions of award documents to ensure compliance with the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) policies, Federal and State laws and regulations, and sponsor guidelines. Minimal supervision is required. This position will report directly to an Assistant Director on a pre-award team with Sponsored Research Services.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelorâ™s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Two yearsâ™ experience in contract administration and/or research administration.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent verbal and written communication, organizational, interpersonal, proofreading, and time management skills.
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, and database software.
Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Bachelorâ™s degree with Juris Doctor (JD degree).
Experience in university setting and/or business or legal operations. Experience in sponsored research projects management or contract negotiation.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Proficient in MS Word and Excel.
Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.
Independently reviews and negotiates terms and conditions of award documents and contractual agreements with sponsors/subawardees to ensure compliance with applicable policies, Federal and State laws and regulations, as well as sponsor guidelines. Works with senior negotiators or supervisor as needed on non-standard or complex documents.
Writes and reviews agreements and negotiates with sponsors/subcontractors for the terms and conditions of sponsored agreements, to include but not limited to publications rights, intellectual property rights, export control, payment terms and records retention.
Writes standard and some more complex agreements, subawards and consulting agreements when such agreements are not provided by the sponsor, and negotiates agreementsâ™ terms with sponsors. Reviews and writes exceptions for Request for Proposal documents. Provides guidance and mentoring to less experienced contract negotiators.
Works closely with more senior negotiators and direct supervisor to ensure that all agreements are in compliance with the following: all laws (state and federal), policies and guidelines, Texas A&M University System, and sponsor guidelines. Works collaboratively, under minimal supervision, with Office of Technology Commercialization, Office of General Counsel, TAMUS Risk and Compliance, and membersâ™ offices.
Maintains all negotiations-related documentation in negotiations database. Ensures that all records are updated regularly and that documentation represents the current status of each negotiation. Ensures that all negotiations are processed in a timely fashion and that all parties to the negotiation are kept apprised of the status. Provides some guidance and mentoring to less experienced contract negotiators regarding documentation management.
Under minimal supervision, prepares correspondence and completes requests to sponsors to modify existing agreements. Performs other duties as assigned.
Special Note: A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references are strongly recommended. You may upload all three on the application under CV/Resume.
Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University and TAMHSC, must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.
Internal Number: R-014736
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