Advanced knowledge of contracting and related processes.
Demonstrated understanding of university research environment and policies.
Drafts, negotiates, and comments upon complex clinical trial agreements, confidentiality agreements, and other sponsor contracts that may support clinical trial activities.
Consults with initiative team members, faculty/researchers, and outside partners as needed on explanation of, and compliance with, University policies and practices as they relate to contract terms and conditions.
Acting as part of the Contracts Team, independently manages various agreement types from initiation to completion/execution in a timely, efficient, and thorough manner.
Communicates clearly and consistently with stakeholders during the negotiation process.
Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the field by attending professional development training, workshops, seminars and conferences and by reading professional literature in the related technical field.
Has delegated authorization to sign agreements on behalf of the University under delegations authorized by the Associate Vice President for Research Administration.
Applies advanced knowledge of contracting and related processes for all agreements/portfolio assigned to this position.Â
Management/contract negotiation for all for the units assigned to the position.Â
The individual is a member of a Team and must contribute to the team effort, as needed.Â This may involve assisting colleagues to ensure timely campus service to departments, units, and sponsors, as needed and to perform backup duties during staff vacations or sick leaves.
Interacts with individuals at companies and institutions regarding all agreement/contract types; faculty and administrative staff at the University; and on occasion with staff of the federal government, non-federal sponsors and other organizations.
Provides faculty and administrators with application preparation, analyzing possible solutions to problems that arise using standard procedures. Reviews, interprets, and negotiates contract and grant terms to determine compliance and/or conflict with federal regulations and procedures.
With moderate guidance, helps to obtain sponsor approvals for major changes to project work scope, etc. Transmits proposals and manages post award administration, gathers and submits closeout documentation, and maintains records. Ensures completeness and accuracy and coordinates any internal controls prior to the submission of documents to awarding agency.
Performs other related work as needed.
Paralegal or legal experience.
At least three years experience working in a university contracts-management environment, law firm, or in-house legal department required or at least seven years of relevant experience drafting complex research or commercial agreements.
Demonstrated experience in the management and/or negotiation of complex contracts.
Proven ability to work effectively in support of business development and/or research administration and healthcare professionals.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
Proven ability to grasp complex legal and business issues.
Familiarity with intellectual property concepts and federal laws and regulations as well as NIH guidelines pertaining to Clinical Research.
Knowledge of academic research principles and research integrity policy (Conflict of Interest, IRB, IACUC, etc.).
Knowledge of intellectual property law (copyright, patent).
Excellent collaboration skills with a strong customer focused approach.
Comfortable with scientific concepts and terminology; able to understand the significance of various agreement terms in view of the nature of the materials/confidential information to be transferred and proposed research.
Possess strong reading and analytical abilities and be detail oriented and organized.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated maturity and sensitivity to the needs of multiple constituencies in a complex academic environment.
Prioritize and meet deadlines and adhere to University policies, raising questions when necessary.
Self-motivated and able to work independently with strong administrative/problem solving skills.
High level of creativity, energy, integrity, thoughtful judgment and problem solving, decision-making, and teamwork.
Learn new skills, take on new challenges, and ability to effectively interact and collaborate with all levels of University administrators and faculty members.
Customer service is a high priority of the office with a demeanor of civility and professionalism at all times.
Make decisions independently that will have downstream impacts on the management of sponsored projects.
Manage detail-oriented workload, to organize and prioritize workload during high-pressure, high-volume workload periods and to manage stress.
Interact by phone, email or in person with faculty and administrative staff at the University and occasionally with staff of federal government, non-federal sponsors, and other institutions and organizations.
Sit for 4 hours or more.
Use computers extensively for 4 hours or more.
Travel to various on-campus locations on a daily basis.
Use standard office equipment.
Occasional domestic travel.
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