Advertised Summary Job Description: Reporting directly to the Manager of Contract Negotiations ("Manager") of the Sponsored Projects Administration Office at Columbia University Irving Medical Center ("CUIMC"), the Contract Negotiations Officer ("Contract Officer") is primarily responsible for the review and negotiation of research-related agreements, including but not limited to, federal and private Grant Agreements, Sponsored Research Agreements, Clinical Trial Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, Data Use Agreements and Services Agreements.
The successful candidate will work with sponsors in negotiating agreements in accordance with all applicable regulatory and legal requirements and institutional policies. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Collaborate with the Director of Operations and Manager of Financial Operations in Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA), General Counsel, faculty, as well as central, departmental, and research administration in meeting the institutional needs regarding contract negotiations and execution;
- Ensure timely review and negotiation of agreements with special attention to submission deadlines and time-sensitive requests;
- Liaise with internal partners in research such as the Clinical Trials Office, Sponsored Projects Administration (Morningside Office), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Institutional Review Board and the Office of Research Compliance and Training;
- Negotiate agreements directly with sponsors according to institutional policies and procedures;
- Monitor agreements for compliance with contractual requirements and execute amendments as needed;
- Assist in developing and implementing policies and procedures designed to assure that all negotiations are carried out in compliance with applicable federal and state regulations, including those promulgated in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the rules of the Joint Commission;
- Function as liaison to federal and non-federal grantor agencies;
- Serve as a resource for researchers, faculty and departmental administrators with respect to federal regulations and institutional policies;
-Maintain an up-to-date digital archive of agreements, legal correspondence, and other records for tracking and auditing purposes.
General Minimum Qualifications: Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus three years of related experience
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree
- The candidate must be able to work independently with prior project management experience - Proven negotiation expertise - Superior verbal and written communication skills - Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills - Strong computer skills required, including, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) - Detail oriented with sophisticated customer service skills - Outstanding organizational skills and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects with conflicting deadline pressures and competing priorities
Preferred Qualifications: - Prior experience with contract negotiation in a research-intensive university or academic medical center is preferred - Proven knowledge of federal and local research regulations
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_175101
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