Office of Research - Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh - (19003219)
The Contracts Officer on the Clinical and Corporate Contracts team is responsible for reviewing and negotiating a wide variety of research contracts, for both non-financial arrangements and externally-sponsored research. Award documents will include material transfer agreements, confidentiality agreements, data use agreements, collaboration agreements, corporate/sponsored research agreements, clinical trial agreements, subcontracts, and other forms of agreement, where required.
The incumbent must successfully manage a complex portfolio with little oversight, keeping all tasks timely and must have the ability to work both independently and as an effective team member to accomplish office and University goals. This position must work collaboratively within the Office of Research as well as with other central University offices, other academic institutions, and sponsors. Candidate should have demonstrated facilitation and communication skills and ability to work with individuals of all levels to develop and accomplish shared goals. Negotiation skills to balance sponsor and University needs while assuring compliance with applicable policies and regulations are essential. Applicant must be able to promptly review and analyze complex contracts and other agreements in compliance with sponsor and/or internal deadlines, must be able to offer new and innovative solutions when required, and must effectively negotiate acceptable terms and conditions in a timely manner.
The incumbent must be detail-oriented in high-volume, fast-paced environment and possess working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Position requires strong interpersonal skills, exercise of appropriate tact and discretion, as well as ability to prioritize multiple tasks.
Routine tasks include: daily review and negotiation of complex contracts; multiple conferrals with constituents, researchers and sponsors; and variety of written and electronic correspondence. Position provides other assistance, including coverage for team and training as delegated. Individual must have 1-3 years relevant experience in either (i) negotiating contracts or (ii) grants management in an educational environment. Preference to those candidates with 2+ years relevant experience in sponsored research or University setting.
B.A./B.S. degree required; Paralegal certificate from ABA-approved program or Master's degree desired. A working knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations in areas relevant to academic research, including but not limited to animal and human subject research, intellectual property, indemnification, warranties, and export controls. Strong written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required.
Prior University experience is preferred. Must be detail-oriented and possess strong writing skills as evidenced by ability to appropriately draft and edit research contract language.
Department Details : The Office of Research (OR), a central office reporting to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Research, is charged with assisting faculty, staff, and students in their efforts to promote and secure sponsored research funding. The OR reviews, negotiates, endorses, and provides administrative oversight related to proposals and awards in accordance with all applicable laws, policies and regulations. The Vice Chancellor for Research Operations of the Office of Research serves as the designated University Officer empowered for all sponsored research activities. Mission Statement The Office of Research is a nexus of excellence for research resources. We are dedicated to partnering with the University of Pittsburgh research community to secure funding; exchange research materials, data, and ideas; and to build collaborations in an effort to foster creativity, scholarship, and innovation.
Assignment Category: Fulltime-Regular
Job Classification: Staff.Administrator.III
Minimum Education Level Required: Baccalaureate
Minimum Experience Level Required: 1-2 years experience
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Hiring Range: $35,100.00 - $56,784.00
Relocation Offered: No
Visa Sponsorship Provided: No
Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances: Not Applicable
Required Documents: Resume, Cover Letter
Internal Number: 19003219
About University of Pittsburgh
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.Pitt faculty members have expanded knowledge in the humanities and sciences, earning such prestigious honors as the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Pitt scientists have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.Pitt students have earned Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships, among other highly competitive national and international scholarships.Alumni have pioneered MRI and TV, won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, led corporations and universities, served in government and the military, conquered Hollywood and The New York Times bestsellers list, and won Super Bowls and NBA championships.