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The University of Michigan has a tremendous opportunity for a Contract Administrator Lead to become the newest member of a growing team within the Office of Contract Administration which leads the management of post-award sponsor funded collaboration agreements at the University. The incumbent will interact with individuals at all levels of the research community in the University's schools, colleges, and major institutes. He/she will draft complex, custom, non-traditional research collaboration service agreements and clinical trial agreements that meet both the objectives of the University research community and University sponsors. The incumbent shall manage multiple projects concurrently while continuously expanding his/her knowledgebase to stay abreast of the evolving research programs at the University and industry trends. Such programs include a major strategic initiative at the medical school that encourages faculty to pursue investigator-initiated clinical research studies. The incumbent must enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, be a subject matter expert, and write complex clinical trial agreements in support of the strategic initiative. Currently, the Office of Contract Administration maintains over 1,500 research collaboration agreements valued at almost $400 million with subcontractors worldwide.
Evaluate new research collaboration contract and amendment requests; examine the requests for clarity, allowability, and compliance with University and sponsor objectives and policies, and ensure complete and accurate documentation concerning organization qualifications, potential conflicts of interest, cost reasonableness, statement of work, and budget.
Analyze federally-funded and/or industry-funded prime award terms and exercise independent judgment to determine the appropriate sponsor terms and conditions to be incorporated into resulting subcontracts to mitigate risk to the University, maintain compliance, and meet the objectives of both the University research team and sponsor.
Draft custom research collaboration agreements and complex amendments on a global scale, ensuring all contract components are addressed such as intellectual property, confidentiality, insurance, indemnification, publicity, publications, regulatory requirements, privacy, etc.
Negotiate with proposed subcontractors to finalize agreements, amendments, Letters of Indemnification, Data Use Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, and Business Associate Agreements.
Provide appropriate and timely guidance to questions/issues from University departments and subcontractors related to collaboration agreements. Engage interdisciplinary members of central administration to ensure preservation of University’s intellectual property rights, compliance with privacy laws, avoiding publication restrictions, and confidentiality as well as unique project-specific challenges that emerge.
Communicate with diplomacy and discretion with representatives from the University community, domestic and foreign subcontractors and other stakeholder organizations such as local ethics committees or national health authorities in foreign countries.
Customer service responsibilities include mitigating contract disputes between subcontractors and the University and managing formal customer complaints.
Actively participate in on-going process improvement initiatives. Identify customer service needs and proactively take steps to lessen or eliminate excess burdens placed on University departments.
Supervise intermediate contracting professionals.
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
A minimum of five (5) years of experience drafting contract documents in support of federal and/or non-federal sponsored research.
Experience in research administration, specifically clinical research desired.
Insightful, detail oriented, and possess the ability to work with minimal direction.
Demonstrated use of judgment and strong decision-making ability.
Proven negotiation skills for overcoming contractual impasses.
Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, action-oriented, customer-focused service environment. Successfully handle customer complaints.
Use communication and interpersonal skills to maintain positive and productive working relationships within an immediate team, throughout an organization and with individuals external to an organization.
Motivated to stay abreast of industry and university trends through self-driven personal development.
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe Professional.
Master degree in a related field.
A minimum of two (2) years supervision experience.
Eight (8) or more years of experience writing and negotiating Federally-funded and/or Industry-Funded sponsor agreements.
Three (3) or more years of experience working with Investigator Initiated Study Clinical Trial Agreements and Confidentiality Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Nonconforming Subcontracts, Master Service Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, and Data Transfer Agreements.
Knowledge of federal regulations related to clinical research involving human subjects, including regulations covering National Institute of Health funded research.
Worked in a research administrative / business office of a university, hospital, or research institute.
Sponsored Programs seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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