The Office of the Vice President for Research, Sponsored Program Services (OVPR SPS), invites applications for the role of Director of Sponsored Program Contracts (Director). Reporting to the Associate Vice President, Sponsored Program Services (SPS), the Director is responsible for the day-to-day operational oversight and management of sponsored program contracting activities and related matters across all UConn and UConn Health campuses, supporting the institution’s research and other sponsored program contract needs, and assuring and guiding contract compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, sponsor requirements and university policies, procedures and principles.
The Director will play an integral role in the development, negotiation and management of industry and sponsored research agreements of significant complexity, and act as the agent of the Associate Vice President, Sponsored Program Services, in collaborating on sponsored program contracting matters to the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) and others; however, this position does not have a direct reporting relationship with the OGC nor does it serve as a legal officer/legal representative for the University.
The Director will serve as an integral member of the OVPR SPS leadership team, working closely with the SPS Executive Director, OVPR Associate Vice Presidents and the Vice President for Research in establishing and implementing the unit’s strategic mission and goals; developing, recommending, and implementing new and innovative methods and processes to accomplish unit objectives, while ensuring compliance with state statutes and University policies and procedures.
Advanced degree in Law, Business or Public Administration, Contract Law or similar.
Advanced knowledge of legal and contract matters.
Five (5) years of experience or equivalent directly supervising contract staff, encompassing planning, hiring, mentoring, evaluation, and management of staffing and performance issues.
Five (5) years of experience drafting, negotiating and administering research or similarly complex contracts.
Strong leadership, organizational, project management and planning skills with the ability to meet deadlines and facilitate solutions in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
Demonstrated ability to network and consensus-build with internal and external stakeholders.
Ability to research and assist with the resolution of highly complex issues with legal, fiscal and ethical/compliance implications.
Superior interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively and serve as liaison between sponsors, all levels of University administration, and principal investigators.
Experience with higher education contracts, which would include federal, state and private industry management rules and regulations governing sponsored programs or similar, including Uniform Guidance and the Federal Acquisition Regulations.
Experience with material transfer agreements, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, service agreements and research or similarly complex agreements.
Experience designing and implementing departmental and institutional policies and procedures.
This is a management exempt position, with an excellent benefits package including medical and retirement, as well as employee and dependent tuition reimbursement at the University of Connecticut (outlined here: https://hr.uconn.edu/benefits-summaries/).
Interested candidates must apply online via UConn Jobs (https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs/), Staff Positions, Search #2019656. Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume demonstrating how the qualifications and requirements of the position are met, and contact information for three professional references.
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2019656)
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on October 22, 2019.
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Internal Number: 2019656-2276_1570653234
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