Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Joint Research Office of Contracts. This position is for the Medical School Campus. The position will be located at 4240 Duncan Ave.
This position serves as the liaison between University stakeholders and companies, major national and international foundations and non-profit entities, and government agencies. Contracting responsibilities are University-wide and include drafting and negotiating industry sponsored clinical trial agreements and other research agreements including industry research agreements, federal contracts and non-profit agreements and sub-agreements for sponsored research activities and clinical trials. The position thoughtfully expedites the negotiation of research contracts and upholding the institution’s business principles, policies and goals, while following any applicable government regulatory requirements. The position will oversee a large volume contract portfolio from negotiation to contract close out. It is expected that the person filling this position will be highly-motivated and capable of recognizing potential problems and taking the initiative to address them, operating both independently and as an effective team member. Expertise and good judgment are required in planning and completing assignments, resolving conflicts, and coordinating work with others. A key ability of the person filling this position will be to complete multiple, simultaneous tasks, to work effectively under deadline pressure, and to successfully manage competing priorities with tact and efficiency.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Manage the contract portfolio of departments and schools, including review and negotiation of all contract supported activities. This includes drafting and negotiating different types of agreements such as clinical research agreements, laboratory agreements, data use agreements, confidentiality agreements, collaboration agreements, foundation agreements, federal contracts, sponsored research and service agreements, and sub-awards, taking into consideration the investigator’s needs and proactively identifying any special considerations.
Advise faculty and staff on issues that could impact contractual relationships or negotiations.
Review contract and agency guidelines regarding intellectual property, publication, communication, financial and indemnification terms to safeguard the interests of the University and principal investigators; flag and address unusual circumstances internally; provide alternative language and compelling explanations for alternative terms desired by the university.
Use judgment and an extensive amount of experience to adapt an advanced knowledge of skills, methods, practices, policies and procedures and a considerable degree of innovation, analysis and reasoning to independently plan and prioritize work that involves some extremely difficult problems and/or decisions.
Ensure a high level of service support is provided to principal investigators, departmental, school and central administrators; evaluate the risk associated with a variety of transactions and agreements; maintain the standard operating procedures for contract service delivery.
Maintain awareness of regulatory and policy changes impacting the office; maintain awareness of court decisions that impact contract negotiations; and interpret and disseminate contract related policies, regulations, and guidelines to faculty and staff.
Maintain electronic records that are consistent and current; this includes review of documents to ensure appropriateness and completeness; ensure integrity of data captured in contract tracking system; provide strategic data to senior administration through reports as requested.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree and three years of experience in negotiation of contracts or an equivalent combination and experience.
J.D. highly preferred with at least two to four years of experience in research administration or contract drafting and negotiation.
Relevant knowledge including contract preparation and negotiation experience, such as legal or paralegal, federal or industry contract specialist, business administration or a public administration background.
Effective oral and written communication skills
Ability to work independently.
Judgment to know when to seek consultation with supervisor(s).
Ability to exercise sound judgment, discretion, and tact.
Capacity to develop and maintain good professional relations with personnel at the University, the sponsoring agencies and collaborating institutions.
Strong orientation toward customer service.
Ability to manage a detail-oriented workload.
Ability to organize and prioritize workloads during high pressure, high-volume workload periods.
Strong organizational skills and ability to set priorities.
Knowledge of the University’s organization, policies and procedures.
Knowledge of and ability to negotiate key contract terms and conditions.
The hiring range for this position is $51,293 - $66,685 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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