Contract Drafting, Negotiation, and Processing Drafts, negotiates, and processes research agreements and other related agreements with foundation, non-profit and government sponsors, subcontractors, and others to be consistent with Duke policies and procedures, the specifics of each research project,and the interests of Duke faculty and Duke University, which such activities may include analyses and interpretation of federal regulations and foundation terms and conditions, complex intellectual property issues, and other general terms and conditions all to be completed within targeted timeframes.
Where applicable, works with the sponsoring agency prior to award to ensure that terms and conditions are acceptable to Duke.
Seek the advice and oversight of other SOM offices as needed. Applies template agreements and subagreements consistent with SOM policies and procedures and the nature of the work to be performed.
Determines appropriate flow-downs of Duke's obligations to others including sponsors in the case of subagreements.
Consults with senior staff regarding contract issues and as necessary with other offices within the Duke School of Medicine and the University for terms and conditions that require specialized input.
Recommends approval, or disapproval, of negotiated agreements to Director. Promptly involves senior staff when a resolution is not able to be reached in a timely manner, or when the sponsor will not accept terms requested and a solution cannot be agreed upon.
Understands and applies alternative solutions to contractual issues that arise in the context of negotiations and attempts to reconcile the often conflicting perspectives of academia and industry within established guidelines and in a manner that complements and supports Duke's overall academic mission.
Maintains good collaborator and sponsor relationships while conve ing Duke's position. Coordinates the processing of agreements with other Duke central offices as needed to ensure that the project has all approvals and compliance requirements in place prior to execution, including Office of Research Administration, Clinical Research Units, Institutional Review Board, Duke Office of Clinical Research, and Office of Procurement Services.
Coordinates SOM Research Administration's advice to applicable trial teams and Principal Investigators regarding contractual requirements, liabilities, and risks.
Understand federal policies, including NIH Grants Policy, and how they apply to agreements. Understand federal financial requirements and how they apply to agreements, including review of budgets.
Maintains up-to-date records of all agreement negotiations through timely and accurate entries in the electronic database system.
Prepares finalized agreements to go to accounting office for further process in timely manner.
Participates in contract management meetings contributing to the continuous improvement of SOM Research Administration, its policies, processes and operations.
Provides input to SOm Research Administration quality control procedures to effect the timely execution of all assigned agreements in accordance with organizational and departmental policies.
Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
Work requires a Bachelor's degree in Business related field.
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