Industrial Contracts Officer 2

Feb 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Industrial Contracts Officer 2

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Stanford University is seeking an Industrial Contracts Officer 2 to independently draft, negotiate and administer industry sponsored project agreements and collaborations, and material transfer agreements. The Industrial Contracts Officer will hold delegated signing authority for agreements on behalf of the university. The position may be responsible to train and guide other employees on the Industrial Contracts team. Core duties include:

  • Conduct formal negotiations, finalize and administer complex industry sponsored project agreements.
  • Negotiate intellectual property and publication rights, and confidentiality, indemnification and invoicing terms.
  • Negotiate Material Transfer Agreements, draft language that complies with University, Federal and other regulatory policies, requirements and conditions.
  • Negotiate other research-related agreements that involve intellectual property, publication, confidentiality and related issues.
  • Identify contractual and policy issues such as compliance, conflicts of interest and accounting, raise issues to appropriate University officials, and provide follow through until resolved.
  • Advise and assist client groups by interpreting and explaining contract terms and conditions to faculty and staff.
  • Work closely with office Licensing Associates on contractual intellectual property terms and related matters.
  • Resolve contractual problems that develop during course of projects by consulting with investigators, staff and sponsors.
  • Facilitate interactions with, and provide training to, other university research administration offices.
  • Review and revise standard agreements to reflect changes in University polices, Federal regulations and laws.
  • Participate in developing ideas for more effective client service; support Industrial Contracts Director to coordinate the development and delivery of training to other team members, faculty and client groups.
* Other duties may also be assigned Education & Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree and seven years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Advanced ability to draft, negotiate and conclude industry research agreements.
  • Thorough understanding of intellectual property and licensing issues as they pertain to industry sponsored research.
  • Thorough understanding of University research environment and policies.
  • Advanced communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups and all levels of management.
  • Advanced analytical and problem solving skills to review and analyze complex information.
  • Significant experience with contracts and grants administration; demonstrated ability to negotiate effectively with industry.
  • Strong service orientation, demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, action-oriented, customer-focused service environment.
  • Extremely detail-oriented and able to work well independently, but also able to seek assistance when needed.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, good judgment and the ability to conduct negotiations in a timely manner.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize a variety of tasks and demands.
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to learn applicable University and departmental systems.
Physical Requirements*:
  • Frequently perform desk based computer tasks, seated work and use light/ fine grasping.
  • Occasionally stand, walk, use a telephone, lift, carry, push, pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Rarely writes by hand.
*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

The Industrial Contracts Office is part of Stanford University's Office of Technology Licensing (OTL), which evaluates, markets, and licenses technology owned by the University. ICO negotiates and signs sponsored research and other research-related agreements with industry and handles all University material transfer agreements, working closely with OTL on intellectual property terms for research agreements. ICO also works closely with the Sponsored Projects Office and many other University research administration offices. ICO's mission is to foster and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with industry sponsors and provide high-quality and timely service to our constituents -- Stanford faculty and staff -- while maintaining a balance between Stanford and industry interests.

Experience a culture of excellence.

At Stanford University, not only are you part of an exceptional team that values innovation and education, but you also become part of a culture that brings out the best in you. Recently earning the top ranking in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of “Great Colleges to Work For,” Stanford University is an ideal setting for Contracts professionals looking to advance their careers.

As one of the world's premier research institutions, Stanford University has launched hundreds of initiatives solely for the betterment of humanity. There is a commitment to fostering a workplace culture that promotes diversity, collaboration and professional growth. Our culture offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives.

Stanford University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Background check will be required for all final candidates
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Location: Dean of Research
Schedule: Full-time
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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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