Contracts Officer

Job description

DepartmentAbout us:

The Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI) portfolio supports the University of Toronto as a top public research university in the world. Our mission is to create the most supportive environment possible so that our researchers, innovators and learners can do what they do best — advance understanding and apply new knowledge. Our work supports, fosters and promotes the research and innovation culture and activities of our faculty, staff and students, along with our partner hospitals, funding sponsors, and partners in the public and private sector.

As part of the broader VPRI portfolio, Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) is a research and development consortium funded by the federal and provincial governments and IBM founded in 2012. The consortium pairs academic and industry researchers with advanced computing tools to fuel innovation leadership in Canada across all sectors, including health, water, energy, cities, mining, advanced manufacturing, digital media and cybersecurity. In addition, SOSCIP provides technical, research and commercialization support to projects.

Your opportunity:

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the role supports the goals of the consortium which is to maintain its standing as a leading national organization in the application of advanced research computing and big data analytics to drive innovation and commercialization towards economic impact for Ontario and Canada. Responsibilities of the position include the provision of research administration support, building relationships and interacting with sponsor and funding agencies and other stakeholders and ensuring compliance with sponsor terms and university policies.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Fostering and maintaining relationships with existing and potential sponsors by liaising with external partners (academic and industry) to fulfill execution of collaboration agreements.
  • Interpreting and applying University and sponsor policies to independently determine research compliance
  • Advising on preparation of collaboration on intellectual property agreements, recommending agreements for institutional sign off
  • Drafting and editing partnership agreements, such as project collaboration agreements with external partners (academic and industry)
  • Ensuring contracts and agreements are consistent with University standards and guidelines
  • Providing detailed information on the content of negotiated agreements to the university community, collating internal data for reporting to sponsors

CampusEssential Qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent experience.Minimum (5) five years of relevant experience in grant agreement administration including managing external facing stakeholder relationships, liaising with sponsors and researchers, applying relevant sponsor and organizational policies and guidelines, and advising others on research related agreements. Demonstrated strong organizational and prioritization skillsExcellent analytical skills, risk assessment and problem-solvingStrong communications skills, both written and oralStrong attention to detailDemonstrated ability to act as a resource, strong interpersonal skillsStrong sense of judgment in mananaging relationshipsAdvanced computer skills including ability to work with a broad range of internal and external information system tools and electronic processing systems including spreadsheets, databases, and sponsor-based electronic systems.Knowledge of sponsoring agency requirements and ability to manage detailed, multi-step processes
Assets (Nonessential):
  • Experience working with the University of Toronto’s Guide to Financial Management (GTFM)
  • Knowledge of University research and financial policies and procedures, research and financial systems.
  • Familiarity with high performance computing

To be successful in this role you will be:
  • Accountable
  • Communicator
  • Organized
  • Resourceful

Department: Office of the Vice President, Research & Innovation
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
Schedule: Full-time
Job Field: Research Administration
Job Posting: Sep 16, 2019
Job Closing: Sep 24, 2019, 12:59:00 PM




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Posted: 9/18/2019
Application Due: 9/24/2019
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