Job description

School of Medicine:

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Occupational Summary

Drafts, negotiates, and processes agreements relating to the conduct of School of Medicine/Nursing research with sponsors, subcontractors, sites and others in a manner consistent with Duke University’s mission and policies/procedures, and approved standards including those underlying its non-profit tax status. Relies on good legal/business judgment, contracting and academic principles, and the experience of others within ORC. Uses systems and procedures that support the efficient development, negotiation, processing and tracking of these agreements. Represents ORC in strategic internal or external relationships. Acts as resource for junior Agreement Managers and seeks opportunities to present ORC educational material to Duke depts. and offices.

Contract Drafting, Negotiation and Processing
  1. Drafts, negotiates, and processes research agreements and other related agreements with industry, 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.
  2. Proactively and largely independently recommends 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.
  3. Consults with ORC Directors regarding contract issues and alerts such Director 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. Recommends approval, or disapproval, of negotiated agreements to OCR Directors.
  4. Represents ORC in strategic internal or external relationships.
  5. Coordinates the processing of agreements with faculty, School of Medicine departments, Site-based Research Units, other Duke central offices as needed, including Office of Research Administration, Duke Office of Clinical Research, Institutional Review Board, Office of Procurement Services, and Export Control
  6. Maintains up-to-date records of all agreement negotiations through timely and accurate entries in the ORC IT system and reports regularly on status of assigned work to ORC Directors.
  7. Provides advice to applicable Dept. staff, trial teams, and Principal Investigators regarding contractual requirements, liabilities, and risks.
  8. Acts as a resource for other members of ORC with regard to agreements and related processes particularly with respect to IRB, human subjects protection matters, federal and foundation compliance requirements, and intellectual property matters.
  9. Participates in contract management meetings contributing to the continuous improvement of ORC, its policies, processes and operations.
  10. Provides input to ORC quality control procedures to effect the timely execution of all assigned agreements in accordance with organizational and departmental policies.
  11. Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
  12. Provides training and educational outreach on ORC contract process/procedures and related SOM policies internally and as requested to other Duke depts./offices.
  13. Informs Duke faculty and research personnel of contractual requirements, including confidentiality restrictions, material use restrictions, liability issues and intellectual property rights.
  14. Ensure that the project has all relevant approvals and compliance requirements in place prior to contract execution.
  15. Education

    Work requires a Bachelor's degree


    Work requires a minimum of five years of related business/administration OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE experience.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.




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Job No:
Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 6/22/2021
Work Type: Full Time