Contract Negotiator

Augusta University
Augusta University

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Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Sponsored Programs, Grants & Contracts
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Contract Negotiator
Location: Augusta University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 237353
Required Qualifications Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in applicable field of study and a minimum of five years' of contracting experience.Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Ability to maintain confidentiality
Team player with excellent judgement
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer software/databases
Solid understanding of legal principles and skilled in contract language
Demonstrated ability accurately comprehend and interpret medical and scientific terminology
Detail-oriented with strong multi-tasking, imaginative and innovative problem solving, time management and organizational skills
Ability to handle a high volume throughput in a timely manner and to interpret, convey, explain, and uphold regulatory and institutional requirements
Working knowledge of: industry clinical trial provisions, including required biotech and pharmaceutical laws and regulations such as FDA, GCP, PII, AAHRPP, sand HIPAAPreferred Qualifications
  • Law degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent contracting experience or other relevant advanced degree.
  • Familiarity with grant and contract negotiation issues preferred and clinical trials agreements.
  • Knowledge of federal contracting and subcontracting issues a plus (FAR).
  • Prior experience working in sponsored research and/or familiarity with a medical school or health care law background are an asset.
  • Experience working at a University negotiating terms and conditions in legal agreements/paralegal work are an asset
Responsibilities The primary responsibility of this position is the facilitation and negotiation of sponsored programs agreements (e.g. industry sponsored clinical and non-clinical agreements, incoming subawards, etc.) to protect Augusta University Research Institute, Inc., Augusta University, the Principal Investigator (PI), and Augusta University Medical Center in the following major areas: appropriate costing and budget, patient and medical staff safety, including protection of personally identifiable and/or health related information; intellectual property (IP) rights and ownership; liability (damages, injury and indemnification) and insurance; publications; warranty; and infringement at a minimum. Provide professional consultation, advise and direct investigators, facilitate the negotiation and processing of grant/contract agreements, and work in close collaboration with the Office of Legal Affairs as necessary. This is not an attorney position and will not provide legal advice. The duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Receives and reviews sponsored programs related contracts (e,g. industry sponsored clinical and non-clinical master and study specific agreements, incoming subawards, etc.) and other sponsored programs agreements as assigned, including but not limited to AU's commitment Intellectual Property, and budget terms. Responsible for timely editing and negotiating the agreements and ensuring the contract terms are in accordance with, federal, state, sponsor, and University policies, guidelines, regulations, statues, and laws. Identifies when legal review is required for unique or complex issues outside normal templates and protocols and proactively seeks legal advice from the Office of Legal Affairs.
  • Works collaboratively with the Clinical Trial Office and other clinical trial units, Research Development Services and AUMC, the Institutional Review Board, the Office of Innovation Collaboration, Pre-Award Services and the Office of Legal Affairs to facilitate the timely review and negotiation of sponsored programs agreements. Work with departments and faculty to provide assistance with and contract proposal preparation: Cultivate relationships with sponsors. Prepare monthly contract metric reports as required by the SVPR.
  • Confirms that the final executable agreement includes required AU budgetary and non-budgetary terms/clauses, final budgets are CMS compliant and aligned with informed consent documents and protocol, and all necessary compliance approvals are in place. Responsible for ensuring that the final executable version of the contract incorporates all budgetary and non-budgetary revisions made during the negotiations process. Track contracts and grants requiring negotiation from inception to execution while documenting the status of clinical trial agreements in On-Core. Processes amendments and modifications to agreements.
  • Perform all other related duties/tasks as assigned.
Shift/Salary Shift: Days/M-F; Work outside of the normal business hours may be required. Salary to be commensurate with qualifications of selected candidate within the established range (generally minimum-midpoint) of the position Recruitment Period: Until FilledConditions of Employment All candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.

All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive [patient, student, employee, financial, business, etc.] information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during the course of their employment and beyond.Equal Employment Opportunity Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.Other Information This position is also responsible for promoting a customer friendly environment and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees. "Augusta University is a patient-and family-centered care institution, where employees partner everyday with patients and families for success."

Augusta University is a tobacco free environment and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.

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