The Research Contracts Administrator reviews, negotiates, and drafts material transfer agreements (MTAs), confidentiality agreements (CDAs), subaward agreements and other research contracts on behalf of UTHSC. This position provides assistance in implementing and maintaining UTHSC policy and procedures regarding the transfer of proprietary (biological) materials, works closely with UTRF (University of Tennessee Research Foundation) with regard to the transfer of proprietary material, facilitate research contracts, and negotiates terms and conditions of various contracts as needed.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Negotiates and/or drafts agreements, including MTAs, CDAs, subawards, and other agreements, in collaboration with faculty, departmental staff, UTRF, Research Office, legal advisors, and other administrators on behalf of UTHSC.
Identifies and resolves risks in contractual terms and conditions not conforming to UTHSC policy or governing regulations.
Maintains on-going relationships with faculty, departmental staff, industry sponsors, academic institutions, vendors, and other entities involved in agreements under review.
Provides campus, departmental, and one-on-one training related to MTAs, CDAs, research contracts, subawards, and other documents, including UTHSC policies and procedures, and basic contracting issues.
Reviews, processes, and implements corrective action in administrative management of the negotiation process, when necessary, in order to represent the interests of UTHSC.
Maintains negotiation status updates related to contract documents.
EXPERIENCE: Five (5) years' work experience performing contract or similar duties. Prior science or research-related work experience in an academic setting is preferred. Must possess excellent negotiation skills and a clear understanding of contracts; an ability to communicate with scientists, legal advisors, excellent organizational skills, ability to multitask, and strong attention to detail. Must have excellent interpersonal and grammatical skills, and the ability to articulate ideas clearly via the telephone or in written documents; excellent word processing and computer skills. Knowledge of University policy preferred.
The mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service.