Job Requisition Number: 27126. The University of California at Berkeley (UCB) currently has an outstanding opportunity for an Industry Contracts and Alliances Manager in the its Industry Alliances Office (IAO), a division of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances (IPIRA).
The IAO is responsible for the creation, negotiation, and implementation of agreements with industry that support campus research activities and facilitate a strong relationship with the corporate sector. Industry-related agreements include all agreements related to the support of research by for-profit entities, including sponsored research agreements, industry affiliate agreements, Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants, and collaboration agreements. IAO also negotiates all material transfer agreements and research related confidentiality agreements for the UC Berkeley campus. IAO conducts outreach to both the campus community and industry sector concerning industry/university relationships, technology transfer and research activities at UC Berkeley.
The Alliances Manager will negotiate research-related agreements and help in the development and maintenance of research relationships with industry. The Alliances Manager will also provide expert advice, contract interpretation, and training to faculty and staff working with industry, as well as outreach and guidance on university contracting to the industry representatives. The Alliances Manager works collaboratively with UCB’s Sponsored Projects Office and with IAO’s sister office, the Office of Technology Licensing on the negotiation of intellectual property terms in sponsored research agreements. The Alliances Manager also regularly interacts with the UC Berkeley Office of Legal Affairs, the University of California System’s Office of the General Counsel and Research Policy Analysis and Coordination office as well as with other UC campuses.
•Drafts and negotiates a variety of research-related contracts such as non-disclosure, material transfer, and sponsored research agreements, as well as member agreements for industry affiliate programs;, ensures such contracts comply with applicable laws, regulations and policies. •Facilitates post-award management by advising faculty, students and staff of their rights and obligations under the various contracts. •In consultation with senior contract administrators and Director initiate new research collaborations by informing faculty and company representatives of potential collaborative opportunities. •Promotes appropriate disclosure of information, e.g., invention disclosures, to research sponsors and the Office of Technology Licensing •Establishes and maintains professional relationships with industry representatives, provides information to them about campus research programs, about laws and policies that govern contracting practices, and directs them to others when appropriate. •Investigates and mediates departmental and or contractor complaints, including coordination between multiple parties•The ability to draft and negotiate mutually beneficial research agreements in accordance with the requirements of the project, relevant University policies and federal and state laws; •The ability to understand, interpret, and clearly communicate matters of policy, law and science to multiple constituencies including faculty and industry representatives; •The ability to work collaboratively with other Universities and UC System offices; •Tolerance and respect for a diversity of perspectives; •The ability to work as an engaged, contributing member of a team; •The ability to tolerate ambiguity and suspend judgment when needed; •A commitment to further the research mission of the University; •Ability to track, manage and meet multiple transactions/projects/deadlines in a high volume position; •High attention to detail while maintaining focus on the big picture; •Ability to understand internal departmental/unit operating policies; •Thorough knowledge and understanding of specific contracting assignments; •Strong organizational, presentation, and negotiation skills; •Strong listening and political acumen skills; •Strong knowledge of the campus, including its infrastructure, goals, mission, rules, policies, guidelines, etc. •A demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment; •An understanding of intellectual property law, contracts and grants, and University research administration.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.