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Under supervision, this position is responsible for conducting negotiations of complex governmental and non-governmental contracts. This position reviews and negotiates contracts, subcontracts and grants prior to award acceptance by the University, approving all authorization documents as required by the contract or grant. Prepares negotiation memorandum which set forth the understandings resulting from successful negotiations to facilitate compliance of accepted terms and conditions on all grants, contracts, cooperative agreements and sub awards. In addition, this position will draft and negotiate other types of agreements, such as master agreements, task order statements, data use agreements and outgoing subcontracts. Efficient administration of workload, including responsiveness to the needs of the University and its faculty, as well as timeliness to assure adherence to legal provisions of an award. Maintains systematic control over his/her workload in order to determine status at all times. Ability to interpret and explain contractual obligations and restrictions. Applies working knowledge of general contracts and intellectual property law, as well as knowledge of federal, state and local laws and University policies related to research. This position is responsible for staying updated on various federal, state and local legislation, policies and trends affecting the research arena. Able to communicate effectively and diplomatically, both orally and in writing, with both University and sponsor representatives at all levels. Possesses a sufficient degree of experience and good judgment to carry out the functions and responsibilities of the position. Must be able to work with individuals at all levels to resolve issues in a timely manner. This position works closely with the Assistant Director of Contract Negotiations in the Office of Grants and Contracts Administration, the Office of Legal Affairs, the Office of Technology Transfer, and the college based research officers. Excellent customer service skills and the ability to clearly convey information by communicating effectively and achieve levels of professional skill/knowledge by staying abreast of current developments and trends in areas of expertise.
Graduation from a four-year college or university and at least four years of program associate experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
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