Contracts Associate 2/20/2017
University of California - Los Angeles Medical Centers
Los Angeles, CA
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The mission of the Clinical Trials Administration Office is to facilitate high quality clinical research that contributes to science and the introduction of new drugs, devices, treatments and procedures, while protecting the University and its faculty and employees from undue risk and liability and preserving intellectual property and publication rights. Reporting to the Director of the Clinical Trials Administration Office, the Contracts Associate serves in a junior contract officer role and is responsible for providing contracting services for industry-supported clinical trials, medical device, and other clinical research projects. The Contracts Associate has primary responsibility for: providing consulting services to faculty seeking funding from industry; managing a large volume of studies, ensuring contract terms comport with master and/or template agreement terms and conditions, developing and negotiating contracts with industry sponsors on behalf of the Regents for financial support of such programs; and providing on-going administrative management services for the UCLA investigator and the Sponsor during the term of the contract, e.g., extensions and providing interpretations of the contract, and handling clinical trial confidentiality agreements. The high quality delivery of services to investigators in an efficient and customer service oriented manner is an important role, as well as complying with institutional requirements and industry standards, and building effective relationships with industry sponsors. The Contracts Associate is expected to work fairly independently, but is expected to receive more oversight than more senior contracts officers.
Develops and negotiates clinical trials, medical device, and other industry research contract agreements and confidentiality agreements for the health sciences campus.
Reviews new and revised University policy and procedures related to University-industry relations and, in particular, those with potential impact on the contract research environment. Provides analysis to the Director and others, as appropriate.
Education: Bachelors Degree and Paralegal training or law degree strongly preferred.
Experience: 5 years of experience (or equivalent education and experience), including at least 2 years in the contracting or other legal-related professional experience
Knowledge of University policies, Federal and State regulations, and industry standards relating to contract authority, use of human and animal subjects, research regulatory compliance requirements, subject injury and indemnification, intellectual property, copyright and patent law, publication rights, HIPAA and privacy, access to records, appropriate overhead rates, stewardship responsibilities, academic personnel, the appropriate use of University facilities, etc. and the ability to develop expertise on many such policies.
Demonstrated knowledge of industry contracting and subcontracting practices, including demonstrated experience in drafting contracts.
Demonstrated excellence in negotiating skills, including the ability to resolve conflict among various groups and individuals with diverse backgrounds and goals concerning sensitive and important issues.
Skill in analyzing information and objectives to define problems, identify relevant issues or concerns, formulating alternatives to affect resolution, and selecting alternative problem resolutions having evaluated all implications for implementation of a given solution.