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Northeastern University Research Enterprise Services (NU-RES) provides leadership and expertise to faculty, investigators and college administrators in support of research and sponsored programs at Northeastern University (NU) and KRI at Northeastern University, LLC. NU ? a dynamic, innovative, and entrepreneurial university with a diverse and growing research portfolio ? seeks to hire talented, experienced administrators who are dedicated to supporting investigators secure and manage their extramural sponsored activities. The University is committed to hiring and developing personnel who enjoy working in a high-performing culture that rewards excellence. To learn more about Northeastern?s unique academic environment and generous benefits please see:
A key member of the NU-RES Contract Team, the Contract Officer supports, facilitates and advances faculty research and sponsored activities by advising faculty and administrators on a wide-range of regulatory and practical issues related to extramurally funded contracts and agreements with industry, Federal agencies, and non-profit organizations.
The Contact Officer reviews, analyzes, drafts and negotiates sponsored research and related contracts (e.g., confidentiality, non-disclosure, data use, material transfer agreements, etc.); leveraging strong technical knowledge of academic standards, intellectual property rights and applicable regulatory requirements. In addition, as a member of the larger NU-RES team, the Contract Officer provides administrative support for the management of the University?s contract award portfolio.Primarily responsible for the timely administration, review, analysis, and negotiation of contracts and related research agreements with industry partners, federal agencies and non-profit institutions (as assigned). Scope of negotiated agreements included, but are not limited to, sponsored research agreements, non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, and data use agreements. Identify legal, financial, regulatory and business risks; effectively communicate with investigators, administrative colleagues and counterparts about issues and recommend mutually satisfactory terms & conditions. Coordinate with University legal counsel, Center for Research Innovation, Compliance and other NU offices, as needed, for the constructive resolution of contract and agreement issues and post-execution administration of contract awards.Qualifications
Bachelor?s degree or commensurate combination of education and experience required, preferably with a minimum of 2 years relevant experience in the field of research administration in an academic or non-profit setting. Relevant experience includes: Experience reviewing applicable federal statutes and regulations, including a strong understanding of laws and regulations related to research and sponsored activities (e.g., Federal Acquisition Regulations, Uniform Guidance, Intellectual Property, FCOI, IRB/IACUC/IBC, Data/Privacy, Export Controls, etc.).
Demonstrated knowledge of sponsored research issues including policies (e.g., intellectual property rights, publications, and academic freedom) and best practices, preferably in an academic or corporate setting.
Must be detail oriented and have solid judgment and capacity to exercise discretion to resolve ambiguity and promote effective solutions.
Must have demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively, excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated integrity, initiative, professionalism and highly collegial and collaborative approach in all work and in developing and maintaining professional relationships. Strong principle-based negotiation and agreement drafting experience coupled with an understanding of areas of key concern to academic institutions, funding agencies, especially corporate/industry partners.
Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and thrive in a fast-paced, time-sensitive, innovative environment. Must have a strong commitment to providing professional, timely, value-added courteous service to the university research community.
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