Contract Negotiator

  • Augusta University
  • Augusta, GA, USA
  • Nov 12, 2022
Full time Business/Financial Affairs/Financial Aid

Job Description

Contract Negotiator

Job ID: 237353
Location: Augusta University
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
Augusta University is Georgia's innovation center for education and health care, training the next generation of innovators, leaders, and healthcare providers in classrooms and clinics on four campuses in Augusta and locations across the state. More than 9,000 students choose Augusta for educational opportunities at the center of Georgia's cybersecurity hub and experiential learning that blends arts and application, humanities, and the health sciences. Augusta is home to Georgia's only public academic health center, where groundbreaking research is creating a healthier, more prosperous Georgia, and world-class clinicians are bringing the medicine of tomorrow to patient care today.

Augusta University –
Our Health Sciences Campus:
1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912

College/Department Information
The Division of Sponsored Programs Administration and the Augusta University Research Institute serve as a central unit to coordinate and support Augusta University's Internal and External Sponsored Projects. The Division aims to identify, support, and advance opportunities for research, training, teaching, and scholarly activities by managing the entire lifecycle of sponsored project – from proposal and grant development and submission, to contract preparation, award management, and project close out management. The DSPA seeks to advance extramural support programs for the institution by providing administrative, informational, and logistical assistance to faculty and staff, while ensuring compliance with pertinent policies and regulations of the institution, extramural sponsors, and federal oversight agencies.

Job Summary
Job Posting Refreshed
The primary responsibility of this position is the facilitation and negotiation of sponsored programs agreements (e.g. industry sponsored clinical and non-clinical agreements, incoming subawards, etc.) to protect Augusta University Research Institute, Inc., Augusta University, the Principal Investigator (PI), and Augusta University Medical Center in the following major areas: appropriate costing and budget, patient and medical staff safety, including protection of personally identifiable and/or health related information; intellectual property (IP) rights and ownership; liability (damages, injury and indemnification) and insurance; publications; warranty; and infringement at a minimum. Provide professional consultation, advise and direct investigators, facilitate the negotiation and processing of grant/contract agreements, and work in close collaboration with the Office of Legal Affairs as necessary. This is not an attorney position and will not provide legal advice.

The duties include, but are not limited to:
Receives and reviews sponsored programs related contracts (e,g. industry sponsored clinical and non-clinical master and study specific agreements, incoming subawards, etc.) and other sponsored programs agreements as assigned, including but not limited to AU's commitment Intellectual Property, and budget terms.

Responsible for timely editing and negotiating the agreements and ensuring the contract terms are in accordance with, federal, state, sponsor, and University policies, guidelines, regulations, statues, and laws. Identifies when legal review is required for unique or complex issues outside normal templates and protocols and proactively seeks legal advice from the Office of Legal Affairs.

Works collaboratively with the Clinical Trial Office and other clinical trial units, Research Development Services and AUMC, the Institutional Review Board, the Office of Innovation Collaboration, Pre-Award Services and the Office of Legal Affairs to facilitate the timely review and negotiation of sponsored programs agreements. Work with departments and faculty to provide assistance with and contract proposal preparation: Cultivate relationships with sponsors. Prepare monthly contract metric reports as required by the SVPR.

Confirms that the final executable agreement includes required AU budgetary and non-budgetary terms/clauses, final budgets are CMS compliant and aligned with informed consent documents and protocol, and all necessary compliance approvals are in place. Responsible for ensuring that the final executable version of the contract incorporates all budgetary and non-budgetary revisions made during the negotiations process. Track contracts and grants requiring negotiation from inception to execution while documenting the status of clinical trial agreements in On-Core. Processes amendments and modifications to agreements.

Perform all other related duties/tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in applicable field of study and a minimum of five years' of contracting experience.

Preferred Qualifications
Law degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent contracting experience or other relevant advanced degree.
Familiarity with grant and contract negotiation issues preferred and clinical trials agreements.
Knowledge of federal contracting and subcontracting issues a plus (FAR).
Prior experience working in sponsored research and/or familiarity with a medical school or health care law background are an asset.
Experience working at a University negotiating terms and conditions in legal agreements/paralegal work are an asset

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Team player with excellent judgement
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer software/databases
Solid understanding of legal principles and skilled in contract language
Demonstrated ability accurately comprehend and interpret medical and scientific terminology
Detail-oriented with strong multi-tasking, imaginative and innovative problem solving, time management and organizational skills
Ability to handle a high volume throughput in a timely manner and to interpret, convey, explain, and uphold regulatory and institutional requirements
Working knowledge of: industry clinical trial provisions, including required biotech and pharmaceutical laws and regulations such as FDA, GCP, PII, AAHRPP, sand HIPAA

Shift: Days; Monday - Friday (Work outside of normal business hours may be required)
Pay Grade: 15
Salary: $38,913/annually - $52,533/annually
Salary to be commensurate with qualifications of selected candidate within the established range (generally minimum-midpoint) of the position
Recruitment Period: Until Filled
Augusta University offers a variety of benefits to full-time benefits-eligible employees and some of our half-time (or more) employees.
Benefits that may be elected could include health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, Teachers Retirement System (or Optional Retirement Plan), as well as earned vacation time, sick leave, and 13 paid holidays.
Also, our full-time employees who have been employed with us successfully for more than 6 months can be considered for the Tuition Assistance Program. Consider applying with us today!

Conditions of Employment
All candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.

All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive [patient, student, employee, financial, business, etc.] information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during the course of their employment and beyond.

Other Information
This position is also responsible for promoting a customer-friendly environment and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees. "Augusta University is a patient-and family-centered care institution, where employees partner every day with patients and families for success."

Augusta University is a tobacco-free environment, and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.

How To Apply
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