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Contract Law Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Years of Experience

5-7 yrs required


Minneapolis, MN

Date Last Verified

Sep 13,2017

Posted on

Jul 20,2017
Practice Area
Contract Law >> Contract Law
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Senior Research Contract Specialist
Responsibilities: Leads the coordination and compliance review of research agreements, amendments, and work orders with research sponsors and various other research contractors. Initiates and works closely with the Research Operations Manager to develop, implement, and maintain contract review processes. Reports to the Research Operations Manager and is responsible for the following responsibilities: Legal review and coordinator for research agreements, amendments, and work orders between research sponsors according to Allina Health established contracting guidelines. Independently leads agreement reviews between researcher managers/directors and study sponsors and if necessary, with input from Allina legal, risk management, research compliance, and leadership, according to established department guidelines Primary reviewer on majority of research agreements with minimal supervision. Main point of contact for research manager/directors as it relates to contract review status and questions. Escalates issues and questions to Allina Legal and/or department management as needed per established guidelines and informed judgment. . Assist with development and training of junior contracting staff members.. Assist in training and development of new research contracting staff. Work with management to develop training curricula. Assist in junior staff member’s understanding of research contracting policy, process and guidance and when to escalate issues to management and/or legal. Legal review and coordination of provider and non-provider agreements between independent contractors. Draft (if needed) and review other research agreements including provider and non-provider service agreements. Serve as Contract Admin Designee for research provider arrangements. Work closely with key internal stakeholders on developing a process for intake of these agreements, review process, and execution. Work closely with Research Operations Manager and internal stakeholders to develop agreement submission, review, and approval/signature guidance, tools, and processes. Create guidance for internal contracting standards and research site requirements in collaboration with Research Operations management and key stakeholders including Legal and Risk. Organize stakeholder meetings either ad hoc or regularly scheduled to develop and update process tools. Proactively explore the development and implementation of contract review tools and guidance to streamline processes. Assist in the development and execution of communication plans for new or updated process roll-out. Initiate, participate in, and contribute to process improvements. Organization, tracking, and communication of agreement progress and/or issues. Support maintenance of tracking log of all agreement reviews and progress. Provide support to regular tracking and reporting of Research Operations agreement review metrics. Organize and manage regular meetings and/or progress notifications with research sites and Research Operations management to review issues and/or communicate on progress. Effectively communicate and collaborate within a matrixed environment with varying professional levels. Functions as key resource/subject matter expert on research contracting issues and processes. Assists Research Operations Manager, researchers and other internal stakeholders in resolving complex research contracting and contract management issues. Central liaison between research sites and internal stakeholder areas to ensure research contracting compliance and updates are communicated (insurance for non-employed physicians). Stay apprised of important changes in clinical research guidance and regulations. Provide ongoing support to and collaborate in the development of research contract process education for internal researchers. Work closely with the Research Operations/Research Ops management in the development of education as it relates to research agreements. Assist in drafting the development of yearly education plan as it relates to research agreements and/or regulations. Deliver education to researchers as needed. Support Research Administration and Research Compliance with special projects and/or requested duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: JD Degree required. 1+ year of research contracting experience required. 5-7 years’ experience in research, healthcare, legal, or compliance; 3+ years experience in general contract review and negotiation. Strong experience with government regulations related to research; ability to interpret government requirements/regulations required. Strong business acumen. Demonstrated experience in project and/or process management. Excellent writing and oral communication skills. Experience leading teams and/or collaborative process improvement. Ability to align individual or team goals to overarching business unit and organizational strategy. Experience with policy/process development. Experience providing education and training. Multi-tasking. Critical thinking and analytical skills. Detail oriented.

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