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ProfileAgreement Associate Duties: Manage an assigned portfolio of research departments and serve as the primary resource for all contract needs within the portfolio. Negotiate the terms and conditions of incoming research contracts, subcontracts, and research service agreements from federal and state agencies, foundations, and not-for-profit entities. Draft and negotiate the terms and conditions of outgoing subcontracts and research services agreements issued under research awards received from federal and state agencies, foundations, and not-for-profit entities. Prepare subsequent amendments and modifications outgoing subcontracts and review amendments to incoming agreements. Review contract terms and conditions at proposal submission time as needed. Identify any problematic language that may require negotiation and/or input from other Partners offices such as Research Ventures and Licensing, Clinical Trials Office, Office of General Counsel, and other Partners entities as needed. Develop skills to manage large scale collaboration contracts as assigned. Support staff with ongoing administration of contract requirements; interpret and explain terms and conditions to internal staff, hospital departments, and sponsor representatives. Assist colleagues with the resolution of problems related to contract terms and conditions, compliance with sponsor and institutional policy, and any other contract related issues. Maintain active communication with investigators, department administrators and agency officials with regard to research contracts throughout the grant lifecycle. Assist with the training of team members such as the Contract Administrator(s) and Grant Administrator(s), as applicable. Responsible for timely contract execution, and appropriate escalation of stalled contract negotiation. Eligible for limited institutional signing authority after a minimum of one year – subject to management discretion. Initiate triage for agreements as necessary and work to ensure they reach the correct office/department. Ensure all electronic records are kept up to date with the most current documentation and information. Run reports to measure and manage workflow effectively and efficiently. Work with Senior Agreement Associate and/or Post-Award Manager on complex transactions and issues. Work on special projects for the Post-Award team or the Research Management office overall, as assigned. Assumes additional responsibilities as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: An advanced legal degree (JD preferred) may be sufficient in lieu of professional experience. Bachelor’s degree with 3+ years professional experience, or 5 years of related research administration and management experience is preferred. Some familiarity with federal grant policies preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
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