Research Agreement Manager

  • Location: Durham, NC
  • Posted: Dec 24, 2019

Job Description

School of Medicine:

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nations top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Contract Drafting, Negotiation, and Processing Drafts, negotiates, and processes research agreements and other related agreements with foundation, non-profit and government sponsors, subcontractors, and others to be consistent with Duke policies and procedures, the specifics of each research project,and the interests of Duke faculty and Duke University, which such activities may include analyses and interpretation of federal regulations and foundation terms and conditions, complex intellectual property issues, and other general terms and conditions all to be completed within targeted timeframes.

Where applicable, works with the sponsoring agency prior to award to ensure that terms and conditions are acceptable to Duke.

Seek the advice and oversight of other SOM offices as needed. Applies template agreements and subagreements consistent with SOM policies and procedures and the nature of the work to be performed.

Determines appropriate flow-downs of Duke's obligations to others including sponsors in the case of subagreements.

Consults with senior staff regarding contract issues and as necessary with other offices within the Duke School of Medicine and the University for terms and conditions that require specialized input.

Recommends approval, or disapproval, of negotiated agreements to Director. Promptly involves senior staff when a resolution is not able to be reached in a timely manner, or when the sponsor will not accept terms requested and a solution cannot be agreed upon.

Understands and applies alternative solutions to contractual issues that arise in the context of negotiations and attempts to reconcile the often conflicting perspectives of academia and industry within established guidelines and in a manner that complements and supports Dukes overall academic mission.

Maintains good collaborator and sponsor relationships while conveing Duke's position. Coordinates the processing of agreements with other Duke central offices as needed to ensure that the project has all approvals and compliance requirements in place prior to execution, including Office of Research Administration, Clinical Research Units, Institutional Review Board, Duke Office of Clinical Research, and Office of Procurement Services.

Coordinates SOM Research Administration's advice to applicable trial teams and Principal Investigators regarding contractual requirements, liabilities, and risks.

Understand federal policies, including NIH Grants Policy, and how they apply to agreements. Understand federal financial requirements and how they apply to agreements, including review of budgets.

Administrative Responsibilities

Maintains up-to-date records of all agreement negotiations through timely and accurate entries in the electronic database system.

Prepares finalized agreements to go to accounting office for further process in timely manner.

Participates in contract management meetings contributing to the continuous improvement of SOM Research Administration, its policies, processes and operations.

Provides input to SOm Research Administrationquality control procedures to effect the timely execution of all assigned agreements in accordance with organizational and departmental policies.

Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Minimum Qualifications


Work requires a Bachelor's degree in Business related field.

Work requires a minimum of three years of related OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE business/administration experience.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideasan exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

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