Associate Director, Corporate Contracts
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Reporting to the Senior Associate Director of Corporate Contracts, responsible for structuring, negotiating and facilitating research agreements for the Corporate Contracts in close coordination with the licensing and other business development groups in the Penn Center for Innovation. Primary duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: draft, review, negotiate and finalize research contracts with industrial partners in a timely and responsive manner that reflects the critical importance of providing excellent client service to partners both inside and outside of Penn, including, but not limited to: sponsored research, collaboration, data sharing, tangible research materials, corporate service, program consulting, non-disclosure and material transfer agreements; Work closely with Corporate Alliances, Licensing and PCI Ventures to identify new opportunities for corporate research alliances and commercialization related agreements; Work in partnership with licensing officers and other business development professionals to review, consider, modify and incorporate, as necessary, non-standard IP related provisions during contract drafting and negotiation; Coordinate and problem solve within the Corporate Contracts group, other divisions of the Penn Center for Innovation, ORS and Penn Departments/Schools issues associated with corporate agreements and funding sources; Guide and support contract administrators and Penn research administration systems and processes, including seamless integration with electronic research administration systems (e.g. Penn ERA, Inteum and the Research Inventory System, as needed; Provide effective direction and guidance to colleagues and stakeholders regarding navigating Penn’s research administration function.
Master’ s degree required, J.D. strongly preferred, plus 5-7 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; previous experience in contract negotiation; understanding of research environment, preferably in higher education; excellent customer service skills; excellent oral and written communications skills.
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