Associate Director Corporate Contracts

Pennsylvania, United States
07 Jun 2019
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07 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The Office of the Provost provides direction on all facets of the University’s academic mission, including education, faculty, research, online learning, global initiatives, admissions, athletics, student life, and arts and culture. The Provost’s Center aggregates programs and offices designed to support University operations, including: the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and its reporting departments (Penn Center for Innovation, Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, University Laboratory Animal Resources, and Regulatory Affairs), the Office of the Chaplain, the Graduate Student Center and Family Resource Center, the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, College Houses and Academic Services, New Student Orientation, the Office of Student Conduct, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and all of the University’s arts organizations (Penn Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Arthur Ross Gallery, and University Art Collection). It also includes interdisciplinary academic centers and institutes that are more appropriately housed centrally than in an individual school, including the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Center for Neuroscience and Society, the Penn Institute for Urban Research, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Kelly Writers House, and Weiss Tech House.

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, M.D., Ph.D, J.D. or equivalent doctoral degree 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.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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