Contracts Manager

Connecticut, United States
30 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
30 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Reporting to one of the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) Senior Contract Managers, the Contract Manager (CM) provides support to faculty and administrators regarding the review and development of proposals as well as the negotiation, execution and administration of contracts, including research agreements, federal contracts / agreements, confidentiality agreements and material transfer agreements. 

The CM has an assigned portfolio of departments and is responsible for the negotiation and/or acceptance of awards on behalf of Yale University for those assigned departments, ensures that the terms and conditions of awards comport with University policies, and that the award is properly administered during its life. The CM will provide faculty and administrators guidance regarding interpretation of award terms and conditions, will keep abreast of changes in University policy, federal regulations, sponsor requirements, and will be a valuable resource to the Yale community in advancing its mission while adhering to its policies and procedures.

Essential Duties

  1. Review, develop, and negotiate agreements and contracts with industry, not-for-profit and other agencies.
  2. Maintain knowledge of and interpret applicable policies, statutes, regulations and procedures formulated by the federal government as well as other sponsors in the review and negotiation of contracts.
  3. Act as a resource for other OSP staff in the review and negotiation of agreements and contracts, including guidance on contract terms and conditions such as indemnification, limitation of liability, intellectual property, royalty sharing, and confidentiality.
  4. Collaborate and consult with other University offices such as Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), Office of Cooperative Research (OCR), Office of General Counsel (OGC), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and the Office of Research Administration in the review and negotiation of agreements and contracts ensuring that all offices are apprised of the status of negotiations and any other relevant communications.
  5. Foster relationships and partnerships with sponsors, various Yale schools and departments, and faculty.
  6. Advise, assist in, and provide training on policies and issues related to research administration and the various aspects of contract preparation and submittal for faculty and staff, both internal and external.
  7. Assist OSP in the effective facilitation of information to the broader Yale Research Community.
  8. Perform additional functions, special projects, and other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's Degree and four years of related experience in academic, business or industry; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Knowledge of contracts/legal issues. Understanding contract principles, terms and conditions as well as business principles. Ability to negotiate contract terms and conditions related to intellectual property, indemnification, publications, confidentiality, among others.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Excellent communication skills both written and verbal, with demonstrated organizational skills.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Demonstrated superior and organized customer service coordination working with multiple stakeholders, i.e., faculty, sponsors, administrators, etc.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Ability to analyze and solve problems. Thorough working knowledge of PC-based tools including Microsoft Office Suite, data base administration and other related software.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to work well as part of a team and support others on the team during high pressure deadlines. The ability to work under pressure and not sacrifice accuracy and customer service.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Juris Doctor degree preferred, Master’s degree in a related field, working knowledge of federal regulations as they relate to the conduct of research. Working knowledge of contract management in an institution of higher education, health care system, medical center, or private organization conducting research.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

Drug Screen

Health Screening

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:


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