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Director Collaboration & Corporate Research Contract

Date: Dec 3, 2018

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: CHOP

Job Description

Req ID: 20312

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

Lead and direct the Office of Collaborative and Corporate Research Contracts. Responsible for leading the day-to-day centralized administration of office’s contract services to support CHOP faculty and staff, and to facilitate the negotiation and execution of research agreements. This  office will facilitate the negotiation of Clinical Trial Agreements, Sponsored Research Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements, Consortium Agreements, Faculty Consulting Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, Data Use Agreements and other agreements as appropriate (such as subaward agreements for Industry Sponsored Clinical Trials) on behalf of CHOP Principal Investigators.  The Director will collaborate with companies, sponsors, academic institutions, subawardees, etc. to help advance research at CHOP. Develop, interpret and apply CHOP policies, and interpret and apply laws and regulations to ensure compliance and best practices at CHOP. Provide advice, counsel and strategic direction to the Vice President, Office of Technology Transfer, Commercialization and Innovation and maintain a dotted line partnership with the Office of General Counsel, the Vice President Research Administration & Operations, and the Assistant Vice President and Chief Clinical Research Officer (as well other senior research and hospital administration).


  • Leads contracting staff with professional expertise and manages senior contracting staff.  Research, introduce, share, customize, and benchmark best practices in contract negotiation, contract management, and professional development.
  • Develops and leads outstanding research support services that enable faculty to fulfill their clinical and research missions as efficiently and effectively as possible.
  • Develops, refines, and leads contract intake processes, negotiation and management around the needs of faculty and their research programs to maximize the metric “time-spent-as-a-researcher.”
  • Builds professional, effective relationships with faculty, staff, senior management, clinical and research leaders, and collaborative partners.
  • Mentors and coaches senior contracting staff to aid in training and development to ensure that departmental objectives are met with regard to customer service. Fosters and builds a collaborative team within and across functional lines to achieve world-class performance. Oversees the hiring, training and education, evaluation, discipline and/or discharge of staff within Collaborative and Corporate Research Contracts.
  • Serves on behalf of CHOP as an institutional signature authority for contracts and agreements within the purview of the office.
  • Creates and sustains an open, transparent environment that collaborates with other units within CHOP to meet the needs of CHOP faculty and staff.

Job Responsibilities

  • Oversees the operations of the office managing Clinical Trial Agreements, Sponsored Research Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements, Consortium Agreements, Faculty Consulting Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, Data Use Agreements and other agreements as appropriate as a single point of service for CHOP faculty and staff.
  • Meet with new/current faculty and staff to gather information and discuss possible relationships or change in relationship with CHOP. 
  • Provide leadership and oversee training and mentoring to contracts team to assist in the development and communication of new or revised contract terms and processes.
  • Review, comprehend and understand contracts within CHOP.  Understand the interpretation of the contract from a CHOP perspective and apply that understanding to contract administration and coordination.
  • Develop outreach, education and negotiation strategies in collaboration with CHOP Office of General Counsel.
  • Develop and oversee the maintenance of contract management databases that reports on the status of key contracting metrics, including all pending and executed agreements, including expiration dates, time to negotiate, etc. 
  • Assist in the development and implementation of strategic plan for contracting services, including the continued development and implementation of staffing and negotiation strategies, identifying state of the art tools to facilitate the transparency and administration of contracts, and cultivating a system of robust contracting standards.
  • Perform special projects and other duties as assigned.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Required Education and Experience

Required Education:  Bachelors degree


Required Experience: At least seven (7) years of experience in contract negotiation in an academic or university setting. 

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: Juris Doctorate

Preferred Experience: At least seven (7) years of experience in leadership of an academic or university contracting office.

Additional Technical Requirements

  • A high level of sophistication related to leadership, communication, creativity, management, problem solving, and institutional strategic planning are key requirements for success
  • Ability to function as a team leader, to influence and direct others without direct authority and to function independently
  • A proven track record of providing excellent customer service in a complex organization
  • Strong analytical, management, and communication skills
  • Contracting and negotiation skills
  • Ability to translate faculty and researcher needs and feedback into coherent project plans and new or improved services
  • Excellent communication skills - oral and written - and the interpersonal skills needed quickly to establish relationships of trust and collaboration
  • Ability to train and participate in the professional development of staff
  • Ability to manage multiple projects of differing scale and duration
  • Expert knowledge of federal regulations related to research

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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