The Contract Specialist serves as a liaison between WMed stakeholders, national, state and local foundations and non-profit entities, and government agencies. Contracting responsibilities include drafting and negotiating industry sponsored clinical trial agreements and other research agreements including federal contracts, non-profit agreements, material transfer agreements, data use agreements and, sub-awards for sponsored research activities. The position thoughtfully expedites the negotiation of research contracts, upholding the institution’s business principles, policies and goals, while following any applicable government regulatory requirements. The position will oversee a large volume contract portfolio from negotiation to contract close out.
Requires either Bachelor’s Degree and 3 years of experience in research administration or contract drafting and negotiation, or Juris Doctorte and 1 year of relevant research or healthcare related contract experience.
Relevant knowledge including contract preparation and negotiation experience, such as legal or paralegal, federal or industry contract specialist, business administration or a public administration background.
Requires proficiency with Microsoft Office
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Knowledge of and ability to negotiate key contract terms and conditions.
Ability to manage a detail oriented workload.
Experience with grant-funded research preferred
Demonstrates the ability to recognize priorities in organization of work flow during high pressure, high volume workload periods
Ability to work independently, or as a team.
Judgement to know when to seek consultation with supervisor.
Ability to exercise sound judgement, discretion and tact.
Capacity to develop and maintain good professional relations with personnel at the University, partner hospitals, sponsoring agencies and collaborating institutions.
Strong orientation towards customer service.
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About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed)
As one of the newer US medical schools, WMed is an exciting environment to pursue an academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Ascension Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and also by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The inaugural medical student class graduated in 2018 after completing an innovative, patient-centered four-year curriculum that prepares them to be exceptional clinicians, leaders, educators, advocates, and researchers of tomorrow. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in ten residencies and three fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). WMed has Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (...ACCME). The School of Medicine Clinics are housed in a modern 60,000 square foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus and are accredited by The Joint Commission with recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. The 350,000 square foot educational building on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo underwent a $78 million renovation and expansion project including two laboratory research floors and a state-of-the-art Simulation Center that is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The Innovation Center on the Parkview Campus is a life science, technology, and engineering incubator serving the earliest startups to maturing companies with laboratory, office and conference space, access to core scientific equipment and expertise, and a wide range of support services.
Kalamazoo is a wonderful and vibrant city, located midway between Chicago and Detroit. It is a short distance from Lake Michigan, and home to two nationally ranked institutions of higher learning, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. Kalamazoo is known for its community focus and emphasis on access to quality education at all levels. The Kalamazoo Promise is a nationally renowned program in which graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools receive free tuition to attend public and private colleges in Michigan. Kalamazoo and Michigan provide extensive entertainment and recreational activities, including opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, unique restaurants and shops, and a strong culture supporting the arts.
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.
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