As a not-for-profit organization, Partners HealthCare is committed to supporting patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community by leading innovation across our system. Founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners HealthCare supports a complete continuum of care including community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home care and other health-related entities. Several of our hospitals are teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School, and our system is a national leader in biomedical research.
We're focused on a people-first culture for our system's patients and our professional family. That's why we provide our employees with more ways to achieve their potential. Partners HealthCare is committed to aligning our employees' personal aspirations with projects that match their capabilities and creating a culture that empowers our managers to become trusted mentors. We support each member of our team to own their personal developmentand we recognize success at every step.
Our employees use the Partners HealthCare values to govern decisions, actions and behaviors. These values guide how we get our work done: Patients, Affordability, Accountability & Service Commitment, Decisiveness, Innovation & Thoughtful Risk; and how we treat each other: Diversity & Inclusion, Integrity & Respect, Learning, Continuous Improvement & Personal Growth, Teamwork & Collaboration.
Partners HealthCare Innovation is the nearly 120-person business development unit responsible for the worldwide commercial application of the capabilities and discoveries of Partners' 74,000 employees. Innovation supports the research requirements of its 3,700 Harvard Medical School faculty and research hospitals. Our goal is to take medical inventions and innovations and provide the support and infrastructure to enable technology advancement, the development of products, and commercialization to benefit patients. We are responsible for industry collaborations, venture investing, international consulting, licensing, innovation management, company creation, technology marketing, open innovation alliances and workforce development. Our team has backgrounds in technology licensing, patenting, bench research, finance, funding, business, law and start-ups.
The Contract Associate II is responsible for drafting, editing, negotiating and reviewing various legal agreements that are handled by Innovation, most notably complex legal agreements including sponsored research agreements, research collaboration agreements, and out-licenses for hospital owned intellectual property. The associate may also have responsibility for material transfer agreements, confidential disclosure agreements and other agreements in support of industry sponsored research at PHS affiliates.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
1.Review, draft, revise and take the lead on negotiating certain legal agreements related to research and licensing at Partners affiliated institutions. These legal agreements are of high volume and include sponsored research agreements and license agreements.
2.Desmonstrates solid understanding of contracting, Partners Partners policies, and relevant government laws and policies (e.g. NIH), and good understanding of intellectual property law.
3.Interface with Innovation licensing managers to support their efforts in sponsored research agreements, collaboration and licensing agreements and generally serve as internal general contract and transactional expert.
4.Analyze information from investigator questionnaires submitted with requests for new agreements, to determine whether there are any issues that are contrary to NIH guidelines, and Innovation and/or Partners policies, including the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies.
5.Manage transactions by facilitating and monitoring information, correspondence and turnaround of contracts. Provide support as a credible facilitator of research and licensing transactions, including efficient and accurate collection of information related to appropriate processing of agreements.
6.Update and maintain appropriate databases and files.
7.Triage agreements that may be more appropriately handled by other contract groups within Partners with assistance from the Director.
8.Perform discrete special projects as assigned.
9.Other relevant duties as assigned and appropriate.
College Degree B.S. or B.A. required (science major or coursework highly desirable).
J.D. and at least 3-4 years of experience working with contracts required; J.D. from an accredited law school preferred.
Licensed or eligible for immediate licensure to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Strong contract drafting and negotiating skills required.
Highly organized with demonstrated ability to establish priorities; ability to work independently with minimal supervision required.
Flexibility and adaptability in managing numerous concurrent tasks and relationships; capacity for reconciling multiple agendas.
Demonstrated ability to maintain scrupulous attention to detail, to perform with accuracy in alignment with defined processes, and have a keen eye for provisions that are out of compliance with institutional policies.
Positive, energetic, team member with a results-oriented, professional outlook and an eagerness to learn and contribute.
Thorough knowledge of standard office software packages (e.g., Word, Excel),.
Experience in a related work place setting, including a law firm or research/academic institution is required.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills face-to-face, telephone and written correspondence.
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