The Office of Research Services in VP Research is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Contracts Specialist .
The Legal & Intellectual Property (IP) Division in Research Services plays a vital role in the research process at the University, helping University faculty members prepare, negotiate and finalize research agreements with industry, governments, and other funding agencies.
With over 200 active files at any given time, the Legal Unit is under constant pressure to provide a high level of customer service and to complete work in a timely and professional manner.
As a Contract Specialist, reporting to the Agreements Manager, you will play a central role in the Legal & IP Division -
managing a portfolio of files, drafting agreements, negotiating changes and communicating with faculty members, external funders, external counsel and other internal units, as part of a high-
energy team that is expected to produce top-quality results. Contract Specialists will be required to develop a strong understanding of the University's mission / goals and how this role supports the mission and goals.
The purpose of this position is to negotiate the creation of new agreements with external partners to facilitate the establishment of new research projects for University faculty members.
With a high degree of independence and minimal supervision, this role will formulate the best structure for each transaction between the Governors of the University of Calgary and an external entity, develop a negotiation strategy and finalize the agreement to meet both near-
and long-term objectives of the University, its faculty members and the external partners.
Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to) :
Agreements and Negotiations
Policy and Program Interpretation
Qualifications / Requirements :
solving skills will be considered.
Diplomacy - Ability to independently assert and defend a position on behalf of the University to faculty members and external partners without compromising relationships or undermining the long-
term interests. Initiative - Self starter, with an ability to formulate the key elements of a problem or a challenge in a transaction, independently gather the necessary information, develop a position / strategy on the proposed transaction and then implement the strategy with minimal direction or supervision.
Resilience - Ability to maintain personal composure in a role which is exposed to continuing conflict, uncertainty and ambiguity.
Legal Basics - General understanding of the purpose of legal agreements and interpretation of legal language. Communication -
Professional, energetic and highly polished communication skills, including the ability to confidently explain complex matters and persuade others to accept an interpretation or point of view either in person, over the telephone or by email.
Discretion - Being a trusted recipient of sensitive personal, financial, technical, and business information from third party collaborators as well as University administrators and faculty members.
Organization - Ability to independently prioritize workload and maintain concise, accurate records of workflow with minimal supervision Team Engagement -
Ability to mentor and coach other members of a team facing similar similar challenges, fostering a cohesive team environment.
Application Deadline : June 20, 2019
We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.
This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Specialist / Advisor Job Family, Phase III .