Title:  Research Administration Associate - Contracts Negotiation

Division:  Office of Research
Schedule:  Monday - Friday; 8 am - 5 pm (tentative)
Work Location:  Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX
Salary Range:  $55,779 - $71,339
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Requisition ID:  3152
Job Purpose

The OCR Research Administration Associate (“RAA”) supports Baylor’s clinical research initiative through managing the full life cycle of clinical research contracts. The RAA is responsible for drafting, negotiating, and managing, all contracts related to clinical research funded by for-profit and non-profit sponsors. The RAA is responsible for ensuring that all terms and conditions of the contract are acceptable in accordance with Baylor standards, ensures the safety of our human subjects, and ensures that all provisions are to the best interest of Baylor and its Principal Investigators (“PI”). The RAA is responsible for managing the communication amongst both internal and external parties involved in the contract negotiation, and will work with all parties (the sponsor, the PI, and the PI’s administrative staff),  to ensure that all required elements of the contract have been met prior to execution. The RAA will be well-versed in standard clinical research contract provisions including but not limited to those relating to the safety of human subjects, insurance, indemnification, publication, and intellectual property. In addition, the RAA is also responsible for maintaining and accurately updating the internal OCR contracts database. The RAA may also work independently on special contract-related projects and OCR initiatives as assigned by the supervisor. 

Job Duties
  • Draft, negotiate, and manage institutional clinical research contracts.
  • Maintain and update the internal clinical research contracts database.
  • Assist Principal Investigators and their administrative staff in navigating the clinical research contracts process.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Two years of relevant experience.
Preferred Qualifications
  • An advanced degree in law, Healthcare Administration, or Business Administration related or scientific field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience within research administration or contract negotiation/management.
  • Prior contract management and negotiation experience, preferably related to clinical research.
  • Prior administrative work experience in an academic research setting.
  • Prior work experience with related contracts issues, such as intellectual property, indemnification/liability, confidentiality, and publication.
  • Demonstrated experience in drafting and negotiating contracts and a wide variety of other research-related agreements.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and clearly articulate institutional principles, complex concepts, regulations and policies. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of generally accepted contracting and subcontracting practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to rapidly review and accurately analyze complex contracts and other legal documents.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the technical and legal issues affecting protection, use and exploitation of intellectual property.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the legal distinctions between gifts, grants, and contracts and the ability to explain these distinctions to faculty, staff and industry sponsors.

- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong negotiation skills.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills. 
- Superior organizational skills and efficiency, with a strong attention to detail.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).
- Proactive and self-motivated.
- Creative in finding practical, clear solutions to complex issues.
- Flexible, adaptable, and able to think outside the box.
- Critical thinker with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
- Ability to complete a multitude of varied tasks in an accurate, efficient, and timely manner.
- Ability to maintain and foster professionalism and respect in all interactions related to the position.





Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.