The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Research Institute is one of the largest hospital-based research institutes in Canada with approximately 600 basic research and clinical Scientists. The activities of the Research Institute are critical to SickKids mission of improving child health.
SickKids is inviting candidates to apply for the full-time permanent position of Contracts Specialist now available in the Research Institute.
Reporting to the Business Supervisor, Grants Management Office, the successful candidate will support and facilitate grant and industry funded research agreements at SickKids. With support as required from SickKids Legal Services, the Contract Specialist will review, negotiate, and administer a high volume of funding and related research agreements and proposals with granting agencies, collaborating institutions, research consortia and pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies or Contracts Research Organizations (CROs). Consulting with internal parties and negotiating with external parties as required, the Contracts Specialist will ensure that such agreements are consistent with SickKids institutional and funding agency policies and do not expose the SickKids or its researchers to excessive administrative or financial risk. The Contracts Specialist will protect the interests of SickKids while at the same time maintaining a customer-service outlook toward researchers and their staff. This position will directly support Scientists and their teams in the review, negotiation and drafting research funding agreements. Additionally, this position will support clinical trial research budget negotiations in collaboration with research teams by reviewing the clinical protocols to identify costs required to implement the protocol. While the primary responsibilities are as described above, there will also be opportunities for exposure to and development in the areas of business process analyses, documentation and information management, and project management.
The successful candidate will be a customer service oriented, highly organized, motivated, independent, and productive individual who genuinely cares about scientific research. They should have the desire and ability to continuously learn new things, apply that knowledge, work closely as a team, and invent better ways of doing things.
Heres What Youll Get to Do:
Review, negotiate, and administer a high volume of funding and related research agreements with granting agencies, collaborating institutions, research consortia, pharmaceutical companies and Contracts Research Organizations (CROs)
Provide support and advice on the financial aspects of research agreements. This includes support on project budgets and coordinating multi-site subgrant agreements with other universities, hospitals, institutions, pharmaceutical companies, CROs and medical device companies.
Ensure that agreement terms are consistent with SickKids and funding agency policies and do not expose SickKids or its researchers to excessive administrative or financial risk.
Learn, invent, and implement new processes, tools, and procedures to help us gain efficiencies within the department.
Heres What Youll Need:
An Undergraduate degree or completion of formal post-secondary education program is required.
A high level of literacy, numeracy and analytical skills is a requirement. Also required are superior organizational skills, a proven work ethic and a customer-service ethos.
Demonstrated Business or Financial experience working with research and clinical budgets. Familiarity with health science research granting agencies and knowledge of medical and scientific terminology. Experience with drafting, reviewing and/or negotiation of contracts.
Experience working in research contract negotiation in an academic, research, or healthcare environment is an asset.
Experience with the administration of clinical trial agreements and budgets at a pharmaceutical/medical device company, CRO or a research site.
Previous experience in grant management is an asset.
Advanced-user knowledge of all common office applications is a must. Experience working with accounting or financial software, specifically PeopleSoft, is an asset. Experience working with the PeopleSoft Grants Module.
General resourcefulness and an ability to quickly find, learn, and assimilate new information is a must.
Strong negotiation and conflict management skills
Ability to consistently apply principles and policies to novel situations. This includes enforcing policies and processes without being unhelpful or inflexible.
Ability to prioritize and handle a high volume of diverse projects simultaneously is a must.
Demonstrated ability to communicate, negotiate, and problem-solve with a diverse variety of stakeholders, who may have conflicting interests and priorities, is a must.
Excellent interpersonal skills, tact, judgment, and discretion.
Employment Type: Permanent, Full-Time