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Clinical Trials Team Lead

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Posting Information

Position Information

Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Is this an internal only recruitment? No
Position Title Business Officer - Advanced
Working Title Clinical Trials Team Lead
Position Number 20025492
Vacancy ID P007970
Budgeted Hiring Range $68,000 - $73,000
Pay Band Information

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Salary Grade Equivalent 77
Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Permanent
If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment
Hours per week 40
Work Schedule

8:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday

Department Name and Number Office of Sponsored Research-621100
Date First Posted 12/04/2017
Closing Date 01/19/2018
Position Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Posting Category Accounting/Finance/Auditing

Position Summary Information

Department Description

The Office for Sponsored Research (OSR) supports and advances the University’s mission by providing leadership and expertise in research administration and ensuring compliance with relevant regulations.
The primary functions of the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) are to facilitate and manage all aspects of sponsored research administration including proposal review, award negotiation and financial reporting. OSR serves as the official institutional signatory for the Chancellor and is responsible for reviewing and authorizing proposal submissions and negotiating and administering awards on behalf of the University for more than $800 million in sponsored awards each year. These activities include monitoring institutional compliance for research and training activities, pre-award services, billing and financial reporting, cash management, cost analysis and compliance of research-related activities, verifying technical report and patent and invention report submissions by Principal Investigators, closeout of awards, and the implementation of information technology into research administration activities.
The OSR provides complete sponsored project life cycle support (sometimes known as pre-award and post-award services) to faculty and staff. Four functional responsibility areas within the Office of Sponsored Research have the following types of positions: 1.) program administration, 2.) accounting, financial reporting, and cash management; 3.) data management reporting and analysis, and 4.) financial compliance, effort reporting, cost studies and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS).
OSR’s centralized administrative functions facilitate the development and implementation of standardized policies and procedures and provide training opportunities to improve University-wide efficiencies and communication in an effort to increase the quality of research administration.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description

The principal function of this position is to either directly or through the management of Contract Managers facilitate the initiation of clinical trials at UNC with an emphasis on providing the highest level of customer service to campus and sponsors, taking into account all applicable federal and state law, regulations, and University guidelines and policies. The Team Lead functions under the direction of the Assistant Director of Contracting.

The principal functions of the Contract Manager position are:

1) Manage a team of 5-7 Contract Managers, as well as a varying number of administrative staff to ensure clinical trials are processed with an emphasis on providing the highest level of customer service to campus and sponsors meeting all compliance requirements and ensure agreements are processed in a timely manner. Provide oversight of all clinical trial agreements and report any issues to the Assistant Director.
2) Review and negotiation of complex legal contracts for clinical research funding received by the University from federal sponsors as well as private for-profit and not-for profit sponsors, including business, industry, associations, and foundations in order to initiate clinical trials research at UNC.
3) Consult with Principle (Faculty) Investigators (PI’s) and staff regarding the nature of each clinical trial and the impact of unique aspects of trials on the legal language contained in the language of the agreement, representing the best interests of the University and the Investigator.

Keep abreast of new developments in research administration policies and requirements in order to serve as an up-to-date source of information, guidance, and training for the Contract Managers, campus and research community.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, or related business area; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

Experience in the processing, negotiating, and/or administration of grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements. Familiarity with clinical trial process required, as well as, Proficiency in all aspects of computer operations is essential.

Preferred Qualifications

MBA or JD degree desirable
• Experience in contract negotiations in a research-intensive university setting is highly desirable
• Personnel Management experience

Required Licenses/Certifications
Special Physical and Mental Requirements
Position/Schedule Requirements
Position Attributes
Stimulus/ARRA Funded No
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  3. List of References
Optional Documents

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select the response below that best describes your experience/education for the Business Officer position.
    • Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or related business area
    • Associate's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or related business area and 2 years of related experience
    • Combination of post-high school education and 4 years of related experience (ex: 1 year towards a degree and 3 years of experience)
    • High School diploma/GED and 4 years of related experience
    • Did not complete high school but have a combination of high school education and related experience to equal 8 years (ex. 1 year of high school and 7 years of experience)
    • None of the above
  2. * Describe your experience with contract negotiations and management.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * How much experience do you have training and supervising others?
    • None to 1 year
    • 1 year to 3 years
    • More than 3 years