Contracts Manager - Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA)

USA-NY-New York
1 week ago(1/11/2018 4:25 AM)
Requisition ID
Professional - Research Administration

Company Overview

At Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), we’re not only changing the way we treat cancer, but also the way the world thinks about it. By working together and pushing forward with innovation and discovery, we’re driving excellence and improving outcomes.


For the 27th year, MSK has been named a top hospital for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. We are proud to be on Becker’s Healthcare list as one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare in 2016, as well as Glassdoor’s annual Employees’ Choice Awards 2017. We’re treating cancer, one patient at a time. Join us and make a difference every day.

Job Description

The Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA) plays an essential role for all activities related to the development and submission of funding proposals and the management of research funds at MSK.  ORPA is seeking a Contracts Manager to work directly with the Director, Grants and Contracts, ORPA Staff and Research and Technology Management (RTM)/ORPA Leadership to provide management and oversight for the cradle-to-grave management of routine and non-routine government, non-government and other non-industry sponsored research agreements and contracts, inclusive of subawards and consortia, consistent with MSK business practices and all applicable sponsor regulations.


You will:

  • Be responsible for management of the federal and institutional compliance polices and processes for MSK related to subawards and consortia including oversight and maintenance of ORPA's subrecipient monitoring and risk assessment program.
  • Review all awards handled by ORPA to determine the types of contractual instruments necessary to facilitate the research project.
  • Have the authority to independently negotiate contract terms, conditions and prices within established guidelines,  maximizing MSKs interests in the negotiation process and ensuring consistency and continuity across agreements.
  • Provide RTM, the MSK research community and others with expertise in contracting processes, assists with development of SOPs and technical tools for the tracking and management of various agreements and contracts, and participates in educational and training sessions for the MSK community.

You are:

  • Able to making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • An influencer, using compelling arguments to gain the support and commitment of others.
  • Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Effectively building formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the organization
  • Able to operate effectively, even when things are not clear or the way forward is not obvious.

You have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree or a paralegal, or JD degree preferred).
  • At least 4 years of experience in government, non-government and other non-industry sponsored research agreements and contracts functions, preferably in basic and translational research, and the financial aspects of contract management.
  • Experience negotiating and administering teaming agreements, non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements and knowledge of FAR, DFAR, CFR and OMB Circulars A-122 and A-133 preferred.
  • Experience as an individual contributor responsible for negotiating and administering research agreements and contracts with various agencies, both domestic and international.
  • This position requires the ability to independently apply a broad range of technical and specialized knowledge and significant job-related experience to handle complex work assignments.
  • This position requires strong communication skills both oral and written and the ability to interact and communicate with a diverse group of individuals.
  • Administrative skills required include prioritization, project management, operational oversight, and planning/organizing meetings.




MSK is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.  


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