Contracts Specialist

Job Locations USA-NY-New York
Posted Date 1 month ago(12/21/2022 2:05 PM)
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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.  We’re treating cancer, one patient at a time. Join us and make a difference every day.


In compliance with applicable State regulatory authorities, COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory for all MSK staff. Staff are considered fully vaccinated upon completion of a primary vaccination series for COVID-19 (i.e., one dose of a single dose vaccine or a final dose of a multi-dose vaccine series). Exceptions from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement are permitted for those who request and receive an approved medical or fully remote exemption.  Requests for medical exemption can take up to two weeks to review. Vaccination or an approved medical exemption is required to start work.


*Staff working at a MSK New Jersey location must be up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, which includes having completed the primary COVID-19 vaccination series and booster once eligible as mandated by New Jersey State. All New Jersey staff not yet eligible for a booster must receive a booster within 3 weeks of becoming eligible as a condition of continued employment at MSK.



Note: Individuals are eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster two months after completion of a primary vaccination series for COVID-19.  Because vaccine-induced immunity can wane over time, MSK continues to strongly urge all staff to get a COVID-19 booster as soon as they become eligible to maintain their protective immunity for a longer period.

Job Description

We are seeking a self-directed Contracts Specialist. This position serves an integral function managing subaward agreements, monitoring and ensuring compliance with sponsor regulations, and developing tools for tracking and managing agreements.


You will!

  • Independently analyze and interpret terms and conditions of government and non-government sponsored research agreements
  • Coordinate and monitor all aspects associated with subaward processing and execution
  • Work and liaise with external sponsors, grants managers, and MSK research community to negotiate appropriate and acceptable agreement terms and conditions; advise PI, Director, Managers, Contracts and other involved parties of any problematic terms prior to and during negotiation
  • Serve as expert resource and institutional liaison for subawards and guide communication among grants management team, PI, and outside organizations as needed
  • Draft subaward agreements incorporating appropriate sponsor, and MSK terms & conditions.
  • Review all partially executed subaward terms and conditions ensuring all relevant documentation is returned and complete
  • Administer the system(s) housing all consortium and subaward information
  • Ensure that MSK subaward and consortium compliance obligations are satisfied
  • Interpret subcontracts to identify those requiring Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) report submissions


You are:

  • Able to operate effectively in an environment notable for complex information, even when things are not clear or the way forward is not obvious
  • Self-motivated, willing to take action, individual, with demonstrated ability to establish relationships, prioritize and multi-task on parallel projects
  • Able to adapt in ambiguous situations and produce results 
  • Adept at planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with institutional goals
  • A strong communicator and able to easily interact with a diverse group of individuals

You have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or four years of experience in lieu of a degree
  • 2-4 years of relevant experience
  • Prior experience working with subcontracts and/or consortium awards and familiarity with NIH grants submission/award process

This is a remote opportunity!



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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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