Associate Attorney - Sponsored Programs

  • The Research Foundation For SUNY
  • Albany, NY, USA
  • Jul 08, 2021
Full time Legal

Job Description

Associate Attorney - Sponsored Programs

The Research Foundation for SUNY

 

About The Research Foundation for SUNY:

The Research Foundation for The State University of New York (RF) is the largest comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country.

 

Our mission is to provide talent, services, and technology that empower SUNY to research, innovate, and transfer discoveries that transform the world's knowledge economy.

 

Our vision is to make SUNY the best place for faculty, students and staff to research, innovate, and solve the world's most pressing problems.

The RF serves SUNY by providing essential administrative services that enable SUNY faculty to focus their efforts on the education of students and the performance of life-changing research across a wide range of disciplines including medicine, engineering, physical sciences, energy, computer science, and social sciences. We work with the academic and business leadership of SUNY campuses to support research and discovery through the administration of sponsored projects and technology transfer and management of intellectual property for public benefit and economic growth.

 

The RF is committed to diversity, inclusion and a working environment that enhances productivity, creates personal and professional opportunities, unleashes everyone's full potential and fuels innovation. We hold the organization and each other to the highest standards of integrity, accountability and ethical behavior.

 

Visit www.rfsuny.org and connect with the us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Learn about SUNY at www.suny.edu.

 

ADDITIONAL CENTRAL OFFICE EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

As a learning organization, the RF encourages all employees to continue to grow and develop professionally.  At the RF Central Office, employees are offered many opportunities for learning and development, including Professional Development Planning, a 12-month Mentoring Program, Tuition Reimbursement, Job Rotation, DiSC Profile Behavioral Assessment, Employee Engagement Teams, Job Skills Training, and an Employee Wellbeing Team.

 


Job Description:

FUNCTION & SCOPE:

Reporting to the Deputy General Counsel and Secretary, incumbent will work closely with Research Foundation's Office of Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Affairs as well as campus academic and business leadership, and SUNY counsel. Day-to-day duties will involve a wide range of legal issues reflecting the complex and diverse sponsored program activity of SUNY and the Research Foundation.

Responsibilities will include participation in regular meetings with SUNY campus sponsored programs administrative staff and leadership, routine and complex contract negotiation and drafting, dispute resolution and litigation support, investigation support, and policy drafting and review, all within the context of SUNY's sponsored programs.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Counsel RF and SUNY campus business and academic managers and senior leadership on a broad range of legal, business, and policy issues related to the academic research enterprise. These include matters related to the RF's tax-exempt status, research compliance investigation, industry and government research grants and contracts, clinical trials administration, finance, post-award accounting, procurement, legislative analysis;

 

  • Assist in the management of litigation arising from sponsored programs activity and making appearances and presenting evidence at administrative hearings before administrative agencies, arbitrators, and other entities. Cases typically involve breach of contract, collections, patent infringement, employee relations, and/or negligence;

 

  • Conduct and/or assist with conducting internal investigations; work with internal audit and SUNY counsel on corresponding investigations as needed. Assist in federal, state and local reporting processes, evaluate findings, and determine appropriate resolutions;

 

  • Provide direct support to campuses in the area of research related conflicts of interest, undue foreign influence, and U.S. export controls;

 

  • Prepare legal documents with contractors and subcontractors, vendors, research sponsors, and governmental entities. Contracts may include master clinical trials agreements, master services agreements, lease agreements, subaward agreements, nondisclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, equipment and real property leases, material testing agreements, settlement agreements, and procurement contracts;

 

  • Promote and support company policies, procedures, mission, values, and standards of ethics and integrity; support the corporation's control environment by helping to identify, assess, and manage legal risks and liabilities, assist with the creation, implementation, and enhancement of corporate processes, polices, and procedures, and partner with business unit leaders to identify and facilitate business process improvement initiatives; and

 

  • Perform other legal and administrative functions to support the RF's strategic and operating plans.


Requirements:

 

  • JD from an accredited law school, membership in good standing or eligibility for membership in NY State bar;

 

  • A minimum of 5-6 years of experience, including in-house counsel or related law firm practice;

 

  • Primary responsibility for negotiating research related agreements with both public and private sponsors;

 

  • Experience with federal contracting including working with Federal Acquisition Regulations;

 

  • Knowledge of clinical research contracting and grants including drafting, reviewing, negotiating, revising and advising on a variety of sophisticated and complex transactions such as research and development contracts, collaboration agreements, subawards, clinical research site agreements, services and consulting agreements, inbound/outbound licensing agreements, technology agreements, and partner and vendor agreements;

 

  • Experience with, or understanding of, federal rules, regulations, and statutes governing university grant and contract compliance and relevant enforcement actions;

 

  • Litigation experience preferred including discovery, document collection, motion practice, and related legal research;

 

  • Experience with compliance investigations, fact findings, and related matters preferred;

 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word; competency in PowerPoint and Excel.

Preferred:

The Candidate will also:

 

  • Have excellent judgment, business acumen, and common sense.

 

  • Strong work ethic, superior organizational skills, and ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment under time constraints and work well independently and as a collaborative team member;

 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including presentation and training capabilities and ability to relate and work well with people of many cultures, disciplines, and levels of experience;

 

  • Willingness to travel to campuses in the SUNY system as needed;

 

  • Experience and/or appreciation for issues in representing academic research organizations and/or faculty, researchers, and academic administrators;

 

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and experience.

 

  • Confidence and leadership with humility; be self-assured but not self-important;

 

  • Optimistic attitude that thrives in a dynamic and complex working environment;

 

  • Ability to accept constructive criticism with grace and a sense of humor.

 
Additional Information:

As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, The Research Foundation for SUNY  will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, criminal record, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status with respect to receiving public assistance, domestic violence victim status, a disabled, special, recently separated, active duty wartime, campaign badge, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other characteristics protected under applicable law. 

The Company will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

 


Application Instructions:

Applicants interested in applying MUST submit the following documents:  

 

  1. Resume/Cv  
  2. Cover Letter  

 

After submitting your resume/CV, the subsequent pages enable you to upload additional documents including a cover letter.  

 

 

To apply for the position, please visit: https://apptrkr.com/2357955