Job Posting #899251
Research Agreement Specialist
OPG 700 University
Clinical Trial Agreements Office
Manager, Clinical Trial Agreements Office
Commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN Compensation Policy
Permanent Full Time
University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Research Contract Specialist in our Clinical Trial Agreements Office.
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University Health Network
University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of ground-breaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.
University Health Network (UHN) is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN have made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. Research across UHN’s five research institutes spans the full spectrum of diseases and disciplines, including cancer, cardiovascular sciences, transplantation, neural and sensory sciences, musculoskeletal health, rehabilitation sciences, and community and population health. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.
Clinical Trial Agreements Office
The Clinical Trial Agreements (CTA) Office is a large and expanding department situated within Research Legal and falls under the provision of both Corporate Legal and Research at UHN. The CTA office helps to facilitate approximately 2,000 contracts a year for research involving human participants.
Thousands of research studies are undertaken at UHN every year. While some involve UHN researchers and clinicians only, most involve third-parties such as pharmaceutical and medical device companies, government or funding agencies, contract research organizations and other research institutions. It is imperative that appropriate legal agreements are in place to govern these relationships as well as to manage and mitigate risk to the UHN and UHN research participants.
About the Role
The Research Contracts Specialist will prepare and negotiate legal agreements for UHN research studies including but not limited to clinical study agreements, confidentiality agreements, sub site/grant and collaboration agreements, material transfer, data sharing etc. The Research Contracts Specialist will also review and assess study submissions by researchers to determine study complexity and requirements, and to develop agreement strategies.
The position is also required to liaise with key internal stakeholders such as the Research Ethics Board, Research Financial Services and senior management for briefing and decision-making. The Research Contracts Specialist manage institutional risk and provide effective and efficient service and support researchers. Duties will also include the development of SOPs and review tools.
The successful candidate who accepts the position will receive training and support in order to learn UHN standards in clinical research agreements along with access to a variety of training resources. Furthermore, Research Agreements Specialists receive file support and regular training sessions in the CTA Department led by the Legal Counsels.
During the Covid situation with restrictions, this position will be mainly remote working with work equipment (laptop etc) provided and initial onboarding in person. Usually, this would be a hybrid work model, splitting time between the office and working from home.
This position has opportunities for growth and long-term progression within the CTA office and at UHN.
- At minimum, a law degree or paralegal background with related experience or; a master’s degree or recognized equivalent
- Minimum three (3) years of practical and related experience with at least 2 years of experience drafting, interpreting and negotiating agreements. Experience with clinical trial agreements, data transfer agreements, confidentiality agreements, etc. is preferred but not required
- Ability to manage and prioritize projects simultaneously; to efficiently communicate, write, edit, analyze, negotiate and problem solve
- Familiarity with and/or experience in contracts or in an academic research environment is strongly preferred
- Demonstrated negotiation and facilitation skills
- Experience in a Microsoft Office environment preferred
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
- Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills required
- Attention to detail/analytical thinking and excellent organizational abilities required
- Ability to manage personal timelines and priorities with minimal supervision required
Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.
For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.
University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: all religions and ethnicities, LGBTQ2s+, BIPOC, persons with disabilities and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.