As soon as possible.
An exciting opportunity exists in the Legal Affairs Department, reporting to the legal counsel, manager of legal affairs. In this role, you will provide guidance, advice and support on a diverse range of contracts and business arrangements/activities at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) and the Ottawa Heart Institute Research Corporation (OHIRC), the research and contracts arm of UOHI. This role will act as a resource for all contract preparation and negotiation, and advice on regulatory matters.
Provide legal guidance to relevant clinical and operational groups across UOHI, predominately to the Prevention and Wellness Division.
Draft, review and negotiate all types of research agreements, including but not limited to material transfer agreements, data sharing agreements, inter-institutional agreements, clinical trial agreements with industry sponsors, etc.
Draft, review, advise and/or negotiate a broad range of commercial agreements, including confidentiality/non-disclosure agreements, licenses, services agreements, and contractor/consultant agreements, and amendments to these agreements.
Advise on intellectual property licensing and research collaborations.
Draft contract templates from precedents.
Review all clinical trial submissions with a view to assessing institutional risk, and ensuring compliance is achieved by applying legal acumen.
Act as a liaison between various parties regarding contract matters.
Research, analyse, and interpret legislation.
Manage contract process through OHIRC’s contracts management system, Agiloft.
Other related duties as assigned within the scope of this position.
Office environment with remote work condition in response to COVID-19.
Bilingualism required, oral and written (English and French).
University degree in Law (LL.B or J.D.).
Licensed to practice law in Ontario.
A minimum of three (3) years of legal experience gained from a law firm or an in-house environment (hospital experience strongly preferred).
Strong contract drafting skills with a technically competent and practical approach.
Understanding and familiarity with intellectual property law.
Knowledge of principles and methods of research administration.
Superior ability to synthesise voluminous information, involving regulatory authorities and contractual terms into legal analyses.
Superior command of applicable legislation and acts, regulations and compliance governing human research (e.g. PHIPA, HIPPA, GDPR, Health Canada regulations, Good Clinical Practice, Tri-Council Policy Statement).
Ability to multitask, oversee multiple projects on an ongoing basis.
Attention to detail with an ability to spot issues and/or errors.
Excellent communication skills – verbal and written.
High level of independence, resourcefulness and decision-making skills to function effectively with minimal supervision.
Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
Superior aptitude for developing working relationships with a broad range of professionals and stakeholders at multiple levels.
Exceptional comprehension and critical analysis skills.
Highly motivated and creative to meet the challenges within a complex academic research environment.
Proven ability to meet ongoing deadlines with competing demands and to work to resolve conflict.
Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter detailing how their knowledge, skills and abilities match the scope of this position to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those invited for an interview will be contacted.
The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. Accommodations will be provided in all parts of the hiring process relating to any specialty requirements. Applicants should make their needs known in advance.