Closing Date: 28th February, 2023

Description:

Formerly the Southwest Oncology Group, SWOG is one of five network groups that together comprise the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). SWOG designs and conducts multidisciplinary clinical trials to improve the practice of medicine in preventing, detecting and treating cancer, and to enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors.

Provide contracting services for the provision of clinical trial support and resources within the SWOG Cancer Research Network environment. Develop contract language in keeping with both SWOG principles and also NCI guidelines and standards. Negotiate language with pharmaceutical collaborators. Track trial development timelines and ensure that contracts are executed accordingly. Work collaboratively with SWOG investigators in institutions across the United States, develop and execute Material Use and Data Use Agreements with various parties receiving SWOG specimens and data in accordance with SWOG and NCI policy and regulations. Develop exhibits as necessary to complete the contracting process. Assist with the administration of SWOG specimens and distribution processes in collaboration with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Biopathology Center in Columbus, Ohio. Assist with feasibility assessments related to studies under development including researching processes and institutions for their ability to become partners in clinical trial research.

Accountability:
The Contract Analyst reports to the SWOG Chief of Administration

About The Hope Foundation for Cancer Research:
The Hope Foundation for Cancer Research is a nonprofit public charity, created with the mission of supporting the research and education programs conducted by SWOG Cancer Research Network in efforts to eradicate adult cancers. The Foundation has awarded over $20 million to SWOG programs and projects, contributing to Fellowships, Continuing Education for Physicians, Nurses and CRAs, and supplemented clinical trials funded through the National Cancer Institute. For more information, please visit our websites: http://www.thehopefoundation.orgor http://www.swog.org.

Responsibilities:
  • Always promote the mission of The Hope Foundation through our Professional Standards of Customer Service, Reliability, Productivity, Professionalism, Accuracy, Timeliness, and Problem-Solving.
  • Negotiate contract language with pharmaceutical and other external partners in keeping with SWOG and NCI policies and principles. Specifically, negotiate language for study agreements, material use agreements, data use agreements, confidential disclosure agreements, services agreements, licensing agreements, memorandum of understanding agreements, and other agreements that might arise. Advise SWOG leadership on the status of contracts under development and any problems requiring escalation. Coordinate legal review of contract language as necessary with the NCI. Facilitate the periodic review of contracts as necessary and take leadership in the completion of contract amendments that become necessary. Identify and report on barriers and issues related to contract development generally and pursue resolution. Manage the circulation of all contracts for review and execution.
  • Serve as a SWOG and NCTN ambassador to potential pharmaceutical collaborators explaining and educating them regarding the SWOG Cancer Research Network, NCI and NCTN.
  • Evaluate translational medicine study plans and determine requirements for contracting. Approve the release of specimens from SWOG's human tissue bank when all requirements have been met on executed use agreements.

The Hope Foundation’s Diversity Commitment:
At The Hope Foundation for Cancer Research, we value unique experiences and are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. We provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category under federal, state, and local law.

Applications:
Please send cover letter, wage requirements, and resume by 2/28/23

Requirements
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • JD required
  • Membership in Bar Association required
  • Comprehensive knowledge of contracting for the provision of clinical trial support and resources preferably within a national clinical trials environment required; Contracting experience with pharmaceutical or other large firms preferred
  • Some knowledge and familiarity with Intellectual Property considerations in contracting and awareness of Bayh-Dole provisions associated with federally funded research required; Experience with writing and negotiating Intellectual Property provisions in contracting preferred.
  • Knowledge of the work of clinical trials desired.
  • Deadlines based project experience and demonstrated ability to track and meet timelines.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks at one time.
  • Must have excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills: both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while being collaborative in resolving problems.
  • Must have demonstrated excellent customer service skills both on the phone and in person.
  • Must possess energy and drive to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships.
  • Must be proficient with computers running Windows and PC applications. Excellent MS Word and Adobe Pro skills, Some experience with other MS Suite applications such as Power Point
  • Proficiency with use of cloud-based platforms and work resources