Senior Sponsored Programs Officer
Company: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Posted on: May 3, 2021
The Senior Sponsored Programs Officer will function as an
internal resource for general and specific issues related to
sponsored research programs including funding agreement
instruments, grants, contracts, and collaborative agreements within
the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's (DFCI's) Grants and Contracts
(G&C) Office in Research Administration. The Senior Sponsored
Programs Officer will manage the coordination of sponsored research
programs as the single point of contact for intake, draft and
negotiation questions and issues, liaising with the appropriate
central research offices to ensure timely and accurate completion
of agreements, grants and contracts.
- Reviews, negotiates and shepherds agreements at the proposal
and/or award stage through process life cycle ensuring they meet
appropriate standards and deadlines. Responsible for quality
control of agreement review and timely execution.
- Liaises with G&C, Belfer Office for Dana-Farber
Innovations/Office of General Counsel, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer
Center (DF/HCC) institutions, and other functional units as
necessary, in a timely manner and in conformance with DFCI
standards of practice, requirements and obligations.
- Provides proactive, creative problem-solving expertise related
to agreement review, negotiation and execution.
- Identifies and resolves inter-institutional delays and barriers
with agreement processes.
- Participates in meetings with representatives of the DF/HCC and
DFCI to discuss uniform procedures and standards that apply to all
relevant affiliated institutions.
- Monitors issues and presents summaries of any potential or
actual concerns or conflicts to Director of G&C with the goal
of resolving issues expediently.
- Develops reports and processes to alert Director of G&C to
both issues and trends to aide in effective decision-making and
- Reviews F A R (FAR) clauses and other federal contract terms
and conditions regularly. Provides timely advice to G&C
leadership and team in order to ensure management and compliance
with agreement terms.
- Oversees subrecipient monitoring documentation, coordinating
input with Research Finance; may act as point of contact for
internal and external audits.
- Maintains positive and collegial relationships with all
collaborative offices. Assures coordination of contracting and
budgeting activities for each agreement as necessary.
- Collaborates with departments and division administrators,
investigators and research finance to facilitate the resolution of
identified budgetary problems, overseeing and assuring resolutions
comply with applicable laws, DFCI policies/procedures and sponsor
- Participates proactively in ad-hoc committees/workgroups to
optimize agreements workflows, accountability and
- Performs system's audit as needed or required. Presents
changes/updates to templates to inform and educate G&C
- Must stay current with federal, non-federal regulations,
policies and processes.
- Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration or similar field
of study; Juris Doctorate (JD) degree or CRA preferred
- 7 years' experience reviewing, drafting and negotiating complex
sponsored research agreements and contracts in a non-profit
academic research setting
- Track record of producing high-quality work in a dynamic,
fast-paced work environment with frequent deliverables
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Knowledge of current federal and non-federal regulations,
policies and processes.
- Knowledge of all types of award mechanisms, including grants,
contracts, subcontracts, cooperative agreements.
- Knowledge of relevant federal regulations, including but not
limited to the Uniform Guidance and Federal Acquisition
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, verbal and
written, with a focus on customer service.
- Strong analytical skills.
- Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to
- Ability to thrive in a busy, high-volume, and deadline driven
team environment that requires coordination of multiple activities
and the judgment and flexibility to reprioritize tasks as
- Ability to effectively interact with departments at DFCI and
representatives from other outside institutions.
- Ability to work independently and proactively with minimal
supervision and manage projects with multiple stakeholders. Must be
committed to working closely with others in a team-oriented
- Ability to build relationships with multiple stakeholders at
varying levels; and using discretion and sound judgment with
- Resolve complex problems in a thorough and timely manner.
Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians,
innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the
common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases.
Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a
genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and
comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research
that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's
physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our
community; and we work with amazing partners, including other
Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer
and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin,
sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry,
military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as
protected by law.
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