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Senior Sponsored Programs Officer

Company: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Location: Brookline
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


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 ensure compliance.
  • 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 guidelines.
  • Participates proactively in ad-hoc committees/workgroups to optimize agreements workflows, accountability and transparency.
  • Performs system's audit as needed or required. Presents changes/updates to templates to inform and educate G&C members.
  • 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 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 Regulations.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, verbal and written, with a focus on customer service.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail.
  • 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 needed.
  • 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 approach.
  • Ability to build relationships with multiple stakeholders at varying levels; and using discretion and sound judgment with confidential information.
  • 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.

Keywords: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brookline , Senior Sponsored Programs Officer, Other , Brookline, Massachusetts

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