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$75,000 - $92,000 / Year
Hybrid Remote
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#120684 Lead Senior C&G Officer, Unfunded/Non-Industry MTA

Extended Deadline: Thu 2/9/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 12/19/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 1/4/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.


Uses skills as a seasoned, experienced research administrator to independently develop, negotiate and execute a large variety of unfunded agreements of varying risk and complexity, with all types of external entities (public, private, state, local, etc.). Unfunded agreements include Confidentiality Agreements (CDAs), Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), Non-Industry MTAs, Data Use Agreements (DUAs), Data Transfer Agreements (DTAs), Equipment Loan Agreements (ELAs) and other unique contracts/agreements required at some stage of sponsored research projects by UC San Diego Principal Investigators. Incumbent is responsible for reviewing, modifying, negotiating and executing these agreements for Principal Investigators from Health Sciences and General Campus. The incumbent also is responsible for similar "unfunded" Material Transfer Agreements between UC San Diego and other non-industry entities such as federal, state, other government or local municipality partners.

The incumbent engages with the broadest cross-section of the UC San Diego research community, in deadline-driven efforts, and makes sound judgement under significant pressure, with large volume and variety of activity. Incorporates a diverse scope of responsibilities where analysis of data requires thorough understanding of complex regulations, compliance requirements, policies and administrative requirements. Completes and approves transactions subject to the delegated signature authority assigned to the position for extramural sponsored research agreements. Ensure the proper commitment of University resources. When needed, verify adequate compensation, protections of intellectual property and University owned technologies/patents, coordinate compliance of special review (Human Subjects, Animal Subjects, Conflict of Interest, etc.), and address conformity with both University and sponsoring entity regulations. Unfunded Agreement Service lines entails a wide and divergent variety of agreement types and a-typical circumstances, requiring the incumbent to be creative and flexible, yet comply with all applicable regulations and policies. Act as liaison between the University, Principal Investigator, and the partnering entity.

Acts as a Lead member of the team for purposes of mentoring and training, and exhibits advanced experience to support team members in the wide variety of complexities. Provides this lead role to assist Assistant Director, and offer by-the-minute support to C&G Officers and Senior C&G Officers.

The Office of Contract & Grant Administration at University of California, San Diego, is committed to actively promoting our Principles of Community and continually advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion within all levels of our organization. In line with the goals of UC San Diego’s Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence supporting a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and fostering a positive and welcome climate where all are valued, we strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented communities to apply.

This position may be eligible for a Hybrid flexible work arrangement, which could include a non-standard work schedule, and/or the ability to work off-site part of the time.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher with focus in fields such as life sciences, physical sciences, technology, engineering, contract law, intellectual property law, public administration, or political science and four years related research administration experience or combined equivalent.

  • Thorough understanding of research administration guidelines of Federal and non-Federal sponsors supporting research and educational activities, preferably in a university environment. Ability to apply these principles to a wide variety of contracts for research and services. Knowledge of research policies, procedures, organization, and structure. Experience in drafting correspondence, moderately complex award language, and agreement modifications. Demonstrated ability to independently resolve potential conflicts with extramural sponsors, as well as with University faculty/researchers and administrative staff. Demonstrated ability to research, interpret, and develop written procedures.

  • Experience reviewing complex funding/contract solicitations and analyzing and negotiating complex, moderate-risk terms and conditions of resulting awards/contracts in relation to receipt of University funding from extramural sponsors. Experience analyzing, interpreting, and comprehending conditions of award/legal agreements of moderate complexity and risk and recognizing impact of potential problems and formulating subsequent resolutions. In-depth knowledge of terms and conditions of a variety of moderately complex award instruments (e.g., contracts, collaborations/consortia, non-disclosure/proprietary information agreements) with an emphasis on publication restrictions, patents, copyrights, rights in data, indemnification, conflict of interest, etc.

  • Thorough knowledge of applicable compliance requirements related to use of human or animal subjects in research, financial conflict of interest, biosafety, etc. Knowledge and understanding of how these compliance requirements relate and apply to the specific types of agreements negotiated.

  • Ability to prioritize heavy workload, meet deadlines, cope with peak workload periods and apply creativity and originality in time-sensitive problem-solving situations. Proven ability to work independently and under pressure, to manage multiple concurrent tasks and responsibilities, prioritize workload and to deal with changing priorities, while maintaining personal effectiveness in a busy team environment.

  • Excellent/effective oral and written communication skills, including ability to construct complex legal language as well as persuasive correspondence to convey information in a clear, organized, and concise manner. Ability to prepare concise presentations. Demonstrated excellent customer service/interpersonal skills including diplomacy, tact, and patience when interacting with all individuals.

  • Maintains current knowledge of compliance regulations in all areas of research administration. Specific knowledge of applicable regulations such as Uniform Guidance, HIPAA, CPRA, the UCOP Contract & Grant Manual, FERPA, etc.

  • Demonstrated ability to research, interpret, and develop written procedures.

  • Demonstrated skill in organizing and setting priorities and accomplishing tasks in an environment with ever-changing priorities and frequent interruptions. Proven ability to perform independently with minimal direction. Demonstrated ability to adapt, implement, provide input into, and evaluate new procedures, systems, and processes. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to effectively work in and facilitate a team environment.

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft suite of productivity applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Visio. Demonstrated ability to compile, review, and analyze information/data, and recommend alternatives.

  • Experience training and mentoring of staff. Ability to act as lead contract and grant officer.

  • Expert contract and grant knowledge and experience. Ability to share experiences and knowledge with other staff.

  • Demonstrated ability to independently resolve potential conflicts with extramural sponsors, as well as with University faculty/researchers and administrative staff.

  • Willingness and ability to abide by the UC San Diego Principles of Community to foster the best possible working and learning environment, strive to maintain a climate of fairness, cooperation, and professionalism. UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students are expected to support, integrate and practice these basic principles as individuals and in groups.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

  • U.S. person status is required for this position in order to comply with the Arms Export Control and Export Administration Act. U.S. persons are U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) or protected individuals as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $53,600 - $111,600 Annually

The University of California, San Diego is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Expected Pay Scale. Placement within the Expected Pay Scale is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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