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The Ottawa Hospital: Inspired by research. Driven by compassion
The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is the research arm of The Ottawa Hospital and an affiliated institute of the University of Ottawa. With more than 1,700 scientists, clinician investigators, trainees, and staff, and total revenues of more than $100 million, we are one of the foremost Canadian hospital-based research institutes. We are investigating virtually every major disease and condition, with a focus on answering important health questions and translating our findings into benefits for patients and society.

Job Description
The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) has an immediate opening for a Contracts Officer II (Senior Contracts Officer) in our Contracts Office. The successful candidate will draft, review, negotiate and administer contracts governing clinical research activities at the OHRI and The Ottawa Hospital (TOH). The incumbent will also provide support and guidance to researchers, administrators, and the OHRI’s external partners on the management and execution of contracts and liaise with the Research Ethics Board on contractual aspects of proposed research studies.

We are looking for someone who enjoys the creativity and flexibility in drafting contractual language and in the negotiation process. The ideal candidate thrives during busy work hours and prioritizes work-life balance and is someone who wants to be a part of a purpose-driven organization.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Review and negotiate a multitude of medium to high-risk agreements to facilitate clinical research, such as industry agreements and academic agreements.
• Work with researchers to review and finalize the agreements, and to provide relevant information to researchers throughout the contracts process.
• Identify legal and contractual risks associated with each clinical trial; and
• Other tasks as required.

Expertise Required:
• Independence in reviewing, drafting, negotiating and administering a range of research agreements with private industry, funding agencies and other research institutions (both domestic and foreign)
• Demonstrate confidence in negotiating medium to high-risk agreements.
• Familiarity with corporate commercial agreements, particularly in areas of healthcare, health research, and/or technology.
• Experience working with indemnification, insurance, and other complex contractual terms.
• Strong ability to draft contractual language.
• Competency in Microsoft Word and Microsoft 365.
• Analytical reading skills in dissecting complex legal documents and identifying and addressing risks to the OHRI.
• Ability to apply relevant privacy laws, such as PHIPA, PIPEDA, and GDPR; and
• Ability to apply regulations and laws relevant to clinical trials or health care in Canada.

Soft Skills Required:
• Able to synthesize the law and apply it to OHRI’s contracts.
• A creative problem-solver.
• Able to set priorities among competing and shifting demands with frequent interruptions and tight timelines.
• Self-driven, ability to utilize available resources.
• Efficient and able to perform work in a timely manner.
• Business-minded in their legal work.
• Comfortable with the balance between clarity and strategic ambiguity.
• Able to work independently and in a team.
• Service-oriented.
• An outcome-oriented strategic thinker and team player.
• Skilled at interpersonal and written and oral communication.
• Diplomatic with sound judgment; and
• Professional and treats others with respect.

Basic Requirements (Education/Experience):
• Degree in law (LL.B/J.D.) with three to five years’ experience working with contracts and contract negotiation.
• Bachelor’s degree with minimum of five years’ experience drafting and negotiating contracts within a relevant field (i.e. health care, biotech or software company, intellectual property).

Preferred Qualifications:
• Degree in law (LL.B/J.D.)
• Has a strong understanding of privacy laws, including PHIPA, PIPEDA, and GDPR
• Experience drafting agreements such as software-as-a-service agreements, clinical trial agreements, data transfer agreements and collaborative inter-institutional agreements.

Contract Details:
This is a full time, two-year contract with the possibility of renewal. This position is for a hybrid work model with time spent working at home and a minimum of two days per week required at the Civic Campus.

Salary: Min: $79,213/year – Max: $100,675/year


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