• Sr Grants & Contracts Officer

    Location US-MA-Brookline
    Job Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2 weeks ago)
    Job ID
    Research Administration
    full time
  • Overview

    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.


    The Sr. Grants & Contracts Officer is responsible for providing advice and leadership in the area of grants management. He/she will work with the Director of Grants and Contracts in the management and oversight of the externally funded research program at DFCI. He/she will do this by the review and interpretation of federal, State and Institutional policy as they relate to grants management and participate in the development and implementation of training programs to promote a clearer understand of the grants management process. As the Institute Sr. Grants & Contracts Officer this position must protect the Institute from non-compliance with sponsor policies and therefore must be proactive in dealing with all aspects of grants management.



    • Draft, review, and negotiate grant funded research agreements, subcontracts, grant funded clinical trial agreements, Research Consortium agreements, from state and federal government agencies, academic institutions, public and private foundations, and for-profit organizations ensuring compliance with institutional policy and applicable laws.

    • Educate medical professionals and train the research community to recognize problematic contract terms. Provide mentoring to less-experienced Grants Management Officers.

    • Share ideas, coordinate efforts, discuss new policies and regulations to improve contracting methods

    • Keeps abreast of policy changes and regulations. Create and maintain agreement templates to ensure uniformity with terms and conditions.

    • Develop positive working relationships with Sponsors and DFCI Departments. Help identify issues and barriers with agreements process and works with Director on strategies for improvement.

    • Provides tactical management and drives execution of agreements and works to maintain good morale.

    • Uses outcomes data to drive and manage continuous improvements to G&C processes and practices.

    • Develops presentations and communication materials regarding special project(s) for DFCI research community.

    • Work with investigators and department administrators in the development and submission of grant and contract applications.

    • Provides sound advice to investigators and department administrators regarding interpretation of sponsor guidelines and regulations and problem resolution.

    • Reviews administrative sections of grant and contract applications for completeness, accuracy and compliance with DFCI and sponsor policies and procedures. Ensures applicability of Institute’s fringe, indirect cost rates and shared service rates.

    • Responsible for oversight of grant submittal process, including monitoring the application review process and submitting supplemental information.

    • Serves as liaison with external sponsors on grant and contract-related administrative issues throughout the proposal submission and award acceptance processes. Independently reviews terms and conditions of awards for acceptability and compliance with institute’s policies and guidelines; independently negotiates terms and conditions with sponsors as needed.

    • Independently, prepares and negotiates subcontract agreements for those awards that contain projects outside DFCI, assuring that agreements include all necessary provisions to allow for compliance with DFCI and sponsor policies and procedures.

    • Effectively works with departments and division administrators, investigators and research accounting in the resolution of budgetary problems, making sure that resolutions assure continued compliance with sponsor and DFCI guidelines.

    • Must stay current with federal, non-federal regulations, policies and processes

    • Other projects and duties as assigned.



    • BS/BA degree required. CRA and or JD highly preferred.

    • 7+ years of professional experience in Research Administration; experience with administration of NIH, NSF, DOD awards and proposal requirements in an academic medical center or equivalent setting.

    • Outstanding negotiation and conflict management skills

    • Strong team player

    • Experience with Administration of Research consortium highly preferred.


    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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