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Contracts Manager, Intellectual Property (Remote Work Available)

USC Stevens Center for Innovation Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (“USC”) is a leading private research university located in the heart of Los Angeles – a global center for arts, technology and international business.  As the city’s largest private employer, responsible for more than $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic schools and units.  As a USC employee, you will enjoy excellent benefits and perks (https://employees.usc.edu/benefits-perks/) and be a member of the Trojan Family - the faculty, staff, students and alumni who make USC a great place to work.

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation (“USC Stevens”), USC’s Technology Transfer Office, is a university-wide resource for USC innovators in the office of the Provost.  Designed to harness and advance the creative thinking and breakthrough research at USC for societal impact.  USC Stevens manages technologies stemming from an approximately $900 million annual research budget, USC Stevens focuses on the licensing of technologies, expanding industry collaborations and supporting start-ups (https://stevens.usc.edu).  USC Stevens is unique as it is partially endowed by a generous donation from USC Trustee and a venture capitalist with 30 years of experience. 

USC Stevens is seeking outstanding candidates for the position of Contracts Manager, Intellectual Property to join its team.  Under the direction of the Executive Director, USC Stevens Center for Innovation, and working with the Sr. Transactions Officer, the Contracts Manager serves as a central resource for reviewing intellectual property (“IP”) terms of all contractual relationships involving non-standard Intellectual Property (“IP”) terms. Negotiates revisions to terms and obtains any necessary approvals. Assists in the drafting and negotiating license agreements. May review, negotiate and finalize material and data transfer/use agreements and confidential disclosure agreements.  The successful candidate will be highly motivated, organized, detail-oriented, collaborative, committed to delivering high-quality work, have excellent written and oral communication skills and thrive in a fast-paced environment. 

Job Accountabilities:

  • Collaborates with the Department of Grants and Contracts, Office of General Counsel, Advancement, Procurement, Clinical Trials Office, Office of Ethics and Compliance, and other university offices regarding intellectual property terms in the contracts/agreements for which those offices are primarily responsible.
  • Provides support to the technology commercialization team in the drafting of license and collaboration agreements.
  • Interacts internally with faculty and staff and externally with senior personnel with industry sponsors, and grantee organizations to facilitate negotiations, resolution of IP issues and finalizing of agreements. Leads negotiations with third party sponsors to resolve negotiate and resolve complex issues involving the grant of IP rights in a variety of contracts and drafts acceptable contract language.
  • Drafts complex clauses, agreements or other documents of a legal or contractual nature and provides guidance and assistance to other contract administrators in this activity. Prepares summaries of exceptional IP and other agreement terms for escalation and approval by senior management. Prepares written acknowledgment of approved exceptional terms for signature by principal investigator and internal research participants.
  • Identifies conflicts of interest associated with activities related to contracts being negotiated and provides guidance in disclosing and seeking administrative approval related to those conflicts. Educates and advises faculty, staff and students about intellectual property generally and specifically as it relates to USC policies and USC ownership of IP. Makes public presentations and participates in informational seminars.
  • Designs and implements procedures and services for the office and campus community to streamline the negotiation and processing of material transfer agreements (MTAs), Data Transfer Agreements (DTAs) and Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDAs).
  • Maintains working knowledge of university-based technology transfer, including intellectual property law and legal issues affecting protection, use, licensing and exploitation of patentable inventions and other university intellectual property. Possesses and maintains in depth understanding of USC policies governing and effecting ownership of university IP.
  • Establishes and maintains professional currency through participation and leadership in relevant associations and committees both internally and externally. Provides leadership and guidance to assigned administrators and conducts training as required to ensure professional currency. Represents USC and USC Stevens to the general public.

Preferred Qualifications:

Education:  J.D.

Experience:  5 years

Field of Experience:  CLP Certification. At least four years of experience in a university research or

technology transfer environment. Proven ability to effectively negotiate IP license and

option terms, and influence parties with competing interests. Substantial knowledge of and

proven ability to interpret and apply applicable external regulations and laws (including the

Bayh-Dole Act), and university policies that apply to management and protection of

intellectual property and an ability to analyze business practices in light of contractual

requirements. Ability to gather information in order to analyze complex issues and

formulate logical and objective conclusions and alternative solutions. Demonstrated

analytical and reading comprehension skills, with proven attention to detail for managing

multiple projects simultaneously and consistently meeting deadlines. Working knowledge of

university department structures at a major research university sufficient to understand the

needs and organizational requirements in order to accurately present the same to third

parties. Excellent oral and written communication skills, and an ability to supervise, teach

and/or train others. Strong organizational and problem-solving skills. Ability to work with

USC leadership and with internal and external staff and stakeholders of varied seniority

levels. Demonstrated interpersonal skills to help foster trust, collaboration, transparency,

and accountability with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds and potentially

conflicting interests.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education:  Bachelor’s degree

Experience:  5 years

Field of Experience:  Experience in and proven ability to effectively negotiate IP license and option terms. A

minimum of 2 years of experience with intellectual property licensing and compliance.

Understanding of university intellectual property policies. Working knowledge of applicable

legal terms and conditions, and the ability to analyze business practices in light of

contractual requirements. Ability to interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local

laws (including the Bayh-Dole Act), regulations, and policies. Demonstrated analytical and

reading comprehension skills, with proven attention to detail for managing multiple projects

simultaneously and consistently meeting deadlines. Excellent oral and written

communication skills, and an ability to teach or train others. Strong organizational and

problem-solving skills. Ability to work with USC leadership and with internal and external

staff and stakeholders of varied seniority levels, but frequently at senior levels within their

organizations. Demonstrated interpersonal skills to help foster trust, collaboration,

transparency, and accountability with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds and

potentially conflicting interests.

Application Procedure

As part of the application, candidates must upload one document file (Word or PDF) that contains the following: 1) a cover letter, 2) Resume (including telephone and e-mail address).

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The university particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting uschr


Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree Minimum Experience: 5 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Experience in and proven ability to effectively negotiate IP license and option terms. A minimum of 2 years of experience with intellectual property licensing and compliance. Understanding of university intellectual property policies. Working knowledge of applicable legal terms and conditions, and the ability to analyze business practices in light of contractual requirements. Ability to interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local laws (including the Bayh-Dole Act), regulations, and policies. Demonstrated analytical and reading comprehension skills, with proven attention to detail for managing multiple projects simultaneously and consistently meeting deadlines. Excellent oral and written communication skills, and an ability to teach or train others. Strong organizational and problem-solving skills. Ability to work with USC leadership and with internal and external staff and stakeholders of varied seniority levels, but frequently at senior levels within their organizations. Demonstrated interpersonal skills to help foster trust, collaboration, transparency, and accountability with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds and potentially conflicting interests.



REQ20091043 Posted Date: 10/15/2020

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