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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: July 14, 2021
The Office of Business Contracts and Brand Protection (BCBP) oversees business contracts for the Berkeley campus and provides guidance on trademarks and intellectual property. Core to our values is conducting our operations in a socially responsible manner to further the University's mission of teaching, research and public service.
The Senior Business Contracts Officer will be involved in structuring, and/or administrating contractual documents that establish business relationships with contractors, customers and/or partners. This role will collaborate with internal partners as well as legal staff to structure and draft contracts. Professional contracting services are provided in compliance with system-wide and campus policies and procedures, this position will analyze contracts to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations and policies as well as advise management of contractual rights and obligations and provides interpretation of terms and conditions. The position will assist and coordinate the negotiation and review of increasingly complex agreements involving intellectual property rights, licenses, sponsorships and a broad range of business relationships.
Counsels campus departments in the execution of highly complex, specialized agreements and provides appropriate business, policy and legal review.
Drafts complex or highly specialized exceptions to agreement terms and conditions as required by campus guidelines, rules, regulations, etc.
Drafts and approves the provisions of the agreement or amendment, demand letter, cease and desist letter and/or dispute resolution provision relating to intellectual property.
Collaborates and coordinates with key stakeholders, other campus contracting offices, as well as with internal control units, such as the Office of Legal Affairs and the Office of Risk
As required, coordinates and ensures the execution of the agreement for The Regents of the University of California (The Regents).
Services to assess and minimize risks in proposed transactions, and/or manage risk as appropriate.
Recommends dispute resolution efforts to resolve failures in performance and/or addresses confrontations before the matter is referred to litigation.
Negotiates with corporate, educational institutions or government and other non-profit institutions regarding the legal provisions of the agreement.
Addresses potential conflicts of interest between the objectives of the University in undertaking the contracted activity, the policies/regulations of the University, and an external entity's business/commercial objectives.
Monitors changes in law, practice or policy that affects intellectual property-based private sector relationships and informs the unit's director and others as necessary, such as departmental Contract Coordinators.
Analyzes impact to the campus of changes in regulations, policies and procedures regarding private sector funding in respect to intellectual property rights.
Maintains accurate and organized files documenting contractual transactions including using the Business Contract Management System (BCMS) or other similar database.
Works with highly confidential material.
Participates in process improvement activities.
Participates in staff development.
Provides coaching to Contract Administrator 3 as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
Advanced knowledge of contracting principles and practices, methods and procedures used in transactional business contract development, especially associated with income generation.
Advanced knowledge of contract law, especially related to foreign and domestic business relationships, intellectual property licensing, and other relevant rules, guidelines, policies and practices.
Advanced experience and knowledge of primarily Trademark and Copyright laws, and Federal and State laws associated with business contracts in academia.
Advanced skill to apply, interpret, and implement complex policy, technical and legal concepts to a wide variety of situations, and to use mature judgment in resolving related issues and problems.
At least 5-8 years of experience drafting complex and novel agreements.
Highly developed analytical skills, including analysis of relevant facts and report writing, seasoned experience researching, drafting, negotiating and preparing complex contracts.
Highly developed analytical skills and knowledge of legal language needed to protect against anticipated risk.
Advanced written, verbal and interpersonal communications; advanced ability to deal with broad and diverse constituencies with advanced customer service orientation and skills.
Outstanding written and oral communication skills and exceptional interpersonal skills.
Advanced organizational, presentation and negotiation skills.
Advanced listening, political acumen skills and problem recognition, avoidance and resolution skills.
Able to exercise independent initiative and considerable judgment in advising both academic and administrative officers and staff.
Must be able to maintain highly confidential material.
Ability to work independently while managing multiple projects.
Strong Microsoft Office Suite computer skills as well as Adobe Acrobat, database and the use of search engines skills.
Law degree from an accredited university.
Experience with software licensing.
Various language abilities, specifically Asian languages, European languages or Indian languages.
Knowledge of the campus, including its infrastructure, goals, mission, rules, policies, guidelines, etc.
Experience in a university research environment and capacity to analyze complex research programs.
Proficiency in the use of the University adopted software applications.
Salary & Benefits
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Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.