Contract and Research Administrator (Contracts and Grants Specialist)

The Office of Research is currently seeking to hire a full-time Contract and Research Administrator to join the Division of Sponsored Programs - Industry and Clinical Trials team. This position will work as part of a team in support of educational programs to enhance faculty and staff understanding of the research process at VCU, and their associated obligations and responsibilities. The position will interface with  VCU Innovation Gateway, VCU Office of Research Integrity and Ethics and the VCU Office of Research Subjects Protection units. The Administrator is responsible for the following duties:

- Provide guidance to the University community related to clinical and non-clinical research projects and other sponsored/supported collaborations with industry in a manner consistent with the comprehensive mission of the University
- Provide personalized assistance (through RAMS-SPOT database, face to face and/or by phone) to faculty in obtaining and managing external funding/support for industry sponsored/supported projects and clinical trial contracts
- Provide support to faculty and staff through the central office review of proposals and administrative actions, the drafting and negotiation of acceptable terms and timely execution of industry sponsored/supported agreements and internally/externally sponsored/supported clinical trial contracts
- During the review, negotiation and awarding process; analyze and correctly interpret regulatory and contractual requirements and ensure compliance with sponsor requirements, university policies, and applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations associated with industry supported sponsored projects and externally supported clinical trials
- Actively seek to streamline clinical trial contracting and the reduction of time to study activation through the use of approved templates and Master Agreements with external entities
- Responsible for pre-award and post-award duties such as reviewing proposals, preparing, negotiating, executing, and managing research agreements, contract amendments, and confidentiality agreements with for-profit industry as well as preparation and/or negotiation of clinical trial contracts, subcontracts, amendments and modifications with for-profit industry and non-industry (non-profit and federal flow-through) sponsors.

Contact Information

Virginia Commonwealth University



800 E Leigh Street

Richmond, Virginia 23298-0568


Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • College/University
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information


  • Full Time