The Salk Institute for Biological Studies seeks an experienced, resourceful attorney who will primarily focus on drafting, reviewing, negotiating, administering and interpreting a wide variety of technology and direct/indirect procurement agreements, including supplies, consulting, real estate, lease, manufacturing, service, equipment purchase, and research agreements, as well as in-bound technology/software licenses, but who is also willing to work on a variety of projects and learn new areas of law. Attorney will have the opportunity to work on other special projects as needs arise. Reports directly to the General Counsel and the Senior Director of the Procurement Services Department and will be embedded in the Procurement Department. Provides in-house legal counsel to Procurement department staff and other internal clients in accordance with General Counselâ™s direction and established Institute policies and procedures. Assists the Senior Director in providing hands-on training and professional guidance to Procurement staff on best practices and applicable procurement standards and requirements, including under the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and regulations such as the Procurement Standards defined in 2 CFR 200 âœUniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards Â§200.317 â“ 200.326, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) as applicable to each funding source. Assists Senior Director in the development, documentation and implementation of a strategic contracting program for the Institute to include the establishment, review and ongoing maintenance of written policy, procedure manuals, forms, clause libraries, templates, training documents and process maps. Informs and promotes department services to all suppliers, researchers, faculty and staff. Interacts with and serves cross-functional business leaders throughout the Institute, advising on legal risks, business strategies and other issues related to the contracts. The successful candidate will possess exceptional business judgment, creativity, and an understanding of an academic, biological sciences environment. The day-to-day work requires collaboration with many levels of employees, as well as strong time management to prioritize and efficiently manage work-loads in a fast-paced, service-oriented environment. Contracts will involve Institute templates, third party templates and original drafting for new or unique transactions.
Juris Doctor degree from ABA accredited law school
Licensed to practice law in California with membership active and in good standing.
Project Management Professional certification.
Must be willing to work in an animal-related research environment.
Able to work a flexible schedule based on staffing, workload, and deadlines.
Execution of Salk's Employee Confidentiality Agreement and Procurement Addendum is required.
Annual conflict of interest disclosure required.
This role requires constant adjusting focus, seeing, sitting, analyzing, reading, reasoning, writing and working inside.
Salk scientists are dedicated to innovative biological research. The Salk Institute consistently ranks among the leading research institutions in the world for its faculty's contributions and the impact of their findings. Focused both on discovery and on mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer's, diabetes and infectious diseases by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines. "We lead biological research. We prize discovery. Salk is where cures begin."Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, the Salk Institute offers a warm, collegial and collaborative work environment, where employees enjoy a generous benefits program. Social activities on campus encourage interaction as a community.