Oregon Health & Science University

SWOG Contract Analyst

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Business Services
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Unclassified Administrative
Knight Cancer Institute, SWOG
Salary Range
$77,128 - $106,052.44, Commensurate with experience and internal equity
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5 pm
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, known as one of the pioneers in personalized cancer medicine, is an international leader in research and cancer treatment. Driven by its mission to end cancer as we know it, the institute is building upon its expertise in targeted treatments to advance the early detection of cancer when the disease is most treatable.

Formerly the Southwest Oncology Group, SWOG is one of five network groups that together comprise the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). SWOG designs and conducts multidisciplinary clinical trials to improve the practice of medicine in preventing, detecting and treating cancer, and to enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors.   

Function/Duties of Position

Provide contracting services for the provision of clinical trial support and resources within the SWOG Cancer Research Network environment. Develop contract language in keeping with both SWOG principles and also NCI guidelines and standards. Negotiate language with pharmaceutical collaborators. Track trial development timelines and ensure that contracts are executed accordingly. Work collaboratively with SWOG investigators in institutions across the United States, develop and execute Material Use and Data Use Agreements with various parties receiving SWOG specimens and data in accordance with SWOG and NCI policy and regulations. Develop exhibits as necessary to complete the contracting process. Assist with the administration of SWOG specimens and distribution processes in collaboration with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Biopathology Center in Columbus, Ohio. Assist with feasibility assessments related to studies under development including researching processes and institutions for their ability to become partners in clinical trial research.

Duties will include:

1. Every Knight Cancer employee is expected to embody our guiding principles:

  • We act BOLDLY—Breakthroughs require pushing the boundaries of science, exploring new frontiers, and thinking differently
  • We SUPPORT each other—Respect leads to trust, which leads to excellence
  • We work as a CONNECTED team — We must leverage our collective brain power to conquer cancer because no one individual can do it alone

2. Negotiate contract language with pharmaceutical and other external partners in keeping with SWOG and NCI policies and principles. Specifically, negotiate language for study agreements, material use agreements, data use agreements, confidential disclosure agreements, services agreements, licensing agreements, memorandum of understanding agreements, and other agreements that might arise.  Advise SWOG leadership on the status of contracts under development and any problems requiring escalation. Coordinate legal review of contract language as necessary with the NCI. Facilitate the periodic review of contracts as necessary and take leadership in the completion of contract amendments that become necessary. Identify and report on barriers and issues related to contract development generally and pursue resolution. Manage the circulation of all contracts for review and execution.

3. Serve as a SWOG and NCTN ambassador to potential pharmaceutical collaborators explaining and educating them regarding the SWOG Cancer Research Network, NCI and NCTN.

4. Evaluate translational medicine study plans and determine requirements for contracting. Approve the release of specimens from SWOG's human tissue bank when all requirements have been met on executed use agreements.

Required Qualifications


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Comprehensive knowledge of contracting for the provision of clinical trial support and resources preferably within a national clinical trials environment.
  • Some knowledge and familiarity with Intellectual Property considerations in contracting and awareness of Bayh-Dole provisions associated with federally funded research.
  • Knowledge of the work of clinical trials desired.
  • Deadlines based project experience and demonstrated ability to track and meet timelines.

Job Related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Competencies):

  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks at one time.
  • Must have excellent communication, analytical and organizational skills:  both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team while being collaborative in resolving problems.
  • Must have demonstrated excellent customer service skills both on the phone and in person.
  • Must possess energy and drive to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to maintain effective working relationships.
  • Must be proficient with computers running Windows and PC applications.  Excellent MS Word and Adobe Pro skills, Some experience with other MS Suite applications such as Power Point
  • Proficiency with use of cloud-based platforms and work resources

Preferred Qualifications

Education & Experience:

  • Legal degree/JD
  • Contracting experience with pharmaceutical or other large firms.
  • Experience with writing and negotiating Intellectual Property provisions in contracting.

Additional Details

Please submit a resume and cover letter for your application to be considered. 

Please note: As of Oct. 18, 2021, all OHSU employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated means you have received both doses of a two-dose, or one dose of a single-dose, FDA- or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since your final dose of COVID-19 vaccine. If you apply for and are offered a position, you must be fully vaccinated prior to starting work.

If the position you are offered does not require direct, in-person patient care contact, you may request an exception to the vaccine policy for medical or religious reasons. OHSU uses very narrow criteria under the law to allow an exception and very few requests are being approved.



All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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