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The University of Oregon: Licensing and Contracts Officer – IIT


Job no: 533010

Work type: Officer of Administration

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Administrative/Professional, Administrative/Office Support, Information Technology, Legal/Law

Department: Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing

Salary: $70,000 – $95,000 per year; commensurate with experience.

Compensation Band: OS-OA08-Fiscal Year 2023-2024

FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins

Immediately; apply by December 11, 2023, to ensure consideration. Position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants

With your online application, please upload a resume and a cover letter describing how you meet the minimum requirements, professional competencies, and any preferred qualifications. You will also be asked to enter the names and contact information of three professional references; candidates will be notified prior to contacting references.

The position is full-time and based out of Eugene, Oregon, however remote or hybrid work requests will be considered.

Department Summary

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) serves as an advocate and catalyst within the University for expanding the range and impact of UO’s research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. The OVPRI oversees sponsored programs, research compliance, technology transfer, economic development, industry engagement, research-based ventures, and research development and administrative responsibility for numerous high-profile research centers and institutes and core research facilities, which provide opportunities for faculty across the university to collaborate on research efforts that are inherently interdisciplinary, and of significant societal importance. As a university that holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the UO is also one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Visit to learn more.

Industry, Innovation, and Translation (IIT), a unit within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI), is responsible for managing Intellectual Property (IP) development and commercialization as well as industry engagement and economic development related to the research activities of the UO. IIT helps researchers pursue and disclose inventions and other intellectual property-based assets that show the potential to provide commercial solutions to societal problems. IIT accelerates the impact of UO research by practicing proactive project management, acquiring intellectual property rights (patenting, copyright registration, trademarking), licensing, and supporting economic development, industry research, and other collaborative relationships including the sharing of information or material assets with private and public partners.

The OVPRI is committed to a respectful work environment. We value the cultural, educational, and life experiences of each employee. We believe that a diverse workforce enables us to deliver culturally responsive services to all members of our community. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we welcome, respect, and foster a sense of belonging for a wide range of identities and experiences in our workforce. We strongly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and/or LGBTQIA+ community members.

Position Summary

The Industry, Innovation, and Translation (IIT) Licensing & Contracts Officer (LCO) works under the direction of the IIT Associate Director (IIT AD) to provide administrative, technical, contractual, compliance, and intellectual property expertise. The role involves drafting, negotiating, and managing a range of agreements related to material transfer, data use, collaboration, licensing, and technology administration. The LCO will be a crucial point of contact for campus departments, coordinate with external partners, and ensure the efficient completion of transactions.

Core Responsibilities:

• Draft, negotiate, and manage a range of agreements related to material transfer, data use, collaboration, licensing, and technology administration, including, but not limited to, material transfer agreements (MTAs), non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), data use agreements (DUAs), data privacy agreements (DPAs), unfunded collaboration agreements (UCAs), royalty sharing agreements (RSAs), technology administration agreements (TAAs), project rules agreements (PRAs), teaming agreements (TAs), licenses for projects with non-exclusive license agreement programs and other technology transfer instruments and research or services agreements as assigned.

• Review and revise assigned agreements to ensure compliance and appropriate language.

• Act as a liaison between UO researchers and their administrative staff, and external partners, facilitating the transaction process.

• Coordinate agreement reviews with other campus units, including the Office of the General Counsel, Sponsored Project Services, and Research Compliance Services.

• Review and revise standard agreements and practices to reflect changes in university policies, and Federal and state regulations and laws.

• Advise on intellectual property, data, and confidentiality terms in agreements for other units on campus.

• Advise and assist research groups by interpreting and explaining contract terms and updating and providing training on licensing and contracting policies and procedures.

• Provide innovation development, acquisition and management support, and eCommerce deployment support, as requested concomitant with your educational and professional background, which may include providing information and guidance on intellectual property law and legal requirements for intellectual property acquisition.

• Support other projects and programs in furtherance of IIT’s goals and mission as assigned and delegated by the Associate Vice President for Industry, Innovation, & Translation (AVP for IIT) and IIT AD.

A remote work arrangement may be considered for candidates for this position. Remote workers’ schedules are based in the Pacific Time zone.

Minimum Requirements

• A bachelor’s degree; AND

• Two years of work experience in a relevant field, including in a role of drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts subject to U.S. law, or technology transfer of U.S. intellectual property, or management of U.S. intellectual property and/or similar work.


• J.D., LLM, MBA, or another graduate-level degree that provides training as it relates to drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts, technology transfer, or intellectual property management; AND

• One year of work experience in a relevant field, including in a role of drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts subject to U.S. law, or technology transfer of U.S. intellectual property, or management of U.S. intellectual property.


• J.D. from an accredited institution of higher education with a demonstrated focus on contract law, including contract drafting and negotiation.

We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes with relevant transferable skills from a variety of sources and experiences. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role and describe those skills in your cover letter and application materials.

Professional Competencies

• A working knowledge of U.S. intellectual property law and their associated rights (Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights).

• Familiarity with state, federal, university, and agency regulations, laws, policies, and guidelines that a U.S. public university is subject to for entering into contracts related to research administration, technology transfer, and intellectual property management and compliance with these regulations, laws, policies, and guidelines.

• Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate information clearly and effectively to internal and external audiences, research groups, and management.

• Ability to balance detail-oriented analysis while keeping larger goals in mind.

• High ethical standards, judgment, interpersonal skills, and the ability to conduct negotiations.

• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to review and analyze complex information.

• Demonstrated ability to develop comfortable and productive relationships with academic scientists and science/tech industry representatives.

• Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize a variety of tasks and demands.

• Excellent customer service orientation with demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, action-oriented, customer-focused service environment fostering constructive outcomes in a complex environment involving an array of distinct stakeholders.

• Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a complex environment.

• Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Suite, and the ability to learn applicable university and departmental systems.

Preferred Qualifications

• Master’s or J.D. degree.

• Experience working with U.S. patents, copyrights, or trademarks and licensing those intellectual properties.

• Experience securing U.S. intellectual property rights protection for Copyrightable works and/or Trademarks.

• Experience with open-source licensing.

• Experience with Inteum software or related innovation management software/tools for reporting, data management, and intellectual property tracking.

• Experience in developing and providing educational programming in the contracting or innovation space.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the

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