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Job Req ID:  69716


Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures is seeking a Paralegal. This position reports to the Director, Contracts & IP Operations. Duties include the drafting, review, negotiation, analysis and maintenance of legally binding transactional agreements within Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, including agreements for collaborative research, technology licensing, material transfer, and confidential disclosure agreements.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

This position will perform the following specific duties within the JHTV Contracts Group:

  • With oversight from the Director, Contracts & IP Operations, prepares, reviews, and negotiates contracts including but not limited to, incoming and outgoing material transfer agreements, non-disclosure agreements, inter-institutional agreements, and various other contractual documents, ensuring consistency with JHTV’s goals as well as JHU policies and legal obligations.
  • Prepares contracts based upon institutional templates and guidance from JHTV Contracts Associates and the Director, Contracts & IP Operations.
  • Provides contract review and drafting support to the JHTV Contract Associates and the Director, Contracts & IP Operations as requested.
  • Assists with the compilation of information and specifications to compile necessary contractual documents, preparing and proofreading terms, and finalizing documents for signature.
  • Assists in the design and implementation of policies and procedures to support review, negotiation, drafting, quality control and compliance for JHTV agreements to ensure compliance with university policies and federal regulations.
  • Assists in the development of functional requirements, identification and implementation of systems, processes, and tools to analyze and predict contracting cost, agreement complexity, risk, and value along with a contract lifecycle management system.
  • Works with support staff and computer systems to ensure proper docketing, accurate data collection and management of compliance activities.
  • Manages and maintains agreement and negotiation records in the JHTV Agreements database. Tracks documents to monitor agreement status to ensure timely execution; and be able to run reports on contract metrics in the Agreement database.
  • Uses Microsoft Office software to assemble, manipulate and format agreement documents and reports.
  • Will be cross-trained across other JHTV departments to learn other functions of the JHTV team. 
  • Participates in development and delivery of faculty education and outreach programs.
  • Collaborates and communicates with faculty, other JHU staff members, other JHTV staff members, JHU legal counsel and third party industry representatives by email, telephone, and in person. 
  • Performs other duties as required.


Scope of Responsibility:

  • Knows the departmental and university-wide goals, standards, policies and procedures.


Decision Making:

  • On a regular and continuous basis, exercises judgment and assumes responsibility for decisions, consequences, and results having an impact on people, costs, and/or quality of service within the functional area. 
  • Exercises negotiation authority within the limits set by JHTV and the JHU Office of General Counsel.  
  • Makes recommendations regarding substantive contract language, negotiation strategy and potential risk. 
  • Does not provide legal advice, but may present issues to the Director, Contracts & IP Operations and JHTV Contracts Associates. 


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Paralegal degree required.
  • Three years related experience required with at least two years of hands-on work experience in contract: drafting, negotiation, administration, and management.
  • At least one year experience in contract administration and management preferably within the life science, pharmaceutical, medical device or engineering industry.
  • Experience using contract lifecycle management systems and databases.
  • At least one year project management experience preferred.


Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident required due to federal export controls.
  • Must be able to understand, review, draft and negotiate technology transfer agreements with substantial intellectual property terms incorporating complex technology and business concepts, and must ensure compliance with JHTV’s goals and JHU’s policies.
  • The position requires exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellence in organization and workload management, with the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects with limited oversight.
  • Must have ability to multi-task under deadline pressure and be able to reprioritize accordingly.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and strong customer service orientation, with a proven ability to deal professionally, tactfully and effectively with all types of customers, including faculty, university staff members, and legal and business contacts at external entities.
  • Must work as a team player and collaborate well with numerous stakeholder groups.
  • Must be customer service centric with focus on faculty interactions and communication.
  • Competence in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Outlook, Excel, OneNote etc.)


Classified Title: Paralegal
Role/Level/Range: ATO 40/E/03/OG 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30am-5pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: Hybrid
Department name: ​​​​​​​Finance and Administration

Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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