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Contracts-IP Paralegal

Legal | San Francisco, Ca | Full Time

Job Description

Overview of the Role

The Contracts-IP Paralegal will facilitate preparation, execution, tracking and monitoring of agreements, assistance with maintenance of electronic patent files, tracking of filing deadlines, correspondence, and invoices, and provide other legal support as needed.


Reporting Structure and Team

The Contracts-IP Paralegal reports to the Chief Legal Counsel and VP of Strategic Alliances Management, and is a key member of the Legal team.


Essential Job Functions

  • Draft, review and negotiate form contracts such as NDA’s, contract amendments, extensions, and termination notices, and facilitate timely contract execution.
  • Assist  the legal team with the development, implementation and maintenance of a contract management system, including reviewing, organizing, scanning, uploading, populating data fields for relevant terms, tracking and retrieving contracts.
  • Assist the legal team with tracking and complying with reporting requirements accompanying the various contracts the Institute and its research centers are a party to.
  • Coordinate gathering of information from, and provide contract information and status updates to, internal stakeholders.
  • Assist with organization of the patent portfolio managed by the Institute. Calendar and track deadlines.
  • Compose, proofread and edit correspondence, presentations and other legal documents.
  • Support continuous improvement of templates, contract negotiation guidance documents and workflow processes.
  • Perform other administrative tasks as needed.


Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • Solid understanding of contract language and structure
  • Strong project management skills. 
  • Highly organized self-starter, with excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
  • Team player willing to take on new projects.
  • Consistent and dependable work habits and solid work ethic.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • BA or BS in related field; or equivalent experience. 
  • 3 or more years of directly relevant experience. 
  • Experience with or knowledge of intellectual property issues desirable.
  • Experience with patent docketing, contract management systems and using applications built on platform preferred.


Introduction to the Organization

The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy (“PICI” or the “Parker Institute”) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the development of immunological cures for cancer through innovative science, advanced technologies and new modes of research collaboration.  The Institute is based in San Francisco, California and officially launched in April 2016.

To achieve its mission, PICI has established significant new cancer immunology research centers at six of the top cancer research and treatment institutions in the country (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Stanford Medicine, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Pennsylvania and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center), and will organize and support a portfolio of advanced, collaborative research efforts across this consortium.