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Senior Business Contract Officer (0345U)
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Apr. 6, 2023
Title Senior Business Contract Officer (0345U)
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department Business Contract Brand Protection - 51610
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Legal Services

Senior Business Contract Officer (0345U), Business Contract Brand Protection - 51610

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

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Departmental Overview

The Office of Business Contracts and Brand Protection (BCBP) is a service unit within Supply Chain Management that reviews, negotiates and processes business contracts for the Berkeley campus and provides guidance on trademarks and intellectual property.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: April 19, 2023


  • Prepares, negotiates, and executes contract documents on behalf of the Regents, including drafting exceptions to agreement terms and conditions as required by campus guidelines, rules, and regulations.
  • Counsels departments in the execution of highly complex, specialized agreements, and alerts departments to potential conflicts between the objectives of the University in undertaking the contracted activity, the policies/regulations of the University, and an external entity's business/commercial objectives.
  • Collaborates and coordinates with key stakeholders, other campus contracting offices, as well as with internal control units, such as the Office of Legal Affairs and the Office of Risk Services to assess and minimize risks in proposed transactions, and to ensure that the proposed contracts are compliant with federal and state law and University policies.
  • Analyzes the impact on the campus of changes in regulations, policies, and procedures that affect business transactions and/or intellectual property rights.
  • Maintains accurate and organized files documenting contractual transactions including using the Business Contract Management System (BCMS) or other similar databases.
  • Other duties as assigned, including participating in process improvement activities, participating in staff development, and providing mentorship to Contract Administrator 3 as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge of contracting principles and practices, methods, and procedures used in transactional business contract development, especially associated with revenue generation.
  • Advanced knowledge of contract law, especially related to foreign and domestic business relationships, intellectual property licensing, and other relevant rules, guidelines, policies, and practices.
  • Advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills; advanced ability to deal with broad and diverse constituencies using advanced customer service orientation and skills.
  • Advanced organizational, presentation, and negotiation skills.
  • Advanced listening, political acumen skills and problem recognition, avoidance and resolution skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of and/or ability to learn about the campus, including its infrastructure, goals, mission, rules, policies, guidelines, etc.
  • Highly developed analytical skills, including analysis of relevant facts, knowledge of legal language needed to protect against anticipated risk, and seasoned experience researching, drafting, negotiating, and preparing complex contracts.
  • Advanced experience and knowledge of Federal and State laws associated with business contracts in academia.
  • Advanced skills in applying, interpreting, and implementing complex policy, technical and legal concepts to a wide variety of situations, and using mature judgment in resolving related issues and problems.
  • Ability to exercise independent initiative and considerable judgment in advising both academic and administrative officers and staff.
  • Ability to work independently while managing multiple projects.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills and exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Advanced experience and proficiency with contract management software, including the use of Microsoft Office Suite Adobe Acrobat, and Google Suite, for redlining and version control.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Law degree (Juris Doctor) from an accredited University.
  • At least 5-8 years of experience drafting complex and novel agreements.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Admission to California Bar.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $100,000.00 - $130,000.00.

  • This is a 100% full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is exempt and paid monthly.
  • This is a remote-friendly position, eligible for 100% remote capability.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

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