Contracts Administrator/Paralegal

Legal (130) · Seattle, Washington
Department Legal (130)
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Contracts Administrator/Paralegal:


Chinook Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing precision medicines for patients with kidney diseases. We apply our proprietary research platform to discover and develop therapies with novel mechanisms of action in key kidney disease pathways. Our development focus is on rare, serious disorders with clear unmet medical needs and well-defined clinical development opportunities. Our lead program, atrasentan, is a potent and selective, small molecule inhibitor of the endothelin A receptor that is planned to move into a phase 3 registrational trial for IgA nephropathy and a phase 2 basket trial for glomerular diseases, in 2021. We are advancing BION-1301, an anti-APRIL monoclonal antibody, in an ongoing phase 1b trial for IgA nephropathy, and CHK-336, an oral small molecule LDHA inhibitor for primary hyperoxaluria, towards trial initiation in 2021. Our pipeline also includes several additional preclinical programs at the validation and lead optimization stages, and we continue to actively evaluate business development opportunities around early and late-stage clinical assets in kidney disease. 


Chinook completed the third quarter of 2020 with over $290 million in operating capital and trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol, “KDNY.”  The company has locations in Vancouver, BC, Seattle, WA and Berkeley, CA.




The Contract Administrator/Paralegal will work as a member of the Legal Department at Chinook reporting to the SVP & General Counsel to ensure contract terms meet company requirements and business goals and standards through effective drafting, negotiation and coordination. This role is responsible for collaborating with various levels of the organization preparing contract documents that protect the interests of the company, and will serve as a liaison between the various departments at Chinook in the review, prioritization, and oversight of the contracting process to ensure prompt completion of the contract cycle. The Contract Administrator/Paralegal must efficiently manage a large volume and variety of contracts, coordinating numerous agreements simultaneously while identifying issues for Legal support where appropriate.


 Responsibilities include:

  • Draft, edit and negotiate various contracts including Confidentiality Agreements, Supply Contracts, Material Transfer Agreement, Master Service Agreements (MSA) and related amendments.
  • Attend meetings / calls for internal discussion on contract matters to resolve questions and find resolution.
  • Coordinate with other departments to ensure approvals and contract requirements are being addressed.
  • Handle organization and maintenance of all company contracts in the company’s Contract Management System.
  • Use an array of business software applications (e.g., Word, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint, DocuSign, Adobe and the company’s Contract Management system).
  • Assist in final closeout of contracts using appropriate signature methods.
  • Initiate recommendations for updates to company standard templates. and assist in drafting new templates as needed by the business.
  • Provide scheduled reporting and ad hoc reporting as required.
  • Coordinating and receiving Board and Committee signatures for consents and approvals.
  • Maintaining corporate entity documentation and registrations.
  • Producing documents related to the development and implementation of corporate policies and templates.
  • Providing administrative support for documents and activities related to corporate activities such as licensing, partnering, acquisitions or dispositions of assets.


Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • Hands-on experience reviewing, drafting and negotiating a variety of contracts; preferably in the biotechnology and/or pharmaceutical industry.
  • 3-5 years experience working in a law firm or corporate in-house experience a plus.
  • Patent and intellectual property management a plus.
  • High level of responsiveness and exceptional customer service.
  • Self-motivated individual who has the adaptability to work effectively as part of a team and as an individual.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with good time-management skills, be detail oriented, manage multiple contracts and projects simultaneously under tight deadlines.
  • Has knowledge of legal principles and procedures as they relate to contracts.
  • Effective and professional oral and written communication skills.
  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university, and Certificate from ABA approved paralegal program.


Chinook is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we prohibit discrimination or harassment of any kind.  We are committed to fostering an environment where ALL people are welcome and supported.  We respect and value different experiences and viewpoints.  We act respectfully toward one another and embrace diversity of people and ideas. Having a diverse workforce made up of team members who bring a wide variety of skills, abilities, experiences, and perspectives is essential to our success. Creativity and innovation flourish in an environment of openness, inclusion, and mutual respect.

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  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Department
    Legal (130)
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience