Manager/ Senior Manager, Legal Operations (Paralegal)

Kura OncologySan Diego, CaliforniaFull TimeOn Site

Are you ready to join a team committed to making a meaningful impact on cancer treatment through the discovery and development of precision medicines? At Kura Oncology, you have an opportunity to be a part of something bigger, with a lasting impact that you can be proud of.

At Kura Oncology, we are working to change the paradigm and improve the science of cancer treatment. As an organization, we strive to cultivate a diverse and talented professional culture driven to develop precision medicine therapeutics.

As we continue to build a leading biotech organization with a strong culture, a patient-focused mindset and a team focused on relentless execution, we are looking for innovative, passionate professionals to join us and make our vision a reality.

To succeed at Kura, you will need to have a demonstrated ability for excellence in drug discovery and development and a roll-up your sleeves attitude. The ideal candidate will possess a values-driven work style where integrity and grit drive all behaviors, decisions, and actions.

The Manager/Senior Manager, Legal (“Manager”) supports all aspects of the Legal Department, with a focus on contracting and intellectual property (“IP”).  The Manager reports to the Associate General Counsel (“AGC”) and supports the AGC with contract administration, review, negotiation and management as well as general legal matters. In addition to supporting the AGC, the Manager supports the Sr. Director, Intellectual Property with management of the Company’s IP portfolio and the entire Legal Department with oversight of operations.

Essential Job Functions:


  • Intakes contract requests through Coupa, the Company’s contract lifecycle management system.
  • Drafts, negotiates and analyzes standard agreements and documents, including confidentiality agreements, consulting agreements, master services agreements, statements of work and amendments.
  • Manages contract workflow and approval process, including verifying that internal requirements are met and securing required signatures.
  • Reviews standard agreements and documents prepared by the Company’s Centralized Contracting and Outsourcing Department (CC&O).
  • Provides guidance to CC&O regarding contract preparation and interpretation.
  • Addresses end user questions regarding use of Coupa, contract interpretation and contract status.
  • Enters and maintains contract data in Coupa in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Collaborates with CC&O, Finance and IT to improve the Company’s contracts processes and utilization of Coupa.
  • Maintains contract templates.
  • Supports development of guidance documents and fallback provisions for contracts and other documents reviewed by the Legal Department.
  • Establishes and fosters positive working relationships with contract requestors.

Intellectual Property

  • Maintains and organizes IP records, including patent applications, patents, correspondence, trademark applications and trademarks.
  • Acts as liaison between legal department and various outside patent counsel.
  • Maintains independent patent docket.
  • Monitors annuities for timely payment.
  • Coordinates requests for signatures on formal IP documents.
  • Reviews invoices from outside IP counsel for accuracy.

Legal Operations

  • Assists with due diligence activities, including by collecting and organizing materials for the Company’s virtual data room.
  • Supports the budgeting process for the Legal Department, and partners with Finance regarding budget and external legal spend.
  • Organizes and maintains Legal Department files.
  • Performs other tasks as requested by the Chief Legal Officer, AGC or Sr. Director, IP.


  • Bachelor’s degree or experience equivalent.
  • Five plus years of in-house pharmaceutical or biotechnology contract/legal experience.  
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage time effectively and prioritize multiple competing demands in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Flexible, positive and solution-oriented mindset, with an interest in continued professional development.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills as well as extensive experience with contract management software.

For a Manager, Legal Operations the base range is $110,750 - $120,886. The Senior Manager, Legal Operations base salary range is $132,812 - $146,253. Individual pay may vary based on additional factors, including, and without limitation, job-related skills, experience, work location, and relevant education or training. Kura's compensation package also includes generous benefits, equity, and participation in an annual target bonus.

Kura’s Values that are used for candidate selection and performance assessments:

  • We work as one for patients
  • We are goal-focused and deliver with excellence
  • We are science-driven courageous innovators
  • We strive to bring out the best in each other and ourselves

The Kura Package

  • Career advancement/ development opportunities
  • Competitive comp package
  • Bonus
  • 401K + Employer contributions
  • Generous stock options
  • ESPP Plan
  • 20 days of PTO to start
  • 18 Holidays  (Including Summer & Winter Break)
  • Generous Benefits Package with a variety of plans available with a substantial employer match
  • Paid Paternity/Maternity Leave
  • In-Office Catered lunches
  • Home Office Setup
  • Lifestyle Spending Stipend
  • Commuter Stipend (Boston Office)
  • Regular employee social activities, including happy hours, monthly birthday celebrations, Kura Koffee Talks, and much more!

Kura Oncology is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing personalized therapeutics for the treatment of solid tumors and blood cancers. The company’s diverse pipeline consists of small molecules that target cancer signaling pathways where there is a strong scientific and clinical rationale to improve outcomes by identifying those patients most likely to benefit from treatment. Kura Oncology’s approach to drug development is focused on rapidly translating novel science into life-saving medicines. Our goal is to help patients with cancer lead better, longer lives. Kura Oncology has offices in San Diego, California, and Boston, Massachusetts.

Kura’s pipeline consists of three investigational drug candidates: ziftomenib, tipifarnib and KO-2806. Ziftomenib is a once-daily, oral drug candidate targeting the menin-KMT2A protein-protein interaction for the treatment of genetically defined AML patients with high unmet need. Ziftomenib is currently enrolling patients in a Phase 2 registration-directed trial (KOMET-001) in NPM1-mutant relapsed or refractory AML. Kura is preparing to initiate multiple Phase 1 trials to evaluate ziftomenib in combination with current standards of care in earlier lines of therapy and across multiple patient populations, including NPM1-mutant and KMT2A-rearranged AML. Tipifarnib, a potent and selective FTI, is currently in a Phase 1/2 trial (KURRENT-HN) in combination with alpelisib for patients with PIK3CA-dependent HNSCC. Kura intends to evaluate KO-2806, a next-generation FTI, in a Phase 1 dose-escalation trial (FIT-001) as a monotherapy and in combination with other targeted therapies in adult patients with advanced solid tumors. For additional information, please visit Kura’s website at

Kura Oncology is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

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