Senior Contracting Officer

Washington, DC
Jan 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) serves as a central resource to support the research community at GW by providing guidance and stewardship for researchers and administrators. Senior Contracting Officer is responsible for the effective and timely handling of research proposals, as well as the preparation, interpretation, negotiation, and execution of agreements on behalf of GW for projects funded by federal and state agencies, foundations, and other public and private sources. The office is also responsible for drafting, negotiating, and executing awards and sub-awards for collaborative research. Specific duties and responsibilities include:

Reviews any Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by a federal agency or for-profit sponsor, after a Principle Investigator (PI) has indicated intent to submit a proposal in response to an RFP. Ensures that RFP terms and conditions (T&C) to be incorporated into the eventual contract, which is awarded based on a proposal submitted in response to it, are consistent with University policies and procedures. When T&C are problematic and/or require deletion/revision, the Senior Contracting Officer recommends appropriate actions to the appropriate OSPA staff responsible for proposal preparation and submission, the PI and other staff including the Director, Sponsored Projects Administration as warranted.

Negotiates grant and contract awards on behalf of the University to ensure proposed terms and conditions are in compliance with applicable regulations and do not conflict with existing commitments and are in keeping with established University policies.

Drafts agreements and/or terms and conditions for inclusion in awards as well. Seeks assistance, as needed, from the Director, Sponsored Projects Administration, and/or other University offices (office of general Counsel, Risk Management, etc.)

Provides training and/or advice regarding contract terms, etc. to faculty and departmental representatives.

Reviews all requests from PI's for internal funding (administrative establishment) of projects prior to receipt and acceptance of final award documents. Ensures sponsor commitment for funding and start date have been confirmed, reasonableness of requests, departmental approvals of internal funding source commitments, status of outstanding matters required to be completed prior approval of request. Ensures inclusion of necessary provisions, negotiated terms and compatibility between sponsor regulations and University policies and procedures. Reviews and negotiates agreements, including but not limited to, non-disclosure, proprietary information and other intellectual property matters and teaming arrangements. Identifies discrepancies and notifies the appropriate parties of necessary changes, additions or deletions.

Works with other University departments to resolve legal, financial, accounting, and other issues with investigators to ensure agreement with technical provisions.
Recommends signatory approval to the Director, Sponsored Projects Administration for award acceptance.

Participates in the development and administration of OVPR policies and procedures as they relate to contract negotiation and award acceptance functions. Identifies and facilitates the resolution of award acceptance activity bottlenecks as the relate to people, processes and/or technology.

Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 7 years of relevant professional experience. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

A Master's degree in Business Administration or Higher Education Administration is preferred but not required.
-Knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures relative to Federal and non-Federal sponsored research in an academic environment.
-Ability to manage the negotiation and acceptance process for related agreements
-Strong leadership, organizational, and charge management skills.
-Effective communication, presentation, and customer service.
-Demonstrated success in business process re-engineering and/or implementation of new information systems..
-Demonstrated ability to use computer-oriented applications and technology..
-Skilled with Oracle financial software.
-Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and demonstrated willingness to learn and share new ideas is necessary.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: Office Vice President of Research (OVPR) Family Research Administration Sub-Family Sponsored Projects Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 4 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday through Friday; 8:30AM - 5:30PM Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: Yes Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search, Credit Special Instructions to Applicants: Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S005930 Job Open Date: 11/21/2016 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation 1
  2. Letter of Recommendation 2
  3. Letter of Recommendation 3

Documents needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation 1
  2. Letter of Recommendation 2
  3. Letter of Recommendation 3


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