Contract Negotiator

Oct 14, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Number: 00060204

Primary Function of Organization Unit: Sponsored Programs facilitates the preparation and submission of proposals to all external sponsors. They negotiate, execute and administer contractual issues on all sponsored funding agreements from Federal, State and local governments as well as commercial industry sponsors. and the administration of externally and internally funded sponsored projects. The office also prepares, negotiates and administers all subawards and subcontracts, providing sponsored funds to entities providing scientific collaboration on the sponsored projects. Sponsored projects support all three Land Grant University missions of NC State, Research, Instruction and Extension.

Essential Job Duties: The Contract Negotiator in the Office of Sponsored Programs Services is responsible for adapting an NC State agreement for reviewing and negotiating an external sponsor's agreement, leading to establishment of an acceptable agreement to fund the conduct by NC State of research, instruction or other sponsored activities. The Negotiator will work with a wide variety of external sponsors including federal, state, and local governments as well as private for-profit and non-profit sponsors, including business, industry, associations, and foundations. The Negotiator will be expected to utilize his or her own expertise as well as employ University resources and (as appropriate) other personnel to fulfill the following responsibilities: solve complex issues; read and analyze legal agreements; conduct formal negotiations; prepare risk assessments; provide advice and assistance on proposals to university customers and sponsors; recognize unacceptable contract language; consult with appropriate officials to assess the impact of such language, take action to eliminate or modify proposed contract terms to reach a mutually acceptable agreement, record actions in a relational database; prepare agreements for sponsors; and, assess risks, prepare, negotiate and administer subawards with external independent entities. The Negotiator will be expected to regularly confer with representatives of the Office of Regulatory Compliance, the Office of Contracts and Grants; NC State Office of Technology Transfer; and the Office of General Counsel so that the terms and conditions of research agreements negotiated support the policies of the UNC Board of Governors and NC State University and State and/or Federal Regulations. They must keep university stake holders informed on negotiation progress. They must provide complete and accurate information and explanation as is necessary to fulfill the financial and technical reporting obligations of involved parties. The Negotiator will participate in training and support activities for the university community of research administrators through guidance on the SPARCS website, updating templates, and developing tutorial materials as well as direct class room training or consultation as required.

Minimum Education/Experience: Master's degree; or a Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field, plus two years experience in the processing, negotiating, and/or administration of grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements.

Department Required Skills: Master's degree; or a Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or a related field, plus two years experience in the processing, negotiating, and/or administration of grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements. Proven experience working with: a. The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR); b. The Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), agency supplements to the FAR; c. University or Industry experience in sponsored research agreements; d. The Microsoft Office® suite of software applications, especially Word and Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Internet Browsers and relational databases; and e. Excellent written and oral communications skills are required.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: - Experience in research administration at a college or university is highly desirable. - Certified Research Administrator" (CRA) or Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) or other comparable professional certification. - Familiarity with US Law regarding Intellectual Property (IP) and Copyright (CR).

Necessary Licenses and Certifications: N/A

AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at "":http// Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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