#101115 Senior Contract and Grant Officer

This is a 100% Contract position for 1 year with the possibility of extension for a 2nd year or career conversion, contingent upon funding.


Uses skills as a seasoned, experienced research administrator to independently develop and / or oversee research proposals, awards and /or transactions related to contract and grant management and maintains contract and grant records in compliance with institutional research and sponsor policies. Is responsible for reviewing, amending and submitting proposals and negotiating and executing awards, of diverse scope where analysis of data requires thorough understanding of complex regulations, policies and administrative requirements. Completes and approves transactions subject to the delegated signature authority for extramurally sponsored research proposals and awards.

Provides guidance and expertise on complex proposals and awards that may involve multiple investigators and / or multiple sub awards. ensure the proper commitment of University resources, verify adequate proposal pricing, coordinate compliance with aspects of special review (Human Subjects, Animal Subjects, Conflict of Interest, etc.), and address conformity with both University and sponsoring agency regulations. Review award document terms and conditions of moderate complexity and risk for acceptability/compliance with University policies. Analyze problems, formulate options, and coordinate resolution of post award and policy related issues. Act as liaison between the University and the sponsoring agencies. Is responsible for service lines that include non-profit sponsors and sub-award grants where funding flows through a direct sponsor from a Prime Federal, For-Profit, Non-Profit or other sponsor type.

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher with focus in fields such as life sciences, physical sciences, technology, engineering, contract law, intellectual property law, public administration, or political science and four years related university experience or combined equivalent.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and proven ability to perform review of complex funding/contract solicitations including Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and to analyze and negotiate complex, moderate-risk terms and conditions of resulting awards/contracts in relation to receipt of University funding from extramural sponsors.

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, interpret, and comprehend conditions of award/legal agreements of moderate complexity and risk and recognize impact of potential problems and formulate subsequent resolutions.

  • In-depth knowledge of terms and conditions of a variety of moderately complex award instruments (e.g., contracts, collaborations/consortia, non-disclosure/proprietary information agreements) with an emphasis on publication restrictions, patents, copyrights, rights in data, indemnification, conflict of interest, etc.

  • Thorough understanding of research administration guidelines of Federal and non-Federal sponsors supporting research and educational activities, preferably in a university environment.

  • Ability to manage significant volume of transactions. Demonstrated ability to work with detail and assist in the preparation and review of a large volume of moderately complex documents rapidly and accurately.

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize heavy workload, meet deadlines, cope with peak workload periods and apply creativity and originality in time-sensitive problem solving situations.

  • Demonstrated competence in the use of spreadsheet and database software in financial analysis, fiscal management and financial reports.

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft suite of productivity applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Visio.

  • Excellent/effective oral and written communication skills, including ability to construct complex legal language as well as persuasive correspondence to convey information in a clear, organized, and concise manner. Demonstrated ability to diplomatically, clearly, and accurately express substance and nuance in both oral and written communication.

  • Demonstrated excellent customer service/interpersonal skills including diplomacy, tact, and patience when interacting with all individuals both internal and external to the University.

  • Proven ability to perform independently with minimal direction. Demonstrated ability to adapt, implement, provide input into, and evaluate new procedures, systems, and processes.

  • Demonstrated effective organizational systems and priority-setting skills. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to effectively work in and facilitate a team environment.

  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • U.S. person status is required for this position in order to comply with the Arms Export Control and Export Administration Act. U.S. persons are U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) or protected individuals as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

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