Contract and Grant Officer

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Contract and Grant Officer🔍Business Affairs, Stanford, California, United States📁Compliance Legal📅Mar 30, 2021 Post Date📅88964 Requisition #Job Title: Contract & Grant Officer
Job Family: Compliance Legal
Job Series: Contract and Grant Administrator
Job Code: 4573
Grade: I
Exemption: Exempt

Stanford University is one of Silicon Valley's largest employers - and one of the most unique. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work. At the same time, our traditions of respect and collaboration sustain a humane, supportive environment in which to pursue your life and your career.

Research—the creation of new knowledge—is key to Stanford’s educational mission. Stanford research has led to breakthrough remedies, devices, tools, and concepts, as well as 19 Nobel prizes for Stanford faculty. Among the inventions and discoveries that have resulted from Stanford research are MRI technology, DNA cloning, the Pill, heart transplantation, and digital music.

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) manages the administrative processes related to the entire lifecycle of sponsored research from proposal submission and award negotiation through financial reporting and award closeout. ORA submits over 5,000 new proposals annually and manages more than 7,700 active sponsored projects with a total budget exceeding $1.9 billion.


The Contract and Grant Officer (CGO) within the Office of Research Administration has delegated signing authority on behalf of the university to endorse proposals for extramural funding and prepare, review and negotiate a full array of contracts, subcontracts, grants and other agreements including research-related agreements, such as data use agreements and collaboration agreements. As part of a service-driven organization, ORA is looking for Contract & Grant Officers who approach learning and problem solving with enthusiasm, who are organized and focused to manage a significant workload, who adapt easily to changing situations and views new opportunities as creative challenges.


  • Achieve and maintain delegated signature authority on behalf of Stanford University.
  • Conduct formal solicitation, negotiation, and administration of grants and contracts, by government and non-government sponsors, including complex, non-routine proposals and awards for sponsored projects.
  • Conduct comprehensive analysis and negotiation of complex non-sponsored, research-related agreements.
  • Draft, negotiate and executed subaward agreements.
  • Advise and assist department administrators, principal investigators, and staff; interpret and explain agreement provisions and terms.
  • Resolve problems arising in the course of the project; consult with department administrators, principal investigators, staff, and sponsors.
  • Partner with others to serve as a resource to educate units regarding institutional processes.
  • A remote worker arrangement may be considered for candidates with the appropriate background and experience. Remote workers’ schedules are based in the Pacific Time zone.
* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and four years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge of contracting and related processes
  • Experience with university research administration or related experience preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • Communicate knowledge and ideas both verbally and in writing with clarity and effectiveness
    • Make good independent decisions based on critical and analytical thinking, experience and judgement
    • Deliver high quality service and work products that can be relied upon by clients and colleagues to meet business requirements
    • Drive change and continuous improvement through individual contributions
    • Work with a client focused service approach
    • Work well with colleagues and clients
  • Demonstrated curiosity and comfort with uncertainty and ambiguity

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4573
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: I
  • Requisition ID: 88964




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Job No:
Posted: 4/1/2021
Application Due: 4/24/2021
Work Type: Full Time