Contracts Manager

Job description

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

Office of Grants and Contracts

Contracts Manager

Position #00678993 – Requisition #20558

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The Office of Grants and Contracts has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Contracts Manager position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver—one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient’s bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

Jobs in this career family provide direct professional support of research activities.  Functions include contracts and grants solicitation and administration, grant/agreement preparation, review and negotiation, regulatory compliance, sponsor communication and post and pre award management, human subject compliance, research animal management, research laboratory coordination and instruction, environmental health and safety, radiation control, hazardous materials use, disposal and training.

Managers are responsible for the day-to-day operation of functional work units, including the Development and implementation of processes consistent with college, school or departmental strategies and processes and the supervision of professional and support staff.

Position Emphasis

The Office of Grants and Contracts assists University of Colorado Denver faculty in their efforts to secure external support for their instructional, research, public services, and scholarly activities. Duties include but are not limited to budget and proposal review; contract and subcontract development and negotiations; and providing advice on sponsor and University requirements. The Grants and Contracts Office is responsible for compliance with non-technical sponsor requirements (including financial reporting and standard invoicing, cash management, and liaison for audits). The unit also has the responsibility for various systems required by the federal government and for providing management reports.

This full-time, University Staff (unclassified) Contracts Manager position will be assigned to supervise and manage the team that processes all research, subcontract and fee for service agreements for the University. The individual will also provide general assistance in other areas as required and will be assigned to various special projects as work volume requires. The individual will report to the Director of Pre-Award and Contracting Services and will be assigned to assist that position and other professionals in the office.

Responsible for all Research Contracts, Subcontracts, and various Revenue Contracts

    Ensure timely and efficient review, compliance, and execution of all Sponsored Research contracts, outgoing Subcontracts, and various Revenue contracts for the University. Collect and analyze performance metrics of the team in order to assist with meeting the business needs of the University.
Supervise Contract and Subcontract Specialists

    Provide guidance/direction to specialists on contract review, provide workload oversight and assistance in prioritizing workload, and provide supplemental training on processes, procedures, and regulations. Develop and streamline processes to ensure efficient and effective work process for OGC and departments.
Customer Service

    Serve the principal investigator and research administrator communities for the purpose of obtaining extramural funding contracts in compliance with University and sponsor guidelines. Conduct outreach and training for research community utilizing formal presentations, discussion groups and meetings. Work with department staff to identify and address contracting needs.
Institutional Signature Authority

    Review and sign as Institutional Signature Authority on contracts and subcontracts.
Serve as a liaison with Sponsors/Subcontractors

    Serve as a liaison between the Sponsor/Subcontractor and University related to contracts and subcontractors.
Assist the Director of Pre-award and Contracting Services with special projects

    Work on special projects as assigned with the unit.
This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Salary and Benefits:

The annual salary range for this position is $70,000 - $87,000

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in public health, public administration, nursing, healthcare, finance, accounting, business administration, business, or a directly related field from an accredited institution
  • At least 4 years of direct responsibility for contract negotiation and administration.
Substitution: A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited law school or Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Public Health (MPH), or Master of Public Administration (MPA) from an accredited institution.
    Experience in higher education and research administrationFive years of demonstrated leadership experience in contract negotiation and administration

    Legal expertise in transactional matters including skills necessary to negotiate contract languageInterpersonal and problem-solving skills with a proven track record of developing and maintaining effective working relationships with a wide range of constituents
  • Strong customer service focus      
    Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orallyAbility to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institutionFlexible, with the ability to juggle numerous competing prioritiesDemonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.Leadership skills to effectively mentor, train, develop and guide othersAbility to evaluate performance, provide feedback on performance, and write objective and comprehensive evaluations
Additional Competencies

    Conducting research to keep abreast of current trends in the fieldCritical thinking to identify alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problemsPassion, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
    Excellent analytical skills including ability to apply basic math skillsAbility to work in high volume office with deadlinesSkilled in Microsoft office

Job Category: Research Services
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Apr 1, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 4/3/2021
Application Due: 7/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time