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Contracting Officer, MTA

The George Washington University
Washington D.C.
$66,468.54 - $91,327.32

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Academic Affairs, Sponsored Programs, Grants & Contracts
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The Contracting Officer, Material Transfer Agreements (CO – MTA) provides expert support in highly specialized areas of sponsored project and research administration under the direction of the Executive Director, Sponsored Projects, as a member of the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) contracts and award acceptance team. The CO – MTA  is primarily responsible for: the initiation, review, negotiation, and drafting of a growing portfolio of GW material transfer agreements, and provides support for sponsored projects grants and contracts, confidentiality disclosure  and teaming agreements, and other agreements related to sponsored projects or other research activities; providing expert guidance on rules and regulations pertaining to research and/or sponsored projects; coordinating, as necessary, with other University offices, including but not limited to the Office of General Counsel, Risk Management, Grants & Contracts Accounting as well as other divisions within the OVPR working in partnership with the faculty, other researchers and administrators to support the award acceptance process; representing the University to sponsors; and contributing to developing and implementing efficient processes and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Independently reviews, negotiates, and drafts sponsored project/research and other contractual agreements, with federal, international and industry entities on behalf of the university. Such agreements may include clinical trial, confidentiality/nondisclosure, teaming, material transfer, data use, and memoranda of understanding, facilities use, and collaboration agreements. 
  • Reviews and analyzes agreements for completeness and adherence to university policies and practice, conformance with associated proposals, relevant compliance restrictions, risk profile, financial and academic requirements, sponsor policies, and applicable regulations to ensure that University interests and rights are protected. Interprets and applies legal citations in contractual language. 
  • Provides guidance to internal stakeholders for requested revisions and amendments thereto in an informed and timely fashion. Resolves contractual issues by researching applicability of federal regulations or other non-federal terms and conditions to educational institutions and applying expert knowledge of university policies and procedures, past institutional experience and other resources to advance university’s position in contracts and award acceptance. Works effectively with people across teams to formulate, and manage resolutions. Documents approvals and business decisions. 
  • Maintains communication with Executive Director and award acceptance staff throughout the process of receipt, negotiation, and university acceptance. 
  • Participates in the development, implementation, and revision of processes and structures to ensure effective and compliant business processes and operations under the direction of the Associate Director. 
  • Participates in the development, implementation, and revision of processes and structures to ensure effective and compliant business processes and operations under the direction of the Associate Director. 
  • Independently identifies contract risks by assessing scope and risk of non-compliant agreements/nonpreferred terms and coordinate action plans for mitigation of higher risk agreements. Identifies contractual or process issues in projects such as compliance, conflict of interest, export control, etc. 
  • Advises principal investigators, other faculty and researchers, departmental staff, and appropriate OVPR staff regarding award terms and conditions to ensure compliance. 
  • Independently exercises good judgment in terms of internal and sponsor-required prior approvals, opine on process and award management matters, and document approvals which may be auditable against university policies. 
  • Remains current with industry standard grants and contracts regulatory requirements and related practices through continuing education; participate in relevant industry groups and the professional network of research administration. 
  • Performs other work 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: Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 5 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 3 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with electronic information systems that support grants and contracts workflow and management;
  • Proven knowledge of federal, state, city government and private non-profit policies and regulations related to research contracts;
  • Demonstrate general knowledge of business practices, and University and sponsored project policies and procedures;
  • Outstanding organizational skills and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects with conflicting deadline pressures and competing priorities;
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills and exceptional interpersonal skills

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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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