Contract Officer

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 20, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) encourages applications for a Contract Officer to join our team! This position is responsible for protecting University interests relating to the business of University Research by:
  1. Reviewing Requests for Proposals (RFPs), broad agency announcements (BAAs), and other announcements as needed in support of proposal development and identifying issues related to the anticipated award prior to proposal submittal;
  2. Ensuring that University commitments are in accord with legal, regulatory, and University requirements and standard methodologies and are properly documented and approved;
  3. Reviewing and negotiating a multitude of agreements including contracts, grants, cooperative agreements and sub agreements with outside sources (e.g. federal funding agencies, industry, other universities and foundations collectively, sponsors);
  4. Recognizing and addressing federal and University compliance issues;
  5. Determining that a contract is ready for signature and signing on behalf of the University; and
  6. Providing input and guidance on contract interpretation and administration throughout the contract term.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) is the University’s authorized representative to submit proposals, negotiate and accept sponsored research and service agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and material transfer agreements on behalf of the Board of Regents. Sponsored project proposals and awards go through OCG.

OCG is the University of Colorado Boulder's Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) and is responsible as the Office of Record for the administration of sponsored research and service agreements and funding on the CU Boulder campus.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Proficient in CU’s and OCG’s processes and practices
  • Proficiency or ability to become quickly proficient in OCG’s business processes, from proposal development through submission, award, contract negotiation, execution, and management.
  • Increased familiarity with OCG staff and assigned departments, faculty, and staff.
  • Track the life cycle of awards.
  • Develop knowledge of standard acceptable CU terms and conditions, and ensure proposed alternate language is properly vetted and considered.
  • Engage supervisor, faculty, and other University offices including Venture Partners, Office of Export Control, and University legal counsel as necessary to review and negotiate contract terms and conditions.
  • Become familiar and quickly proficient with applicable electronic systems and related processes and requirements.
  • Increase the current knowledge base of OCG business processes by attending training sessions, conferring with the supervisor and peers, and reviewing written guidance documents.

Negotiating and managing research contracts (with or without funds) between CU and sponsors, including industry, Federal, foundations, and nonprofits;
  • Ensure that each contract and its financial and in-kind commitments are acceptable to the University, the funding agency, and the University Principal Investigator. Consult with University Investigator and OCG staff as necessary.
  • Using either sponsor or CU contract template, ensure that the contract requirements are clear, comprehensive and that includes provisions protecting the interests of the University.
  • The position will determine the nature and scope of the relationship of CU Principal Investigators to sponsors, use professional judgment to evaluate contracting mechanisms, and select appropriate legal terms and conditions.
  • Develop business terms of research projects, communicate and consult with faculty, campus administrators, sponsor representatives and OCG staff in such areas as research procedures, policies, and contract requirements, negotiate contract terms and serve as a responsible business and Contracting Officer for the University. Assure compliance with Federal laws, regulations and requirements.
  • Ensure that contract data are accurately entered into all appropriate University Research Administration record-keeping systems.
  • Consultation with supervisor and peers may be needed to interpret and address unusual contract provisions.

Contract related duties
  • Work with OCG staff to develop language and to ensure consistency of contract terms and conditions across contracts.
  • Research and identify revisions to standard contract language to ensure the protection of University interests.
  • Contribute knowledge at team meetings by developing agenda items and engaging peers.
  • Advise University faculty and other personnel on such matters as procedures for acquiring approval for deviations from or modifications to contract language.
  • Serve as a responsible business and Contracting Officer for the University. Maintain a high level of internal engagement and customer service within OCG and across CU departments.
  • Provide assistance to sponsor on issues including contract interpretation, funding issues, contract issues, and/or disputes, contract modification, etc.
  • Ensure contracts, agreements, and modifications are uniformly entered, maintained, and tracked in electronic systems.
  • Assist with the development of forms and standard documentation.
  • Consultations with supervisor and peers may cover export control issues, intellectual property issues, and deviations from standard contract language, among other issues.

Signature Authority
  • The Contract Officer may possess signature authority for certain contracts as delegated by the Director of Contracts.

What We Can Offer
The anticipated starting salary is $55,000.00, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

Be Statements
Be Collaborative. Be Informed. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Baccalaureate degree.
  • Approximately 4 years of prior translatable work experience is required (contract formation, negotiation, administration, and/or management).
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of computer systems to include Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

What You Will Need

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of federal and other relevant regulations.
  • Outstanding communication skills, including written and verbal.
  • Customer service mentality and professional engagement with all partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle greater complexity and volume of work and to apply a strategic level of analysis – critical thinking to problem solve a variety of situations.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and hard deadlines effectively.
  • Ability to work contractual actions independently a majority of the time.
  • Ability to help develop and to provide training to internal and external partners.
  • Problem solver, with accountability to ensure satisfactory resolution for customers.
  • Seek out and participate as a leader in working groups and other collaboration opportunities.
  • Ability to broadly consider the interface between OCG teams and other campus units within the lifecycle of an award.
  • Seek to stay informed and educated on changes within the contracting field both in university perspective and the larger context of the contracting profession.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by November 3, 2020 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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