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Senior Subcontract Officer

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Jun 28, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement, Grants & Contracts, Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents, Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

The Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) is encouraging applications for a Senior Subcontract Officer to join our team! This position is an advanced opportunity within OCG. The Senior Subcontract Officer serves as a resource for subcontract Officers to answer complex subcontracting questions and is expected to contribute a broad volume of knowledge to OCG. The Senior Subcontract Officer also helps to develop and provide administrative and training materials and presentations for the Subcontracts Team, OCG, and external partners (including professors and departmental staff) about subcontracting policies, procedures, and practices. The Senior Subcontract Officer will have the ability to analyze information to identify issues, define problems, and formulate resolutions. The Senior Subcontract Officer will assist with special initiatives which may include participation in training and outreach activities, involvement in the professional associations of the field of Research Administration and subcontracting, and participation in Quality Assurance programs, among other initiatives.
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 mission of OCG is to help CU Boulder faculty, staff, and students obtain and manage external funding for sponsored projects. OCG is committed to protecting the University’s interests by reviewing and approving the submission of sponsored project proposals; negotiating contract and grant awards; monitoring the implementation and administration of sponsored projects; initiating and implementing policies and procedures; providing training to faculty and staff; and serving as the University’s liaison with sponsors and regulatory agencies.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Possess the expertise required at the Subcontract Officer level.
  • Expected to be fully knowledgeable of federal, state, and University policies, University business processes, and best contracting practices.
  • Understand contract development, negotiation, and administration as a field from cradle to grave.
  • Able to operate largely independently.
  • Substantial experience reviewing and interpreting subcontract provisions and responding to inquiries from all involved parties.
  • Serve as a resource and or mentor for all Subcontract Officers.
  • Works directly with sponsors, when necessary, to facilitate contract negotiation and execution.
  • Collaborates with other campus departments and external sponsors to address issues and solve problems during proposal review and evaluation when requested, and during the subcontract negotiation and execution process as well as throughout the contractual term.
  • Communicates and consults with faculty, campus administrators, and sponsor representatives in such areas as research procedures, policies, and contract requirements; develops training materials and educates campus staff about sponsored agreements policies, and practices.
  • May hold supervisory responsibilities.
  • Deep and broad knowledge of all aspects of subcontracting on behalf of a public institution.

What You Should Know

This position is anticipated to start remotely, with the expectation of a hybrid format (virtual and in-person support) in the upcoming months, however, there is a possibility for fully remote work based upon qualifications and experience.

What We Can Offer

The hiring range is $67,000.00-$80,000.00. Relocation assistance is available per department guidelines.


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 .

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What We Require

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.
  • 3+ years of professional, job-related experience.

What You Will Need

  • Keen sense of attention to detail.
  • Flexibility to support a variety of functions and contract requirements.
  • Ability to prioritize and monitor multiple deadlines.
  • Outstanding organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills including the ability to work with a diverse constituency of higher education and business personnel.
  • Positive, team oriented approach with an ability to learn, and perform a variety of tasks.
  • Ability to provide job-specific and functional training to coordinators, officers, and other administrators.
  • The ability to make decisions under high levels of stress in a fast-paced and challenging environment is a key component of success in this position.
  • The ability to take a thoughtful and inquisitive approach to problem solving with attention towards risk assessment.
  • Ability to think critically and assess situations.
  • Proven working knowledge of systems including infoEd, Marketplace, Cognos.
  • Solid understanding of the roles and responsibilities of research administration in the lifecycle of an award.
  • Independently work a significant portion of standard workload which includes possessing full signature authority for the scope of the position.
  • Mastered accuracy in data entry and record keeping.
  • Proven excellence in communication and customer service with all levels of constituents is necessary.
  • Technical knowledge in Aerospace & Defense, Engineering, and/or Computer Sciences.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Previous experience working with Industry, Higher Education, and/or government contracting, and familiarity and understanding of best practices for project management and subcontract management.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and abilities.
  • Certified Research Administrator Accreditation.
  • SRA, NCURA, and/or NCMA membership and involvement.
  • Project Management Professional Accreditation.
  • Five years’ experience including three years’ experience with FAR and two years’ experience with intellectual property.
  • Experience supporting contracts, grants, and other types of contractual agreements.

Special Instructions

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

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by July 25, 2021 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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