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Agreement & Contract Negotiator


Minimum $60,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Actual pay will depend on experience and qualifications. Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits. Benefit information at:

Job Summary:

This position is a member of the CALS Research Division whose mission is to facilitate research in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The Research Division has administrative responsibility for all aspects of extramural research support in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

This position advises and supports pre-award sponsored research activities for faculty and staff in CALS, including but not limited to proposal development and preparation, private sector industry agreements, fee-for service agreements, and nonfunded agreements (e.g., material transfer and non-disclosure agreements). In collaboration with CALS faculty, staff, and departments and Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP), this position will also process and facilitate award negotiations and setup.

Activities require interacting directly with investigators, faculty/staff, departments/centers, campus sponsored program office, and sponsors/agencies in preparation, submission, and negotiation of grant and contract proposals and agreements.

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff. At CALS, we acknowledge that bias, prejudice, racism, and hate have historically occurred in many forms that cause significant and lasting harm to members of our community. We commit to taking actions each day toward a college that is inclusive and welcoming to all.

Responsibilities: Analyzes, reviews, negotiates, and may approve research related contracts and agreements to ensure adequate representation and communication of desired outcomes on the behalf of the institution and/or unit.
  • 10% Reviews, interprets, and negotiates contracts and agreements according to established policies and procedures
  • 70% Serves as a liaison to legal professionals and internal and external stakeholders in negotiating terms and conditions such as ownership of intellectual property, research compliance, fiscal reporting requirements, and payment schedules as needed
  • 5% May contribute to non-technical components of proposals submissions
  • 5% May establish accounts in the financial accounting system
  • 10% May contribute to non-federal grant submissions
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor's Degree


Required Qualifications:
Experience in the following areas is required:
-Drafting, negotiating and interpreting contracts and agreements that support sponsored research activities
-Familiarity with budgetary, regulatory, and compliance requirements
-Working effectively with internal and external stakeholders (e.g., UW faculty and staff; administrators at partnering universities/institutions; federal/non-federal sponsors/agencies including state agencies; private industry; and contracting officers)
-Organizational skills to include managing multiple tasks, managing deadlines, prioritizing workload, etc.
-Resolving problems independently

Preferred Qualification:
-Two years of research or sponsored programs administration experience

Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 50% - 100%

The selected candidate may choose to work remotely at an offsite, non-campus work location, or a combination of in-person and remote work.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Additional Information:

-A one-year evaluation period will be required.
-A criminal background check will be conducted on the selected candidate.

How to Apply:

Don't feel you meet every single qualification? If you're excited about this role, but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this role!

Click on the "Apply Online" button to start the application process. You will be prompted, and are required, to upload the following documents: Resume, Cover letter, References

Please use your cover letter and/or resume to address your qualifications for this position. Applicants that have the qualifications listed in this announcement should provide a relevant example(s) from their experience to illustrate how it satisfies the requirement. The written application materials will be used to determine who will advance to preliminary interviews.


Justin Cave
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Agreement&Contract Negotiator(SC020)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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