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Senior Contract Officer

Company: Indiana University
Location: Kokomo
Posted on: June 8, 2024

Job Description:

DepartmentRESEARCH ADMINISTRATION (UA-RSCH-IUBLA)Department InformationThe mission of the Office for Research Administration is to provide exceptional support for Indiana University's research community in order to catalyze research productivity and protect the institution and its research community from risk. Job SummaryThe Research Contracting (ResCo) division of the Office for Research Administration (ORA) is seeking experienced contract negotiators to join our team as a Senior Contract Officer (SCO). The SCO will negotiate moderate to highly complex agreements with a broad range of research sponsors, including working with federal, foundation, and industry entities.Department Specific Responsibilities

  • Negotiates with a broad range of research sponsors, including working with government, non-profit/foundation, and industry entities.
  • Responsible for drafting, negotiating, and executing numerous types of agreements pertaining to research or scientific/technical services, including, but not limited to, master agreements, cooperative agreements, incoming and outgoing sub-awards, grant awards, research contracts, material transfer agreements, data use agreements, teaming agreements, confidential/nondisclosure agreements, and amendments to all of the above.
  • Works with faculty, staff, and other university offices to propose language and terms to mitigate risks to the university.
  • Supports faculty and staff across all Indiana University campuses and has the opportunity to be a fully remote position.General Responsibilities
    • Reviews, negotiates, drafts, revises, and processes contract agreements, including sub-agreements and modifications or amendments; reviews, analyzes, interprets, and prepares agreements for research, service, and other activities; contacts funding agencies for clarifications and/or discussions of contractual terms and conditions; prepares letters of exception identifying objectionable contract requirements at the proposal stage of a project.
    • Articulates complex university principles, regulations, and policies (such as indemnification and other liability and risk, intellectual property and publication rights, regulatory and financial compliance); seeks counsel or guidance from contract leadership, as well as other appropriate university officials (legal counsel and others), with regard to complicated or unusual proposal, award, or financial requirements; prepares agreements, sub-agreements, and amendments as necessary; verifies accuracy and completeness of agreements and related internal documents and databases.
    • Counsels, directs, and/or assists faculty, staff, and researchers in matters related to preparation, submission, acceptance, and administration of awarded projects; investigates and answers questions from external agencies, researchers, fiscal officers, research administrators and others; counsels faculty, staff, and researchers on the preparation of budgets, completion of certifications, and institutional information to ensure compliance with university policies, federal regulations, and agency guidelines; ascertains the status of proposals/awards; initiates action to resolve problems as necessary; assists faculty, staff, and researchers in identifying documents or forms needed in connection with pending or funded projects; follows up on all correspondence to ensure that appropriate action is taken or information provided; establishes account and monitors account activity for financial compliance with university, state, federal, and agency requirements.
    • Attends and participates in various professional development opportunities; presents and/or participates in seminars and workshops developed for faculty, staff, and researchers, including use of internal and external electronic systems used in research administration; serves on and participates in various committees, and contributes to special projects as needed; attends and participates in national and regional workshops and conferences sponsored by funding agencies and/or professional organizations.
    • Ensures timely and efficient flow of information and file management in connection with proposals, contracts and other types of agreements; utilizes various external systems (such as FastLane, Grants.Gov, NIH eCommons, FedBizOps, or FedConnect) extensively for proposal submissions, project changes, and account monitoring.
    • May provide guidance to less experienced research administration staff.QualificationsCombinations of related education and experience may be considered. Education beyond the minimum required may be substituted for work experience. Work experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted for education.EDUCATIONRequired
      • Bachelor's degreePreferred
        • Master's degree in a related field
        • Juris DoctorateWORK EXPERIENCERequired
          • 2 years of grants, contracts, and/or research policy related experiencePreferred
            • 3 years of grants, contracts, and/or research policy related experience
            • Experience in a university settingLICENSES AND CERTIFICATESPreferred
              • Certified Research Administrator (CRA) upon date of hireSKILLSRequired
                • Proficient communication skills
                • Maintains a high degree of professionalism
                • Demonstrates time management and priority setting skills
                • Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
                • Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
                • Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty
                • Highly thorough and dependable
                • Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressurePreferred
                  • Strong proficiency in university policies
                  • Strong proficiency in negotiating complex contractual terms and conditionsWorking Conditions / DemandsThis role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.Work LocationAll IU CampusesThis position is eligible for remote work, subject to change in the future based on university policy and business needs. Advertised SalarySalary is $75,000-$90,000 per year dependent upon experience and internal equityBenefits OverviewFor full-time staff employees, Indiana University offers a wide array of benefits including:
                    • Multiple plan options for medical insurance
                    • Dental insurance
                    • Health Savings Account with generous IU contribution
                    • Life insurance, LTD, and AD&D options
                    • Base retirement plan contribution from IU, subject to vesting
                    • Additional supplemental retirement plan options
                    • Tuition benefit for IU classes
                    • 10 paid holidays per year
                    • Generous Paid Time Off
                    • Paid Parental Leave
                    • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)Learn more about our benefits by reviewing our online Benefits Brochure.Job ClassificationCareer Level: CareerFLSA: ExemptJob Function: ResearchJob Family: Research AdministrationClick here to learn more about Indiana University's Job Framework.Posting DisclaimerThis posting is scheduled to close at 11:59 pm EST on the advertised Close Date. This posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University, but will remain open for a minimum of 5 business days. To guarantee full consideration, please submit your application within 5 business days of the Posted Date.If you wish to include a cover letter, you may include it with your resume when uploading attachments.Equal Employment OpportunityIndiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University's Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.Campus Safety and SecurityThe Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, containing policy statements, crime and fire statistics for all Indiana University campuses, is available online. You may also request a physical copy by emailing IU Public Safety at iups@iu.edu or by visiting IUPD.Contact UsRequest SupportTelephone: 812-856-1234

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