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Contracts Officer

Apply now Job no: 525476
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants

Department: HR
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $70,000 - $88,941 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA08-Fiscal Year 2019-2020
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
August 8, 2020; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a cover letter and resume, including any pertinent certifications or degrees.

Department Summary
The Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation (OVPRI) promotes excellence in research at the University of Oregon. Research, both basic and applied, is fundamental to the mission of the University and is essential to Oregon’s economic and civic vitality. The Office is committed to enhancing these efforts by providing administrative and financial support for sponsored programs, including identification of funding opportunities, proposal submission, research compliance, and contracts and grant administration. OVPRI supports interdisciplinary research centers, essential core facilities and emboldens innovation and economic development through strategic partnering and technology transfer initiatives.

Sponsored Projects Services (SPS) provides a full range of pre- and post-award administration services in the division of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. SPS responsibilities include proposal and award management, proposal development and submission, contract negotiation, sub-award execution, budget review, financial reporting and funding source identification. In FY17, the UO submitted over $163M in proposals to external sponsors and received almost $115M in external awards.

Position Summary
The Sponsored Projects Services (SPS) Contracts Officer provides drafting, review, and negotiation of award, grant, contract and related documents for SPS prior to signature to ensure compliance with university, state, and Federal laws, rules, regulations, policies, and practices. The SPS Contracts Officer works under the direction of the SPS Associate Director for Research Contracts.

The purpose of this position is to provide administrative and technical support to the Associate Director’s contracting functions within OVPRI and to faculty and staff across campus. Duties include, but are not limited to: reviewing drafts and proofreading assigned contracts to ensure appropriate language and compliance, acting as a point of contact for campus departments, and communicating with external constituents on specific contracting issues. The employee will review, draft, proofread, and negotiate awards, contracts, and sub-agreements. The Contracts Officer will process contract and sub-agreements using Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, and SPS database applications. This position will interpret Federal, State, and University contracting policies, regulations, and laws and make recommendations for signature. The Contract Officer will update pertinent information materials, training materials manuals, and contracting policies and procedures, provide information to campus users, Sponsors, and subawardees concerning individual contracting transactions, as well as providing on-going training and information to campus users concerning contracting and contracting operations.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor's degree
Four years of increasingly responsible experience within the field of research administration or sponsored programs administration, or comparable experience or training.

Professional Competencies
• Excellent communication and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
• Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills with persons in diverse workgroups and with differing skill levels.
• Well-developed computer skills and the ability to use sponsor online administrative systems from numerous federal agencies.
• Ability to lead by example and maintain the highest ethical standards within the department and within the University.
• Strong writing and customer service skills.

Preferred Qualifications
• Research administration or sponsored programs administration experience in a university setting.
• Juris Doctorate.
• Knowledge of and experience in federal regulations including OMB Circulars, the FAR, and other agency policies and regulations to maintain compliance with terms and conditions of the award.
• Familiarity with Oregon laws, rules and regulations pertaining to contracting.
• Experience in a professional setting with team-based activity.
• Training and professional experience in financial management (i.e. accounting, budget development, financial analysis).
• Experience with BANNER.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

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