Job Purpose: The Contracting Officer (CO) is a mid-level Research Associate with 10 years’ experience in Government Contracting. The Contracting Officer will have expert knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and its supplements, including the Department of Defense DFARS, be able to work independently and make sound business decisions for the institution. Additionally, the CO will be responsible for a wide range of support to include interfacing with GTRI Project Directors, Legal Staff, Research Integrity Assurance Team, Project Directors and Senior GA Tech Management. The CO will serve as both a formal and informal mentor to Junior Research Administrators. In addition, the Contracting Officer must have a desire for career advancement by building upon current skills, acquiring more knowledge, accepting increased responsibilities, and obtaining a higher level of security clearance.
Support research proposal preparation and processing, and submit proposals.
Inform faculty and staff on proposal submission process, regulatory compliance requirements and Institute policy and ensure compliance prior to submittal
Participate and assist with pricing development to ensure cost proposal meets solicitation requirements.
Prepare representations and certifications required by solicitations.
Submit proposals that are complete and compliant with solicitation requirements
Understand and manage contract terms from proposal stage to project close-out, including timely submittal of required contractual notices reports (e.g., limitation of funds, intellectual property reports, and government property reporting, as applicable).
Lead Project Director and technical teams in negotiations, contract management, and provide information to Project Director on subcontracting.
Coordinate with Project Directors during post-award to ensure contract requirements are fulfilled and contractual issues are handled in a timely manner
Provide contract-specific compliance training to project staff and serve as resource for contract-related compliance questions that may arise during performance
Maintain current knowledge of relevant contractual procedures and practices.
Stay current on government contract laws and regulations in order alert management in a timely manner of possible business impact.
Facilitate Prime contract execution by working with Government Contracting Officers as well as Contracting Officer Representatives, and individual Project Managers (PMs)
Review, negotiate and execute Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, Associate Contractor Agreements, Teaming Agreements, Interpersonal Act Agreements, and Memorandums of Understanding
Resolve contractual issues, including interpreting contract language and negotiating contract changes
Serve as contact for all contractual/business matters throughout the life-cycle of the award.
Manage multiple contract types, including Indefinite delivery/Indefinite Quantity Contracts.
Interface with Office of Research Integrity Assurance to ensure compliance with regulation and institution policy.
Interface with the Office of Industry Engagement to negotiate the institution’s Intellectual Property rights
Know and adhere to the organization’s signature authority policy
Education: Master's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
Work Experience: 10 years job related experience
10+ years of experience in federal contract management, including knowledge of non-disclosure agreements, teaming agreements, IDIQ Contracts, subcontracts flow-down requirements.
In-depth knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), DFAR to include Cost and pricing data, Organizational Conflict of Interest, Intellectual Property Clauses and Government Property clauses, Small Business Plan Requirements
Familiarity with Fedbiz Ops, EDA, WAWF, FAPIIS, and Contractor Performance Assessment Report Systems (CPARS).
Thorough understanding of different contract types (i.e., FFP, T&M, LOE, CP, etc.).
Ability to build collegial relationships with colleagues, customers and sponsors.
Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple priorities, and meet deadlines.
Ability to maintain a strong attention to detail under varying acquisition conditions.
Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Excellent communication and organizational skills.
Preferred Education: N/A
Preferred Work Experience: N/A
Preferred Certifications: NCMA’s Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) or NCURA’s Certified Research Association (CRA)
Preferred Skills: Application of required skills within a not for profit, educational or federal government contractor organization
Additional Information: Requires obtaining national security clearance. Career advancement subject to successful Special Services Background Investigation.
Additional Salary Information: Negotiable based on experience and qualifications.
The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is located in Atlanta, GA and is one of the nation’s top research universities with research expenditures exceeding $750M in FY17. Georgia Tech’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) provides progressive and responsive assistance in several areas of research administration, including specialized educational, informational, and technological support... to research administrators and faculty. OSP provides research faculty with full-service “cradle to grave” support and administration for all research contracts and grants at Georgia Tech. Services include review and interpretation of contract and grant requirements, determination of appropriate terms and conditions, and establishment of pre-contract agreements as well as the monitoring all active contracts and grants, including modification of existing agreements. OSP oversees submission of all government contract proposals and grant applications for sponsored research, other sponsored proposals, including issuing subawards for the Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Contracting Officers review proposals and cost estimates for compliance with sponsor requirements and Institute policies and prepare the business portion of proposals. Contracting Officers serve as the sponsor’s point of contact for business matters, negotiate terms of the contract or grant, and sign, in conjunction with an officer of its contracting entity (GTRC or GTARC), the resulting agreement.