Located in Boulder, Colorado, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) serves and participates in a collaborative community of researchers and educators who are dedicated to understanding the atmosphere -- the air around us -- and the complex processes that make up the Earth system, from the ocean floor to the Sun’s core. We manage the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) on behalf of the National Science Foundation and the university community.
Responsible for the preparation, review, negotiation and administration of complex, multi-phased prime contracts, grants and cooperative agreements, and other contractual instruments for the financial/programmatic support of UCAR activities. Serves as a liaison with outside agencies, other funding sources, as well as with internal management, corporate attorneys, and other UCAR personnel. Serves as a mentor for other Contract Administrators. Works closely with contract, financial, budget, and lab/program professionals to resolve issues related to contract provisions.
Drafts, reviews, negotiates, and administers complex, multi-phased prime contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, teaming agreements, and multiple types of zero funded agreements which are directly or indirectly related to funding. Reviews and analyzes terms and conditions and negotiates changes or modifications, including the composition of alternate language and new provisions, where appropriate. Reviews contracts and agreements for export, liability and risk, intellectual property, legal sufficiency, and compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and UCAR policies.
Advises internal program managers, general counsel and risk management staff on contractually related issues. Provides guidance to UCAR personnel, including upper management, of risk associated with contract acceptances.
Has the ability to draft terms and conditions for new agreements that are consistent with UCAR policies and federal regulations. Serves as a UCAR liaison with lab/program personnel for sponsor funded activities.
Works closely with entity budget and planning offices, UCAR’s Office of General Counsel, and budget and finance personnel for the coordination of all incoming funds.
Serves as a UCAR representative for communication with fund source providers to protect UCAR’s interest and minimize risk to the organization. Interprets UCAR agreements, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), OMB Uniform Guidance, and other applicable regulations and laws. Helps ensure UCAR’s compliance with these laws and regulations on direct contracts and interagency agreements by monitoring award conditions and filing appropriate reports and certifications.
Provides support to UCAR staff in the review of federal and non-federal request for proposals and other solicitations, including review of outgoing proposals for consistency with UCAR established policies.
Serves as mentor for lower-level Contract Administrators and performs peer reviews of their work. Provides training for Contract Administrators and other personnel on processes, procedures, compliance issues, contract tracking computer modules, and other related topics.
Makes presentations to management and to the lab/program personnel regarding contractual issues and other related topics.
Serves as a backup to the Contracts Manager and may oversee distribution of work to Contract Administrators.
Works with other Finance and Administration departments, UCAR personnel, and outside sponsors on special projects.
Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration and at least eight years of government contracts experience in handling direct funding arrangements such as grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Expert skill in analyzing terms and conditions of complex contracts and subcontracts.
Has contract signature authority of up to $250,000.
Advanced skill in managing large complex, multi-phase contract projects.
Excellent written and oral communication skill with a wide range of people at all levels of an organization.
Advanced skill in negotiating complex contracts and other award related issues.
Advanced skill in managing time sensitive, high volume workload.
Working knowledge of basic not-for-profit accounting, budgeting and proposal process, including the application of indirect rates and fees.
Skill in preparing and giving presentations to UCAR personnel and other contracting personnel.
Advanced skill in identifying liability, risk, export, and intellectual property issues and proposing solutions.
Extensive level of attention to detail required.
What’s In It for You:
Benefits (Medical and Dental)
Additional Salary Information: Salary and benefits package are competitive
About University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is a consortium of more than 100 North American member colleges and universities focused on research and training in the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences.
Our member institutions set directions and priorities for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), which UCAR manages with sponsorship by the National Science Foun...dation. Through our community programs, UCAR supports and extends the capabilities of our academic consortium.
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.
Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.