At the nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to influence policy, open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.
How you’ll contribute:
The Urban Institute offers an exciting opportunity for a dynamic leader with demonstrated experience and leadership in contract negotiation, business engagement, program management and compliance. Within the Office of Grants, Contracts, Pricing and Purchasing (OGCPP), the Director works to implement, continuously improve and connect Urban Institute’s operations to mission delivery through effective contract opportunity management across a wide variety of centers and funders (e.g., government, foundation, private and other funder types). This position will facilitate better outcomes in partnership with senior management across all Urban research centers, and will manage a staff of at least ten.
The Director oversees all pre-award and post-award activities in the contract, subcontract, grant, purchasing and pricing process. The Director is an architect of strategic vision and a leader who can create, facilitate and implement difficult decisions amid diverse stakeholders. S/he is also a manager who can advance, set and achieve goals with a high-performing team.
Ensure all proposals, signed agreements, partnership agreements and procurement instruments are consistent with Urban’s funding principles, practices and rules of engagement.
Collaborate with Urban’s Centers and internal staff to define, track and improve contract staff outcomes, balancing compliance with business needs.
Work in partnership with Urban stakeholders to achieve a paperless business process for funding agreements.
Facilitate solutions to contract, grant and procurement negotiations, requests for information, teaming arrangements, uniform guidance interpretation, disputes and special circumstances.
Guide the business lifecycle of preparation, negotiation, and administration of engagement vehicles and ancillary supporting documentation.
Allocate the division of labor, manage the deadlines, status and closeouts of all work products.
Ensure appropriate coverage in times of staffing shortages and assess ongoing staff capacity needs.
Provide rigorous pre-award, budget, modification, and legal compliance training to new and existing employees, as well as to Urban research and management/operations staff.
Perform quality assurance, document and verify accuracy of work product and compliance training to new and existing employees, as well as to Urban research and management/operations staff.
Engage with new and existing business intelligence to understand Urban’s current funding pipeline, business model and OGCP&P’s role in sustaining and growing Urban’s work.
Demonstrated experience delivering on top-level organizational goals despite complex challenges with staff, and/or competing priorities.
Solutions-oriented approaches for a dynamic, fast-changing organization.
Strong management experience, including setting clear direction and performance expectations, overseeing employee productivity, ensuring accuracy of work product and building team skills and assessing progress.
Must be comfortable creating and implementing service-level expectations across the enterprise.
Develop program performance metrics and monitor actual performance.
What you’ll bring:
The successful candidate will have:
Minimum 10 years’ experience at the Supervisory Contract Administrator or Director level with a cumulative minimum of 15 years in the contracts administration field
BA/BS; MBA or other Masters, or JD preferred
Expertise and experience in federal, state and local contracting laws or regulations (such as the Federal Acquisition regulations, or, the FAR), subcontracts, program audits, budgeting and risk identification and management
Experience working in or with foundation contracting process; experience with contract administration across government, foundations, and universities preferred.
Expertise in developing Standard Operating Procedures and other policy for office or department-level operations.
Experience across the spectrum of pre-award and post-award work activities including proposal development, costing methodology, budgeting, compliance analysis, legal review, negotiations, modifications and contract termination.
Ability to understand and review cost proposals and budget tables.
Extensive procurement law background a plus.
Contract Management Certification a plus.
Proficient with Customer Relationship Management systems and compatible workflow software platforms; proficiency with Microsoft Office and other standard office software applications.
Highly detail oriented, well organized, proactive and can work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines.
What you’ll experience:
Working in the Nation’s Capital, the epicenter of public policy among a network of policy experts, you can expect to have an impact on policy areas you care about and work with great colleagues who are smart, mission-driven, and collaborative. You will blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, be encouraged and supported to fulfill your potential through meaningful work that matters and, enjoy a welcoming workplace free from harassment, discrimination and intolerance.
In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage. Competitive paid time off allowance, and eligibility to participate in a generous retirement savings plan plus elect a pretax benefit for commuting expenses.
The Urban Institute is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.
The Urban Institute is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.
The nonprofit Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Our employees are empowered to influence policy, open minds, shape decisions and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect, and our analysis elevates the debate, wherever it takes place.