The Contracts Associate will work directly with the Head of Contracts and will be responsible for drafting, review, and negotiation of contracts to achieve business objectives, mitigate risk, and ensure compliance with corporate requirements and applicable law/regulations. Other responsibilities include management of contract requirements and client relationships; support for program activities; and interfacing with other operations divisions.
Analyze, draft, and negotiate terms and conditions of teaming agreements, non-disclosure agreements, subcontracts, prime contracts, data use agreements, and vendor agreements in accordance with company policies, laws and regulations, and customer requirements.
Review and negotiate vendor agreements in support of operational divisions.
Provide guidance and contract interpretation.
Assist in contract requirement tracking and ensuring program compliance with contract requirements.
Advise company personnel on rights, responsibilities, and obligations pursuant to various agreements.
Identify and assess risks and propose effective risk management strategies.
Develop and maintain good relationships with internal and external customers.
Assist with operation of the corporate ethics and compliance program.
Review and analyze RFPs. Redact proposals to protect proprietary and confidential information.
Draft and send correspondence to clients and partners.
Support the Contracts Department in other administrative tasks, and assigned tasks.
Education, Knowledge and Experience
Minimum of 3 years of experience in a government contracting environment, or as a paralegal directly supporting contracts.
Hands-on knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).
Experience with the government acquisition and contracting process, and firm understanding of contract life cycle.
Knowledge of and experience with various Government contract cost types, including: Fixed Price, Time and Material, Cost Plus fixed/award Fee, Level of Effort, and GSA Schedule contracts.
Experience with grants and cooperative agreements.
Experience with conflicts of interest and compliance a bonus.
High attention to detail and accuracy.
Excellent research, problem solving, and analytic skills.
Highly organized, self-motivated, able to manage multiple projects, and quickly turn-around contracts and other requests in a fast-paced environment.
Must possess excellent interpersonal, oral communication, and writing skills.
Good understanding of government and company-to-company contract/grant terms and structures, sufficient to identify unfavorable terms and conditions and propose alternatives.
Resourceful and able to effectively gather information necessary to prioritize, arrange, and plan actions to accomplish work requirements.
Able to work independently with minimum supervision, proactive, and must assume responsibility for own work objectives.
Accustomed to working in a team environment, comfortable directing and inspecting work product of team members as well as taking direction from team members.
Able to interface effectively with clients to achieve positive outcomes for IMPAQ.
Candidate must be comfortable with Microsoft Word, Adobe Pro, and Excel.
Experience with the FAR required. Additional experience with Federal and state statutes and regulations such as FOIA and the state equivalents, the CFR, DSSR, AIDAR and others preferred.
The ideal candidate is someone who treats challenges as opportunities, enjoys problem solving, and has a desire for continued learning.
Candidates will be asked to provide two professional writing samples: one a minimum of several paragraphs in length showing developed reasoning of a contractual matter, one showing communication skills (an email response to a client or partner).
Internal Number: 2182
About IMPAQ International
IMPAQ International, a growing and dynamic social science research firm, provides high-quality research and impact evaluation services, policy analysis, survey research, technology solutions, organizational development, technical assistance and consulting services to U.S. and international government agencies, foundations, and the private sector.
IMPAQ’s mission is to bring together exceptional people to develop innovative and rigorous approaches to evaluate the real-world impact of social policies and programs. IMPAQ offers five locations: our Corporate Headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, rated one of America’s Best Small Cities; Downtown Washington, D.C., Boston, Massachusetts, a Bay Area office in Oakland, California and Seattle, Washington. IMPAQ has a diverse and collegial work environment and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer (M/F/Disability/Veterans).