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Contract Officer

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Sponsored Programs, Grants, and Contracts

Posting Number: req10622

Department: Office of Research Contracts

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The University of Arizona's Office of Research Contracts (ORC) invites applications for the position of Contract Officer (Grant and Contract Administrator IV). ORC is responsible for reviewing, negotiating, and approving over 3,000 grant, contract, and other agreements annually on behalf of the University of Arizona. The Contract Officer is responsible for the processing and negotiation of complex agreements related to funding from Federal, State and local governments, Industry, non-profits and academia. The Office of Research Contracts and Sponsored Projects Services (SPS) units within Research Innovation & Impact (RII) assist the University of Arizona research community in its efforts to secure external funding by providing high quality administrative and financial services to assist faculty and staff with proposals, provide guidance on the management of grants and contracts, and offer training on research administration topics. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, the ability to interact effectively with a diverse constituency and the ability to work within tight and conflicting deadlines.

Office of Research Contracts is recruiting for a Contract Analyst (Grant & Contract Administrator III) via req10620. Please note the education minimum requirements when applying.

Office of Research Contracts is recruiting for a Senior Contract Officer/Assistant Manager, ORC (Grant & Contract Administrator V) via req9471. Please note the education minimum requirements when applying.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Duties & responsibilities:

  • Reviews, negotiates, and processes complex agreements.
  • Serves as the liaison with the external sponsor, the Sponsored Projects Services Office, the Office of General Counsel, the Export Control Programs office and other compliance/administrative offices within the University.
  • Oversees and resolves budgetary and compliance issues.
  • Works to enhance coordination and communication with internal stakeholders and sponsors for effective contract review and negotiations.
  • Serve as campus resource for principal investigators, study personnel and other University officials in the agreement review process. Advise, assist and provide training to faculty and other study personnel about policies, procedures, forms, laws and regulations related to university agreements.
  • Establishes and maintains a system to communicate the status of agreements and amendments to university stakeholders.
  • Assists with the formulation of guidelines, procedures, and the development of templates and other tools for agreements.
  • Maintain knowledge of current developments in policy, laws, regulations and best practices regulating university agreements.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, along with the ability to interact effectively with a diverse constituency.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of contract legal terms and intellectual property and confidentiality issues.
  • Demonstrated organizational and prioritization skills, along with the ability to work within tight and conflicting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to be detailed oriented.
  • Demonstrated ability to think quickly and effectively in verbal negotiations.
  • Demonstrated ability to seek and affect successfully creative resolutions to contract issues.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, management, engineering, science or related field.
  • Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible experience in the negotiation of agreements establishing research and development relationships in business, government, and/or academic environments.
  • Expertise in negotiating issues in federal, academic, or business contracting in an academic/research/technical environment.
  • Experience working with Federal Acquisition Regulations, Code of Federal Regulations, sponsor-specific policies, publication rights and application of indirect cost rates in research administration.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree such as a Master of Science/Ph.D in a technical field, a Master of Business Administration, or a Juris Doctor AND 7+ years of progressively responsible experience in the negotiation of agreements establishing research and development relationships in business, government, and/or academic environments.
  • Diverse, successful experience in a university sponsored projects office, department, or college, or industry contracts office.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $75,000 - $77,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Grant & Contract Admin

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Ramachandran (Radha) Radhakrishnan

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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