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Contracts Manager

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

Posting Number: req12187

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 a Contracts Manager (Grant and Contract Manager III). ORC is responsible for reviewing, negotiating, and approving over 3,000 grant, contract, and other agreements annually on behalf of the University of Arizona. As a group lead, the Contract Manager is responsible for managing the negotiation of incoming contracts/agreements. The position is responsible for the assignment of contracts/agreements to contract analysts, the management of workflow, and serves as a liaison to the University community and sponsoring agencies/entities. The Contracts Manager is also 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.

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

  • Manage a team to ensure that all incoming contracts/agreements are processed in a timely manner
  • Reviews, processes and negotiates terms and conditions with sponsors
  • Coordinate negotiations with sponsors and internal stakeholders
  • Works with the Office of General Counsel, Tech Launch Arizona (TLA), Risk Management, Export Control Office, Procurement and Contracting Services (PACS), and other university compliance or administrative offices, as needed
  • Advise campus on roles and responsibilities on managing incoming contracts and agreements
  • Provide training and training resources to the campus community
  • Maintain current working knowledge of federal regulations, academic contracting practices and sponsor policies
  • Sets a tone of leadership that is customer service oriented, collaborative in nature and focused on information/data based decision-making
  • Develops personal and professional credibility, gains respect, and builds confidence throughout organization
  • Builds a management culture based on teamwork, open communicating, prudent risk-taking, innovation, mentoring and accountability
  • Supervises, hires, trains, and evaluates assigned staff. Works with employees to correct deficiencies, recommends and implements corrective action and discipline
  • Assesses current business practices and takes necessary steps to ensure adequate internal controls exist at all times
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Knowledge of and expertise in negotiating issues in federal, academic, or business contracting in an academic/research/technical environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, along with the ability to interact effectively with a diverse constituency.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of contract legal terms related to intellectual property, confidentiality, liability, publication, etc.
  • Demonstrated organizational and prioritization skills, along with the ability to work within tight and conflicting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to be detail oriented and exercise sound judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to think quickly and effectively in verbal negotiations to seek and affect successfully creative resolutions to contract issues

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
  • 7 years of related work experience, including 3 years of managerial experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree such as a Juris Doctor or a Master's degree in a technical field or Business Administration.
  • 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: DOE

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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