Located in Boulder, Colorado, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is a nonprofit organization that 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. UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) on behalf of the National Science Foundation and the university community.
What You Will Do:
Reviews, drafts, negotiates and administers contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and other contractual instruments with our sponsors in support of UCAR activities. Serves as a liaison with UCAR’s sponsors, which are diverse and include organizations such as U.S. federal agencies, state and local agencies, universities, non-profits, commercial companies, and a similar range of foreign sponsors. Serves as a liaison with internal management, corporate attorneys, and other UCAR personnel and advises them on risk. Works closely with contract, financial, budget, and lab/program professionals to resolve issues related to contract provisions.
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.
Interprets UCAR agreements, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), OMB Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200), and other applicable regulations and laws. Helps ensure UCAR’s compliance with these laws and regulations on direct contracts 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.
Provides training for Contract Administrators and other personnel on processes, procedures, compliance issues, and other related topics.
Makes presentations to management and to the lab/program personnel regarding contractual issues and other related topics.
Serves as a mentor for lower-level Contracts personnel.
Manages UCAR interface to multiple federal online systems as a designated UCAR official.
Level III (in addition to Level II)
Performs more complex contract-related work than at Level II.
Performs peer review of work of lower-level Contract Administrators.
Serves as a back-up to the Contracts Manager and may oversee distribution of work to Contract Administrators.
What You Need:
Education and Years of Experience
Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration and at least five 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.
Level III (in addition to Level II)
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.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Broad knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200), Code of Federal Regulations, contract/purchasing procedures, and regulations.
Broad knowledge and experience in grants and cooperative agreements administration.
Skill in reviewing, analyzing, and negotiating non-standardized terms and conditions of contractual instruments.
Proven ability to identify liability, risk, export, and intellectual property issues, and propose solutions.
Extensive level of attention to detail required.
Excellent written and oral communication skills with a wide range of people at all levels of an organization.
Advanced skill in managing time sensitive, high volume workload.
Advanced skill using Microsoft Office products, specifically Word and Excel.
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.
Level III (in addition to Level II)
Expert skill and experience in analyzing terms and conditions of complex contracts and subcontracts.
Demonstrated advanced skill in managing large complex, multi-phase contract projects.
Demonstrated advanced skill in negotiating complex contracts and other award related issues.
Advanced skill in identifying liability, risk, export, and intellectual property issues and proposing solutions.
Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (for either Level II or III):
Advanced skill in creating and modifying Cognos reports and analyzing them for relevance and/or discrepancies.
Expert knowledge of Kuali (awards management system)
Notes to Applicants:
"Personally Identifiable Information" (PII) is non-public information that is personally identifiable to a single individual. PII may include information such as name, address, email address, phone number, social security number, passport number, credit card information, and other related information. You may be required to enter or submit your PII to a third party on behalf of UCAR for the purpose of identity verification in order to conduct transactions as part of this position. You may also be required to handle PII of UCAR employees as part of performing the requirements of this position.
What’s in it for You:
Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)
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.
Internal Number: 19139
About University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is a consortium of more than 100 member colleges and universities focused on research and training in the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences. Our members set directions and priorities for the National Center for Atmospheric Research, which UCAR manages with sponsorship by the National Science Foundation. Through our community programs, UCAR supports and extends the capabilities of our academic consortium.