Contract Manager

University of Maryland
June 11, 2023
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Posting Details

Position Number: 106617

Title: Contract Administrator Functional Title: Contract Manager Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular Applicant Search Category: Staff University Authorized FTE: 1.000 Unit: VPR-Research Administration Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation's legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation's capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

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Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Contract Manager represents the University in various capacities and assume primary responsibility for reviewing and submitting proposals and negotiating complex agreements, with various sponsors. These agreements include, but are not limited to, IDIQ contracts, Task Orders, contracts, and other types of agreements. The Contract Manager is responsible for independent review, writing and negotiation of these binding complex agreements with industrial, federal, state, and foundation sponsors and servea as the lead representative in negotiations of both incoming and outgoing agreements. The Contract Manager will have delegated signature authority on behalf of the University for all proposals, agreements, and subawards. This responsibility will require the Contract Manager to understand and abide by University Policy, State of Maryland law, and Federal law. The Contract Manager will be responsible for maintaining all records associated with the proposal, negotiation, execution of each agreement in the Office of Research Administration's system of record (currently Kuali Research). The Contract Manager will be responsible for administering policy waivers (i.e. IP and Restricted Research) when required in support of complex agreements. The Contract Manager will provide training and assistance to departments when needed to support the requirements of an agreement. The Contract Manager will liaise with other ORA administrators, UM Ventures, departments, and other campus offices as necessary when agreements are related to sponsored projects, technology commercialization, or proposal development activities. The individual may have supervisory responsibilities. This position will report directly to an Assistant Director leading one of the teams in ORA.

Minimum Qualifications:


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.


A minimum of five to seven years' experience in the field sponsored projects administration, including three years in writing, negotiating, and administering complex agreements.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of the Uniform Guidance, relevant OMB Circulars, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), and other regulations governing sponsored awards.
  • Working knowledge of subaward principles and procedures.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office tools (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel).
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Extremely organized with a high attention to detail.
  • Ability to use multiple software systems.
  • Ability to use analytical and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently to assess potential impact and consequences of negotiated agreements and act accordingly.
  • Ability to prioritize, plan, and execute multiple complicated contract tasks in a timely manner.
  • Ability to effectively implement high-level analytical.
  • Preferences:


  • Master's Degree.
  • Experience with grants/contracts administration in a higher education environment, or business or related field.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness preferred.
  • Additional Certifications:


  • Certified Research Administrator (CRA).
  • Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator (CPRA).
  • Additional Information: Job Risks Not Applicable to This Position Physical Demands

    Sedentary work performed in a normal office environment; exerts up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Ability to attend meetings both and off campus. Spending long hours in front of a computer screen.

    Posting Date: 05/12/2023 Closing Date: Open Until Filled Yes Best Consideration Date 06/11/2023 Diversity Statement:

    The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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