Contract Officer

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 10/02/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 12/02/2017
Working Title Contract Officer
Job Classification Administrator III
Department Name 10050-Office of Research
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0104608
Hiring Range TBD based on qualifications
Position Description

The Contracts Officer on the Clinical and Corporate Contracts team is responsible for reviewing and negotiating a wide variety of research contracts, for both non-financial arrangements and externally-sponsored research. Award documents will include material transfer agreements, confidentiality agreements, data use agreements, collaboration agreements, corporate/sponsored research agreements, clinical trial agreements, subcontracts, and other forms of agreement, where required.

The incumbent must successfully manage a complex portfolio with little oversight, keeping all tasks timely. Must have the ability to work both independently and as an effective team member to accomplish office and University goals. This position must work collaboratively within the Office of Research as well as with other central University offices, other academic institutions, and sponsors. Candidate should have demonstrated facilitation and communication skills and ability to work with individuals of all levels to develop and accomplish shared goals. Negotiation skills to balance sponsor and University needs while assuring compliance with applicable policies and regulations are essential. Applicant must be able to promptly review and analyze complex contracts and other agreements in compliance with sponsor and/or internal deadlines, must be able to offer new and innovative solutions when required, and must effectively negotiate acceptable terms and conditions in a timely manner.

Must be detail-oriented in high-volume, fast-paced environment, and possess working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Position requires strong interpersonal skills, exercise of appropriate tact and discretion, as well as ability to prioritize multiple tasks. Routine tasks include daily review and negotiation of complex contracts; multiple conferrals with constituents, researchers and sponsors; and variety of written and electronic correspondence. Position provides other assistance, including coverage for team and training as delegated. Individual must have Must have 1-3 years relevant experience in either (i) negotiating contracts or (ii) grants management in educational environment. Preference to those candidates with 2+ years relevant experience in sponsored research or University setting.

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 1-2 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

B.A./B.S. degree required; Paralegal certificate from ABA-approved program or Master’s degree desired. A working knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations in areas relevant to academic research, including but not limited to animal and human subject research, intellectual property, indemnification, warranties, and export controls. Strong written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required.
Must have 1-3 years relevant experience in either (i) negotiating contracts or (ii) grants management in educational environment. Preference to those candidates with 2+ years relevant experience in sponsored research or University setting. Prior University experience is preferred. Must be detail-oriented and possess strong writing skills as evidenced by ability to appropriately draft and edit research contract language.

Required Licenses/Certifications
Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree or will have completed one by the end of this current term?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  3. * Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents