The Utah State University Research Foundation/Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) is seeking a contracts manager to supervise, mentor, and train contracting staff, review department work, and manage their own contract workload. The contracts manager is responsible for managing and conducting all phases of contract administration, including review of solicitations/RFPs, proposal preparation and review, contract negotiations, award administration, subcontract management, and contract closeout. In addition, the manager will be responsible for staying current on and ensuring internal compliance with federal government contracting regulations, associated federal operating constructs, and acquisition policy changes. The manager will be required to brief both internal and external customers on contracting-related issues in a credible and professional manner. The manager will report to and communicate information about Contracts Office activities to the Director of Program Services.
Bachelor’s degree; preferably in a business-related field
Minimum of fifteen years’ experience in contracts administration
Experience in administration of large federal research contracts
Experience in the development and administration of commercial contracts
Working knowledge of CFR Title 2 OMB Part 200 Uniform Guidance, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS)
Understanding of ITAR/EAR
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; the ability to professionally communicate and coordinate with a wide range of external program sponsors as well as internal management and administrative personnel
Sound fiscal and time management skills, attention to detail, and priority management to meet conflicting deadlines
Well-developed computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), web browsers, and database packages
Must have or be able to obtain a DoD security clearance
Must be a US citizen
MBA, MPA, JD, MS degree and/or CPCM, DAWIA Level III, CPM or directly-related credentials
Experience in working with a wide variety of funding agencies
Understanding of the DoD Directive 5000 Series on acquisition
Experience reviewing budgets and statements of work
Understanding of University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs)
Experience with international contracts and contract law
Active Top Secret security clearance
About the USU Research Foundation and SDL: The USU Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization owned by Utah State University. SDL is a nonprofit unit of the USU Research Foundation. The Research Foundation’s mission is to bridge the gap between discovery research and outcomes that benefit the nation and society. Through SDL, the Research Foundation pursues this mission by conducting applied research and engineering development, which leads to technology and systems implementation for end use applications in civil, space, and military applications.
USU Research Foundation/SDL offers flexible work schedules and competitive salaries and benefits. As a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), SDL also offers unique benefits, such as company contribution of 14.2% of annual gross earnings for retirement for exempt staff and discounted USU tuition of 50% for employees and dependents.
Founded in 1967, the Utah State University Research Foundation, is a nonprofit organization owned by Utah State University (USU) and governed by an independent Board of Trustees. The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) was formed in 1959 under the USU College of Engineering and later became a unit of the Research Foundation.
In 1996, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) established Univers...ity Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) and designated SDL as one of six in the nation due to our legacy of superior performance and history in delivering innovative, sponsored research and engineering solutions to industry, private organizations, and Government agencies. Currently, SDL is one of 14 UARCs in the nation.
The Research Foundation’s mission is to bridge the gap between discovery research and outcomes that benefit the nation and society. Through SDL, the Research Foundation pursues this mission by conducting applied research and engineering development, which leads to technology and systems implementation for end use applications in civil, space, and military applications.