Position Announcement - Northwestern University Susan Ross 09 Nov 2001 14:31 EST

Senior Contracting Officer
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) � Evanston Campus
Northwestern University

Do you wish to be a part of an organization undergoing rapid change,
utilizing new technology, planning and implementing innovative
customer service, and generating more research dollars?  A complex
and rapidly growing research administration office is looking for an
experienced, dynamic and energetic research administrator to join our
team.  Over $280.7 million in grants and contracts were awarded to
Northwestern in fiscal year 2001.


Responsible for the performance of professional administrative
activities in the review, evaluation and negotiation of complex contracts
and the preparation and placement of subcontracts.  Responsible for
exercising sound decision-making and problem-solving skills in the
negotiation of contracts and the ongoing monitoring of contract
activities, and for assisting in the development of administrative
procedures to comply with regulations affecting governmental and
industry sponsored contracts.


Bachelor's degree in business, public administration, social sciences,
technical/scientific field or equivalent experience required.  Graduate or
professional degree in law, business administration or public
administration with an emphasis in contract negotiation and
administration, or completion of courses or professional programs
related to contract management and negotiation preferred.

Knowledge of federal grant and contract administration with at least five years
experience, preferably in university research administration, with a
strong emphasis on negotiating and monitoring contracts and preparing
and negotiating subcontracts.  Working knowledge of the Federal
Acquisition Regulations is required, including knowledge of clauses that
are applicable to educational institutions, those that are applicable but
not acceptable and those that are not applicable. Demonstrated
knowledge of federal policies governing the administration of contracts,
grants cooperative agreements, and subcontracts at educational
institutions, including the Code of Federal Regulations, OMB Circulars
A-21, A-110, and A-133 and federal agency-specific requirements.
Knowledge of copyright and patent law and demonstrated
understanding of the technical and legal issues affecting protection, use
and disposition of intellectual property.

Knowledge of general management principles and practices, skill in
dealing with others in work relationships involving conflict resolution, and
the ability to make difficult decisions is essential.  Proficiency in word-
processing, spreadsheet, and database software is expected. Excellent
oral and written communication skills and the ability to work efficiently
and effectively under deadline pressures are critical.  Strong service
orientation is necessary.

Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with experience

The ORSP staff of 26, with offices on the Evanston and Chicago
campuses currently administers an award portfolio of $280.7 million

The position is available immediately and is located in our Evanston
office. Inquiries and applications will be accepted until the position is
filled. For consideration please send your resume to either Barbara
Siegel, Executive Director at bsiegel @northwestern.edu or Susan
Ross, Sr. Associate Director at xxxxxx@northwestern or mail to Office of
Research and Sponsored Programs, Northwestern University, 633
Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60208-1110.

Northwestern University is an equal opportunity affirmative action
educator and employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Susan Ross
Senior Associate Director
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Northwestern University
(847) 491-4236
FAX: (847) 491-4800

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