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Contract Manager, National Security Initiative (NSI)

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Boulder, Colorado

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Research & Innovation Office at CU Boulder encourages applications for a Contract Manager, National Security Initiative (NSI) to join our team. This position will report to the Director of the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) with dotted line reporting to the Executive Associate Director, NSI and will embed at NSI. This role performs contract management functions across the spectrum of actions associated with providing supplies and services, from bring together through proposal, contract award, and all phases of contract administration for NSI, as well as other units on campus in need of support in the national security arena. 
The Mission of the Center for National Security Initiatives (NSI) is to address advanced capability research needs for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community with innovative, high impact research. NSI has research cohorts that conduct strategic multi-disciplinary research supporting national security, expand the University’s intellectual capital, and build infrastructure and processes to accelerate controlled and classified research.
The mission of the Office and Contract and Grants (OCG) is to help CU Boulder faculty, staff, and students to acquire and handle external funding for sponsored research projects. OCG is committed to protecting the University’s interests by reviewing and approving the submission of sponsored project proposals; negotiating contract and grant awards; supervising the implementation and administration of sponsored projects; initiating and implementing policies and procedures; providing training to faculty and staff; and serving the University’s liaison with sponsors and regulatory agencies.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

OCG works in partnership with CU Boulder's faculty and staff to prepare and submit proposals, including budgets, for external research funding. OCG has the authorization to negotiate and accept sponsored research agreements on behalf of the Regents, monitor and provide guidance throughout the life of an award, and ensure final project closeout.
OCG commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from candidates whose knowledge, skills, and abilities demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Responsible for drafting, negotiating, and handling sophisticated contracts with Department of Defense, other federal government agencies, and Aerospace and Defense Industry sponsors.
  • Prepare, review, negotiate and lead the execution of agreements without funds such as CRADAs, administrative, internal, and incremental funding contract modifications, and contracts that control the use, transfer, or access of data (DUAs), the transfer of tangible research materials (MTAs) and the disclosure of confidential information (NDAs).
  • Ability to proactively lead the program lifecycle, all contract and subcontract awards including supporting the monitoring financial and schedule status as required. Award management would be in coordination with NSI Program Management, OCG, Principal Investigators, and other Department level personnel.
  • Serve as a resource to the NSI leadership team to answer complex contracting questions and provide administrative and training materials to University Staff and faculty involved in national security research (policies, procedures, and standard methodologies).
  • Serve as authorized, empowered representative for the university to collaborate with sponsors, industry partners, and other internal and external partners to support NSI goals and objectives.
  • Serve as signature authority for contracts in the National Security portfolio as delegated by the Director of Contracts.
  • Coordinate solutions to contractual issues and sponsor concerns related to NSI performance. Ensure contractual compliance with all laws, regulations, and approval requirements for proposals and contractual actions. Ensure final contract documents are consistent with agreement reached at negotiations. 
  • Collect contractual data and compiles reports in response to university requests. 
  • Support award stewardship to Contract Officers related to compliance processes and to members of the Office of Contracts and Grants, as well as other University offices and external collaborators, to support for incoming sponsored projects. 
  • Participate in management review of proposals/ contracts and in the conduct of program reviews with sponsors.
  • In coordination with OCG, develop policies, procedures, and standard methodologies unique to the National Security Initiative, identifying future resourcing and infrastructure improvements required in contracting to support strategic growth objectives.
  • Advise NSI leadership on contractual risks and appropriate risk mitigation strategies.
  • Provide business advice and guidance to and coordinate with other functions including program management, finance, legal, subcontracts, business development, human resources, accounting and compliance to optimally handle the breadth of responsibilities, including contract solicitations, negotiations, and contract terms, including fulfillment of related obligations.

What You Should Know

  • There is a possibility this position can be situated as a hybrid position, however, the appointment will be mostly an in-office position, working closely with the Senior Project Managers and Business Capture team. 
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. 
    • New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • Annual Compensation range: $78,000 to $ 95,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years of Federal Agency and/or Aerospace and Defense industry related experience.
  • At least 3 years of prior translatable work experience in FAR/ DFARS contracting (contract formation, negotiation, administration, and/or management).
  • Solid understanding of the roles and responsibilities of research administration in the lifecycle of an award.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to support the preparation, review, submittal of proposals.
  • Strong negotiation skills, both in quantitative aspects and contract terms/conditions.
  • Experience soliciting, awarding and handling subcontract awards. 
  • Demonstrated high-level administration and organizational skills.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work within a complex, dynamic, matrixed structure across colleges and university administration and with diverse external partners.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience negotiating sophisticated contracts with Federal and Aerospace and Defense Industry partners.
  • Background in Government development programs and associated knowledge of FAR, DFAR and other supplemental regulations, as both prime and subcontractor.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the terms and conditions appropriate for different contract types (FFP, CPFF, IDIQ, OTA, etc.) and their accurate use.
  • Understanding and application of principles, concepts, practices, and standards regarding research proposals, contracts and agreements. Full knowledge of industry and university practices.
  • Specialized experience supporting grants and contracts with DoD and related industry partners.
  • The ability to prioritize and supervise multiple deadlines, and good interpersonal skills to work with a diverse constituency of higher education and business personnel.
  • Independently work a significant portion of standard workload which includes possessing full signature authority for the scope of the position.
  • APDP DAWIA Contracting Certification.
  • Professional Certification(s) such as CPCM, CRA, PMP, etc.
  • Intellectual Property and related licensing experience.
  • Active or previous security clearance with the ability to obtain a clearance.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by July 1st, 2022 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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