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Contracts Officer

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Boulder, Colorado





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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Contracts Officer position reports to the LASP Contracts, Compliance, and Procurement Manager and serves as liaison and business partner with CU’s Office of Contracts and Grants, Risk Management Office, Technology Transfer, University Counsel and CU’s Office of Research Integrity. The Contracts Officer will be required to coordinate closely with peers in other areas across LASP administration, including those working in human resources, contracts, and finance, on contractual matters affecting those areas. The LASP Contracts Officer also provides daily leadership and guidance to project managers, engineers, and scientists on their contracting needs.

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

LASP is a world-renowned space science research institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. CU receives more NASA funding than any public university in the country, due in large part to LASP programs. Professional engineers work closely with scientists and assembly technicians in designing and building space flight hardware while helping mentor students as entry-level engineers working on these programs. LASP is particularly proud of a work environment that supports employee creativity and productivity and offers opportunities for diverse experiences and a broad range of responsibilities.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Review, negotiate and draft research contracts/awards in line with University and laboratory policies, procedures, and risk profile.
  • Assists and supports the Contracts, Compliance, and Procurement Manager on contract-related issues and initiatives as directed.
  • Work with Program Managers and Business/Financial Analysts on matters related to proposing, managing, and processing contracts and subawards.
  • Act as interface with internal and external personnel on contract-related matters, including LASP program and financial contacts, the University's Office of Contracts and Grants, sub-recipient organizations and institutions, and sponsors representatives, including NASA Contracting Officers.
  • Tracks contract metrics (# of awards/mods, turnaround time, etc.) and regularly reports trends/outcomes to Contract & Compliance Manager.
  • Attend program and proposal meetings as requested.
  • Assist in the preparation and organization of contractor proposal documentation, including RFP and representation/certification documents.
  • Lead the effort to create a sub-recipient database to ensure current information is stored and utilized in proposal preparation and contractor reviews.
  • Develop and process new contracts/subawards for review and approval through various departments, as well as any associated modifications to existing awards.
  • Stay abreast of University policies and procedures affecting subaward/contract matters and ensure LASP compliance.
  • Develop record of contracting-related reports and deliverables owed to Sponsors and University and ensure timely LASP compliance.
  • Work closely with LASP Export and Property Compliance Officer to ensure government property housed at contractor locations is properly documented and accounted for.
  • Work closely with University, LASP and Sponsor Small Business Contracting liaisons/officers to ensure appropriate goals are set and performance is properly tracked and reported.

What You Should Know

  • Due to Export Control restrictions, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.
  • Work onsite at CU Boulder campus a minimum of three days/week.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $74,597.23 -$97,030.13. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 200% matching for the first 5% contributed with immediate vesting. Relocation assistance is available per institute guidelines.


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.
  • Minimum three (3) years contracting experience, preferably in an academic or R&D environment.

What You Will Need

  • Must be able to handle multiple assignments and achieve or exceed program deadlines in a fast-paced environment while maintaining the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
  • The ability to recognize unusual non‐routine situations and circumstances, assess and analyze issues and impacts, and provide alternative solutions.
  • Exceptional organizational skills including document control and document storage understanding for all contractual matters.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to collaborate with varying levels of authority, reliability and enjoy working in a challenging and diverse work environment.
  • Able to work in a positive and proactive manner to address issues and solve problems.
  • Ability to communicate professionally and efficiently, particularly through challenging and/or novel situations
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and SharePoint as well as ability to learn and use new software systems.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Five (5) years of experience in professional negotiation and contract management.
  • Knowledge of aerospace industry, engineering procedures, contract interpretation and ability to understand technical issues.
  • Experience in academia fundamental research universities/institute.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover Letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until 1/19/24.

Due to U.S. Export Control Restrictions, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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