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Contracts and Compliance Manager


Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) develops, designs, and builds instruments and spacecraft for space-based observations of the Sun, Earth, and planets. LASP has built instruments and participated in missions to every planet in the solar system.

We are seeking an experienced and talented Contracts and Compliance Manager to further LASP's science mission by providing contract management and administration, and managerial oversight of contract deliverables and compliance terms and conditions. To include; coordination with the University’s contract authorities and research sponsor contract officers, Export Control strategic analysis and administrative supervision, and overall administrative management support of projects funded by federal and commercial sponsored research agreements and grants.

Job Duties:

The Contracts and Compliance Manager (CCM) position, reports to the LASP Executive Associate Director for Finance and Operations, and oversees all of LASP’s contractual and compliance requirements, including Export Control Compliance. The position serves as liaison and business partner with CU’s Office of Contracts and Grants, Risk Management Office, Technology Transfer Office and CU’s Office of Research Integrity. The CCM manages a staff of two professionals and coordinates with several peer administrative managers, and provides leadership and guidance throughout the laboratory on contractual and compliance matters.
  • Cognizant of all contracting actions at LASP; including federal contracts and grants, commercial contracts, and associated subcontracts and subawards, (including international agreements).
  • Provide contractual and business support, and advice for LASP’s Program Managers, Principal Investigators, Scientists, Engineers and other mid to upper level staff.
  • Lead, direct, and guide contractual and compliance engagements with LASP sponsors and business partners.
  • Serve as subject matter expert and liaison between LASP technical, engineering and business parties and various University entities, including the Office of Contracts and Grants (contracting and grant issues), Technology Transfer Office (intellectual property issues, non-disclosure agreements), Office of Research Integrity (export controls and restricted research, export licenses), and Risk Management (insurance, waivers of liability).
  • Collaborate with the University’s Office of Contracts and Grants in drafting and reviewing terms and conditions, software license agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and purchase order terms and service agreements, to ensure compliance with federal and state laws, University policy and best commercial practices.
  • Oversee LASP’s export control program, including advising, teaching and assisting LASP personnel on regulations; applying for appropriate government authorizations from the Department of State and Department of Commerce, as applicable; strategizing regarding use of license authority versus exemptions/exceptions; coordinating with University Office of Research Integrity as well as University legal counsel.
  • Oversee all compliance issues, including federal award compliance (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (OMB Super-Circular)); Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Department of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFAR), NASA Acquisition Regulations; Federal Aviation Administration Regulations and export control compliance (Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)); prepare and administer appropriate trainings across the lab; prepare export licensing documentation.
  • Responsible for establishing and implementing LASP policies and procedures as well as training programs regarding all areas of compliance as it relates to federally funded public institutions in the space research sector.
  • As an integral member of the Administration Division leadership team, work effectively, efficiently, and harmoniously in concert with other Division managers to provide responsive administrative support to the Science, Engineering, and Mission Operations & Data Systems Divisions towards the enablement and fulfillment of LASP space research missions, programs, projects, and strategic initiatives.
  • Supervise LASP’s Contracts Administrator and Export Control Administrator.

What You Should Know

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



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What We Require

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 8 years of experience with increasing independence in contracts and compliance fields.
  • Formal training in federal government contracting.
  • Significant experience with government contracting and export compliance.
  • Understanding of program management including cost, schedule, risk, and technical management.
  • Must be collaborative, self-directed, able to handle multiple tasks and priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Understanding of program management including cost, schedule, risk, and technical management.
  • Ability to collaborate cross-functionally and be the “go to” person for advice and mentoring in contracts and compliance areas.
  • Ability to communicate information in a clear, concise, diplomatic and professional manner.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work independently.
  • Ability to meet multiple, strict deadlines while performing normal daily duties.
  • Positive outlook and self-starter.

What We Would Like You To Have

Desired Qualifications:
  • JD.
  • Experience working in research/academic environments with Sponsored Research contracting.
  • Aerospace industry knowledge and/or experience with NASA, NSF, NOAA contracts.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  2. Cover Letter.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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