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Contract Analyst (Multiple Positions)

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Contract Analyst (Multiple Positions)
Department Contract & Rsrch Support Prgrm (9002)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The University of Arizona has an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual to begin or advance a career in contracting. As a Contract Analyst, you will be responsible for establishing relationships with outside sponsors by negotiating contracts with representatives of industry, federal and local governments, non-profit foundations, and other universities. The university enters into over 4,000 contracts per year with outside organizations to bring in support for its research, education, service and outreach activities. In this role, you will be responsible for working with faculty in areas such as space science, biomedical research, and environmental sciences to understand their needs, apply university policy, applicable regulations, and legal principles, and employ negotiating skills to successfully complete contracts. Starting salary for this position is $51,000 annually. Individuals with more experience in university-industry contracting than the below minimum qualifications are encouraged to apply. Salary offered will be commensurate with experience.

Contracting Services is a unit of Sponsored Projects & Contracting Services, operating within Research, Discovery & Innovation (RDI). We support the University of Arizona by negotiating the agreements that bring external funding and other forms of support to our community of researchers and educators. Contracting Services completes over 4,000 agreements per year. We have groups focused on government and non-profit contracting, industry contracting, and clinical trial contracting. We also provide training to faculty and departments regarding the contract process. Contracting Services is an experienced resource for faculty and staff who are engaged in research, education, service, and outreach, and who work to advance the University’s strategic goals through externally supported projects and programs.

With more than $606 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #21 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #2 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

The UA today has over 43,000 students, and nearly 15,600 employees. The main campus has grown from its original 40 acres to more than 350 acres, and boasts the oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona. The University of Arizona offers a broad range of educational programs and support services that attract an excellent and diverse student body.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here.

Duties & Responsibilities

• Reviews, processes and negotiates assigned agreements.
• Works with the Office of General Counsel, Tech Launch Arizona, and other university administrative offices, as needed.
• Coordinates negotiations with internal stakeholders and sponsors.
• Reviews and negotiates terms and compliance requirements for funded and non-funded agreements
• Maintains a database to communicate the status of contracts and amendments.
• Coordinates with the University Export Control Office in the review of U.S. Export Control Regulations associated with agreements and subawards.
• Assists with the formulation of guidelines, procedures, and the development of templates and other agreement tools.
• Serve as campus resource for principal investigators, study personnel and other University officials in the agreement review process.
• Maintain knowledge of current developments in policy, laws, regulations and best practices regulating university agreements.
• Advise, assist and provide training to faculty and other study personnel about policies, procedures, forms, laws and regulations related to university agreements.
• Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

• Familiarity with common contractual terms and issues related to contracting in higher education.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, along with the ability to interact effectively with a diverse constituency.
• Ability to assess specific terms in the context of the entire agreement, making judgements on accepting risk in one area if it can be modulated by terms in another area.
• Demonstrated organizational and prioritization skills, along with the ability to work within tight and conflicting deadlines.
• Demonstrated ability to be detailed oriented.
• Demonstrated ability to think quickly and effectively in verbal negotiations.
• Demonstrated ability to seek and affect successfully creative resolutions to contract issues.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in a technical or business-related field AND three or more years’ experience in a university, legal, healthcare, or business environment in research administration, contracting, business development, or research management
• An advanced degree such as an MS in a technical field, an MBA, or a JD and familiarity with contracting or university research administration.

Preferred Qualifications
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay Salary Range Begins at $51,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22138
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Steve Harsy

Open Date 10/17/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 10/26/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

Please add contact information for three references within your application.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you meet one of the two following requirements? (1) I have a Bachelor’s degree in a technical or business-related field AND three or more years’ experience in a university, legal, healthcare, or business environment in research administration, contracting, business development, or research management. OR (2) I have an advanced degree such as an MS in a technical field, an MBA, or a JD and familiarity with contracting or university research administration.
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference/Referee Contact Information
Optional Documents