Contract Officer, Office of Research Administration
August 30, 2018
The mission of the Office of Research Administration (ORA) is to provide exceptional support for IU's research community in order to catalyze research productivity and protect the institution and its research community from risk.
ORA accomplishes this mission by minimizing the impediments to research activity, promoting research conduct that meets the highest standards of ethical integrity, and ensuring that research activity is compliant with all local, state, and federal regulations.
This position is responsible for negotiation of complex contracts and grants awarded from federal, state, and local government agencies; business and industry; foundations and other nonprofits; education institutions; and other organizations. This position is also responsible for preparation and negotiation of subcontracts. Reviews, analyzes, interprets, and negotiates legally binding terms and conditions of awards and subawards including indemnification, confidentiality, intellectual property, and publication restrictions. Analyzes and interprets Federal Acquisition Regulations and State Law. Resolves conflicts and facilitates contract and grant revisions through discussion and correspondence with agency officers and legal personnel, University Counsel, faculty and staff, and other administrative and programmatic units at IU. Interprets agency policies and award documents to ensure compliance, provides guidance on allowable expenses, and closes accounts. Advises faculty and staff on proposal process, budgeting policies, award terms and conditions, and financial policies and procedures.
Note:This position is located in Indianapolis serving the IUPUI campus and regional medical centers, but has responsibility for the Bloomington, Kokomo, Northwest, South Bend, East and Southeast campuses.
This position is posted as a Contract Officer but may be filled as a Senior Contract Officer depending on the candidate’s qualifications. Although they will be similar, the duties and responsibilities may differ. Please see the Requirements Section below for the qualifications listed for each level.
REQUIRED: Contract Officer – Bachelor's Degree, plus 3 years of experience with contracts and/or budget negotiation, research grant & proposal submission or research administration.
J.D. may be substituted for 2 years' experience.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities: Proficiency with Microsoft Office software. Knowledge of typical contract terms and conditions.
REQUIRED: Senior Contract Officer – Bachelor’s Degree, plus 1 year of experience as a Contract Officer in the IU Office of Research Administration, 2 years of experience negotiating research contracts in a similar role at IU, or another U.S. university or hospital system and 3 years of experience negotiating contracts as a primary job duty for another employer.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities: Proficiency with Microsoft Office software, Kuali Coeus (KC), and Kuali Financial Systems (KFS). Signature authority for awards must have already been delegated by the Associate Vice President for Research Administration.
Master’s Degree or J.D. Certified Research Administrator (CRA). University experience.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
Extensive computer use. Ability to communicate, understand and explain complex information.
Salary Plan: PAE
Salary Grade: 3AD
Campus: IUPUI - Indianapolis
Department: RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION (UA-RSCH-IUINA)
Internal Number: 66981
About Indiana University
Founded in 1820, Indiana University is the state’s public university system, comprised of two core campuses—IU-Bloomington and IUPUI—and six regional campuses located throughout the state. Combined, the total student population is more than 114,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional school students. IU is one of the largest employers in the state, with over 20,000 faculty and staff. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. Diversity and inclusion remains a core commitment to IU’s mission to cultivate an educational environment that supports equal access, participation and representation on all of its campuses and that provides educational and career opportunities for all.