Position Overview: The Contract Director serves as the senior-most contract and grant expert for BioMADE, a Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored bioindustrial Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII). The Contract Director will be responsible for oversight of BioMADE contracting and awards functions as well as BioMADE’s financial services. This position will supervise BioMADE contracts and grants staff. BioMADE will receive awards from a variety of sources and will issue awards to industry, academic and non-profit entities after an RFP process. These awards will be negotiated and executed by the Contract Director of BioMADE and their team.
Job Duties: 80% Oversight of BioMADE Prime Awards and Subawards
Negotiate and accept funded sponsored project awards and unfunded awards, including material transfer agreements, data use and confidentiality agreements.
Oversight, negotiation, and administration of complex contractual agreements between BioMADE and its partners for the conduct of research, training, and other sponsored activities.
Maintain oversight of subaward tracking, issuance, subrecipient monitoring policy and procedure, cost sharing compliance, invoice payments, and subaward closeouts.
Lead BioMADE’s compliance efforts with the Federal Funding and Accountability Transparency Act and DATA Act, including reporting obligations into the Federal Subcontractor Reporting System. This responsibility includes developing a solid understanding and ability to gather all reportable transactions.
Use sound professional judgment to effectively balance compliance needs with BioMADE’s commitments to fund research, and the ability to convey potential change and listen for feedback in a collaborative and constructive way.
Proactively encourage and facilitate collaborative partnerships with members by consulting frequently with BioMADE corporate leadership. Demonstrate a commitment to excellent customer service.
Advise and assist BioMADE leadership in responding to proposed legislation and federal agency proposed regulations affecting sponsored project policy and administration. Assess changing federal and agency requirements to evaluate and minimize impact on BioMADE.
Interact with colleagues at all levels in the public and private sectors to encourage consensus on research policy and administration issues. Maintain current knowledge in the regulations, requirements and national practices and procedures impacting research administration. In these capacities, it is expected that the incumbent will participate in national listservs, professional development opportunities, and/or one or more professional organizations or groups (e.g., SRA, FDP, NCURA, COGR meetings, or equivalent.)
This position will have the authority to execute proposals, awards, subawards, and procurement contracts, as well as related documents, on behalf of BioMADE.
Provide relevant support to external and internal audits.
20% Supervise Contracting Officer(s) and Sponsored Projects Staff
Manage, mentor, and evaluate BioMADE Contracting Officer(s) and Grants Staff
Recognize and reward staff achievement
Recommend continuing education and professional development opportunities
Bachelor’s Degree and at least 10 years of relevant grant/contract experience.
Significant knowledge of federal and/or non-federal contract and grant administration.
Experience with Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Acquisition Regulations, grant administration circulars, regulations and policies.
Mature professional judgment and effective problem resolution skills required. Ability to work collegially and effectively.
Experience working with and maintaining confidential information.
Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally with a wide variety of membership institutions that may include faculty, senior corporate leaders, administrators, staff, and sponsor representatives. Ability to establish and maintain positive and sustained relationships that foster a high level of trust.
Advanced Degree in relevant field
Supervisory experience preferred
Experience managing awards at a defense-focused nonprofit R&D facility preferred
Knowledge of contract law as it relates to the non-profit sector and extensive demonstrated negotiation skills and experience.
Experience with accounting, contracting, or procurement and knowledge of federal government organization, operation and administrative procedures desirable.
Demonstrated effectiveness in leading during change preferred.
Demonstrated effectiveness in conflict resolution.
Experience with Grants.Gov (workspace, ASSIST) ERA electronic research administration systems, Peoplesoft Financials or other ERP financial systems desirable.
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