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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Contract Administrator III in Boulder, Colorado

Contract Administrator III

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Job Title:Contract Administrator III

Location: Boulder, Co

Type:Full-time, Exempt

Position Term: 18-month Term

Application Deadline: This position will be posted until a sufficient number of applications have been received. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

Relocation:No relocation package is offered for this position.

Work Authorization:UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position. U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position. UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.

Where You Will Work:Located in Boulder, Colorado, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) serves and participates in a collaborative community of researchers and educators who are dedicated to understanding the atmosphere -- the air around us -- and the complex processes that make up the Earth system, from the ocean floor to the Sun’s core. UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) on behalf of the National Science Foundation and the university community.

What You Will Do:Responsible for the preparation, review, negotiation and administration of complex, multi-phased construction or construction-related contracts for the financial/programmatic support of UCAR activities. Prepares, negotiates, and administers high risk, complex subcontracts and purchases required to support UCAR activities. Serves as a liaison with internal management, corporate attorneys, and other UCAR personnel.


  • Prepares, negotiates, and administers high risk, complex construction contracts, subcontracts, and purchases.

  • Administers all aspects of requests for proposal solicitations, communications and subcontract preparation, evaluation, negotiation, award and monitoring.

  • Conducts pre-bid and pre-proposal meetings.

  • Ensures compliance with procurement policies, procedures, and applicable laws.

  • Performs in-depth price/cost analysis using a number of variables and methods to determine the reasonableness of proposed pricing.

  • Serves as lead evaluation team member responsible for conducting negotiations on complex multi-phased construction contracts and subcontracts.

  • Familiar with construction industry practices, including AIA billing, ability to identify and mitigate risk and manage change order process.

  • Monitors subcontractor performance and resolves problems directly or with the assistance of technical personnel.

  • Coordinates all aspects of the procurement effort for major procurement projects. Interprets all UCAR agreements, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), OMB Uniform Guidance, and other applicable regulations and laws.

  • Helps ensure UCAR’s compliance with these laws and regulations by monitoring award conditions and filing appropriate reports and certifications.

  • Reviews and analyzes terms and conditions and negotiates change or modification, including the composition of alternate language and new provisions, where appropriate.

  • Reviews contracts and agreements for export, liability and risk, intellectual property, legal sufficiency, and compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and UCAR policies.

  • Advises internal program managers, general counsel, and risk management staff on contractually related issues.

  • Provides guidance to UCAR personnel, including upper management, of risk associated with contract acceptances.

  • Has the ability to draft terms and conditions for new agreements that are consistent with UCAR policies and federal regulations.

  • Works closely with contract, financial, budget, and lab/program personnel to resolve issues related to contract provisions.

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration and at least eight years of government or commercial contracts experience in handling direct funding or purchasing arrangements such as grants, subcontracts, subawards, or cooperative agreements and at least three years of construction contracts experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Expert knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations, Code of Federal Regulations, 2 CFR 200 and Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance, industry contract practices, and other regulatory requirements.

  • Advanced knowledge of Federal Appropriations Laws and other federal award practices.

  • Expert knowledge in construction contract, subcontract, grants, and cooperative agreements administration.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of methods of acquisition, government and commercial contract law, uniform commercial codes and contract termination procedures.

  • Expert skill in analyzing terms and conditions of complex construction contracts and subcontracts.

  • Advanced skill in managing large complex, multi-phase contract projects.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skill with a wide range of people at all levels of an organization.

  • Advanced skill in negotiating complex construction contracts, subcontracts, and other award related issues.

  • Working knowledge of basic not-of-profit accounting, budgeting and proposal process, including the application of indirect rates and fees.

  • Skill in preparing and giving presentations to UCAR personnel and other contracting personnel.

  • Advanced knowledge of export, patent, copyright, and technology transfer regulations.

  • Advanced skill in identifying liability, risk, export, and intellectual property issues and proposing solutions.

  • Ability to interact and collaborate successfully with all levels of management, scientific and administrative staff both within and external to UCAR.

  • Extensive level of attention to detail required.

  • Normal concentration/intensity, which includes prolonged mental effort with limited opportunity for breaks.

Applicant Notes:Personally Identifiable Information" (PII) is non-public information that is personally identifiable to a single individual. PII may include information such as name, address, email address, phone number, social security number, passport number, credit card information, and other related information. You may be required to enter or submit your PII to a third party on behalf of UCAR for the purpose of identity verification in order to conduct transactions as part of this position. You may also be required to handle PII of UCAR employees as part of performing the requirements of this position.

What’s in it for You:

  • Compensation

  • PTO

  • Paid Holidays

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision)

  • Retirement Plan

  • And more!

EEO/AAP Statement:

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.

Job Location

Boulder, Colorado, United States

Position Type


Appointment Type

Term Full-Time (T1)