Contract Administrator

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA Legal

Job Reference #: 19002160

Contract Administrator
We are seeking a full-time Contract Administrator to join the staff of a thriving research administration office in a BIG10 institution of higher education. We offer a challenging and exciting work environment in which one has the opportunity to grow and learn about research contracts in an academic setting. Working in a team environment, the Contract Administrator position with the University of Iowa’s Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) provides contract negotiation and other administrative support for faculty and staff engaged in research and related activities.

Position Highlights:

  • Growth Opportunities: DSP is a progressive collection of professionals who are self-driven/directed, out of the box thinkers. We offer varied professional education opportunities both on and off campus for your continuous learning.
  • Technology: Successful candidates will be responsible for managing sponsored research award activities using a myriad of technological tools and techniques.
  • Work Flexibility: DSP is a family-friendly department committed to work-life balance for our employees. The University of Iowa also offers an excellent benefits package.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Review, draft, negotiate and administer research related agreements.
  • Use independent judgment to determine and negotiate acceptable terms for a variety of contracts including funding agreements, data use agreements, confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements and outgoing subawards.
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and University policies and procedures.
  • Gather and interpret relevant information to identify and solve problems.

About the University of Iowa
The University of Iowa is one of the nation's premier public research universities with 32,948 students from 114 countries and all 50 states. Founded in 1847, it is the state's oldest institution of higher education and is located alongside the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City.

The Office of the Vice President for Research is committed to forging new frontiers of discovery by providing resources and support to researchers and innovators at the University of Iowa, to promote a culture of creativity that enriches the campus, the state, and the world. In FY18, the University of Iowa received $434.5 million in federal and non-federal funding for research.

Benefits Highlights

  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
  • For more information about Why Iowa?, click here

Posting Announcement Information

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

For additional information and a detailed job description, please visit the departmental website at:

Education or Equivalency Required

A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to set priorities and adjust strategies to changing needs.
  • Customer-focused and dedicated to providing optimum service. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Thrives in a high-volume, fast-paced environment. Is able to handle a large workload. 
  • Demonstrates independent judgment and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to work within a team and alone or with limited guidance, as appropriate.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience in contract administration or related field such as legal, accounting, finance or technical writing.
  • Experience working in a legal setting. 
  • Juris Doctor (JD) strongly preferred.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must upload two personal and current documents, and mark them as submission-relevant: Cover Letter and Resume

These attachments should clearly address how the applicants meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position. Five professional references will be requested and required at a later step in the recruitment process.

subject to a criminal background check.

Job ID: 67920

Posted 12 days ago

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