Contracts Officer

Contracts Officer – Job ID6654

Position Type:3000 Professional/3105 Accounting/Finance Professional

Date Posted:  1/22/2020

Location:  Grand Forks, North Dakota

Closing Date:  02/05/2020

Hiring Department: Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC)
Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification: $55,000+/Annual, Full-Time, Benefited, Exempt
Benefits: Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave.  Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, long term care insurance, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.
Work Schedule:  Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

For full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 5PM on the closing date.


Position Details: A Complete Position Description is available as an attachment in the bottom right corner of this position announcement.

At the EERC, we know our people are our greatest asset. Our team of over 200 is sought after worldwide to solve energy and environmental challenges in innovative ways. Since 1951, we’ve worked with over 1300 clients in 53 countries. We recognize that quality, market-driven science and engineering technologies come from engaged, motivated employees. We encourage lifelong learning through our Employee Development Program and offer many opportunities for both professional and personal growth. In addition to competitive salaries and an outstanding benefits package, the EERC provides opportunities for inventors of commercialized technologies to share in the profits. As part of the University of North Dakota, employees are eligible for tuition waivers and reduced tuition for family members. Apply with us for a position that can turn into a lifelong passion and a work environment that’s more like a family.

The EERC is looking for a dynamic individual who is self-motivated, detail-oriented, and able to work independently and as part of a team. The individual selected for this position will have a primary focus on contracting work with a secondary focus on intellectual property (IP) management as it relates to EERC’s IP.
The successful candidate would support contracting and IP efforts by performing the following essential functions:

  • Prepare, review, negotiate, and administer contracts, subcontracts, and confidentiality and other agreements.
  • Research and understand complex regulations and clearly and concisely interpret them.
  • Assure compliance with government regulations and University of North Dakota policies.
  • Determine the allowability of cost to be charged to contracts.
  • Advise staff of the administration requirements of contracts.
  • Provide the mechanism to meet the needs of the managers’ as well as the sponsors’ requirements.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with coworkers to ensure timely communications of changes in policies, procedures, etc., that may impact their work.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following: 

  • Ability to work with employees at all levels and contractual agreements.
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively with researchers, inventors, patent counsel, external partners, and leadership.
  • Organizational/prioritization ability.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Computer software.

For more information regarding the EERC, visit


Minimum Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a business-related field.
  • Three years’ experience with contract preparation and administration.
  • Experience reading and understanding complex regulations.
  • Cover letter and resume.
  • Successful completion of criminal history background check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. 
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with protection and administration of IP or classes in IP or law degree.
  • Knowledge of current computer technology using Microsoft (MS), Access, and MS Word preferred.

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EEO/AA for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.
Confidentiality of Application Materials
Note: Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.
EEO Statement
UND is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status on the form found at  This information will remain confidential and separate from your application. 
Veteran’s Preference
Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.
Clery Statement
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.  The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus.  As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report.  The report and statistical data can be found online at  You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND 58202.

Contact Information

University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC)



15 N 23rd Street Stop 9108

Grand Forks, ND 58202

(701) 777-4473

Background Information

4-Year Degree

3 years

  • Legal
  • Government
  • College/University
  • Grants and Contracts

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information

$55,000 pl

  • Full Time