Contracts Officer II

Located in Orlando, Florida, the Office of Research at the University of Central Florida is seeking to hire a well-qualified Contracts Officer to join our team!

This position is responsible for drafting, review and negotiation of contracts and other research-related agreements that require advanced knowledge of university policy and procedures, and state and federal regulations and law.

Primary responsibilities for this position include: 

Draft or review research-related contracts, and other agreements, funded and unfunded, such as research and research services and consulting, memoranda of understanding, material transfer agreements, confidentiality agreements, master agreements, cooperative research and development agreements, data use, equipment loans, proprietary information, intergovernmental personnel assignments, and other agreements. Incorporate statements of work, budgets, invoicing terms, deliverable schedules and other required terms.

Coordinate agreement reviews by other Office of Research components, other University units, and the Office of General Counsel. Incorporate edits as required to comply with applicable policies, regulations, and law. Conduct award negotiations with sponsoring agencies and serve as primary liaison for the University with sponsoring agencies, investigators, and other University offices. Route revisions for additional approvals, as needed; route for  signatures to execute agreements.

Draft, or review contract modifications received from sponsors; route for internal reviews, approvals, and signature, as needed.

Maintain ability to work independently, efficiently, and accurately, and follow through on assignments with minimal direction.

Serves as primary contact for investigators and college and department research administrators in assigned Colleges and Units in all matters related to the drafting, review, interpretation, analysis, negotiation and execution of research contracts and other agreements in support of Office of Research sponsored program activities.

Advise faculty, administrators and staff in interpretation and clarification of contract terms, appropriate business unit, sponsor requirements, and applicable regulations and laws, including  restrictions and other pertinent information.

Interpret and assess contractual language regarding issues such as intellectual property rights, confidentiality, liability, indemnification, risk, publishing rights, invoice and payment terms, governing law, and confirmation of sponsor's corporate registration, and negotiate terms compliant with university policies and state law.

Research, review, analyze, and interpret statutory and policy language, federal regulations such as FARs, DFARs, and CFRs, to ensure the application of appropriate terms for public educational institutions. Determine appropriate flow-down provisions, as needed, from pass-through entities.
Ensure associated University compliance units are notified, or have approved proposed contract activities, as required, for human subjects protections, animal welfare,  biosafety, environmental health and safety, export control, facility security, and conflict of interest.

Maintain high level of service to investigators and staff in assigned units. Escalate non-standard contract terms, as needed, in accordance with approved escalation procedures.

Assist with training and support of new staff members, including student workers.

Provide notice to Research Office award management team for the establishment of new projects; ensure all documents and information are filled for new project establishment or modifications to existing projects.

Maintain proficiency interpreting and applying federal regulations governing sponsored programs including 2 CFR 200, Federal Acquisition Regulations, standard federal research terms and conditions, and agency-specific requirements. 

Remain current with developments in University sponsored contracting and research administration through participation in professional development activities such as attendance at professional meetings, and in-house webinars and other informational sessions.

Assist with special initiatives and projects. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's or Master's degree and 2+ years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Research contract drafting and negotiation experience in a university, academic medical center, and/or research institute is preferred.

Juris Doctorate (JD), Masters in Research Administration, and/or Certified Research Administrator preferred.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Adobe, Excel) is preferred.

Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal skills and have the ability to work with diverse populations. 

Demonstrates excellent problem-solving skills and critical analysis abilities.

All applicants must apply at for consideration. 

Contact Information

University of Central Florida



12201 Research Parkway
Suite 501
Orlando, Florida 32826


Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • Legal
  • Government
  • Non-Profit
  • Hospital
  • College/University
  • Other
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Government
  • Department Administrator
  • Compliance
  • Administrator or Administrative

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information

  • Full Time