Director, Grants and Contracts

Railroad Research Foundation seeks Director, Grants/Contracts, to negotiate grants/cooperative agreements/contracts/subcontracts/ purchase orders and participate in all aspects of the procurement process (both funds-in and funds-out) for products and service(s) for government and commercial programs, including proposal preparation, application submission, negotiation, and administration.  Administers multiple grants/contracts/orders for available funds, budget forecasts, cash flow projections, available hours and Period of Performance.  Add'l responsibilities include financial and/or competitive analyses, assisting with bid strategy and pricing for major government and non-government funding and preparing pricing volumes (cost and explanatory text).

Assists with development of policies and procedures and adherence to same to ensure that company practices/procedures comply with government requirements.  Initiates, negotiate, review, execute and administer a wide range of contractual documents and agreements to include: Non Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), Teaming Agreements (TAs), Subcontract Agreements and Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with subcontractors. Work closely with project manager(s) to ensure required information is properly submitted and conforms to the scope and intent of the specific project.

Extensive working knowledge of federal government contracting required, including knowledge of laws, regulations, procedures and concepts pertaining to all types of grants, cooperative agreements and contracts.  Must be able to determine solutions to contracting issues through the application of FAR, DFAR, CAS and any other regulations or standards that may be required and applicable.  Must have an understanding of cost principles to include direct and indirect cost components and factors.  Must have a fundamental knowledge of pricing concepts and methodologies to include Time and Material, Cost Reimbursable and Fixed Price Contracts, and Managed Service Pricing.

Excellent analytical, negotiation, and communication skills, strong MS Excel skills in using and developing spreadsheet models and project management software are required. Bachelor's Degree (Contracts, Business, Finance preferred) and a minimum of 4 years of government grant, cooperative agreement and contract experience required. Knowledge of rail/mass transit transportation security laws, regulations, principles, policies and procedures preferred. Must be able to interface with federal, state and local government officials and representatives from the transportation industry. Some travel required

Contact Information

Association of American Railroads



50 F Street, NW

Washington, DC 20001


Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • Non-Profit
  • Compliance
  • Government
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information


  • Full Time