Senior Contracts Specialist


Search #: 498103
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Grants and Contracts


The Office of the Vice President for Research, Sponsored Program Services, invites applications for a Senior Contracts Specialist  (Contracts Specialist 2) to provide advanced-level negotiation and drafting of complex sponsored research agreements, contracts, subawards, and related instruments.

The Senior Contracts Specialist will participate in the efficient delivery of services with an emphasis on providing excellent service through the drafting and negotiation of complex agreements and sponsored research contracts. This position will interact with constituents utilizing excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills, be collegial, and respond in a professional and timely manner, serving as a resource to departmental research administrators, faculty, and others in such areas as interpreting policies, regulations, and statutes, analyzing needs and resolving complex problems related to research contracts as they arise. 


  • Provide contracting services to include drafting, reviewing, negotiating, and executing numerous types of agreements pertaining to research or scientific/technical services. These include but are not limited to: federal agreements, cooperative agreements, incoming and outgoing sub-awards, grant awards, research contracts, material transfer agreements, data use agreements, teaming agreements, confidential/non-disclosure agreements, master agreements, and amendments to all the above.
  • Partner and work directly with faculty, staff, and other University offices including the Offices of General Counsel, Export Control, and Technology Commercialization Services, to review and propose language and terms to mitigate potential risks to the University and provide contracting support to investigators. 
  • Articulate complex University principles, regulations, and policies, such as indemnification and other liability and risk, intellectual property and publication rights, and regulatory and financial compliance matters to both internal and external constituents. 
  • Keep abreast of laws, regulations, external and internal policies and procedures governing the administration of corporate contracts and other complex agreements and serve as a resource to other units, faculty, and staff. Ensure the consistency of adherence to guidelines and participate in the ongoing efforts to streamline and enhance internal processes and practices, and turnaround times.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert, developing and delivering internal training programs and advising upon sponsor terms and conditions prior to proposal submission.
  • Advise and consult upon potential workflow, process, and system improvements, toward the goal of decreasing turnaround times and increasing efficiency.
  • Participate in professional development activities in order to maintain and expand areas of expertise. 


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least six years of experience in contracting OR Master's degree and at least four years of experience in contracting.
  • Demonstrated ability to network and build consensus with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to research and assist with the resolution of highly complex issues with legal, fiscal, and ethical/compliance implications. 
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively and serve as a liaison between sponsors, all levels of University administration, and principal investigators. 
  • Customer service orientation, with the ability to clearly communicate contractual concerns and issues.


  • Experience working in an institution of higher education.
  • Experience working in a high-volume, high-production, and/or sponsored-research-intensive environment.
  • Experience with material transfer agreements, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, service agreements, and research agreements.
  • Familiarity with granting agencies (government, international, private, industry, etc.).


This is a full-time, twelve-month, permanent position with an excellent benefits package including medical and retirement, as well as employee and dependent tuition waivers at the University of Connecticut. The target salary range for this position is $70,375-$91,487, commensurate with experience. With the expectation to travel on-site as needed, remote and/or hybrid work modalities may be considered in accordance with the University's Alternate Work Arrangements policies and procedures. Other rights, terms, and conditions of employment are contained in the collective bargaining agreement between the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Professional Employees Association (UCPEA).


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #498103 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Incomplete applications may not be considered.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on July 19, 2024. 

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All members of the University of Connecticut are expected to exhibit appreciation of, and contribute to, an inclusive, respectful, and diverse environment for the University community.

The University of Connecticut aspires to create a community built on collaboration and belonging and has actively sought to create an inclusive culture within the workforce. The success of the University is dependent on the willingness of our diverse employee and student populations to share their rich perspectives and backgrounds in a respectful manner. This makes it essential for each member of our community to feel secure and welcomed and to thoroughly understand and believe that their ideas are respected by all. We strongly respect each individual employee’s unique experiences and perspectives and encourage all members of the community to do the same.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

The University of Connecticut is an AA/EEO Employer.

Advertised: May 22 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 19 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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  • Grants and Contracts
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