SDSU Research Foundation

  • SRCC Contract Specialist

    Req No.
    Customer Service/Support
    Full-Time Central Staff
    $52,223.52 - $65,000.00 annually DOE
    Dept/Proj Name
    SDSURF - SR Contracts & Compliance (SRCC)
    Close Date
  • Overview

    This position requires the use of extensive knowledge in sponsored programs contracting and subagreements to positively impact the staff, service and business practices of SDSURF. The Contracting Specialist must have considerable experience in successfully negotiating contracts and subagreement terms and conditions.  The Contract Specialist will possess the necessary skills essential to coordinate and provide outreach with SDSU, CSU and all departments within Foundation, in particular both Sponsored Research Development and Sponsored Research Administration and others as needed.


    Negotiation and Document Review

    • Works independently as a primary contact for negotiation and acceptance of terms and conditions related to various types and complexities of external sponsored programs contracts and other agreements from a variety of sponsors, including: domestic and international, commercial, governmental (federal, local, state), higher education, and nonprofit entities.  Agreement types include, but are not limited to: master agreements, research agreements, subrecipient agreements, memorandums of understanding, and teaming agreements.
    • Analyzes and develops solutions related to complex awards and subagreements where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangible variables or is without precedent or structure.
    • Interprets, explains and applies complicated rules, regulations and policies to specific work scopes and award terms and conditions to ensure the risks associated with funding are acceptable.
    • Corresponds with sponsoring agencies to obtain clarification and/or revision to terms and conditions as appropriate and communicates progress with principal investigators
    • Ensures that follow on actions (e.g. amendments, modifications, etc.) are assessed and executed in a timely manner, so as not to impede progress of the sponsored program activity.
    • Coordinates with Director and others as needed to assess and negotiate non-standard terms and conditions.
    • Maintains in-depth knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply Federal Acquisition Regulations, Supplemental Regulations, Code of Federal Regulations, Uniform Guidance, sponsor-specific terms and conditions, intellectual property policies, conflict of interest requirements, publication rights, application of indirect cost rates and other complex concepts in research administration.

    Policy Compliance

    • Assists in the formulation of processes and procedures for negotiation of contract awards to meet SDSURF/SDSU requirement, researches appropriate federal, state, and local requirements to facilitate compliance by all parties, assists in resolution of conflict interests, as needed.
    • Reviews contract and subagreements for government/regulatory compliance with policies, statutes, etc., export controls, terms and conditions, and budget accuracy.
    • Understands and interprets broadly stated SDSURF, SDSU and sponsor agency policies and regulations; utilizes comprehensive knowledge and independent judgment.
    • In conjunction with the Director, participates as needed in the review of new legislation requiring contractual compliance and strategizes with management as needed to attain compliance, develops and/or amends templates to achieve compliance.
    • Coordinate with SDSU Offices of Research Affairs, Business and Financial Affairs and Environmental Health and Safety to ensure compliance with regulations, including but not limited to: animal and human subjects, conflict of interest, environmental health and safety regulations, and export controls.
    • Apprises Director and others of conditions requiring additional review, including concerns that may involve potential risks and/or

    Departmental Activities

    • Acts as a resource and liaison for project directors/staff, SRA grants specialist, and SRD development specialist in the transition of
    • Assesses procedures in order to streamline processes and decrease redundancies, working with the Director to enhance procedures and improve services to SDSURF, SDSU and sponsor
    • Informs SDSURF management of issues upon identification, providing input towards improvements, which enhance policies and procedures.
    • Maintains and updates departmental templates as appropriate.
    • Transfers organizational techniques to others in SRCC and beyond as requested.
    • Interacts with project staff, SDSURF departments, SDSU faculty and staff, sponsors and regulatory agencies on a regular basis.


    Minimum Requirement:

    Bachelor’s degree required (or related experience for a year for year basis), preferably in Business or related field, plus 3 years of progressively responsible experience in sponsored programs including compliance and contracting.


    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Previous experience with various types of government and commercial contracts and subcontract types.
    • Experience with the areas of policy compliance, export controls, pre-award proposal process and post-award administration, as well as general knowledge of intellectual property issues desired.
    • Previous experience drafting contracts and subcontracts and reviewing proposal terms and conditions


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