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Senior Contracting Officer - Sponsored Programs


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (10001006)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

Current employees must apply internally via connectU >

Definition of Class

This position reviews and negotiates terms and conditions of complex contracts and agreements within the centralized Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. The incumbent exercises discretion and independent judgment in evaluating, interpreting and applying federal and sponsor level policies and regulations; and identifies and corrects operational concerns and deficiencies.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Reviews and negotiates complex federal, state, industry and foreign contracts and agreements, non-disclosure agreements, data use agreements, and other agreements relating to research, training and other sponsored programs.
  • Reviews legal and contractual issues of proposed contracts and agreements.
  • Reviews and negotiates contracts and agreements to comply with University policies and relevant laws, and to reduce institutional risk.
  • Prepares and negotiates modifications to contracts and agreements.
  • Collects relevant information from faculty, other internal stakeholders and/or other parties to ensure that contracts and agreements accurately reflect the nature of the desired collaborations and address relevant legal and/or compliance issues.
  • Identifies and prepares any necessary documentation, materials or information in support of contracts and agreements as they relate to sponsored activities.
  • Evaluates, interprets and applies policy and regulations to determine acceptable conditions of contracts and agreements, including those in areas of Conflict of Interest, Export Control, and Intellectual Property.
  • Coordinates with appropriate University offices (i.e., General Counsel, Technology Commercialization, Research Integrity & Compliance) as needed throughout negotiations for review and feedback.
  • Participates in self-study, research, and professional development opportunities to maintain knowledge of federal, state, and sponsor regulations, policies, requirements, etc.
  • Detects the areas where new regulations need to be interpreted, implemented, and communicated.
  • Identifies when policy statements, procedural guidelines, and associated business objectives should be developed or re-evaluated.
  • Provides input for the development and/or improvement of procedures/processes for managing and maintaining compliance.
  • May provide guidance and supervision to support staff.
  • Performs similar or related duties as assigned or required.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Reviews and negotiates terms and conditions of complex contracts and agreements.
  2. Evaluates, interprets and applies federal and sponsor policies and regulations.
  3. Identifies and corrects operational concerns and deficiencies.

Minimum Education/Experience

Master’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university.


Three (3) years of experience related to the above described duties.

Substitution Statement: Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.

Salary/Wage Information

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EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi