Opportunity: Senior Manager, Contracts and Grants

Ocean LeadershipThe Consortium for Ocean Leadership is pleased to announce the search for a Senior Manager, Contracts and Grants. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position.

The position will report to the Director, Contracts and Compliance and work closely with that individual to manage and coordinate Ocean Leadership’s contracting, grants, and related purchasing activities and procedures. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, evaluating, drafting, negotiating and administering contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, subawards/subcontracts, purchase orders and other actions.  Individual will negotiate with federal agencies, academic institutions, donors, and subcontractors/vendors on behalf of Ocean Leadership and ensure that executed grants, cooperative agreements, contracts and other agreements meet statutory/regulatory and Ocean Leadership policy requirements.  Will also assist with the development of Request for Proposals/Request for Quotes, reviews proposals, performs cost/price analyses, guides technical reviewers, determines best value and makes award recommendations.  Resolves issues related to audits and other contracts issues and assists with compliance activities.  Prepares required reports and reviews A-133 reports of assigned programs.  Assists in the design and implementation of a SharePoint requisitioning and contracts management tool.

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Economics, Business Administration or a related field. 
  • Minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in senior role administering federal contracts and grants, including budgeting and funding procedures.
  • Professional-level knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and agency supplements, 2 CFR (OMB Circulars A-110, A-122, A-21, A-133), and federal grants/contracting procedures and methods of source selection and proposal pricing requirements, and other agency regulations. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with internal and external customers at all levels.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to set and manage competing priorities and deliver against deadlines in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to perform a variety of complex tasks with minimal guidance and exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability to lead/guide other staff and share technical and professional expertise using layperson language.
  • Strong customer service orientation and attention to detail.
  • Solid proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of applications (MS Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, SharePoint, etc.); working knowledge of MS Project.
  • Knowledge of National Science Foundation regulations (CA-FATC) and NSF proposal process (including Fastlane.gov and Grants.gov) is highly desired; Department of Energy experience helpful.
  • Experience with NAVISION is highly preferred. 

To apply, please forward cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and any other relevant application materials to jobs@oceanleadership.org with the subject line, “SR-MGR-CONTR”. Materials may also be mailed to Human Resources, The Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership represents 95 of the leading public and private ocean research education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to advance ocean research, education and policy. Located in the heart of our nation’s capital, Ocean Leadership offers a collegial work environment and excellent benefits. To learn more about us and current vacancies in more detail, please visit www.oceanleadership.org .


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