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Sponsored Programs Contracting Officer II


UF DSP Classification* 

This is a Mid-level position in the Contracting Team within UF’s Division of Sponsored Programs.  The Team provides specialized support for the Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) in the negotiation and acceptance of federal, industry and foreign contracts and other complex agreements.  This position is responsible for learning and facilitating a wide range of sponsored programs administration activities, maintaining a high level of professional knowledge through self-study, research, and participation in professional development, and a high level of professional conduct becoming of a University employee.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

Award Negotiation and Acceptance:

  • Review and negotiation of complex federal, industry and foreign contracts and agreements, non-disclosure agreements, data use agreements, and other agreements relating to research, training and other sponsored programs, including any modifications or amendments thereto;
  • Represents the Division in relationships with sponsors;
  • Reviews, evaluates and interprets complex contracts and agreements for compliance with UF Policies and Procedures, and applicable governmental regulations;
  • Evaluates, interprets, negotiates and applies federal and sponsor policy and regulations to determine acceptable conditions of awards including such areas as: Conflict of Interest, Export Control, Intellectual Property, Indemnity, Governing law, Cost Principles, data and information security requirements, Human use, Animal use and lab safety;
  • Coordinates with appropriate University experts and offices (i.e., the Office of Technology Licensing, Contracts and Grants Accounting, General Counsel, Division of Research Compliance, IRB, IACUC, EHS, Privacy Office) as needed throughout negotiations for review and feedback;
  • Reviews official proposal budget and scope of work to ensure the award reflects the proper indirect cost rate, budget expectations and timelines;
  • Ensures that proposals are in UFIRST as the basis for negotiating the award;
  • Ensures that agreements and modifications are entered in UFIRST accurately and completely;
  • Assists the Directors of Sponsored Programs as needed in performing other duties as assigned related to the Division’s agreement negotiation and sponsor relations;
  • Supports the development of specialized agreements with sponsors, and liaison functions between the University, Faculty and Sponsoring Agencies;

Award Management

  • Maintains knowledge with university and sponsor electronic research administration systems in order to ensure timely and compliant post award activities;
  • Maintains accurate and complete files and records for each award or agreement in UFIRST;
  • Assists when needed with the preparation of subawards and subcontracts that are issued to subrecipients under prime federal or non-federal grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts;
  • Assists in the development and implementation of office procedures to support DSP and campus policy;
  • Examines existing systems, practices and procedures using methods which result in improved organizational performance;
  • Provides policy and procedure interpretation to academic departments;
  • Acts as a liaison between faculty, campus administrators, agency officials, as well as federal, state, and local offices to troubleshoot problems or issues that develop during the course of a project;
  • Maintains positive and productive business relationships within the University and with its Sponsors;
  • Participates in the shared responsibility for ensuring responsible stewardship for funds provided by external sponsors through responsible payment structures in agreements.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience in research administration; or an equivalent combination of education and experience in research administration.

Licensure and Certification



*Reserved Classification – Use of this classification outside of UF Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) requires prior approval by Classification and Compensation

This position does not typically include supervisory responsibility.

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