Contract Administrator - Public Health/Clinical Trials - Virtual

Rockville , MD
May 10, 2022
Jun 16, 2022
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.

Westat is seeking a Contract Administrator to join our fast-paced corporate contracts team supporting Westat's public health contracts. The Contract Administrator works in close collaboration with the public health and clinical trials practice areas to ensure compliant implementation of clinical trials (commercial and federal), public health, and epidemiology focused contracts throughout the contract lifecycle.  In this role you will support the full life-cycle of contract management activities from pre-award to project closeout with a focus on compliance and minimizing organizational risk, strategic client engagement, and collaboration with technical Westat practice areas and new business development.

Job Responsibilities:

• Review solicitation terms, serve as a resource to Westat research and business development staff in interpreting funding requests, regulations, and requirements
• Engage with federal contracting officers and clients on matters related to terms and conditions, federal rules and regulations, and other compliance requests
• Prepare, negotiate and administer complex subcontracts related to research studies including clinical site agreements, master services agreements NDAs, MTAs, DTA/DUA/BAAs, subcontractor and vendor agreements
• Work directly with research staff, providing guidance and leadership on contractual and compliance issues
• Ensure contractual documents meet regulatory requirements and company policies and procedures

Basic Qualifications:

• Bachelor's Degree
• 5 years of government contracting experience
• Knowledge of FAR, FDA, GCP, GDPR regulations

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Administration of federal awards and experience with commercial clinical and/or public health research that includes human subjects research; and compliance with federal human subjects guidelines
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills

To be successful in this role, you will need to leverage your strong attention to detail, communication and writing skills, and your ability to collaborate with a team of contract professionals.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account


Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. As a federal government contractor, Westat will require Westat staff, regardless of work location, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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