Contracts Manager - Education Studies - Virtual

Rockville, VA
May 11, 2022
Jul 20, 2022
Education, Research
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 seeking a Contracts Manager to join the fast-paced growing corporate contracts unit to oversee a portfolio of Westat's federally funded education contracts. You will support the full life cycle of contract management activities and lead a team of contracts staff.

This role is eligible for a virtual/remote work arrangement.

Job Responsibilities:
• Manage and oversee a portfolio of contracts funded by the Department of Education and other agencies funding education research.
• Lead a team of Contract Administrators and Specialists.
• Review and negotiate all types of agreements, including but not limited to NDAs, Teaming Agreements, Contracts, and Subcontracts.
• Provide contractual and business guidance to Westat's research staff.
• Collaborate and provide support to various internal departments including Accounting, Business Development, Finance and Legal.
• Perform risk-assessments and compliance reviews in accordance with internal and external regulatory requirements.
• Perform pre-award reviews of RFPs and contractual documents to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and solicitation requirements.

Basic Qualifications:
• A Bachelor's degree.
• 10 years of progressive experience in a Federal Government contracting and contract management environment, including 5 years managing contracts funded by the Department of Education or other agencies funding education research.
• Demonstrated experience working with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).

Preferred Qualifications:
• A Master's degree in business, law or contract related discipline.
• Familiarity with GSA schedules and Best-In-Class contracting vehicles.
• Experience with Deltek products including Costpoint, Contracts and Purchasing Modules.
• Experience reviewing and negotiating several types of agreements.
• Knowledge of standard government contract compliance reviews and audits.
• Experience managing teams. In this role you will need to use your strong attention to detail, communication and writing skills, and your ability to collaborate.

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.