Director - Contracts, Grants and Purchasing - Bethesda office

NORC at the University of Chicago
Bethesda, MD
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 04, 2022
Full Time
JOB DESCRIPTION:Join NORC's leadership team as the Director for the Contracts and Grants, and Purchasing departments. As a senior member of one of the nation's most respected nonprofit, nonpartisan, and objective research institutions, you will oversee the teams that develop and implement strategies to expand the organization's growing portfolio of work through the contracts function. The ideal candidate will bring substantial expertise in the proposal process and contracts management within the federal government and/or commercial industries, experience in leading teams, and a collaborative and innovative approach with both internal and external stakeholders.As a strategist in a highly visible role, you will lead the contracts, grants and purchasing functions, impact NORC's overall success and seek ways to improve our already outstanding service to NORC's diverse clients. Make your next career move one that offers myriad opportunities and one where you will:Collaborate with executives and colleagues throughout the organizationPositively impact company policyAdvise internal stakeholders on legal and financial riskHire, manage, and mentor a team of talented professionals.NORC offers flexible work arrangements but would like the Director to come into the Bethesda, MD office one or two times a week.As a condition of employment, all NORC employees and contractors - including those working remotely - must be fully vaccinated (as defined by current CDC guidance) against COVID-19.DEPARTMENT: Contracts, Grants & PurchasingThe NORC Contracts and Grants team provides oversight for all government and client contracts, and vendor agreements, keeping internal stakeholders informed and trained on federal regulations, as well as driving NORC's federal compliance and reporting activities.Purchasing is responsible for the negotiation and procurement of materials, equipment, and supplies from vendors. The team coordinates sourcing activities including competitive bidding, and develops and maintains supplier relationships in compliance with NORC policies and federal, state and/or local requirements.RESPONSIBILITIES:Develop and guide the strategy and direction for the Contracts and Grants, and Purchasing departments, serving as the leader for major departmental and organizational initiativesEnforce federal and government contracting rules and regulations, including those related to FAR, CAS, and the Federal Uniform GuidanceAdvise leadership on legal risk in contracts and RFPsSupervise maintenance of databases and documentary archives of government contractsLiaise with government agencies for proposal, contract, and performance activitiesLead responses to government auditsMonitor status of government contractual actions and emerging contractual issues and disseminate learning through appropriate channels to key stakeholdersOversee legal and financial review of all NORC contracts, confirming performance objective are appropriately addressedEnsure consistent interpretation and application of contract requirements and regulationsDevelop contracts, subcontracts, teaming agreement, consortium agreements, and other partnering arrangementsEnsure compliance with sourcing regulationsEnhance internal auditing and performance monitoring.REQUIREMENTS:Bachelor's degree At least 10 years of experience in government contracts administration and/or managementREQUIRED SKILLS:Advanced knowledge of FAR, OMB Guidance and other applicable regulationsExtensive negotiation experienceAbility to manage and prioritize multiple demanding assignmentsAttention to detailWell-developed critical thinking and analytical skillsExperience leading and developing teams, and collaborating with stakeholders across levelsDynamic communicator with strong and diplomatic interpersonal skills and track record of giving informative and engaging presentations to C-suite executives.DESIRED SKILLS:Strong financial analytics backgroundKnowledge of intellectual property issues and software licensing termsExperience with OMB A-133 Single AuditsDeltek Costpoint fluency.WHAT WE DO:NORC is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, our teams have conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.WHO WE ARE:For over 75 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which we're known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.EEO STATEMENT: NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. NORC evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally- protected characteristics.#LI-MS1

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