Berkeley Lab is seeking a Principal Contracts Officer
This is an exciting opportunity for you to join Berkeley Lab's Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO), which helps create and enable contractual vehicles for research sponsors to work with Berkeley Lab's scientists and engineers across a variety of disciplines. As Principal Contracts Officer, the incumbent is responsible for moving proposals from submissions to awards stage through the successful creation, negotiation and execution of contractual mechanisms used at LBNL, such as those used for Strategic Partnership Projects, CRADAs, or other Department of Energy (DOE) Management Contractor funded projects.
The Principal Contracts Officer will:
Function as the SPO main point-of-contact for a designated scientific research area as part of a multifunctional team.
Responsible for the timely review, negotiation, and execution of complex, high volume sponsored research grants and awards.
Advise and consult on contractual issues with Principal Investigator and Finance Officers, negotiate required changes with external sponsoring agencies and collaborators and devise contractual solutions.
Prepare and enter documentation to track proposals and establish awards in the Lab's grants administration system.
Analyze contract terms and conditions in order to successfully negotiate research funding agreements with public and private sector sponsors.
Independently execute and authorize financial accounts after receiving all necessary approvals from the Department of Energy and Berkeley Lab.
Apply advanced knowledge, principles and theories to develop innovative solutions that satisfy the Sponsor while maintaining compliance with UC and DOE policy and regulations pertaining to research agreements.
Obtain Department of Energy approval on exceptions of terms and conditions.
Respond to general questions about policies, procedures and status of work.
Provide backup support to other Contracts Officers when needed.
Represent the Strategic Partnerships Office on internal or external committees as needed.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum of 6 years related work experience in a multidivisional organization.
Substantial experience in the proposal preparation, negotiation and administration of complex sponsored research contracts.
Demonstrated experience of contributing to the development of innovative solutions to assist in successfully contracting with new research sponsors.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Proven ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with a variety of stakeholders and work partners.
Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to coordinate with sponsors, researchers, and administrative staff, especially in a University based environment.
Demonstrated ability to appreciate and work in a supportive team environment.
Demonstrated ability to work with the multiple demands of Laboratory staff, DOE and sponsors under constant internal and external deadline pressures.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize and conduct business using complex documents and database, word-processing and spreadsheet programs.
Demonstrated analytical skills and ability to prioritize and successfully manage multiple assignments.
Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, high profile environment, anticipate and plan for contingencies, and to handle unexpected issues/problems as they arise.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience working for a large research institution.
Advanced degree in business or law.
Knowledge of University of California policies related to research administration.
Knowledge of enterprise resource planning software.
Familiarity with DOE Orders pertaining to Strategic Partnership Projects and CRADAs, and FAR and DEAR clauses.
The position shall remain posted until filled, however for full consideration, please apply by September 28, 2018
This is a full-time career appointment.
This position is exempt from overtime pay.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
This position is subject to the financial disclosure requirements of the California Political Reform Act of 1974. The successful candidate for this position will be required to file financial interest statements upon assuming this position, annually while holding this position, and when leaving this position.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
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About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.