Contracts Officer II

Orlando, Florida
May 19, 2023
Jul 18, 2023

Unleash YOUR Potential With Us

As a next-generation public research institute, we are an inclusive community of thinkers, doers, creators, innovators, healers, and leaders striving to shape the future and solve the world's most challenging problems. No matter what your role is, when you join Knight Nation, you'll play an integral role in pushing us forward to become among the most impactful universities in the country. You'll be met with opportunities to connect and collaborate with uniquely talented faculty, staff, and students across 13 colleges, and multiple campuses and regional locations. That means greater challenges to tackle, more meaningful opportunities to grow, and rewarding experiences that go beyond a paycheck. We're seeking qualified, motivated individuals who will help UCF fulfill its mission of unleashing the potential of every individual, enriching the human experience through inclusion, discovery, and innovation; and propelling broad-based prosperity for the many communities we serve.

The Opportunity:

The Contracts Officer II position is responsible for drafting, reviewing and negotiating sponsored contracts, other research-related agreements, and non-sponsored agreements for the UCF Research Foundation. This position requires advanced knowledge of Research Foundation and University policies and procedures, and state and federal regulations and law. This position will work independently, efficiently, and accurately, and will follow through on assignments with minimal direction.


  • Draft or review research-related contracts, and other agreements, funded and unfunded, such as research service and consulting, confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, data use, memoranda of understanding, master agreements and task orders, vendor agreements, and other agreements.
  • Incorporate statements of work, budgets, invoicing terms, deliverable schedules, and other items specific to the Research Foundation.
  • Conduct agreement negotiation with the other party and serve as the primary contact with the other party, University units, and principal investigator.
  • Escalate non-standard contract terms, as needed, in accordance with approved escalation procedures.
  • Draft or review modifications to sponsored and non-sponsored agreements.
  • Conduct negotiation with the other party.
  • Route for internal reviews, approvals, and signature as needed.
  • Coordinate agreement reviews University units to ensure compliance units are notified, or have approved proposed contract activities, as required, for human subjects protections, animal welfare, biosafety, environmental health and safety, export control, facility security, cybersecurity, data protection, conflict of interest, etc.
  • Incorporate edits as required to comply with applicable policies, laws and regulations.
  • Route revisions, as needed, for additional approvals.
  • Route to obtain signatures of all parties. Interpret and assess contractual language regarding issues such as intellectual property rights, confidentiality, liability, indemnification, risk, publishing rights, invoice and payment terms, governing law, and confirmation of sponsor's corporate registration, and negotiate terms compliant with University policies and state law.
  • Maintain proficiency in researching, reviewing, analyzing, and interpreting statutory and policy language, federal regulations such as FARs, DFARs, and CFRs, to ensure the application of appropriate terms for public educational institutions.
  • Determine appropriate flow-down provisions, as needed, from pass-through entities.
  • Advise faculty, administrators and staff in interpretation and clarification of contract terms, appropriate business unit, sponsor requirements, policies related to sponsored and non-sponsored
  • Research Foundation activities, and applicable regulations and laws, including restrictions and other pertinent information.
  • Serve as primary contact for investigators and college and department research administrators in all matters related to the drafting, review, interpretation, analysis, negotiation and execution of assigned research contracts and other agreements in support of the Research Foundation activities.
  • Provide notice to Research Foundation award management team for the establishment of new projects; ensure all documents and information are filled for new project establishment or modifications to existing projects.
  • Assist with training and support of new staff members. Assist with special initiatives and projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's or Master's degree and 2+ years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Hold a CRA, CPRA, or CFRA certification.
  • Experience with federal contracts.
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal skills and the ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrates excellent problem-solving skills and critical analyses abilities.

Special Instructions to the Applicants:

If you are selected as the final candidate for an employment opportunity here at UCF, both your position and salary will be significantly based upon the information that you have provided in your application for employment. We urge you to please take the time to complete the application in its entirety. Hybrid/Remote work within the state of Florida may be considered based upon specific circumstances. May be required by Florida Commission of Ethics to be a Form 1 (Statement of Financial Interest) filer.

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks! In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefits packages, including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending, and Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays
  • Retirement savings options
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando attractions
  • Education assistance
  • Flexible work environment
  • And more…For more benefits information, go to the UCF Employee Benefits page and click here.

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region's talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It's one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation's top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete, online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.s., certificates, and more.

Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF's expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.




Office of Research - Operations

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Schedule may vary as required.

Type of Appointment


Expected Salary

$64,518.00 to Negotiable

Job Posting End Date

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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