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University of Colorado Contracts Specialist in Denver, Colorado

*University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

Office of Grants and Contracts

Job Title – Contracts Specialist

Position #212053 – Requisition 16546*

Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

*The Office of Grants and Contracts has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Contracts Specialist position.


The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver—one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient’s bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

*_CU Anschutz


The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.


Career Family & Professional Level_*

Jobs in this career family provide direct professional support of research activities. Functions include contracts and grants solicitation and administration, grant/agreement preparation, review and negotiation, regulatory compliance, sponsor communication and post and pre-award management, human subject compliance, research animal management, research laboratory coordination and instruction, environmental health and safety, radiation control, hazardous materials use, disposal and training.

Professionals at the intermediate level are responsible for exercising discretion, analytical skill, personal accountability and responsibility in a wide range of areas including academic, administrative, managerial and student services functions. Work involves creating, integrating, applying and sharing knowledge directly related to a professional field.

At the intermediate level, duties may be more limited in scope and are performed with guidance and direction from other professionals.

*Position Emphasis


  • Contract negotiation for Grants and Contracts

o Serve as a contracts specialist for the Office of Grants and Contracts located on the Anschutz Medical campus. Review sponsored program agreements. Develop and draft contracts, ensuring compliance with University, state, and federal policies and regulations. Review contract budgets for accuracy. Review confidentiality agreements.

  • Subcontract negotiation for Grants and Contracts:

o Draft subcontracts and amendments; prepare subcontract revisions; review prime award documentation; respond to e-mails received in the subcontracts e-mail portal; review SPO requests in CU Marketplace and determine appropriate course of action; track subcontracts in subcontracts database.

  • Serve as a liaison with Sponsors/Subcontractors

o Serve as a liaison between the Sponsor/Subcontractor and University related to contracts and subcontracts.

  • Assist the Director, Contracts Manager and other Office Managers

o Assistance is provided by attending meetings, researching issues, and drafting reports. Assist with special projects as assigned for other sections of the office, including PreAward, PostAward, sponsored programs accounting, and administration.

  • Special Projects

o Work on special projects as assigned with the unit.

PLEASENOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

_Salary and Benefits:_

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

*_Minimum Qualifications


  • A bachelor’s degree in public health, public administration, social/behavioral sciences, physical sciences, nursing, healthcare, finance, accounting, business administration, business, or a directly related field from an accredited institution

  • One year of professional level experience negotiating fixed price and/or cost reimbursable contracts, or similar


  • A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited law school or Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Public Health (MPH), or Master of Public Administration (MPA) from an accredited institution.

  • Experience with sponsored programs

  • Experience in higher education grants and contracts administration

  • Experience reviewing and negotiating sponsored research agreements and/or clinical trial agreements

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.

  • Financial and procurement understanding

  • Outstanding customer service skills

  • Understanding of the compliance environment

  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.

  • Ability to work in a high volume office with deadlines, attention to detail and ability to prioritize based on varying demands.

  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word and Outlook

Job: *Research Services

Organization: *U0001 -- Denver-Anschutz Administration

Title: Contracts Specialist

Location: Denver

Requisition ID: 16546