The primary purpose of the Director, Contracts and Grants position is developing goals and objectives for the Contracts and Grants staff and directing the activities of the Contract and Grants staff in the coordination, preparing, negotiation, and administration of Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) research proposals, grants and contracts and in other related functions.
The duties and responsibilities include:
Management & Supervision: Select, recruit, and retain top performers who provide positive contributions to the organization.
Ensure management staff is trained and able to function effectively without close supervision.
Ensure high quality output from staff through motivation and influence, and enable others to achieve specific goals.
Delegate meaningful assignments and responsibilities that allow staff to develop skills. Provide ongoing coaching and feedback and evaluate staff fairly and effectively.
Strategic Planning & Budgeting: Identify key issues and set priorities.
Achieve desired results on schedule and within budget.
Contracts and Grants Administration:
Provide policy guidance for Contracts and Grants
Provide advice and guidance to RAND research staff and management regarding interpretation of client requirements, grant and contract terms and conditions, and pricing matters.
Work closely with senior research management and RAND administrative and support functions in the development of proposals and post-award financial and other administrative activities.
Work with research sponsors and clients including DOD and other federal agencies, foundations, state and local governments, universities, industry and international organizations on contracts and grants.
Assist in negotiating terms and conditions of complex agreements.
Supervise RAND’s grant and contract acceptance process to ensure that RAND’s and clients’ interests are protected.
Develop and maintain relationships with contracts and grants leadership at other FFRDC institutions.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
Effective communication, presentation skills; strong written and oral skills.
Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of staff, and research and support customers in a collegial, collaborative and intellectually challenging environment.
Comfortable and capable in representing RAND externally with clients, association organizations, potential partners and vendors.
Effective negotiation and problem-solving skills.
Exhibits agile and flexible thinking and leadership.
Must be able to pass a background check.
Knowledge of federal government grant and contracting rules and procedures.
Ability to develop and execute research proposals and projects within pricing, budgeting, accounting and audit requirements.
Research environment experience a plus.
BS/BA degree required. MBA degree preferred.
10+ years relevant experience with government contracts and grants required. 3+ years supervisory experience required.
Must be able to obtain a U.S. government security clearance.
Santa Monica, Pittsburgh, or Washington, DC
RAND is an Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity
Internal Number: 5737
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