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Principal Manager, Contracts and Grants (Part Time) in Cleveland, OH at Universities Space Research Association

Date Posted: 7/6/2018

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Job Description

USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations. USRA engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated, forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other customers.

Under NASA’s ARTS program, USRA supports applied research in Glenn’s core competencies and enabling technologies, including understanding the effects of the space environment; materials and structures for aerospace applications; engine systems technologies for aerospace vehicles; in-space power and propulsion systems; instrumentation, sensors and controls for aeronautics and space systems; and technologies for safe and efficient aircraft operation in atmospheric icing conditions.

Position Summary:

The part-time Principal Manager will be the senior functional leader responsible for the day-to-day contracting operations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Advanced Research and Technology Support (ARTS) program located at Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH.  This includes leading: proposal preparations; contract, subcontract, subgrant, and task order negotiations; and all contract-related administration efforts.  The Principal Manager will assist with the development and implementation of organizational initiatives, handle complex contract issues, serve as a spokesperson on complex and major contracts, and act as the primary contracts consultant to senior management as a direct report to the Director of Contracts in Columbia, MD.

The ideal candidate has experience managing cost-plus type contracts and complex subcontracts, knows the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), is able to anticipate and/or recognize contractual/compliance risks in order to provide counsel to the Program Director, work with a functional Business Manager to resolve issues, and oversee subcontracts.  As a key member in an integrated program team, the Principal Manager will perform timely cradle-to-grave contract administration while also distinguishing potential issues that require visibility and the attention of senior leaders and stakeholders.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Deliver expert guidance and functional leadership to program directors by identifying problems, assessing risk, and delivering contract and subcontract solutions
  • Draft, issue, and negotiate routine and complex contractual instruments including non-disclosure agreements, requests for proposals, and special terms and conditions
  • Oversee contract performance for conformance to original proposal and maintain continual reviews to ensure that all terms and conditions are met and that the contract is in accordance with legal requirements, customer specifications, and government regulations
  • Focus on continual improvement in the speed, quality, and simplicity of contract formation and management processes, without compromising compliance
  • Build a positive working relationship with clients and other functional members of the team
  • Support audit-related activities to include rate submissions, negotiations, and approvals
  • Maintain contractual records and correspondence to meet federal audit requirements
  • Develop material and conduct training to grow institutional and individual knowledge bases
  • Performs all other duties, as assigned

Other job related duties as assigned


Required Qualifications:

  • Position requires U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status


  • Requires a bachelors degree or equivalent from an accredited university


  • Requires a BA or equivalent and a minimum of eight (8) years of contracts experience in Department of Defense or Aerospace contracting.
  • Proficiency in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
  • Finance or accounting knowledge favored, but not required
  • Experience using Deltek Costpoint and having advanced Excel skills is preferred
  • Membership in the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and, certifications such as the Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM), is a plus


Willing to travel to office and customer locations and work sites.

All interested candidates must apply directly on our website at

USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity