Contract Specialist

Cookeville, TN

Tennessee Technological University

Position Information

Position Information

Position Number


Working Title

Contract Specialist

Job Title

Contract Compliance Specialist

Job Type



Office of Research

Job Purpose

Perform and provide oversight to ensure accuracy, completeness, and compliance with the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal awards (2 CFR 200), State, University, and other funding agency regulations.

Tennessee Tech provides impact through its engaged students, dedicated faculty, and career-ready graduates known for their creativity, tenacity, and analytical approach to problem solving. As a STEM-infused, comprehensive institution, Tennessee Tech delivers enduring education, impactful research, and collaborative service that creates, advances, and applies knowledge to expand opportunity and economic competitiveness.

Tennessee Tech is committed to a diverse workforce by fostering an inclusive work environment for students, faculty, and staff. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. Tennessee Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Essential Functions

Responsible for negotiating research contracts (Federal and Industry) and sub-awards. Specifically: Reviews award terms and conditions for acceptability and negotiates terms with sponsoring agency. Responsible for confirming award documents are compliant with the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit requirements for federal awards, state, university, and other funding agency guidelines. Assists faculty, staff and external constituents with compliance issues related to federal and industry contracts. Reviews and processes sub-awards for potential compliance issues with federal and other applicable regulations. Process documentation from subrecipients, approve requisitions of sub-awards and contracts. Summarizes and prepares reports for internal and external constituents, including FFATA. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Two years of experience. Excellent critical thinking, problem solving and organizational skills with the ability to multi-task effectively. Excellent written and oral communication skills with proven ability to effectively communicate with all levels of management, and interact regularly with other departments, faculty, and other outside agencies. Ability to manage workload and meet challenging deadlines with little guidance. Competence using office productivity applications, such as Microsoft Office tools and Excel. Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree in a related area from an accredited institution. Five years of experience in contract and grant management and compliance. An understanding of higher education organizations. An understanding of federal, state, and university regulations. Ability to explain award terms and conditions to both legal and non-legal individuals.

Work Hours

Typical hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Additional hours if/when needed.

Compensation and Benefits


Commensurate with education and experience

Benefits Information

Tennessee Tech. offers a competitive benefits package. Benefits include the accumulation of two vacation days per month and one sick leave day per month, and thirteen University holidays. Other benefits include medical and life insurance (shared cost with the university), retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits.

Posting Details

Posting Date


Screening Date


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants are required to electronically upload a cover letter, resume, copy of transcripts (official transcripts required upon hire), and complete contact information for three references. References will be contacted at a later date. Submission of materials is the applicant's responsibility. Applications without all required materials are incomplete and will not be considered.

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Transcripts
  4. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts 2
  2. Transcripts 3
  3. Other Documents
  4. Other Documents 2
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have at least two years of experience in an office setting?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * How did you hear about this job opportunity?

    (Open Ended Question)
Posted: 09/27/2022