Grants and Contracts Manager 4

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Business Services Office
Full/Part Time:


The Penn State Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) Business Services Office of is seeking a Grants and Contracts Manager (G&CM) to provide leadership for contracts, grants, and subcontract/consulting activities at ARL. The G&CM will oversee the contract-related pre-award, post-award, and closeout activities for contracts and subcontract/consulting agreements. This position will supervise the contracts and subcontracts staff and is the point of contact for ARL staff involving policies, regulations, and guidelines pertinent to ARL. Responsibilities include: Driving the vision and mission consistently and effectively integrating them into all aspects of the department; ensuring compliance in all areas related to contract management, including: sponsoring regulatory guidelines and internal policies; assigning responsibility for department personnel to achieve ARL and University goals; utilizing excellent contract management skills; providing guidance to employees on negotiation and conflict resolution strategies; performing as a liaison between the ARL Director, CFO, and Contracts employees to ensure proper flow-down of objectives; utilizing high-level, advanced communication skills regarding complex contracting situations; effectively working with stakeholders critical to the success of ARL and the University; conducting discussions and negotiations with sponsors, partners, and licensees on behalf of ARL and the University; working with peers external to ARL and the University; developing and/or ensuring implementation of internal policies; developing and/or recommending changes in organizational procedures; coordinating development of Request for Proposals (RFP) to ensure appropriate level of specificity, feasibility, alignment with budget allocations, and/or other parameters; performing as delegated Associate Director to review and approve all proposals and agreements requiring University signatory; and development and execution of Contracts ARL strategic plan. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience requirements include: prior government contracting or sponsored research; prior leadership or supervisory experience with in contracts organizations; a Contracting subject matter expert. Required skills and abilities include: extensive knowledge of Federal guidelines/procedures for government contracting, specifically with Department of Defense; proven ability to provide leadership, management, and training; flexibility to work several tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines; strong communication skills, both written and verbal; highly efficient computer Microsoft Office skills; proactive and action-oriented work style; ability to positively impact diversity in the workplace; ability to educate staff on the principles of grant and contract administration; and ability to provide advice and guidance on a wide range of complex issues. Candidate selected will be subject to a government security investigation. You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and credit check. The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088