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Senior Contract Administrator

Job Description

Position Number:



Contract Administrator

Functional Title:

Senior Contract Administrator

Category Status:

33-Exempt Regular

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:



VPA-Procurement & Business Services-AVP Administration

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the stateís flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nationís legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nationís capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

UMD is seeking a dynamic individual with strong people, process, time management and contract administration skills to join the Universityís Strategic Sourcing and eProcurement Team. This position is responsible for specialized and professional contract administration work of a complex nature involving the preparation, management, award, administration and close-out of university wide strategic sourcing events and resulting contracts. This senior level position works closely with the Manager of Strategic Sourcing to plan upcoming sourcing events and to administer large, complex strategic contracts made available for use across the university and in some cases across the University System of Maryland. This is a hybrid telework eligible role.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education (including licenses, certification, etc.):
Bachelorís degree from an accredited college or university.

Seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in sourcing, procurement, and contract administration for commodities, technical items, professional, and construction services, and other spending areas needed for university operations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to conduct effective negotiations for the most complex and difficult contract modifications and claims, terms, and conditions, and settlement for competitively negotiated contracts, with the ability to maintain the proper degree of business equity when dealing with private industry and in seeking University management approvals.
  • Knowledge of strategic sourcing contracting methods and the need for extensive collaboration across the campus.
  • Demonstrated skills and ability to perform extensive computations on cost/price data analysis, including review of cost breakdowns to determine reasonableness.
  • In-depth knowledge of contractual techniques, best practices for strategic sourcing efforts, data gathering and analysis, strategic contract planning on a multi-year basis, familiarity with the application of consortia-based contracts and eProcurement catalog management, contract life cycle management and other innovations necessary to satisfy and deliver a broad range of campus customers when there are common needs.
  • Knowledge of procurement, contract management, communications, and methods to build consensus across wide tracks of individuals.
  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Office suite.
  • Orientation and focus towards providing quality and timely completion of contract management objectives and administration.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with an orientation towards teamwork and collaboration.


  • Masters or Bachelorís Degree in, Business Management, Construction Management, or a related field.
  • Former strategic contract management experience desired.
  • Background in educational, institutional, or public sector procurement.

Additional Certifications:

Professional procurement certifications such as Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM), Certified Professional Public Officer (CPPO), and Project Management Professional (PMP) are desired.

Job Risks

Not Applicable to This Position

Physical Demands

This is an in-office position that adheres to a standard work schedule. The majority of time is spent sitting at a desk at a computer workstation, and moving around the office to assist customers. Limited travel around the campus, and off-campus, may be necessary.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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