NORC Contracts Manager in Chicago, Illinois

Contracts Manager

Job no: 494683Work type: Regular Full-TimeLocation: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, ILCapability Area: Contracts and Grants


Join NORC at the University of Chicago as a Contracts Manager in our Chicago office. Take on this leadership position managing a complex contract portfolio while training, managing, mentoring, and developing a team of contracts professionals. This is an opportunity to impact one of the nation's most respected nonprofit, nonpartisan, and objective research institutions through the contracts function which is vital to the operation and continued growth of the organization.


NORC’s Contracts department is a growing and closely-knit group of contracts and legal professionals that drafts, reviews, and negotiates NORC’s more than 1,500 legal agreements annually. Contracts also manages and advises on a wide variety of privacy, data governance, audit, and conflicts matters to ensure regulatory compliance. Our Contracts department is a dynamic and highly visible team within a growing nonprofit organization. In taking responsibility for assessing and advising on any potential risk to the organization, we are integral to ensuring NORC’s success.

The Purchasing team is nested within the Contracts and Grants department and is responsible for the negotiation and procurement of materials, equipment, and supplies from vendors. The team coordinates sourcing activities including competitive bidding, and develops and maintains supplier relationships in compliance with NORC policies and federal, state and/or local requirements.


  • Promote the department goals and missions

  • Supervise other Contracts and Grants staff members including managing a team of junior and senior level direct reports

  • Manage a complex contracts portfolio and

  • Ensure subcontractor compliance by reviewing subcontractor proposal submissions

  • Review NORC proposal budgets and subcontractors' budgets prior to submission to the client

  • Collaborate with the Purchasing team to ensure small businesses are included in our database, ensures project staff remain aware of their committed subcontracting goals

  • Oversee contractor relationships to ensure contract compliance, generation of progress, schedules, and other status reports, invoices and supporting documents in a timely manner

  • Administer contracts close out process, finalizing outstanding contract issues, invoices, and contractor performance evaluations

  • Establish relationships with internal and external management with respect to project contracting activities


  • Bachelor's degree required (MBA, JD or related advanced degree preferred)

  • At least 7 years of experience in all aspects of pre/post award contract administration activities under government funded contracts and the FAR/DFAR

  • Significant experience managing, training and mentoring staff

  • Strong knowledge of federal cost accounting standards(as applicable to nonprofit organizations a plus)

  • Excellent leadership, communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills

  • Strong organizational, analytical, critical thinking, and time management skills

  • Expertise in Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR); strong familiarity with the full range of contract types such as. FFP, CPFF, CPAF, Time and Material, and federal awards

  • Thorough knowledge of a variety of agency supplements, subcontracts, nondisclosure, and teaming agreements

  • Strong track record in contract negotiation, subcontracting, purchasing, and pricing experience

  • Highly skilled in all aspects of proposal lifecycle including bid development, project cost proposals and analyses, compliance with federal government regulations and contract closeout

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required



NORC is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, our teams have conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.


For over 75 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which we’re known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.


NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. NORC evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally- protected characteristics.

Advertised: January 4, 2019Central Standard TimeApplications close: