NORC Contract Administrator in Chicago, Illinois

Contract Administrator

Job no: 493848

Work type: Regular Full-Time

Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL

Capability Area: Purchasing


NORC at the University of Chicago seeks a Contracts Administrator in our Chicago office. This position is responsible for serving NORC senior staff, particularly Research Department Heads, in the development, negotiation, and administration of smaller, basic contracts, subcontracts, and purchase orders, to include modifications and closeouts of contracts. In addition, this position will work closely with senior contract staff to advise on and monitor issues related to oversight, control, and compliance with government accounting and financial management requirements, familiarity and/or working knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), OMB Uniform Guidance, as well as federal and commercial reporting requirements is required.


The NORC Contracts and Grants department serves both internal NORC departments and external partners. Staff members work hard to stay current with changing federal regulations through ongoing training and are responsible for federal compliance and reporting.​​


Works closely with senior contract staff to:

  • Prepare financial support documentation and administrative sections of proposals for smaller, less complex projects;

  • Negotiates and administers prime and sub-contracts;

  • Maintains official contractual communications between NORC and its clients;

  • Reviews financial status of contracts and resolve billing issues;

  • Advises research department heads and project managers in contractual issues;

  • Assists in organizational audits, when necessary

  • Assures contract compliance company-wide;

  • Troubleshoots and resolves specific contract issues with guidance from senior contract staff;

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university;

  • Minimum 2-3 years' contract administration experience;

  • Knowledge of Federal regulations, government cost accounting standards and federal regulations; strong familiarity with the full range of types; e.g. FFP, CPFF, CPAF, Time and Material and federal and commercial awards.

  • Ability to work with oversight while drawing upon knowledge of FAR, OMB Uniform Guidance, agency or client regulations, contract law, accounting standards and principles to successfully develop proper response and position.

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills including superior writing skills.

  • Ability to meet deadlines while juggling competing demands for time and resources.

  • Deltek Costpoint experience a plus.

  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.


NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, NORC has 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 NORC to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.

NORC conducts research in five main areas: Economics, Markets, and the Workforce; Education, Training, and Learning; Global Development; Health and Well-Being; and Society, Media, and Public Affairs.

We provide comprehensive and integrated services that span the research cycle, and offer solutions that anticipate and address critical needs in research and data science. We approach all work with deep technical expertise, a spirit of collaboration, and a commitment to scientific integrity.


As one of the oldest not-for-profit, academic research organizations in the United States, and through its affiliation with the University of Chicago, NORC maintains the highest standard of professional excellence and scientific rigor, and is committed to broad dissemination of its findings.


NORC’s subject matter experts and survey professionals develop and employ innovative study designs, research methods, and technical applications to derive meaningful and accurate results.


NORC cultivates an interdisciplinary culture of achievement in which senior investigators from diverse fields and professional backgrounds collaborate with the next generation of researchers in an open, collegial environment.


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: June 7, 2018Central Daylight Time

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