Contracts Associate

Posting Number: #1130

Position Title: Contracts Associate

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Remote (California)

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The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Position Summary

The Contracts Associate provides support for procurement, alliance with prime award terms and conditions, contract development, subaward administration and compliance, program requests for information, and third-party goods and services.  In support of the drafters in the Office of Research Administration and Agreements (ORAA) Department, the Contracts Associate position has responsibility for managing the pre-drafting stages of the ORAA requests process in order to support the drafting and negotiation process of ORAA Contracts Analyst, Contract Administrators, and Senior Contract Administrators.

The Contracts Associate independently manages business processes through administrative and financial systems (including PeopleSoft) and the ORAA systems (including Salesforce). The Contracts Associate coordinates inter-/intra-departmental contract flow-down and regulatory compliance and ensures compliance with all post-award agreements.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Works under the general direction of Senior Contract Administrators and Directors on the ORAA team to support a mixed portfolio of agreements flowing down from a wide range of funding sources, including federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, and industry sponsors.
  • Reviews agreement request packages  and related back-up documentation; interfaces with programs to ensure clarity and completeness of all required documents.
  • Reviews ORAA inquiries and ensures timeline escalation of high priority issues, while also resolving inquiries not requiring escalation.
  • Reviews agreement budgets to ensure accuracy and compliance with related prime awards; interfaces with programs and G&C Specialists to make necessary adjustments.
  • Makes initial determinations of agreement instruments and transaction types on the basis of transaction taxonomy and, if requested, provides feedback to programs and G&C on the determination.
  • Confirms with G&C Specialists on key compliance issues related to the prime award’s agreement and budget using the agreement review checklist tool.
  • Tracks the status of agreement packages from request through issuance in coordination with the Contracts Administrators, Senior Contracts Administrators and assigned G&C administrative team member.
  • Sets-up purchase order in financial system of record and ensures PO number is inserted in appropriate location in all agreement-related documents.
  • Supports Contracts Administrators and Senior Contracts Administrators in identifying routine changes being requested by programs or third parties of key agreement clauses for revision consideration.
  • Maintains the process flow of agreements and documents including documentation of drafts in ORAA files as requested by Senior Contract Administrators and Directors.
  • Understands PHI’s Purchasing and Procurement Procedures; reviews all procurement documentation for completeness and provides feedback and/or guidance to programs on procurement related matters.
  • Serves as a resource to programs and G&C on contracting policies and procedures, agreement package processing, procurement policies and procedures, and related functions.
  • Reviews subrecipient administration and monitoring documents to ensure compliance with requirements and escalating.
  • Assists Senior Contract Administrators and Directors with roll-out of subrecipient monitoring activities, in particular conducting compliance reviews of subcontractor and subrecipient invoice documentation.
  • Contributes to annual subrecipient monitoring procedures by securing documentation (including updated audit reports) and preparing content for internal review in compliance with federal regulations. Assists with distributing letters to outside parties, tracking responses in our database, and conducting follow-up as needed.
  • Provides input into ORAA Departments trainings for Central departments and Programs, FAQs, and continuous improvement process.
  • Updates and maintains ORAA system with real-time data about outside party agreements to support program needs, including satisfaction of informational requests for managerial and operational functions.
  • Is cross trained on the usage of the ORAA system by both divisions of ORAA in order to provide surge and cross support as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Minimum five (5) years of related experience, including experience in reviewing, drafting routine business contracts, subcontracts, subawards, and/or awards.
  • Experience in implementing procurement policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of federal rules, regulations and other compliance requirements.
  • Ability to analyze and review complex terms, processes, and documents, including professional service or commodity contracts.
  • Experience ensuring agreement compliance with organizational policies, governmental regulations, and funder requirements.
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to manage relationships with broad and diverse constituencies.
  • Excellent customer support orientation.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and strategic thinking skills in solving problems.
  • Experience with budget review, and related analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated administrative abilities including strong attention to detail and organization.
  • Experience contributing to and/or revising business policies and procedures in response to changes in workflow and/or regulatory environments.
  • Experience working cross-functionally and developing strong working relationships across teams; demonstrated ability to collaborate in a team environment and work independently.
  • Ability to work in an organization with an entrepreneurial culture that operates in a highly regulated environment.
  • Experience working in contract and/or financial management systems (Salesforce and PeopleSoft experience preferred) and comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).


  • Associates degree required, or substitute with two additional years of related experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a business oriented field preferred.

Important Information

In compliance with the requirements of President Biden’s Executive Order 14042, “Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors”, the Public Health Institute has adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires employees in certain positions to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law. The PHI Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy applies to this position. Employees must be fully vaccinated before January 4, 2022, if hired before that date; or be fully vaccinated prior to their employment start date, if hired after January 4, 2022.

EEO Statement

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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