Contract Administrator

We are looking for a Contract Administrator to serve as the primary interface between APL program/financial managers and government Contracting Officers. This Contract Administrator will lead pre- and post-award contract formation and manage activities for a portfolio of moderately complex government contracts.

Active Security Clearance is required.

We are The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development. We are located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Duties of this position include:

  • Provide pre-award contracting support to program/financial managers and other stakeholders including interfacing with prospective sponsors, advising on contracting strategies, reviewing solicitation documents and draft contract terms and conditions for risk and acceptability, providing inputs to and review of proposals, formulating and executing negotiation strategies, and interfacing with Contracting Officers to ensure timely awards.
  • Provide post-award contracting support to program/financial managers and other stakeholders including negotiating/administering a wide range of task orders and contract modifications, providing advice and interfacing with Contracting Officers ensuring seamless contractual coverage, and maintaining contract data in files and Laboratory business systems. [50%]
  • Provide contracting advice and training to program/financial managers and other stakeholders.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of updates and improvements to contracting and Laboratory business policies and procedures, processes, systems and tools aimed at increasing efficiency, productivity, and flexibility.

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business or related field with 5 years of professional experience in federal government contracting. Practical experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), DFARS and other FAR Supplements.
  • Ability to:
  • Form close and effective partnerships with program/financial managers, Contracting Officers and other internal/external stakeholders.
  • Accurately assess contractual risks, and creatively and effectively manage them.
  • Multi-task, meet aggressive deadlines and independently solve problems.
  • Strong negotiation skills and ability to communicate effectively at all organizational levels.
  • Proficient with the MS Office suite of software, notably Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Experience leading small teams and special projects to successful outcomes.

Desired Qualifications:

  • DOD prime contracting experience
  • Active Top Secret clearance


Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.


APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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