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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis County
  • Salary: $48,547 - $60,695
  • Organization Type: Other

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has an immediate opportunity for a full time Contract Administrator to join the Accounting & Finance Department to assist in providing contract preparation, negotiation and record management associated with sponsored research. This position reports to the Director Sponsored Research Compliance and works closely with the Sponsored Research Team.


  • Review and negotiate sponsored research award agreements and amendments
  • Involvement in sponsored project award processing within the grant management system
  • Participates in the preparation, negotiation and administration of commercial, private and governmental contracts (and amendments) that comply with the Center’s policies and legal requirements.
    • Other agreement types include but are not limited to: Subaward Agreements
      Graduate Student Research Agreements
      Scientific Consulting Agreements
      Scientific Service Agreements
      Memorandum of Understanding
  • Maintains contract records and systems used to meet reporting and compliance requirements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Supervisor

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Demonstrate initiative and have a documented record of punctuality and dependability
  • Outstanding organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to effectively multi-task in a team-oriented environment
  • Strict attention to detail
  • Solid computer knowledge with proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint & Excel) and Outlook is required.
  • Must possess the ability to work independently and the ability to manage multiple, competing priorities while demonstrating professionalism and respect.
  • Actively contribute to a positive work environment with a high priority on teamwork.
  • The ideal candidate will be eager to learn and share knowledge and will possess a strong service commitment.
  • Excellent command of the English language and be comfortable with scientific and legal terminology.
  • Live the Danforth Center values: Collaboration, Diversity & Inclusion, Innovation, Integrity & Respect, Environmental Sustainability, and Stewardship


The successful candidate will:

  • Possess an associate’s degree (Bachelor’s preferred) with a minimum of 5 years of experience.
  • Experience in contracting administration, negotiation and management is preferred. Experience with federal grant regulations, terms and conditions and requirements is ideal.


  • Cover letter clearly describing research interest and career goals
  • Contact information for three (3) professional references
  • Interested candidates please apply to:

About the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center:

Founded in 1998, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is an independent, non-profit organization with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Our focus is scientific research at the nexus of food, energy and the environment to improve the productivity and sustainability of agriculture. We assemble interactive teams of scientists and develop unique platforms to discover underlying principles about how plants work. We then convert that knowledge into useful crops and products, and partner with organizations that are best positioned to solve problems where they exist around the world. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is proudly an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment decisions at the Danforth Center are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. It is our policy that the Danforth Center does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin and status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to access the information provided on this web site, please contact Human Resources, at 314-587-1033 for further assistance.