Contract Specialist 1, Technology

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Administrative Services


Under the general direction of the University Director of Procurement Contracting & Compliance and/or the Senior Contract Specialist for Technology, this role will utilize existing policies, procedures, and statutes to draft and negotiate terms and conditions for the University’s information technology and telecommunications contracts, including but not limited to contracts for IT hardware, software, maintenance/support and consulting services. 


Drafts and negotiates IT contract language (e.g., contracts for the purchase or licensing of computer hardware, software, SaaS, cloud storage, system maintenance/support, and IT consulting services). Responsible for preparation and legal review of contracts and agreements submitted to the Office of the General Counsel and Office of the Attorney General. Collaborates with internal customer departments and colleagues within Purchasing, as needed, to draft clear contracts that accurately capture the negotiated business terms. Responsible for the administration of all contractual activities for University Procurement Contracting & Compliance, as they relate to the needs of the University community. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and four years of related experience in a comparable environment OR Associate’s degree in a related field and six years of experience in a comparable environment OR equivalent combination of education and experience which totals at least 8 years of professional contracting experience in a comparable environment. 
  • Experience drafting and negotiating IT contract language in an academic, corporate, or similar environment. 
  • Knowledge of contract law and applicable federal and state procurement statutes. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Suite.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certification.
  • Experience developing and executing complex contracting strategies that maximize workflow efficiencies, process improvements, and operational performance.
  • Knowledge of the differences between various types of software licenses, subscriptions, SaaS and cloud computing, and experience negotiating IT contract language to address the risks related to each type of arrangement.
  • Understanding of data privacy and security laws and regulations applicable to IT contracts.
  • Ability to analyze business trends and assess organizational needs, communicate those needs to vendors, evaluate contracts to determine technical compliance, and resolve discrepancies.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and manage multiple projects.


This is a full-time position at the Storrs campus working Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The starting salary for this position will be $75,000-$85,000 and will be determined based on the successful candidate’s experience and training. The Department is currently working under a hybrid work schedule requiring all staff to be on the Storrs campus two (2) days per week and working remotely three (3) days per week. This schedule may change subject to authorization and University policy. This position includes an excellent benefits package including medical and retirement, as well as employee and tuition waivers at the University of Connecticut. Other rights, terms, and conditions of employment are contained in the collective bargaining agreement between the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Professional Employees Association (UCPEA).


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #497999 to upload a letter of applicationresume, and contact information for three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notice to the successful candidate(s). Screening will begin immediately. For detailed information about this position and the Department, please visit  

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on March 8, 2024. 

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