Construction, General Commercial/Contracts Law, Non-Profit Associations
The Director of Contracts provides corporate legal services to the National Trust in soliciting, negotiating, drafting, processing, administering, and enforcing contracts both directly through contracts managed by the Law Division’s Contracts Office and indirectly by giving advice and assistance to program managers who have the primary responsibility for establishing and maintaining contractual relationships. The Director of Contracts may also provide other general legal services to the organization as assigned.
The Director of Contracts oversees and administers the National Trust’s contracts. The Contracts Office administers all procurement and income-producing contracts with a value of over $50,000. Contracts of $50,000 or less are generally administered directly by program offices; however, the Director of Contracts regularly provides advice and assistance for those contracts on an as-needed basis. The duties of the Director of Contracts include the following:
Consult closely with program offices to draft, negotiate, review, and/or revise proposed procurement and income-generating contracts.
Prepare and administer requests for proposals and other competitive selection processes for procurement transactions and/or provide guidance and assistance to program staff carrying out competitive selection processes.
Provide advice and assistance to staff to ensure compliance with the organization’s procurement policies, applicable laws and regulations, and funding guidelines.
Conduct regular trainings for new and current staff regarding procurement policies and coordinate other legal trainings with Law Division staff.
Ensure compliance with the internal concurrence process prior to executing contracts.
Provide advice and assistance to program staff on how to resolve performance issues and contract disputes.
Work with the Deputy General Counsel and other staff to address and resolve contractual disputes and enforcement actions. Coordinate with outside counsel regarding adverse claims by contractors that cannot be amicably resolved.
Maintain a central archive of electronic and hard-copy contract records.
Maintain and regularly update a set of model contract documents for use by the organization and Contracts Office.
Maintain and regularly update the organization’s contracting policies.
Stay up to date with current legal issues and best practices related to contract administration and risk mitigation.
Promote and track organization’s inclusion and use of Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprise vendors. Work with staff to broaden the Trust’s outreach to MWBE networks.
Supervise contract-related work of the Legal Coordinator.
PAY & BENEFITS
This is a full-time, exempt level position, eligible for full benefits, including health, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits, and 3+ weeks of vacation, plus sick time and holidays.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this and most other National Trust positions at our DC headquarters will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future (currently projected through June 2021).
Hiring Range: $80-95,000 per year
Law Degree and member in good standing of the D.C. bar or a state bar (and eligible to waive into D.C.); total years of professional experience must include not less than three years’ experience in the practice of law, with experience in negotiating, drafting, and administering contracts.
Prior experience managing and directing contracts for a non-profit corporation preferred; experience with construction contracts, specifically AIA contracting forms, is preferred.
Familiarity with regulations applicable to state and federal grants to non-profit corporations preferred. Experience with state and federal government contracts is a plus.
Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization and risk assessment and mitigation.
Advanced project-management and client-management skills and ability to collegially collaborate across divisions and with external stakeholders to achieve results with only general supervision.
Ability to prioritize and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests and meet deadlines in a timely fashion, with the ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment.
Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills and verbal and written communications skills are essential.
Demonstrated success in outreach to and engagement of diverse vendors a plus. Membership in or connections to culturally diverse professional and business networks a plus.
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel required.
About National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a national 501c3 non-profit, protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direction action and inspiring broad public support.