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 through the Law Divisions Contracts Office, and indirectly through the provision of advice and assistance to those program managers who have primary responsibility for establishing and maintaining contractual relationships. The Director of Contracts may also provide other general legal services to the National Trust as required.
The Director of Contracts oversees and administers the National Trusts contracts program. Under current National Trust policies, procurement or income-producing contracts valued at $50,000 or more are administered through the Contracts Office. Contracts valued at less than $50,000 may be administered by program offices, but the Contracts Office provides advice and assistance for those contracts on an as-needed basis. Consequently, the duties of the Director of Contracts include the following:
· In consultation with the applicable program office, 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, assistance, and training to National Trust staff to ensure compliance with National Trust procurement policies, applicable laws and regulations, and funding guidelines.
· Ensure compliance with any necessary internal concurrence process for contracts as may be required by National Trust policy prior to signature by the National Trust.
· Provide advice and assistance to program staff on how to resolve performance issues and contract disputes.
· Working with other staff members of the Law Division, address and resolve contract disputes and enforcement actions. If necessary, work with the General Counsels office and outside counsel to defend the National Trust from adverse claims by contractors.
· Maintain a central archive of electronic and hard-copy contract records.
· Supervise the work of the Contracts Associate.
· 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 four years experience in the practice of law, with direct experience in negotiating, drafting, and administering contracts; additional years professional experience is preferred.
· Prior experience managing and directing contracts for a non-profit corporation preferred; Experience with construction contracts, and specifically AIA contracting forms is preferred.