Contracts Coordinator  What They Do

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dotContracts coordinators are very busy people. They often have several projects on the go at one time, all of which might be at different stages. Although their specific duties will vary depending upon the industry they're working in, they will often perform a variety of administrative and financial functions.

dotContracts coordinators prepare budgets and plans and review applications for funding. They read and write contracts and interpret and develop guidelines. They also process accounting reports, progress reports and performance reports. They work closely with all levels of staff.

dotMost contracts coordinators work in an office environment. However, they may work in several different industries. These include health, education (often in universities and colleges), charitable organizations, private industry and government agencies.

Some people in these positions work more than the standard 40-hour workweek. Velvet Hunter is a technical consultant in a government finance department in Tennessee. She says she usually works a 10-hour day.

Although contracts coordinators generally work Monday to Friday, overtime may be required if deadlines are approaching. Contracts coordinators may also be required to do some traveling, often between branch offices and the head office or between the office and vendors' offices.

dotWorking as a contracts coordinator is more mentally demanding than it is physically demanding, says Kathy Dunstan. She is a contracts coordinator at a hospital. Therefore, people with physical disabilities would generally not be limited in this type of job.

At a Glance

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  • You can work in a wide range of industries
  • You need good communication skills
  • Different industries require different types of education, but count on getting a university degree