Contracts Specialist - Washington, DC


Cogent Communications is a global, Tier 1 facilities-based ISP, consistently ranked as one of the top five networks in the world and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the ticker symbol CCOI. Cogent specializes in providing businesses with high speed Internet access and Ethernet transport services. Cogent's facilities-based, all-optical IP network backbone provides IP services globally. Since its inception, Cogent has unleashed the benefits of IP technology, building one of the largest and highest capacity IP networks in the world. This network enables Cogent to offer large bandwidth connections at highly competitive prices. Cogent also offers superior customer support by virtue of its end-to-end control of service delivery and network monitoring. A competitive base salary and a full benefits package including; Health, Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off (PTO), Short- and Long-Term Disability, Life Insurance, Holidays, Parental Leave, 401(k) plan with employer match, stock options, and an Employee Assistance Program. Most benefits take effect within 30 days of employment, and some require a waiting period.

Job Summary:

The legal department of Cogent Communications seeks a contracts specialist to work with the legal team at Cogent’s headquarters in Washington, DC. This is an in-office position and does not have a remote or hybrid work option. You will be joining a small legal department consisting of four lawyers, three legal assistants and the company’s corporate secretary.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • This position is responsible for the negotiation and the management of commercial contracts. More specifically, this position will support Cogent’s specific contract needs including, but not limited to, telecommunications service agreements, right of way agreements, licensing agreements, statements of work, and/or vendor contracts and forms.
  • Your primary daily responsibilities will be to draft, review and negotiate contracts according to Cogent’s strategy and appropriate terms and conditions. You will coordinate with internal legal counsel, subject matter experts, and business unit/support organization management for acceptance of any non-standard agreement terms where and when necessary. You will be responsible for all aspects of the contract from agreement review, drafting and negotiating to document execution and filing.
  • Additional responsibilities include: reviewing orders and statements of work to ensure compliance and conformity with the underlying agreements and review and summary of pertinent provisions of existing agreement; and working with the legal assistants to maintain contract databases and documentation, ensuring accurate record-keeping and retrieval of contract-related information.
  • This position offers a significant amount of responsibility and autonomy while working within a small, collegial legal team.


  • Five years of experience negotiating and administering contracts, with a solid understanding of contracting terms and principles and risk management.
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines. Able to work independently with multiple deadlines.
  • Attention to detail.

Physical Requirements:

  • Remains in a sitting/stationary position continually or almost continually during the work day
  • Operates a computer and performs desk-based computer tasks continually; frequently viewing a computer screen
  • Rarely lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling objects and/or equipment that weighs up to 50 pounds

COVID-19 Policy:

Cogent has adopted a mandatory vaccination and booster policy which requires all U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated with one booster against COVID-19. Prior to beginning employment, new employees must provide proof of vaccination or apply for and receive an accommodation to be exempt from the policy.

By submitting an application or resume for this position, I understand that is an in-office position and agree to abide Cogent’s mandatory vaccination policy.

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Cogent Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.