King CountySeattle 98104
Full Time

Knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices, and understanding of the effects of place, race, and policy and systems-based inequities on marginalized communities and populations.

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Contract Specialist Iii

King County
Full Time 40 per week 401 5th Ave #500, Seattle, WA 98104, United States Apply before 9/30/2023 11:59


The Department of Community and Human Services values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with lived experiences.

King County's  provides equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, and connected to community.

DCHS is looking for a skilled, knowledgeable, highly motivated, and enthusiastic team player to collaboratively help lead the Contracts & Procurement Unit, which develops, implements, and oversees compliance with county and department contracting and procurement processes. This includes a portfolio of government funds with complex funding sources, including federal, state, and local funding, in various human service programs.

The Contract Specialist III is a professional classification that reports directly to the DCHS Contract & Procurement Manager and plays a key leadership support role in developing and implementing efficient and effective procurement processes for human service programs across DCHS. In addition, the Contract Specialist III supports staff with major procurement and contracting responsibilities in various work units. The desired candidate has significant expertise in government procurement, contract management, and experience with organizational change. Duties may also expand to include supervision and evaluation of the work of others. The ideal candidate will also prioritize social justice and equity and will commit to creating forward progress in transforming the health of the population in King County.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. Interviews for this selection process will take place on or around October 17, 2023, and may include a written exercise.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Candidates who wish to be considered for this position must submit an online King County application and respond to the supplemental questions. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the requested and relevant information in the online application and supplemental questionnaire. Applications and/or supplemental questionnaires that state, “see my resume” are considered incomplete and will not be considered to be competitive.

Additional Job Information

WORK SCHEDULE/CONDITIONS: This position is scheduled to work 40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm. This position meets the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible with supervisory pre-approval. This position is represented by PROTEC17.

MISSION CRITICAL POSITION STATUS: This position has been designated Non-Mission Critical. Unless otherwise directed by the County Executive, department director or agency head, all employees, regardless of designation, are expected to report to work or request leave during an emergency or inclement weather. For more detailed information, please visit and the .

TELEWORKING REQUIREMENT: The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of teleworking complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the . King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
King County has a robust collection of  to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment. 

RECRUITER: Susan Churchill, 

Job Duties
  • Supports the preparation and implementation of competitive solicitations, including creating new procurement or contracting methods; coordinates public pre-bid/pre-proposal meetings; opens submittals and assures compliance with bid or proposal requirements.
  • Reviews, drafts, and advises program staff on all terms and conditions on a variety of contracts implementing human and related services throughout the department.
  • Assists Contracts & Procurement Manager in creating and implementing department wide contracting policies and procedures and provides direction and training for other DCHS program staff in the requirements and regulations concerning the contract process.
  • Provides lead direction and training for project managers, contract monitoring/compliance team members, administrative staff and/or other Contract Specialists.
  • Regularly meets with program work units to identify programs needed for RFP, design appropriate alternative procurement approaches, and ensure process meets all applicable federal, state, and county requirements.
  • Works with Prosecuting Attorney and Risk Management to cooperatively resolve contract and procurement issues, and to maintain contract templates.
  • Works with subject matter experts to edit scopes of work, technical specifications, and other solicitation/contract documents for clarity and consistency.
  • Coordinates program, finance, evaluation and administrative teams to support RFP and contract processes.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
  • Recent professional experience of 5 or more years of progressively responsible experience in contracting, including developing contracts and amendments, procuring and negotiating contracts in the public sector, and reviewing contract documents for compliance with relevant procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Experience with contract administration and federal, state, and county statutes and regulations pertaining to procurement of human service contracts.
  • Experience and knowledge of procurement theory, principles and practices; contract development; and contract negotiations.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision and management, with skill in leading teams and making public presentations.
  • Experience facilitating discussion, resolving conflict, and finding creative solutions to contract and procurement issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide excellent customer service to interested parties both within and outside the organization.
  • Experience streamlining work processes, improving operations, and decreasing turnaround time in procurement and contracting processes.
  • Demonstrated experience prioritizing workloads, working successfully under pressure with tight timelines, changing priorities, and ambiguous information.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with program staff and to interface effectively with County officials and senior management.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office suite.

Desired Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Knowledge of equity and social justice principles and practices, and understanding of the effects of place, race, and policy and systems-based inequities on marginalized communities and populations.
  • Experience interpreting and applying local, state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Experience working collaboratively on a team.
Supplemental Information

Forbes named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference?  dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our , we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles - we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

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