Contract Specialist (Procurement & Contract Specialist 2)

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's procurement section location in Portland, OR currently has a Full-Time opportunity for a Contracts Specialist to join an innovative team, and work to advance our agency mission to protect and improve Oregon's environment.
What you'll Do!
The incumbent will support the agency by planning and coordinating procurement activities and providing direction and assistance to customers in methods for procurement of goods, equipment and services. The incumbent will determine appropriate solicitation methods. Procurements may be varied, requiring a wide range of processes although procurements assigned will be less complex than those assigned to journey level contract specialists. The selected candidate will work to facilitate procurements and train customers in procurement processes, work with senior staff on business process improvements with a goal of long-term efficiency gains, collaborates with customers to translate program requirements into solicitation and contract specifications and terms, reviews selection documentation, identifies appropriate process and forms; ensures appropriate fund codes are applied to requisitions / agreements/invoices; provides guidelines, policies and procedures and training to managers and staff.
What's in it for you?
Collaboration in an open office with a team of bright, mission driven individuals to work with and learn from. We offer full medical, vision and dental with paid sick leave, vacation, 24 hours of personal leave (fiscal year), and ten paid holidays per year. Consider applying today! This is a full-time position, represented by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 333, located at DEQ Headquarters in Portland, OR.
Working Conditions
Work is conducted in an office environment with heavy use of phones and personal computers. Work involves frequent interruptions and short deadlines. Overtime and statewide travel may occasionally be required.
This recruitment will remain open until filled. First review of applications will begin October 8, 2018., but we may close the announcement at any time after this date when we have received an adequate number of applications. We cannot guarantee that we will consider applications received after this screening date. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.
Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills
Minimum Qualifications
Four (4) years experience in the procurement of goods and services through purchase orders and contract agreements; or experience putting together or administering standard contracts or agreements.
Two (2) of the four (4) years must have included deciding and writing specifications for the purchase of goods and services or developing and administering service contracts.
A Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, or a related degree that included course work in general business management, contract or business law, accounting, finance or economics can substitute for three(3) of the four (4) years.
Requested Skills (Desired Attributes):
Knowledge of governmental or fund accounting and fund sources.
Experience as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to other professional and technical procurement staff.
Excellent organizational skills.
High attention to detail.
Ability to work effectively under pressure.
Experience with workload management and prioritization.
Excellent customer service skills.
Demonstrated ability communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing, to diverse individuals from all levels of an organization.
Knowledge of bid/quotation criteria and processes, ability to analyze bids and quotations and apply evaluation criteria, statutes and rules.
Experience applying State of Oregon public contracting laws, rules, policies, and procedures.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office software.
Experience with the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN).
Preference may be given to applicants who possess one or more of the following certifications:
State of Oregon ? Oregon Procurement Basic Certification (OPBC) or Oregon Procurement Advanced Certification (OPAC).
National Association of Purchasing Management ? Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM).
National Institute of Governmental Purchasing ? Certified Public Purchasing Buyer (CPPB) or Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO).
Note: If you possess any of the above certifications, please attach copies of your certification(s) to your online application.
Additional Information
To apply, please follow these steps:
Complete the application, and a cover letter. You must attach a cover letter of not more than two (2) pages, describing how your experience and education qualifies you for the position, how you meet the requested skills for this position, and why you are interested in this position.
. Please do not attach a resume or position description in place of a completed application. Again, applications must be completed fully. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we do not review any attachments that we do not ask for.
The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet all of the minimum and special qualifications listed above. If it does not, we are required to disqualify it.
Complete the supplemental questions. Answers to the supplemental questions must be substantiated with the experience you listed in the work experience section of the application.
Please note that your responses may also be evaluated for grammar, spelling and punctuation.
To receive credit for higher education coursework, transcripts (official or unofficial) must be submitted at the time of application. Note: To protect your confidential information, please redact (black out) your social security number on all transcripts before attaching to your application.
If you are an eligible veteran and wish to claim veterans' preference points AND you also meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the points will be added to your score. To receive veterans' preference points you MUST attach the following required documentation to your electronic application.
A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference.
A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; AND a copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.
For more information on veterans' preference points visit www.oregonjobs.org, and select veterans' preference.
Work Authorization
The Oregon DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.
Driver License
This position requires you to possess and maintain a current valid license to drive issued by the state of residence OR provide an acceptable, alternate form of transportation.
Pay Equity
As an employer the State of Oregon complies with the Pay Equity Bill. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class in the payment of wages or screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. We determine salary from applicable professional experience and education. Please visit http://www.oregon.gov/das/hr/pages/equity.aspx for more information.
If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to email Jamaal Gulledge at jamaal.gulledge@state.or.us or 503-229-5107. TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900. If you have application login problems, get an error message during the application process, or are experiencing other technical (computer related) difficulties, please call the NEOGOV help line for assistance at 1-855-524-5627. You can also e-mail NEOGOV for support at support@governmentjobs.com.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is a regulatory agency whose job is to protect the quality of Oregon's environment.
DEQ strives to create inclusive environments that welcome and value the diversity of the people we serve. DEQ fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create workplace environments where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, physical stature, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation and any other factor applicable by state or federal law.
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