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21 Oct 2022

Full-Time Senior Design & Construction Contracts Specialist – SENIO002338

Sound Transit – Posted by Sound Transit Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Description

Salary range is $60k to $130k, with a midpoint of $95k.  New hires typically receive between minimum and midpoint, however, we may go slightly higher based on experience, internal equity and market.


This senior specialist position manages both the procurement and contract administration related functions for architectural & engineering, public works, more complex alternative public works, and construction services for Sound Transit’s capital improvement and expansion program. The position will analyze complex issues, provides guidance to internal and external stakeholders, and ensures compliance with all applicable regulations to design and construct Sound Transit’s capital projects.

Delivery methods typically utilized in this position include Design-Build, General Contractor/ Construction Manager (GC/CM), Request for Qualifications, Invitation for Bids, Small Works, Job Order Contracting (JOC) task orders, and Architectural & Engineering work orders.


The following duties are a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

• Analyzes procurements to determine appropriate procurement approach while also serving as subject matter expert to department staff on procurement policies, procedures, and applicable regulations.

• Develops and manages the procurement process for public works, alternative public works, and architectural & engineering projects. This includes establishing the procurement schedule, advertisement, pre-submittal/bid meeting, project site visit, evaluation, selection, negotiation, award, and execution while ensuring compliance with federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and internal policies and procedures.

• Guides and assists project teams in the development of project scope, selection criteria, and scoring.  Reviews and recommends changes to technical specifications to ensure compliance with federal, state laws, rules, regulations, and internal policies and procedures.

• Analyzes contract requirements, special provisions, terms, and conditions to ensure compliance with appropriate laws, regulations, and policies and procedures.

• Conducts responsive/responsibility reviews and use professional judgement in determining responsiveness.

• Manages the negotiation process for architectural & engineering and alternative public works including developing negotiation strategies, performing cost/price analyses, and negotiating contract terms and conditions.

• Ensures contracts include agreed upon terms, conditions, costs, and other required items and execute between all parties. Ensure contract files include all essential documentation and the file is accurate and complete for audit purposes.

• Debriefs unsuccessful submitters and respond to all protests and public disclosure requests.

• Provides guidance to project team members and the contractor or consultant on contractual terms and conditions, applicable federal, state, and local requirements, and internal policies and procedures.

• Resolves minor contractual disputes and contribute to the resolution of major contractual disputes between Sound Transit and the consultant or contractor.

• Manages change order process and ensure change orders comply with all federal and state regulations as well as internal policies and procedures. Regularly attend change management meetings.

• Ensures invoices are compliant with contract terms and conditions prior to payment.

• Manages contract close out functions in accordance with contractual requirements and state law.

• Trains and mentors developing professional-level positions on all types of projects and delivery methods.

• Leads or assists with the creation or revision of contract documents, forms, processes, and procedures.

• Creates or modifies training materials and assist with the training of internal and external departments and stakeholders.

• Ensures internal database information is current, accurate, and updated in a timely manner.

• Creates, prepares, reviews, and presents reports as requested.

• Provides support to the division on matters as directed.

• Serves on internal and external committees, attend and participate in professional group meetings, and maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to the Procurement and Contracts Division.

• Communicates with internal departments and outside agencies, consultants, contractors, and the public through presentations, outreach events, conferences, and other events.

• Champions and models Sound Transit’s core values and demonstrates values-based behaviors in everyday interactions across the agency.

• Contributes to a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in alignment with Sound Transit’s Equity & Inclusion Policy.

• It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.

• It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices.

• Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in business administration, public administration, contract management, construction, or closely related field and four years of experience in purchasing/ contract services work, preferably with alternative delivery and construction related contracting experience; Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

• None.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:  

• CPPB or other equivalent procurement certification.

• DBIA Associate or Professional certification.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

• Excellent customer service.

• Effective communication skills.

• Ability to work within multiple teams in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

• Ability to lead internal and external division or agency initiatives.

• Ability to use independent judgment and creativity to resolve most contractual issues while performing all functions independently. Complex issues involving external departments, or the public, are resolved with support from the Supervisor.

• Extensive knowledge of the procurement and contracting methods listed above.

• Understand of the federal and state laws, rules and regulations for the procurement and administration of public works and architectural-engineering services for capital improvement projects.

Physical Demands / Work Environment:  

• Majority of work is performed in a standard office environment or field office.

• Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, climbing stairs/ladders, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds.

• Ability to wear and operate safety gear when on site.

• The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.

Sound Transit is an equal employment opportunity employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment action 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: business administration, Construction, contract management, and public administration.

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