The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) is searching for an RFP and Contract Development Attorney to assist with legal support of its cooperative purchasing program (NASPO ValuePoint), focusing on the development and drafting of Requests for Proposal (RFP), contracts, and other legal documents and templates. This position will report to NASPO's Chief Legal Officer and work with NASPO staff, procurement professionals, and attorneys across various states and levels of government.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. General Legal Support. This Position requires the ability to work with teams from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories. This position will be required to:
- Provide NASPO ValuePoint staff, as well as cooperative sourcing teams, in conjunction with the legal services provided by their own in-state attorneys otherwise advising lead states, with legal assistance as needed to develop cooperative solicitation documents, negotiate cooperative contract terms and conditions, and resolve bid disputes, protests, and appeals.
- Establish and enhance relationships with state chief procurement officers, state attorneys, and their staffs.
- Provide education and consultation regarding best practices and innovative practices for drafting, managing, and evaluating Requests for Proposal (RFP) and other best value solicitations.
- Support strategic relationships with ValuePoint contractors and their legal staffs.
- Other duties, as assigned. 2. RFP Development. This position requires the ability to prepare, draft, review, and edit RFP's and other solicitation documents and templates in a timely manner, applying expertise gained through years of relevant experience. This position will be required to:
- Work closely with the Cooperative Contract Coordinator assigned to each portfolio, to provide support to the Lead State and Sourcing Team, ensuring consistency throughout the procurement process, in accordance with standards developed and adopted by General Counsel and the ValuePoint Chief Operations Officer.
- Develop and maintain RFP templates and standard RFP language within the guidelines and rules of the 50 states and their procurement practices, as directed by General Counsel, for use by multi-state sourcing teams.
- Use RFP templates to create the first draft of RFPs for new ValuePoint portfolios and re-solicitation efforts. This requires broad exposure to multiple areas of public procurement, sufficient to draft initial language for a wide variety of goods and services, including information technology, health and human services, public safety and corrections, office equipment, furniture, and supplies, as well as heavy equipment and much more. Visit www.naspovaluepoint.org to view the current Master Agreements for goods and services ("portfolios").
- Support the Cooperative Contract Coordinator and teams from multiple states in the creation, editing, and finalizing of RFP documents, as well as the award and execution of Master Agreements and amendments.
- Review, edit, and create other documents, forms, and templates as directed by General Counsel.
- Other duties, as assigned. 3. Contract Development. This position requires the ability to prepare, draft, review, and edit contracts, contract provisions, templates, and forms in a timely manner, applying expertise gained through years of relevant experience. This position will be required to:
- Work closely with the NASPO Cooperative Contract Coordinator assigned to each portfolio, to provide support to the Lead State and Sourcing Team, ensuring consistency throughout the solicitation and contracting process, in accordance with standards developed and adopted by the Chief Legal Officer and the ValuePoint Chief Operations Officer.
- Develop and maintain contract templates and provisions within the guidelines and rules of the 50 states and their procurement practices, as directed by the Chief Legal Officer, for use by multi-state sourcing teams.
- Develop, draft, and refine contract provisions, contract templates, and other forms to ensure legal compliance, reduce risk, and provide greater clarity to NASPO's members.
- Draft, review, and suggest revisions to complex legal agreements.
- Advise of potential risks and mitigation strategies prior to establishing or renewing agreements.
- Other duties, as assigned. 4. Special Projects. This position requires the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with competing and evolving priorities. This position will be required to:
- Support, lead, and manage special projects, specifically those requiring combined legal and procurement knowledge.
- Other duties, as assigned.
- Juris Doctorate, with active bar admission in any state or the District of Columbia.
- At least 3 years of experience as a public procurement official, contract administrator for a public entity, public procurement attorney, or other similar role.
- Significant experience with complex public procurements for a wide variety of goods and services, including information technology.
- Organized and able to work effectively either independently or in a group setting.
- Excellent interpersonal, public speaking, and written communications skills.
- Proficient computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other web-based applications.
- Must be able to travel, as required. This position requires the individual to work from a home office, with frequent travel.
Application Process2-4 weeks
Name: Wanda Pyle
Closing Date: July 27, 2021