Contract Specialist II- Architecture and Engineering

  • Company: King County
  • Location: Seattle, Washington 98121 United States
  • Salary: $84,801 to $107,494
  • Date Posted: August 31, 2021


Our current opening is for a forward- thinking, detailed-oriented Contract Specialist II to join the Architectural and Engineering team.We are looking for someone who can work both independently and collaboratively, is creative, adaptive, has a sense of humor, and enjoys finding solutions to procurement and business challenges. This position provides expertise in the procurement of Architectural & Engineering (A&E) and professional services contracts for various King County agencies. This position is responsible for managing and mitigating the risks inherent in A&E and professional services contracts to protect the County from being subject to litigation, criticism or unanticipated costs due to unclear, ambiguous and non-compliant contract documents. This is a mid-level professional classification that performs highly complex procurement activities and may direct the work of others.


Primary Responsibilities: To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to: -Determine and develop procurement approach for various types of A&E and professional contracts. -Collaborate with agency staff to analyze and develop evaluation criteria, scope of work, and unique terms and conditions and anticipate non-routine procurement issues. -Prepare and advertise RFPs; facilitate proposal evaluation meetings and interviews with consultants. -Facilitate pre-proposal meetings and debriefs with consultants representing King County. -Facilitate the proposal evaluation process to ensure all laws and policies are carried out. -Compile contract terms, scope of work and cost information. Ensure that all essential contract documentation is in the procurement contract file, accurate and complete for audit purposes. -Provide direction and training for Contract Specialists and other King County staff in the requirements and regulations concerning the procurement process. -Represent Procurement & Payables in various trainings and outreach events. Minimum Qualifications: Demonstrated understanding and experience with the principles, practices, and terminology typically used to publicly procure Architectural & Engineering, and professional services contracts. Knowledge of contract administration and federal, state and county statutes and regulations pertaining to procurement of Architectural & Engineering and professional services contracts. Experience and knowledge of public procurement theory, principles and practices; contract development; and contract negotiations. Experience analyzing costs including overhead, profit, labor and other direct costs. Experience managing different opinions, facilitating discussion, resolving conflict, and finding resolution. Experience improving operations, decreasing turnaround time, meeting deadlines, streamlining work processes, and working cooperatively to provide quality seamless customer service. Strong communication and training experience, writing, problem-solving, analytical, and investigative research skills. Intermediate-level of proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint or equivalent program. Any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the work. Desirable Qualifications: Experience with qualifications-based selection for architecture & engineering contracts Experience with alternative public works delivery methods such as general contractor construction manager and design-build Strong written and oral communication skills Intermediate knowledge of cost price principles Intermediate knowledge of SharePoint

Application Process

Other Position Information: This position is not overtime-eligible. Our employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour workweek. Alternative work schedules, including flex time and telecommuting are available. This position is not union represented. TEMPORARY TELECOMMUTING REQUIREMENT The work associated with this position will be performed remotely in compliance with King County's telecommuting mandate. It is possible that the work will be primarily performed remotely on an ongoing basis. Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer. The recruitment for this position is open to all qualified candidates. Applicants from this recruitment may be used to fill future opportunities in this job classification in the next six months. This recruitment may be used to fill up to three career service or Term-Limited Temporary Contract Specialist 2 openings. A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter and resume. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Callahan, HR Analyst by e-mail at Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options.

Contact Info

Name: Liz Callahan
Phone: 206-477-2369