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Contract Specialist V - Experienced

Austin, TX 73301

Employment Type: Contract Job Number: CR833521131 Pay Rate: $48.49 / hour

Job Description

nder the supervision of the Branch Manager, the Contract Manager provides leadership and support in contract management by participating in contracting activities such as RFP development, RFP application, budget reviews, contract funding allocation decisions, quality management activities, extensive contract monitoring, and other contract management activities as appropriate and mandated by DSHS policy.  Provides assistance and recommends sanctions for enforcement of the terms and conditions of the assigned contracts in the Contract Management Section (CMS). With minimal supervision, and with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment, performs highly advanced, senior level, technical and consultative work assisting with the oversight of the daily operations and contract management activities from development to closeout within the CMS.
The Contract Manager is the liaison between contractors, program staff, Procurement and Contracting Services (PCS) and Contract Oversight and Support Section staff.  The Contract Manager facilitates communication and collaboration between all contract stakeholders and serves as the single point of contact for all contractual accountability activities between the State and contractors.   Responsible for completing analysis of contractor performance by reviewing contractor expenditure data, performance reports, and other pertinent data as it relates to contractor performance.  Responsible for implementing goals and objectives; developing contract guidelines, policies, and procedures; developing schedules, priorities, and standards for achieving established performance measures; monitoring contract compliance with federal and state laws, rules, regulations, guidelines, policies and procedures.   Coordinates and implements changes as new federal and state laws, rules, regulations and agency policies become effective. Provides guidance regarding contract administration policies and procedures to program staff, management, and other Department staff as appropriate.  Serves as the lead in contract development activities through execution, initiates amendments, monitors contractor performance and expenditures, provide technical assistance and will close out contracts.  
Provides high-quality customer service to external and internal customers by prompt responses to inquiries, taking the initiative to solve problems, exercising flexibility, and continuing to seek improvements within the unit and program areas.  Interacts routinely with customers including program managers, staff, contractors, stakeholders, organizations, and other state agencies to ensure appropriate contractor performance according to contract terms.

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