Contract Specialist I

Fairfax, Virginia
$54,421.54 - $90,701.94 Annually
Mar 25, 2023
Apr 08, 2023
Full Time
Job Announcement

May be used to fill multiple positions. Salary will not exceed midpoint of the salary range and is commensurate with experience.

This position is located in the county's central procurement office. Conducts a wide variety of moderately complex contracting responsibilities, to include the procurement of goods and services and administration of contracts and related work as required. Receives, reviews and processes contract and procurement requests from county departments for the contracting of goods and services, exercising discretion and judgment within established procedures and scope of responsibility. Selects appropriate contracting approaches, techniques, and procedures to solve a variety of acquisition challenges. Prepares Invitations for bids to include appropriate standard clauses and special provisions, and pricing and payment terms. Conducts pre-bid conferences and public bid openings. Initiates, establishes, and maintains contract file documentation using electronic procurement system. Prepares final contract award documents, administers vendor performance and takes corrective action when necessary. Maintains progress reports and performance metrics on contract actions. Prepares for and conducts contract negotiations to include license agreements, warranty, lease/purchase agreements.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in business administration, public administration or a related field.

Four years of increasingly complex technical administrative experience in the assigned functional area, comparable to experience at the Administrative Assistant IV, or higher, level.
This class can serve as a bridge class enabling individuals who do not meet the educational or professional experience standards listed above to qualify for this class by possessing four years of increasingly complex technical administrative experience in the assigned functional area, comparable to experience at the Administrative Assistant IV, or higher, level.
The purpose of this bridge class is to promote upward mobility within the Fairfax County workforce. However persons qualifying for this class on the basis of their technical experience may not substitute this technical experience for education, or for professional experience, in order to qualify for other employment opportunities.


The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check and a credit check.

Knowledge of procurement and contracting principles, policies and procedures. Skill in fundamental computer operations, including working knowledge of word processing through Word and spreadsheet operations through Excel. Experience with automated procurement system(s). Experience in procuring a variety of goods and services and administering contracts for a state or local government or public school system. Excellent customer service record. Well-developed oral and written communication skills. Strong analytical and decision-making skills.

Duties are generally sedentary. Employees may be required to lift documents weighing no more than 10 pounds. Job is generally sedentary in nature. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include practical exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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