Contract Administrator IV

Washington D.C
Jun 10, 2023
Jun 12, 2023
Full Time
This opening is for current and future opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Engineering, or a related field.
    • In lieu of Bachelor's Degree, a high school diploma or GED and an additional four (4) years of experience in developing and administering requests for proposals/quotations, specifications, scope of work, and different types of contracts and agreements may be considered.

  • Ten (10) years of experience in developing and administering requests for proposals/quotations, specifications, scope of work, and different types of contracts and agreements.

  • Certification from an accredited procurement program such as the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), the Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) or an appropriate certificate from a program sponsored by the National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP), the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI), the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), or the Defense Acquisition Workforce Initiative (DAWIA) must be obtained within two (2) years of hire date and maintained thereafter.

  • Experience
    • Transit system and/or public agency contract management experience is desirable

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Job Summary

The Contract Administrator IV is professional job of a complex nature involving the preparation, management, award, administration and close-out of material, equipment, supply and service, professional and technical service, construction and Architecture and Engineering (A/E) contracts for WMATA. The incumbent is assigned responsibility and accountability to administer larger and/or more complex procurements and to provide guidance and mentoring to less experienced Contract Administrators, and may assign workloads to Procurement team members. The incumbent may exercise limited contracting officer authority (up to $1M) for a wide range of contracts.

Essential Functions
  • Performs entire contract life cycle from proposal to close-out on all assigned contracts.
  • Provides advice, guidance, informal on-the-job training and coaching to less experienced Contract Administrators on contracting policy and issues such as appropriate contracting approaches and methods, design of overall project plans and strategies, and contracting techniques to meet mission, program goals, requirements, and time frames.
  • For more complex and/or larger procurements, develops the WMATA position and may lead negotiations with contractors.
  • Explains acquisition requirements, holds discussions with customers and industry representatives concerning contract pricing and other contractual matters, and may chairs pre-bid and proposal conferences.
  • Briefs and discusses the basis of contractors' position with General Counsel, Director of Procurement, and other senior staff, also advises customers on policies, business practices and contract interpretation.
  • Works with customers to select the appropriate contract type for a specified effort and may assist in source selection plan development.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Other Functions
  • May perform duties and assume responsibilities that are routinely assigned to junior Contract Administrators.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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