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Contract Administrator II

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Washington D.C
Closing date
Sep 26, 2023

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Minimum Qualifications:

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

  • Five (5) 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 a 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.

  • N/A

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 II job involves work which includes 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 Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The incumbent is assigned responsibility and accountability to administer standard procurements and provide guidance to less experienced Contract Administrators. This position provides an opportunity for career growth and development. The incumbent may exercise limited contracting officer authority (up to $250K) for a wide range of contracts.

Essential Functions:
  • Performs activities and responsibilities for the entire contract life cycle from proposal to close-out on all assigned contracts.
  • Plans the entire procurement process from receipt of request for procurement through the cycle of solicitation, negotiation, contract award, administration and close-out.
  • Conducts the award process for assigned contracts including: preparing and/or coordinating all documentation and correspondence from publicizing procurements through award of contract; opening bids or receiving proposals; evaluation; determination of responsiveness and responsibility; resolution of bid protests and mistakes in bid; determination of price reasonableness; and preparation of award action documentation for Board of Directors approval.
  • Works with customers to select the appropriate contract type for a specified effort and assists in source selection plan development.
  • Explains acquisition requirements, holds discussions with customers and industry representatives concerning contract pricing and other contractual matters, and assists with pre-bid and proposal conferences.
  • Assists with briefs and discussions of the basis of contractors' position with General Counsel, the Chief Procurement Officer, and other senior staff with support from the Contracting Officer. Also advises customers on policies, business practices and contract interpretation.
  • Develops technically and contractually sound pre-negotiation positions. Conducts negotiations for change orders and claims with contractors. Leads negotiations for minor modifications.

  • May occasionally perform duties and assume responsibilities that are routinely assigned to Contract Administrators, TA-18 and TA-22, based on the operational needs of the department.

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.

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.


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates the second largest rail transit system and the fifth largest bus network in the United States. Safe, clean and reliable, "America's Transit System" transports more than a third of the federal government to work and millions of tourists to the landmarks in the Nation's Capital.

Metro has earned a worldwide reputation for security and architectural beauty. WMATA is clearly the employer of choice for over 10,000 area residents. The Authority was created in 1967 by an interstate compact to plan, develop, build, finance and operate a balanced regional transportation system in the National Capital area. Construction of the Metrorail system began in 1969. Four area bus systems were acquired in 1973. The first phase of Metrorail began operation in 1976. The final leg of the original 103-mile rail network was completed in early 2001. Metrorail now operates 83 stations. One line extension and three new stations are now under construction.

Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of 3.4 million within a 1,500-square-mile area. The transit zone consists of the District of Columbia, the suburban Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George's and the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. Overall, about 40 percent of the region's residents commute to work on Metro.

Metro and the federal government are partners in transportation. Half of the 83 Metrorail stations serve federal facilities and 36 percent of the local federal workforce uses Metro. We are committed to being an integral part of the Washington metropolitan area by ensuring the best in safe, reliable, cost-effective and responsive transit services, by promoting regional mobility and by contributing toward the social, economic and environmental well-being of our community. Employees are Metro.; We are committed to providing a working environment that fosters a high standard of performance, recognition for contributions and innovations, mutual respect and a healthy quality of life.

We are committed to developing ourselves through technology, training and education. We recognize our diversity as a source of strength that enables us to attain individual and Authority goals. In addition to competitive salaries, Metro employees enjoy a number of attractive benefits. These benefits include paid time off in the form of vacations, holidays and sick leave; medical, dental, life insurances as well as long term disability. Retirement is planned for through a defined contribution plan and a deferred compensation plan. Alternative work schedules, teleworking and free transportation on Metrorail and Metrobus make for an great benefits package for WMATA employees.Jump to our website to apply online for current openings and save the link for future vacancies as they occur.



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