Construction Services Selection and Bidding Specialist


Recruitment #240206-6685FS-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Real Estate and Construction Services' (DAS RECS) Office of Legal Affairs, Policy and Procurement (OLAPP) is currently accepting applications for a Construction Services Selection and Bidding Specialist to assist with overseeing and coordinating the research, development and implementation of all agency design and construction policies, practices and programs in Hartford, CT. 

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OLAPP manages the consultant and contractor selection and bidding processes, as well as the creation and management of design and construction procurement processes, procedures and forms necessary for the implementation of the design and construction of DAS RECS capital projects.

The Construction Services Selection and Bidding Specialist will: 
  • Develop, improve, monitor and support on-line construction bidding, Quality Based Selections and Best Value Selections, including the research, development and implementation of all necessary procurement documents.
  • Develop, update, and maintain DAS RECS procurement forms, policies, procedure manuals, and Division 00 and Division 01 documents, ensuring all content complies with state and federal requirements.
  • Manage and maintain the DAS RECS website to ensure that content is current, updated and accurate.
  • Create and upload solicitations and contracts on the State Contracting Portal, ensuring that content is current, updated and accurate.
  • Act as the DAS RECS liaison with other DAS operating units regarding any new proposed on-line procurement program, and be responsible for implementing DAS RECS procurement processes and procedures in any such new program.
  • Assist in the review of Bid Documents from the Design Professionals for completeness, use of appropriate DAS RECS forms, and biddability.
  • Assist in the review of Bid Documents from Bidders for conformance with the Connecticut General Statutes and determining low bidder, including developing explanations to Bidders regarding rejection of Bid Documents.
  • Provide ad-hoc training for Agency staff in topics such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, construction procurement and bidding policies, processes, and procedures, and State Contracting Portal protocols and standards.
  • Prepare reports and correspondence.
  • Perform related duties as required.
  • Permanent full-time position working 40 hours per week
  • Monday through Friday schedule
  • First shift
  • Our office is located at 450 Columbus Blvd in Hartford, CT 
  • After successful completion of a working test period, a flexible alternative work schedule is available.
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Selection Plan

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To Apply:

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
  • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited. If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.

  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to


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Important Information After You Apply:

  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

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  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact 


In the Department of Administrative Services, Office of Legal Affairs, Policy and Procurement this class is accountable for acting as the sole specialist in the construction selection and bidding process from receipt of documents to request for qualifications (RFQ), request for proposal (RFP), bid opening, review, and contract signing.


  • Performs specialized related duties in the area of selection, bidding and contracting of construction projects; 
  • Reviews plans and specifications to ensure consistency and conformance with documents prior to advertising for competitive bidding for renovation projects; 
  • Prepares selection and bidding documents to comply with local, state, and federal requirements; 
  • Assesses anticipated response to projects; 
  • Assembles documents; 
  • Oversees receipt and opening of RFQs, RFPs and bids; 
  • Reviews bids for conformance with General Statutes and determines low bidder; 
  • Attends contract signings; 
  • Reviews documents and amendments to contracts such as retainage reduction; 
  • Reviews bonds, surety, and insurance certificates for compliance with contracts; 
  • Forwards executed documents to Attorney General for approval; 
  • Develops and oversees construction services online web maintenance for design and construction; 
  • Assists with researching, developing and implementing section processes, policies and procedures; 
  • Acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies, and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; 
  • Provides explanations to bidders regarding rejection of submittal, prepares reports and correspondence; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • policies and procedures involved in advertising for selections and bids, acceptance of proposals and bids, bonds and insurance, and the award of contracts; 
    • and ability to interpret General Statutes related to selections and bidding, bonding, and insurance requirements; 
    • information technology resources; 
  • Knowledge of construction terminology; 
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
  • Considerable ability to understand, interpret, and analyze complex instructions or documents. 


Seven (7) years of experience in the field of bidding and contract administration or in the building industry involving the preparation and processing of cost estimates, work drawings, specifications and bids.


College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.


  • Experience creating procurement forms, policies, and procedures for Connecticut-based construction projects. 
  • Experience developing and troubleshooting procurement systems and websites.
  • Experience researching and applying state statutes, regulations and policies related to state construction procurement.
  • Experience providing ad-hoc training with business software, including, but not limited to, MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, One-Drive, Access, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with understanding, interpreting, and analyzing complex documents.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.