Employment and Training Contract Specialist

Recruitment #042524-MAGZ09-350700


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Summary Statement

A class incumbent functions under the direction of the Social Service Administrator in Delaware’s Purchase of Care (POC) program. The incumbent is responsible for monitoring provisions of the Purchase of Care Contract, childcare certificates, federal and state laws, rules and regulations. The incumbent provides technical assistance and aids subcontractors in contract implementation. Important aspects of the position include annual site visits, approving payments to subcontractors, identifying payment discrepancies, recommending corrective action and follow-up to ensure compliance.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Negotiates and develops cost reimbursement and performance contracts with outside contractors and the Division of Employment and Training; supervises negotiation team.
  • Acts as technical advisor to subcontractors during contract period:  identifies managerial and operational problems; develops corrective action plans; provides interpretation of laws, guidelines, and policies.
  • Monitors and evaluates contract management effectiveness through on-site review and analysis of subcontractor performance and operations.
  • Initiates and/or participates in the development of unit/program policy and procedure and long-range planning goals and objectives; analyzes proposed and enacted legislation to determine impact on training and employment operations.
  • Determines flow of funds to subcontractors based on analysis of statistical and fiscal reports; determines advance amounts; approves/disallows payments.
  • Make individual and/or group oral and written presentations to special interest groups; participates on related committees and task forces.
  • Performs special projects individually or as part of a work group such as: conversion of the unit's manual system to an automated system, development of new policies, procedures and forms, and development of EEO compliance guidelines.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Employment and Training Contract Specialist

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Six months experience in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating employment and training programs.
  2. Six months experience in budget management and control which includes managing a budget for the purpose of keeping expenditures within the limitations of available appropriations and available revenue and maintaining, monitoring, projecting and controlling a budget within set policies and procedures.
  3. Six months experience in contract management and control which includes ensuring compliance with terms of contracts; negotiating changes to existing contracts.
  4. Six months experience in interpreting employment and training program laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  5. Six months experience in narrative report writing.

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The State of Delaware participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information refer to our Job Seeker Resources.

DHSS does not provide employment-based sponsorship.


To learn more about the comprehensive benefit package please visit our website at https://dhr.delaware.gov/benefits/

Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at StateJobs.Delaware.gov.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.