Contracting & Acquisitions Agent I

Recruitment #191028-F14A-I03



The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. Our mission is to protect and promote health, to prevent disease and injury, and to cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can be healthy.

OSDH is seeking a full time Contracting & Acquisitions Agent I providing support to Financial Services. This is a classified position in state government, located in Oklahoma City. OSDH offers a comprehensive
Benefits Package, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependentsFor more information about the benefit allowance [click here]. The annual salary for this position is up to $37,898.38 based on education and experience.

Preferred Qualification: Certified Purchasing Officers certification.

Position Summary
Contract and Acquisition Officers commonly referred to as Certified Purchasing Officers (CPO’s) issue purchase orders and processes other purchases via P-Card and other appropriate purchasing mechanisms used by the agency, programs and partners to deliver public health services across the state. CPO’s are a key component of the infrastructure of OSDH as programs rely on these positions to issue purchase orders and process other purchasing request is in timely manner to appropriately and timely expend funds for the intended use to ensure service delivery.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions
• Drafts specifications and reviews specifications and requisitions developed by other divisions of the agency; determines method of acquisition.
• Maintains bidder lists, product and services information, supplier information, and acquisition records.
• Conducts bidder conferences and bid openings; tabulates and evaluates bids; recommends awards; mediates disputes.
• Makes recommendations to management concerning products and services and available sources of supply.
• Performs contract administration, including but not limited to, monitoring contractor compliance with contract specifications, monitoring contractor expenditures, reviewing claims, and ensuring timely submission reports.
• Supervises and trains subordinate personnel.
• Advises agency personnel on departmental rules, DCS regulations and laws; provides technical guidance and training to agency staff and vendors.
• Represents the agency at public and private sector meetings to explain the functions, procedures and legal guidelines concerning state purchases and contracts.
• Acts as liaison to Department of Central Services.

Other Duties
Demonstrates knowledge of and supports mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.

Works effectively in team environment, participating and assisting their peers.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the maintenance of complex records; of business communications, including grammar, punctuation, and spelling. 

Ability is required to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to interpret and handle routine decisions in accordance with agency policy; and to follow oral and written instructions.

Knowledge of acquisition methods and procedures pertaining to the acquisition of a wide variety of goods and services; of recent developments, trends and economic factors affecting acquisition of goods and services; of factors involved in writing specifications; of competitive bid methods and procedures; of State Purchase laws and regulations; of commodity and service markets, pricing methods and market resources, of office procedures and practices; .and of public relations. 

Ability is required to identify sources of supply; to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; to conduct several projects simultaneously; to evaluate bids and award contracts; and to write and review purchase specifications and requisitions.

Knowledge of acquisition administration principles and practices.  Ability is required to monitor contract performance.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Work is typically performed in an office setting with a climate controlled settings and exposure to moderate noise level. While performing the duties of the job, employee is required to talk, stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  This position requires long period of sitting and daily use of computer and phone.

Applicants must be willing to perform all job-related travel associated with this position.


Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving the acquisition of goods and services for an institution or agency.


The Contracting and Acquisitions Agent job family consists of four levels which are distinguished by the level of complexity of specific job assignments, the extent of responsibility assigned for a specific task, the level of expertise required for the completion of assigned tasks, and the responsibility assigned for the supervision of others. 
Level I                                   
This is the basic level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibilities for beginning level professional and technical work related to contracting and the procurement of goods and services for an institution or agency.  Responsibilities may include reviewing and processing requisitions, making recommendations concerning purchases, preparing bid specifications, contracts and requisitions, and maintaining files.


Level I:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of three years technical clerical work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


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