Contracting & Acquisitions Agent III

Recruitment #210111-F14C-I01


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens.The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

OSDH is seeking a full time Contracting & Acquisitions Agent III providing support to OSDH Financial Services. This is a classified position (PIN#34001429) in state government, located in Oklahoma City, OK. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Package, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependentsFor For more information about the benefit allowance [click here].  The annual salary for this position is up to $48,000 based on education and experience.

Position Description
Review of requisitions and contract transmittals submitted by other OSDH divisions, review of specifications, development of contracts and competitive bid documents, management of the competitive bidding process, award of contracts and purchase orders, and administration of contracts and purchase orders, including responsibility for the contract file of record, processing renewals and change orders, maintaining encumbrances, and closing contract files.

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.
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.

Position is required to obtain and maintain Certified Procurement Officer (CPO) certification.

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 III                                   
This is the specialist level of this job family where employees are assigned independent responsibilities involving the acquisition of goods and services for an institution or agency.  This may include responsibility for completing all related actions concerning competitive bidding or negotiation; for evaluation of proposals; for analyses of products; for disapproval or termination of contracts; and for insuring compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements concerning contracting and purchasing.


Level III:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of three years technical clerical work PLUS two years of experience involving contracting and purchasing; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience PLUS two years of experience involving contracting and purchasing .

NOTE:  Experience should include the following procedures:  sending out invitations to bid and making telephone bids, evaluating bids or telephone price quotes, awarding contracts and/or issuing purchase orders, working with users and understanding their needs and requirements and assuming the responsibility for the correct evaluation and determination of bids and proposals. 


Applicants must be willing and able to fulfill all job-related travel normally associated with this position.

Persons appointed to positions within some agencies must possess or obtain certification as a Certified Procurement Officer (CPO) no later than eleven months from the date of appointment.

Some positions within some agencies may require certification as a Certified Procurement Officer (CPO).


Position is required to obtain and maintain Certified Procurement Officer (CPO) certification.

If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview. 

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.