Contract Specialist

Recruitment #210602-UNCX-288


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 Contract Specialist providing support to the Community Development Services. This is an unclassified position in state government, located in Oklahoma City, OK. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding 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 $45,000.00 based on education and experience.

Position Description:
The purpose of this position is contract development with internal and external partners to develop grant-funded contracts/renewals/invitations to bid/requests for proposals for sub-recipient and vendor contracts according to the approved grant notice of award. This includes developing scopes of work and transmittals and obtaining approval on said contracts/renewals. The position provides technical assistance to all contractors and conducts site visits as needed. The position monitors all contracts as assigned to ensure each contractor is compliant and ensures that they are properly invoicing. The position provides feedback and reports for budgetary expenses. In order to provide the services outlined by the federal grant, the Center must have contracts with sub-recipients to ensure the implementation of grant objectives, activities and deliverables at the state and local levels.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
*Contract Development – Work with OSDH staff and external partners to develop grant-funded contracts/renewals/ITBs/RFPs for contracts according to the approved grant notice of award. This includes but is not limited to developing scopes of work, scoring tools for ITBs, and transmittals as well as obtaining the necessary approvals for contracts/renewals. As needed, work with appropriate OSDH staff to ensure the risk assessment is completed in order to develop the monitoring plan. Work with the OSDH Auditors to ensure compliance.
*Contract Monitoring – Monitor contracts according to the CMAD Manual and the contract-monitoring plan. Assist the contractor with complying with the terms and conditions of the contract and applicable laws and regulations; preventing non-compliance by identifying and resolving potential problems by providing consultation and technical assistance. Maintain contract documentation. Review invoices and verify delivery of services. Process invoices within 10 working days of receipt unless additional documentation or corrections are requested. Review the monthly progress reports submitted by the contractor to ensure contract requirements are upheld. Work with the contractor, Budget and Funding, and Procurement to complete budget revisions and contract modifications. Complete site visits as needed.
*Technical Assistance – Assist contractors with complying with the terms and conditions of the contract and applicable laws and regulations; preventing non-compliance by identifying and resolving potential problems through consultation and technical assistance. Attend meetings to assist the contractor with any contractual issues that may arise. Maintain clear and effective communication with contractors on a regular basis and demonstrate good customer service skills. Provide feedback to the Business Manager on grant applications, budget revisions and reports.
*Prepares administrative, statistical and/or fiscal documents pertaining to departmental activity.
*Coordinate and maintain records according to agency and program area records management and disposition requirements.
*Performs program planning, development and evaluation activities, and organizing and coordinating program services and activities. 
*Requires effective working relationships with others, to communicate effectively and to exercise good judgment in analyzing situations and making decisions. 
*Develops, manages, and evaluates all contracts within the scope and requirements of federal grant funding.
*Develops, coordinates, and monitors all procurement documents for the CDS, such as purchase requests, transmittals, requisitions, scopes of work, invitations to bid, requests for proposals, and sole source affidavits.
*Serves as the contract monitor on all CDS contracts and performs all related duties, including maintaining thorough documentation and conducting site visits, performance reviews, and evaluations.
*Assists contractors with understanding and complying with the terms of the contract; develops and manages all necessary modifications, budget revisions, and renewals.
*Reviews and approves all invoices received for payment to ensure accuracy and completeness; verifies that expenses are allowable and reimbursable.
*Monitors compliance with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and policies on contracting and purchasing; agency purchasing policies and procedures; applicable audit findings; and CDS grant requirements and timelines.
*Serves as one of the principal CDS staff advisor on policies and procedures related to acquiring the products/services/resources needed to meet programmatic objectives, and provides the coordination and technical/administrative support necessary to achieve objectives.
*Assists the Director of OMHHE in monitoring budgets, expenditure reports, and encumbrance reports; reviews time and effort validation reports.
*Provides information to the public on departmental rules, regulations and laws governing the operation of the program.
*Anticipates the needs of Office of Minority Health and Health Equity and advises supervisor of program area concerns and needs.
*Investigate and solve problems for supervisor’s consideration.
*Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
*Knowledge of the principles of business or public administration; federal and state laws and regulations relating to grant administration, accounting, contracting, and purchasing; processes for the procurement of a variety of goods and services; maintenance of complex and confidential records; supervisory principles and practices; business communications including grammar, punctuation, and spelling; and business mathematics.
*Ability to plan, coordinate, and track multiple ongoing projects; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; communicate very effectively both orally and in writing; interpret, analyze, and resolve administrative matters in accordance with agency policy; exercise good judgment in analyzing situations and making decisions; and review and analyze financial data.
*Demonstrate very strong skills in organization and documentation, problem solving, and computer operation, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Combination of office, vehicle, and public establishments. This position requires long period of sitting and daily use of computer and phone. Travel may include traveling during inclement weather. Perform varied activities including sitting, walking, stooping, lifting, bending, pushing, and reaching. Ability to drive for hours at a time.




Requirements consist of five years of technical clerical office work or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preference for 2 years contract-monitoring experience.


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.


Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.