The Procurement Division of the City of Tucson’s Business Services Department is seeking motivated individuals to join its contracting team. As a member of this critical team, you will be one of twenty people who are responsible for buying all the goods, services, and construction that all City departments purchase. Contracts range from bicycles, to helicopters, to playground equipment, to veterinary services, to health benefits, to financial services, to road construction, and every other good or service that is needed to make the City run smoothly. The Procurement Division is committed to the principles of open, fair, and equitable competition, and to ensuring that our community receives the best value for the tax dollars that we spend. The Procurement Division of the Business Services Department is managed by a Procurement Administrator. The contracting team consists of professional contracting staff at 4 levels, which are described below. The City is recruiting for multiple new team members, and at all 4 levels; therefore, interested applicants are encouraged to apply for all positions for which they meet the minimum qualifications.
• The Procurement Manager position is a supervisory position that is primarily responsible for overseeing a staff of Principal Contract Officers, Senior Contract Officers, and Contract Officers. Procurement Managers are secondarily responsible for a limited amount of contracting.
• The Principal Contract Officer position is a lead position (but non-supervisory) that is responsible for contracting for customer departments, as well as leading special projects for the Procurement Division.
• The Senior Contract Officer position is responsible for contracting for customer departments, as well as participating in special projects for the Procurement Division.
• The Contract Officer position is the entry level position and is responsible for contracting for customer departments.
The Procurement Division is pleased to be able to offer its team members opportunities for professional development in order to prepare them for advancement opportunities. Employees entering as Contract Officers will be encouraged to gain experience, hone their skills, and advance through the series of positions described above.
For 25 consecutive years, the Procurement team has received the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award and is one of only 5 Procurement agencies in the country to have received the award every year since its inception. This award recognizes organizational excellence in public procurement. It measures innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership.
We invite you to consider joining the City of Tucson’s Procurement Team!
The City of Tucson is committed to the health and safety of its employees and citizens. In light of our current health crisis, this position has been approved to telecommute. The successful candidate will telecommute at least 50% of the time until further notice. More information on the City of Tucson's Telecommuting Administrative Directive can be found using the following link: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/files/hr/ad/2.01-19_2.pdf
The Senior Contract Officer:
Develops, coordinates and implements procurement contracts.
Assists with developing, coordinating, and implementation of programs and policies.
Acts as a liaison between customers, contractors and the public.
This is a senior position. It differs from other positions in the classification series by performing tasks at a proficient, accomplished level and handling the more difficult, complex or irregular tasks. Individuals in this position function independently, with moderate supervision, and make decisions in areas of defined responsibility.
Works in partnership with other contracting positions (Contract Officer and Principal Contract Officer) to meet defined business needs. Provides primary guidance and makes decisions on approach to meeting customer needs for goods, services, design and construction.
Procures services and commodities by processing requisitions, preparing and publishing solicitations, reviewing requirements, conducting proposal conferences, overseeing meetings, interviews, demonstrations and inspections, writing and analyzing contracts, monitoring consultant performance and mitigating claims and disputes.
Assists with developing, coordinating, and implementing procurement programs and policies by researching governing laws, recommending policy revisions, maintaining and ensuring compliance with laws and evaluating policies and practices.
Serves as member of a special project team on an as needed basis.
Acts as a liaison with customers, contractors, management and the general public by providing research and guidance regarding procurement, developing and maintaining relationships, mediating and resolving contractual issues, offering solutions to problems, soliciting new vendors, facilitating meetings and answering questions and providing assistance in gathering information and rectifying situations.
Ensures maximum value for expenditures by preparing and negotiating contracts, making contract award recommendations, conducting market research, providing cost and price analysis, adhering to and implementing regulations and policies and documenting contract activity.
Ensures compliance with procurement policies and practices at the local, state and federal level.
Ensures contractor compliance with SBE/DBE contract goals; assists SBE/DBE staff in the establishment of SBE/DBE goals based upon defining areas of contractor performance.
Plans and forecasts customer needs based upon direct communication (both verbally and in writing) with customers; meets with customer executive leadership to strategically plan for needs; establishes work priorities with customers; makes independent judgement to solve problems with customers.
Conducts market research by studying market trends and conducting comparative analysis of products; keeps customers apprised of new products, availability and prices; researches available cooperative contract sources and recommends use when appropriate.
Collaborates with customer subject-matter experts to write detailed, technical specifications and scopes of work; creates draft solicitations for review; conducts direct sourcing for small purchases.
Issues purchase orders; issues Notices to Proceed; conducts Requests for Informal Quotes; requests quotes and issues purchase orders; manages change orders.
Oversees and facilitates customer contracts and purchase orders; tracks contract terminations and renewals; initiates new solicitations based upon customer needs; manages federal requirements and regulations (pre- and post-award).
Analyzes sourcing options with customers, identifies and recommends solutions to meet customer needs; writes memos for source selection waivers (such as Sole Source, Special Procurement, Emergency, Sole Brand).
Interprets laws, statutes and codes related to procurement.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. Any one position may not include all of the duties listed. This job classification specification identifies the responsibilities and tasks typically associated with the performance of the position.
Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor’s Degree
Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years public contracting. At least 1 of the 2 years required must be formal contracting experience during which time they were primarily responsible for facilitating and managing all aspects of formal competitive processes.
Minimum Requirements must be met as stated above.
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in the following assessments:
- Phone Screening (Pass/Fail) will be held the week of November 2, 2020
- Written Assignment will be sent to applicants who pass the phone screening and will be due prior to selecting a time slot for the virtual interview
- Virtual Oral Board Interviews will be held the week of November 16, 2020 *It is important to note that the City of Tucson uses Microsoft Teams for its virtual interviews. Please ensure that you have access to this software application.
Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List. An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:
5% of your rating for education and work experience
30% for your written assignment
65% of your oral board interview
This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months. Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, and are invited to the Oral Board interviews, please email your documentation to Pilar.Jauregui@tucsonaz.gov. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.
If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email Pilar.Jauregui@tucsonaz.gov at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.
Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from email@example.com and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.
Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements
To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.
The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.
Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.