Contract Specialist 3 - Special Duty (Remote)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
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Posted on July 12, 2021

We have a short-term Special Duty opportunity that is open to all qualified King County Career Service employees eligible for special duty. This position is expected to last through October 2021.
This Business Development Specialist position administers the King County Contracting Opportunities Program for Small Contractors and Suppliers and related federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise programs.  

The Business Development and Contract Compliance (BDCC) office aims to increase the participation of Small Contractors and Suppliers, Small Business Enterprises (SBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Minority and Women owned Business Enterprises in the county’s contracting opportunities and the workforce of its contractors through its Apprenticeship and Priority Hire programs.

The Finance and Business Operations Division's mission is to provide exceptional customer value for accounting, procurement, treasury, and small business services. We are actively seeking employees whose behavior is in alignment with our division's core values: Respect, Teamwork, Results, and Innovation.  
For this Special Duty Assignment (SDA) you will be responsible for:

  • Data Analysis and Report Development for contracts related data and initiatives.  Maintain contract files for audit accountability.   Maintain procedures and rules for county and contractor compliance in accordance with county, State, and federal requirements, laws, and regulations. 
  • Evaluate bids/proposals and contracts for compliance with program rules, federal regulations for compliance with EEO and non-discrimination policies and provisions, small and disadvantaged business utilization, and apprenticeship requirements.  Investigate and draft protest responses.
  • Provide customer service to internal and external clients including developing partnerships, identifying and negotiating technical assistance and resources for small business development efforts.  Plan, coordinate, and participate in outreach efforts and events. Plan, attend, and deliver workshops and presentations to a wide variety of audiences. 
  • Develop and recommend new business development strategies and methods to increase the use of small and disadvantaged businesses in the award of county contracts. Administer and provide lead oversight for multiple federal contracting programs.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Experience managing programs involving contracting and/or compliance
  • Experience querying and analyzing contract-related data sets; gathering and performing data analysis and reporting results.
  • Ability to learn, understand and apply complex materials such as policies, laws, regulations.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in drafting, editing, and reviewing comprehensive reports, memos, and other necessary communications.
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to perform research, analyze and solve problems 
  • Ability to work individually and collaboratively as a team member 
  • Ability to think differently, are eager to try new things and challenge yourself to improve processes
  • Intermediate level of technology proficiency using MS Office Productivity tools in your daily work 
  • Ability to manage your time and adapt to changing priorities, work on multiple priorities and projects simultaneously, meet quick deadlines, and produce timely and quality work products
  • Ability to uphold our Division’s values
  • Ability to work in a remote work environment
Who may apply:
The recruitment for this position is open to all King County career service employees who has passed their initial King County probation.   
Other Position Information:
This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is therefore not overtime-eligible.  Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule, every other Thursday, comprising a 40-hour workweek; normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  This position is represented by Local 17 PROTEC union.
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by teleworking complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared work spaces at various King County facilities.  Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County work site to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a work space with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
 King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  The work associated with this position will mostly be performed remotely. Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County work site to respond to workplace reporting requirements. 

The Application Process:
A completed King County Application is required.

We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter addressing how you meet the minimum qualifications and why you are interested in this position. 

Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options.

 If you have any questions or concerns while applying, please contact:

Sandy Treibel, HR Manager

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.
 Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.
 Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
 King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
 No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
 To Apply
 If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.