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Contracts Specialist

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 01080z at by March 30, 2017; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Position Information

Position Information

Department Facilities Management
Alternate Department Description
Criminal Background Check Standard Background Check, Financial Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check Yes
Restricted Position? No, is eligible for layoff or severance benefits.
Job Category Classified Staff
Role (State) Job Title Procurement Officer I
Working Title Contracts Specialist
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number 01080z
Recruit Number Staff - 8075
Working Hours
Location Fairfax
Pay Band Payband 4
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
Web Announcement

Contracts Specialist

The George Mason University, Facilities Department is currently seeking candidates for a Contracts Specialist position. This position will work Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on the Fairfax campus. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


This position will facilitate the purchase of professional services according to the statutes of the Governing Rules of Procurement, the Virginia Higher Education Purchasing Manual, The Construction and Professional Services Manual, and the Mason Purchasing policies and procedures for all construction projects (capital and noncapital). Specifically, this position will lead professional services procurement efforts, including but not limited to: formulating solicitations; evaluating proposals and bids; negotiating term contracts, fixed cost, construction contracts, and/or cooperative contracts that result in cost savings, reduced administrative effort, and provide greater fiscal benefit to the university and other state institutions; oversees management of modifications to existing contracts; and manages contract closeout upon completion. Will assist departments in obtaining the contracted purchase of goods and services they need to function, and serves as an advocate to increase the total vendor base of the university, specifically vendors under the Small, Women-Owned, and Minority-Owned (SWaM) business designation.

Preferred Qualifications:
The successful candidate must have knowledge of the principles and practices of procurement within the commonwealth of Virginia including obtaining informal bids and proposals; and analyzing, negotiating and awarding purchases. Seeking sources of supply. Knowledge and experience with automated procurement systems and e-procurement. Public procurement laws, regulations and policies. Certifications such as VCO, CPPB, CPPO, APP or CPM.

Required Qualifications:
Must possess certification from some jurisdiction as a procurement/contracting official, and must be able to obtain certification as a Virginia Construction Contracting Officer (VCCO) within one year of hire. A bachelor’s degree in business, supply management, a related field, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 01080z at by March 30, 2017; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

For Full Consideration, Apply by:
Posting Date 03/16/2017
Job Close Date 03/30/2017
Open Until Filled? No
Telework Friendly? No
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Equity Statement

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Supplemental Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
Optional Documents