Employer: Behavioral Health Administration
The Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) of the Department of Social and Health Services is offering an excellent opportunity for an individual who is interested in gaining expertise in contracting for behavioral health facilities and forensic mental health programs. If efficiency, quality and continuous process improvement are motivating factors for you, step into the role of Contracts Manager. Join a new, collaborative and committed team dedicated to excellent customer service, a high level of responsiveness, a quality work product and accountability.As a Contracts Manager, you will have the opportunity to work on challenging and interesting projects and to use your knowledge and skills to prepare and finalize contracts needed by the state behavioral health facilities and programs.. This is an excellent opportunity to experience working in state government, to receive training on state contracting procedures, to learn about behavioral health programs and to work with persons with significant contracting and procurement experience. It may also open other opportunities to work in state contracting.As we continue our journey of transforming lives, we are seeking a collaborative and energetic team player with excellent communication and analytic skills. Someone who is focused on customer service, who is able to juggle multiple demands and who is willing to learn about our programs and the large number of laws, rules and policies that must be complied with in carrying out our responsibilities. Patience and the desire to learn and teach others will contribute to your success in this role.Your initial focus and accomplishments over the next few months includeComplete all required State and DSHS training and become familiar with DSHS and BHA procurement and contracting rules.Assist in the review, drafting, finalization and processing of contracts, sole source requests and procurements for the Behavioral Health Administration of DSHS, which includes the three state hospitals, the Special Commitment Center, and the Office of Forensic Mental Health Services. Your role within our organizationDraft, negotiate and finalize contracts for BHA customers and prepare them for executionProvide guidance in the development and drafting of contract terms and determine methods of procurementReview outside vendor agreements and work with agency contracts counsel to propose edits that protect DSHS interestsPerform analyses of specialized and strategic contract opportunitiesAssist in developing contract risk assessment and monitoring plansAs requested, review and edit work of other BHA contracts office staffAs requested, Provide training and guidance to customers and BHA contracts office staffThe successful candidate will possess some experience and/or knowledge from a course of study in the area contracting and the laws, rules and operations involved in contracting. This position would be ideal for a law school graduate or paralegal who has excellent writing and interpersonal skills and the ability to problem-solve.Who should applyProfessionals with bachelor’s degree or higher involving major study in business or public administration, law, business law, commerce, statistics, economics or closely related fieldANDAt least five years of progressively complex contracting experience, with some experience contracting for or with behavioral health or health care facilities or programs, including term development, drafting, negotiating and monitoring contracts. Relevant post-graduate legal education may be substituted for some or all of the experience requirements.Completed applications will include a current Resume and Cover Letter discussing your experience related to this job.