State of Oregon Contracts Specialist (Procurement and Contract Specialist 2) in Salem, Oregon

Contracts Specialist (Procurement and Contract Specialist 2)



Contracts Specialist (Procurement and Contract Specialist 2)


$50,088.00 - $73,152.00 Annually


Salem, OR

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Oregon Health Authority-Public Employees' Benefit Board and Oregon Educators Benefit Board

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If you previously applied under announcement number OHA18-0454 and qualified, you need not reapply. Your name will automatically be added to the list of qualified candidates for this recruitment.

The goal of this recruitment is to fill this position at the Procurement and Contract Specialist 2 level. However, we encourage candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for a Procurement and Contract Specialist 1 ($3,459 - $5,034 Monthly and $41,508 - $60,408 Annually) to apply, as we may consider under-filling the position until the selected candidate meets the minimum qualifications for a Procurement and Contract Specialist 2. Underfill training will not exceed two years.

The Oregon Health Authority is modernizing and expanding their benefits board and currently has a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Contracts Specialist to join an excellent team and work to advance benefits operations.

The Oregon Health Authority promotes health equity by developing policies and programs to eliminate health disparities and reach health equity for all Oregonians.

What you will do!

As a Contracts Specialist, you will support the full scope of the PEBB and OEBB procurement and contracting functions which amount to approximately $3.4 billion over the 2017-19 biennium and cover over 300,000 PEBB and OEBB employees and dependents.

In this role, you will determine the appropriate contracting method, evaluate the risks associated with the contract, write specialized requirements, negotiate contract language, conduct cost or price analysis, and approve or reject contract changes.

Additionally, you will write contracts and agreements that are high-risk and maintain all official records and documentation for these functions, including RFI and RFP documentation, responses, negotiation actions, contract development and problem resolution.

What's in it for you?

Collaboration in an open office with a team of bright individuals to work with and learn from. We offer full medical, vision and dental with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and ten paid holidays per year. If you are an experienced Contracts Specialist, don't delay, apply today!

This is a full-time, permanent position that is not represented by a union.

This position will be located in Salem at 500 Summer Street NE.

This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

The Oregon Health Authority is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to work force diversity.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills


Four years procurement and contract experience related to the position. Two of the four years must have been at the professional-level such as developing and administering standard contracts, agreements, or solicitations.


A bachelor's degree and one year of professional-level procurement and contract experience.


Any combination of experience and education equivalent to four years of procurement and contract experience.


Three years' paraprofessional or technical-level experience in a related field such as general business, accounting, contracts, purchasing, or project administration support.

A bachelor's degree will substitute for the experience.

A one-year certificate in supply chain, logistics management, procurement, or a related field will substitute for one year of experience.

Note: Transcripts are required as part of our interview process if you are using education or coursework to meet the minimum qualifications. Transcripts can be either be provided at the time of application or during an in-person interview.

Transcripts must be from an accredited institution and clearly show 1) your name; 2) the name and address of the institution; 3) the degree received; 4) conferred date; and 5) required courses completed with a passing grade. For application purposes, photocopies are acceptable; however official or original documents may be requested to validate education.


  • Experience with software applications used to prepare documents, tabulate data and store information in an organized manner.

  • Working knowledge of techniques and processes involved in contract administration.

  • Solid understanding of principles, techniques and processes of governmental contracting and contract administration.

  • Experience using techniques to negotiate agreeable solutions.

  • Excellent written, oral and visual media communication skills.

  • Familiarity with employee benefits programs including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance benefits.

  • Ability to identify strengths and weaknesses of available options using logic and analysis.

  • Ability to weigh risks, costs and benefits of potential actions.

  • Time management skills with an ability to prioritize tasks efficiently; sometimes managing multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Skills in evaluating and verifying information against a set of standards.

  • Experience developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  • Experience analyzing statistical data.

  • Experience in promoting a culturally competent and diverse work environment.

Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications and most closely match the requested skills will be invited for an interview.

Additional Information


A cover letter (in pdf format) that clearly addresses your skills and experience that are applicable to this position. Please name the cover letter file: Cover Letter OHA18-0482.

If you do not attach a cover letter, you may not be offered an interview. Qualified applicants whose background most closely matches the Requested Skills will be invited to interview.

If you attach a resume (which is not required) it will not replace the work experience portion of your application. The work experience portion of your application must show how you meet the minimum qualifications of the position.

Caution: If you fail to follow these instructions, your application will be disqualified. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.


If you are offered employment, the offer will be contingent upon the outcome of an abuse check, criminal records check and driving records check, and the information shall be shared with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Office of Human Resources (OHR). Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.


If you are an eligible veteran and wish to claim veterans' preference points AND you also meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the points will be added to your score. To receive veterans' preference points you MUST attach the following required documentation to your electronic application.

A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference.

A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; AND a copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.

For more information on veterans' preference points visit, and select veterans' preference.


If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to call Noah Pokorny at 503-945-6970 (voice) 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday. TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900.

For technical support, please call toll free 1-855-524-5627, for customer service assistance.


The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) includes most of the state's health care programs, including Public Health, Health Policy and Analytics, Health Systems Division, and Oregon State Hospital. Incorporating the state's health care programs within one agency gives the state greater purchasing and marketing power to begin tackling the issues of cost, quality, and access to care.

OHA strives to create inclusive environments that welcome and value the diversity of the people we serve. OHA fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create workplace environments where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, physical stature, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation and any other factor applicable by state or federal law

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

  • $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

  • Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

  • Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

  • Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

  • 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

  • Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

  • Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

  • Long-term and short-term disability

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment

  • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.