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Professional and Technical Services Contract Director - State Prog Admin Director

Company: State of Minnesota
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

Job Title Professional and Technical Services Contract Director - State Prog Admin Director Join a dynamic group of -professionals who work to ensure the mission of the DNR is met through a collaborative partnership with agency leadership. Learn behind the scenes of how we work to integrate and sustain the interdependent values of a healthy environment, a sustainable economy, and livable communities. Come, learn and be inspired by our state's natural resources; be part of something bigger than yourself; come work for the MN Department of Natural Resources. Working Title: Professional and Technical Services Contract Director
Job Class: State Program Administrator, Director
Agency: MN Department of Natural Resources

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted : 01/06/2023
  • Closing Date : 01/26/2023
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Natural Resources Dept / Natural Resource-MMA
  • Division/Unit : DNR OP Services Cent Office / OSD OMB Business Services
  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift
  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required : No
  • Salary Range: $34.10 - $49.13 / hourly; $71,200 - $102,583 / annually
  • Classified Status : Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 216 - Middle Management Association/MMA
  • Employment Condition: Unlimited, Full-Time Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans. The work you'll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota. Job Summary The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides outdoor recreation activities and manages Minnesota's natural resources to create economic opportunity and a sustainable quality of life. We are driven to find talented, innovative employees to help us carry out this mission. The DNR is currently seeking a Contract Director to work in the -Office of -Management and Budget Services. -The preferred work location for this position -is St. Paul, MN. Specific location is negotiable and will be determined at time of selection. This position exists to direct and manage the agency's contracting unit for professional/technical (PT) contracts so that the goals of the department are met and are consistent with the strategies set by the Commissioner's Office, Governor's Office, and state law. Job responsibilities include:
    • Provide leadership and exercise supervision so that employees have the resources necessary to complete day-to-day work and to achieve the -objectives of the Operations Services Division and department.
    • Direct and audit procurement functions and tasks to enhance financial management, provide appropriate internal controls, improve business processes, ensure fund integrity, accountability, and to maintain adequate separation of duties.
    • Direct the agency's PT contracting activities so that federal and state laws are adhered to, statewide and department policies and procedures are followed, conflicts of interest do not arise, and that all contracts support the DNR mission.
    • Direct contract training -throughout the state for DNR Division Contract Officers, Project Managers, and Regional OMBS staff.
    • Enforce Office of State Procurement policy reviewing and executing contracts, determining violations, and reporting of violations in accordance with the policy.
    • Serve as liaison between the Department of Administration (DOA), Office of State Procurement (OSP), -and the DNR related to contracting activities. -
    • Develop and implement systems to maintain contracting documents and databases to ensure that data is readily available as well as manage records retention.
    • Perform all job responsibilities in a manner that supports a healthy, safe, productive, and inclusive -work environment for all employees. Qualifications Minimum Qualifications
      • Four (4) years' professional -experience -coordinating and administering contracts.
        • A bachelor's degree in -Accounting, Business, Finance, or closely related field may substitute for one (1) year of professional experience, -OR, an associate's degree in -Accounting, Business, Finance, or closely related field may substitute for six (6) months of professional experience.
        • Two (2) years' supervisory or lead work experience in a related field sufficient to provide contract administration oversight and maintain a cohesive team by developing effective, collaborative working relationships with colleagues.
        • Ability to treat employees inclusively in the areas of accommodation, scheduling, expectations, individualized resource needs, training, and development.
        • Thorough understanding of generally accepted accounting principles and practices, budgeting policies, principles, and practices sufficient to assist in the accounting and budgetary processes related to contract encumbering and payment.
        • Practical experience with implementing and applying -state and federal laws, rules, regulations, and procedures regarding contract administration.
        • Knowledge of legal principles and practices applicable to contract law and state law with the ability to interpret legal terminology and communicate with attorneys on contract issues.
        • Skills in conflict management and consensus building with diverse groups in order to solve difficult and sensitive problems and management skills to analyze and resolve ambiguous or controversial situations and make difficult decisions.
        • Oral and communication skills sufficient to effectively communicate and present complex information to a wide variety of audiences. Preferred Qualifications
          • Bachelor's degree in -Accounting, Business, Finance, or closely related field.
          • Five (5) years' professional -experience -coordinating, negotiating, and administering contracts.
          • Working knowledge of SWIFT, IA Warehouse database, and Crystal Reports, or similar software programs.
          • Knowledge of the state's accounting, budgeting, human resources, and purchasing systems, including functions, policies, and procedures.
          • Experience conducting long range planning with the ability to set long-term and short-term goals and objectives that equitably empower all employees, stakeholders, and the public.
          • Experience in training and educating staff on contract policies and procedures. Physical Requirements Requires occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties. Additional Requirements It is policy of the Department of Natural Resources that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. All job offers are contingent upon passing the following components: To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Hannah Ziemann at . Why Work for Us Diverse Workforce We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota. A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:
            • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
            • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
            • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
            • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
              • Training and professional development
              • Paid vacation and sick leave
              • 11 paid holidays each year
              • Paid parental leave
              • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
              • Vision coverage
              • Wellness programs and resources
              • Employer paid life insurance
              • Short-term and long-term disability
              • Health care spending and savings accounts Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.

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