Contract Administration Manager I (Strategic Contract Manager)

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Open Until Filled

Position Title:
Contract Administration Manager I
(Strategic Contract Manager)


Military Occupation Specialty Code:
Army-51C; Marines-3006, 3044; Air Force-6C000; Navy-1480,1480,1485; Coast Guard-35


Number of Vacancies:

Chief Procurement Office / Contract Management Office

Salary Range:
$5258.67 - $6833.42/ monthly


Hours Worked Weekly:



Agency Address:
300 W. 15th Street, Austin Tx 78701

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Human Resources

(512) 463-5920 or (512) 475-4612

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Performs advanced (senior-level) strategic statewide contract administration and vendor management work for internal and external customers. Work involves overseeing the administration of statewide strategic information technology contracts by defining contract and vendor management principles, establishing contractual requirements, negotiating, and monitoring vendors and contracts. Works under the limited supervision of the Director, Contract Management Office and Assistant Director, Contract Management Office with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

  • Oversees and collaborates on scope of work, specifications, and terms and conditions for new contracts; prepares contracts; lead negotiation strategies; and awards new contracts
  • Oversees the operations and activities of monitoring contract performance, ensuring contract compliance, developing, and tracking key metrics, understanding billing and fiscal data, identifying cost savings, and managing overall vendor performance for outsourced services
  • Oversees the processing of contract documents in alignment with contract and vendor management principles to ensure management of cost controls, risks associated with outsourced vendor services, and service delivery deriving value. Knowledge of contract and vendor management principles to establish and measure vendor key performance indicators, and track vendor performance in relation to program offerings and delivery on customer requirements
  • Investigates and resolves discrepancies, complaints, and disputes by negotiating settlement agreements or by suspending or terminating contracts and assessing outcomes for risk management
  • Understands program area goals and performance requirements expected of vendors to translate to contract and vendor management best practices
  • Serves as the principal contract liaison, facilitator and risk manager for program areas delivering services through outsourced vendors
  • Clearly conveys vendor expectations based on program or customer needs, sets and manages realistic timelines, evaluates and manages risk associated with vendor performance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in business, information technology or related field
  • Additional work-related experience may be substituted for each year of formal education

  • Minimum of six years (6) of experience in contract development, evaluation, and management, at least two (2) of which must have been spent performing complex contract negotiations
  • Experience in vendor management disciplines, such as performance, relationship, compliance, and risk.

  • In-depth experience in and knowledge of information technology contract management/negotiations and its application in the public sector
  • Experience in IT contract management/negotiations for all customer segments (i.e., state agency, universities, counties, cities, and independent school districts)
  • Experience working in a for-profit or cost recovery operation
  • Certified Texas Contract Manager (CTCM) certification
  • Certified Texas Contract Developer (CTCD) certification

  • Certified Texas Contract Manager (CTCM) certification must be obtained within one (1) year of employment if not already certified, unless otherwise approved by Supervisor
  • Certified Texas Contract Developer (CTCD) certification must be obtained within one (1) year of employment if not already certified, unless otherwise approved by Supervisor

  • Knowledge of negotiation strategies and techniques, of contract administration and cost monitoring for large scope or high-dollar contracts; of systems and procedures used to evaluate a third-party vendor’s performance; and of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to the administration of federal or state funds.
  • Skill in developing contracts, in problem resolution, and in the use of a computer and applicable software.
  • In-depth knowledge of state of Texas procurement laws, regulations, procedures and contract management guidelines
  • Working knowledge of contract standard terms and conditions
  • Demonstrated skill in developing standard form contracts including the ability to select and apply the appropriate contract instrument for various acquisition strategies
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to individuals and groups; to make effective presentations in formal and informal settings
  • Demonstrated ability to perform vendor management
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret policies, procedures, regulations
  • Demonstrated ability to make mathematical computations and tabulations and produce a high degree of accuracy in work product
  • Demonstrated ability to work on concurrent tasks while effectively prioritizing and coordinating work assignments
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively identify and execute next steps to reach resolution or complete tasks
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions
  • Ability to analyze complex information and develop plans; to interpret complex data; to effectively demonstrate negotiation and facilitation skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships at all organizational levels, including agency management, direct supervisors, co-workers, internal and external customers
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to support and contribute to a cohesive team environment
  • Ability to develop and document processes and procedures
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet required deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure and exacting schedules to complete assigned tasks

  • Proficiency in the use of a personal computer and applicable software necessary to perform work assignments (e.g., word processing, spreadsheets). Microsoft Office preferred

  • Regular and punctual attendance at the workplace
  • Criminal background check

  • Frequent use of personal computer, copiers, printers and telephones
  • Frequent standing, walking, sitting, listening and talking
  • Frequent work under stress, as a team member, and in direct contact with others
  • Occasional travel
  • Occasional bending, stooping, lifting and climbing
  • Occasional overtime required