Contracts Specialist (515028)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Jose
  • San Jose, California
  • Jun 11, 2022
Full Time Purchasing and Warehouse

Job Description


Job Summary

The Contracts Specialist provides administrative and analytical support to Contracts and Procurement Services in the department of Procurement. Working independently under limited supervision, this position is responsible for a variety of services to campus departments to ensure the procurement authority vested with the University is effectively implemented and administered in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The Contract Specialist prepares and processes contract documents for construction, construction related professional services, leases, student agreements, memorandums of understanding, license agreements, revenue agreements, long-term finance agreements and other contractual obligations required by the University.

Key Responsibilities
  • Initiate, evaluate, and execute a variety of contracts including construction related public works contracts, design and professional service agreements, leases, student agreements, memorandums of understanding, and other miscellaneous campus contracts in accordance with CSU, ICSUAM and SUAM guidelines
  • General administration includes the analysis of contract financial data (review of Job Order Contract compliance, Change Order Requests), interpreting and applying rules and policy, understanding and making decisions related to terms and conditions, writing and developing public solicitations including evaluations / recommendations /contract specifications
  • Provide contract management through the term of the contract to insure appropriate execution of documents including notification, compliance with contract terms, termination of contracts, evaluation and verification of risk and insurance terms, overseeing evaluation teams and processes, communicating and interfacing with contractors, vendors, clients, university staff and faculty in fulfillment of duties
  • Identify potential savings through proper execution of bid solicitations, intense review of Contractor requests for payment, risk evaluation and avoidance
  • Actively participate in procurement planning, analysis, development, and evaluation of highly complex procurement programs with a broad impact to the university, community, and CSU
  • Research, analysis, assessment, formulation, development, and evaluation from a strategic and operational perspective of programs such as emergency contracting, construction programs, student programs, revenue generating programs
  • Gather and report statistical information on contracting and procurement. Prepare and review reports for public reporting requirements
  • Research procurement and contracting methodologies and recommend beneficial changes/implementations for policy and procedures as needed
  • Responsible for contract management of public works projects for minor and major capital projects

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Contract Administration Expertise and the thorough knowledge of and ability to apply this expertise to complex programs and a wide range of university contracts, including the applicable laws and regulations governing the procurement programs
  • Expertise in techniques, analysis, research, and development and the ability to interpret and evaluate results to develop sound conclusions and make recommendations
  • Ability to understand university problems and objectives from a broad perspective and discern applicable underlying principles to conceive and develop strategic solutions in the execution of university contracts
  • Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply extensive expertise to complex programs and/or administrative specialties related to Procurement and Contracting, including pertinent laws and regulations
  • Expertise in and advanced knowledge of the principles, problems, and methods of public and business administration and operational and fiscal management
  • Expertise in administrative survey techniques, operations and systems analysis, statistical and research methods, and the ability to interpret and evaluate results to develop sound conclusions and recommend new or revised policies
  • Ability to work with representatives from public and private entities and handle potentially sensitive situations
  • Ability to effectively present ideas and concepts in written or presentation format and use consultative and facilitation skills to gain consensus
  • Ability to train others on new skills and procedures
  • Knowledge of PeopleSoft or other ERP financial system, Department of General Services (DGS) eProcurement portal and online tools, PlanetBids Electronic Platform, Smartsheet or other project tools, PowerPoint and other training tools. Other computer skills (word, excel, access, and online meeting tools)
  • Maintain knowledge of state laws, CSU policies, university policies, procedures and performance standards including but not limited to ICSUAM 5000, ICSUAM 9000 and other topics as needed in Contact Administrations

Required Qualifications
  • A bachelor's degree and/or equivalent training
  • Four years of administrative work experience involving study, analysis, and/or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of administrative policies, procedures, practices, or programs

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's Degree
  • Experience with Contract Administration
  • Experience with client relationship management
  • Experience tracking relevant KPIs (e.g. contract performance, customer service, etc.)
  • Experience with negotiating complex contracts
  • Experience with risk management via contracts


Classification: Administrative Analyst/Specialist - Exempt II
Anticipated Hiring Range: $6,153/month - $6,441/month
CSU Hiring Range: $4,693/month - $8,489/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • References

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: June 10, 2022 through June 26, 2022. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Contact Information

University Personnel

CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (including all booster doses of an approved vaccine for which an individual is eligible per current CDC recommendations) or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. As a condition of employment, any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as well as with other safety measures established on the campus. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

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Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

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Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


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