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State of Minnesota Lead Contract Specialist - Management Analyst 4 in Hibbing, Minnesota

Working Title: Lead Contract Specialist

Job Class: Management Analyst 4

Agency: Pollution Control Agency

  • Job ID : 78160

  • Location : Various*

  • Telework Eligible : Yes

  • Full/Part Time : Full-Time

  • Regular/Temporary : Unlimited

  • Who May Apply : Open to all qualified job seekers and MPCA employees eligible to interest bid (permanent, classified employees in the same job and class). Eligible bidders must apply through self-service and confirm their bid by emailing patty.atchison@state.mn.us by 07/22/2024.

  • Date Posted : 07/11/2024

  • Closing Date : 07/25/2024

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Pollution Control Agency / Pollution Control-MAPE

  • Division/Unit : Operations Division/ PT Contracts Unit

  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift

  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday

  • Travel Required : No

  • Salary Range: $32.99 - $48.93 / hourly; $68,883 - $102,165 / annually

  • Job Class Option : Contracts Coordination

  • Classified Status : Classified

  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE

  • FLSA Status : Exempt - Administrative

  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities (https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/diverse-workforce/people-with-disabilities/connect700/) : Yes

  • This position may be located at one of the MPCA office locations: St. Paul, Brainerd, Duluth, Rochester, Detroit Lakes, Mankato or Marshall

The work you'll do is more than just a job.

At the State of Minnesota, employees play a critical role in developing policies, providing essential services, and working to improve the well-being and quality of life for all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota is committed to equity and inclusion, and invests in employees by providing benefits, support resources, and training and development opportunities.

This position is located in the new P/T (Professional Technical) contract unit at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). As a Lead Contract Specialist, this position provides technical expertise and guidance to agency management and staff on P/T contracts by applying professional knowledge of statutes, administrative rules, and procedures governing P/T contracts. The individual will be responsible for overseeing, managing, and improving the existing contracts program. The work will include defining contract needs with business units, soliciting and evaluating request for proposals (RFP), making recommendations for vendor selection, drafting contracts, contract negotiations, contract amendments, and other work as needed. The types of contracts will include P/T contracts, master contracts, work orders, equity select contracts, interagency agreements, joint powers agreements, and other agency agreements. This position manages complex contracts for the MPCA, provides analysis, contract policy direction, training, and assistance on complex P/T contract issues. This position leads the MPCA’s efforts to develop, evaluate, improve, and implement policies and procedures pertaining to P/T contract development and determining if standards are met.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must clearly demonstrate the following qualifications and include the following:

Three (3) years of professional P/T contract development experience in the areas of drafting P/T contracts, soliciting and negotiating P/T contracts with eligible suppliers.


Experience interacting with recipients and applying human relations skills to include, persuade and work collaboratively with others.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite as well as expertise in editing reports and managing/creating spreadsheets and/or databases.

Strong oral communication, written communication, interpersonal, project management and problem-solving skill.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will not sponsor applicants for work visas. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated project management and leadership skills in order to manage multiple projects simultaneously and ability to meet deadlines.

Experience in the state P/T contracting process to include interpreting and applying state and federal laws, rules, regulations, executive orders, and procedures regarding contract administration.

Experience identifying PT contracts or process inefficiencies and recommending alternatives.

Understanding of the differences between P/T contracts, master contracts, service contracts, annual plans, and other types of contractual agreements.

Knowledge of software collaboration tools (SharePoint, TEMPO; or equivalent) to provide leadership support in the design, administration and implementation of such systems.

Knowledge of/experience with Statewide Integrated Financial Tools (SWIFT).


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

Reasonable accommodations will be made 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 careers@state.mn.us . Please indicate what assistance is needed.