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Contracts Administration Manager

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Diego
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Finance/Accounting, Full Time, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)

Position Summary

This position serves as the Contract Administration Manager, for Contracts and Procurement, part of Procure to Pay, and provides expertise in Public Works projects (such as construction and facilities management), adherence to the California Public Contracts Code, contract language, formulation, negotiation, and administration for the department. Additionally, this position will handle large value public RFP’s for services and goods to SDSU. The incumbent works collaboratively with a variety of campus stakeholders to include coworkers, other BFA staff, faculty, staff, students and outside entities and individuals. This position serves as a key technical advisor of  contract terms and conditions, and policy and procedure compliance and development. Intimate knowledge of State regulations and California State University policies, and contract administration procedures are beneficial in order to effectively manage through the full range of procurement and contractual services at SDSU. This position may represent the Director or Associate Director in his or her absence.

This position’s primary responsibility is to make operational decisions on Public Works projects and on matters related to non-procurement contract obligations such as MOUs, leases, and other documented obligations in support of research and campus operations, guide and facilitate the contractual process with all parties, solve problems, assess and prioritize projects to meet deadlines.  This position is expected to negotiate and approve contract terms and conditions, analyze contract situations, ensure records are accurate and up to date, collaborate with others, possess superior attention to detail, and must have excellent communication skills; both written and verbal. This position may be tasked with more complex contract and procurement items as needed in support of campus needs. The Associate Director will rely on this position to ensure work is accomplished in appropriate priority while meeting necessary deadlines.  May provide operational leadership for department staff at times. Drafts policy and procedures for approval by the Associate Director.

In addition, this position is responsible for ensuring that provided services and work product are carried out in accordance with established policies and procedures based on CSU, SDSU, and CA State guidelines; and in recommending and/or implementing improvements in policies and procedures as it relates to department goals.

This position maintains effective working relationships with various levels of campus administration, State offices, Office of Risk Management Chancellor’s Office, Office of General Counsel and others as appropriate.  Participates in strategic planning for the department and division.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, at-will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

This position is approved for partial telecommuting with onsite work in San Diego.

Department Summary

The Procure-to-Pay department is responsible for delivering end to end procure to pay services and solutions, including leading continuous improvement initiatives in collaboration with the department of Shared Services. Responsibilities include a wide range of contract and procurement management and accounts payable functions.

The Contract and Procurement Management office is responsible for contract administration and procurement processes for San Diego State University, including the Imperial Valley campus and Brawley facility, as well as some support for SDSU auxiliary services. Under the direct supervision of the Associate Director, Contract and Procurement Management, our mission is to respond to the needs of multiple faculty and staff clients and comply with State legislated purchasing mandates and campus policy. The Contract and Procurement Management office is a fully automated, large-scale unit and encompasses a wide variety of functions from contract and lease negotiations, basic purchasing services of equipment, supplies, materials and professional services to contracting capital, public works projects and services, and construction projects.  Contract and Procurement Management consists of 8-12 buyers, an Accounting Technician, an Administrative Analyst/Specialist, a Contracts Administration Manager, and an Associate Director.

For more information regarding Procure to Pay, click here.

Education and Experience

Undergraduate degree in business, contract law, or related field from an accredited college or university and five (5) years of contract administration experience for a state or county agency or  large, diverse and decentralized organization, or equivalent combination of education and experience to perform the required functions of the position.

Key Qualifications

  • Comprehensive knowledge of contracting methods, practices, and laws, including support contracts. 
  • Experience working with the California Public Contracts Code and Public Works projects.
  • Demonstrated experience negotiating contracts, leases, and agreements for goods and/or services, MOUs, etc.
  • Ability to learn, independently interpret, and apply a wide variety of complex rules and regulations.  
  • Ability to evaluate functions and recommend measures to improve operations.  
  • Ability to plan, organize, and execute a large scale and high volume of public contracts.   
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships both internal and external to the department.
  • Experienced in the administration of a wide range of contract laws, terms and conditions within a procurement environment, construction agreements and the Public Contracts Code.  
  • Knowledge financial software (e.g., Oracle). 
  • Professional certifications in contract management, administration or related field.  
  • J.D. or MBA preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:

  • Extensive Leave benefits: 15 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;
  • Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;
  • An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and
  • California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent

Anticipated hiring range: $90,000 - $95,000 annually

Diversity and Community at SDSU

At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community. 

Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement.  For more information, click here.

Principles of Community

At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university. 

SDSU’s Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another. 

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on July 1, 2024. To receive full consideration, apply by June 30, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, 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 SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Rachael Stalmann at rstalmann@sdsu.edu.

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