CONTRACT TECHNICIAN - POSTING #14-743-1
- Austin, TX
The Texas Legislature established the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) in 1907. The agency's key objectives are to promote production agriculture, consumer protection, economic development and healthy living. The agriculture commissioner oversees the agency and is elected every four years. The current commissioner, Todd Staples, was first elected in 2006 and re-elected to a second term in 2010.
TDA is a diversified state agency that provides value-added services through our regulatory and marketing and initiatives. TDA is headquartered in Austin and has five regional service offices, two sub-offices, three laboratories and five livestock export facilities.
Mission: TDA’s mission is to partner with all Texans to make Texas the nation's leader in agriculture, fortify our economy, empower rural communities, promote healthy lifestyles, and cultivate winning strategies for rural, suburban and urban Texas through exceptional service and the common threads of agriculture in our daily lives.
CLASSIFICATION TITLE: Contract Technician III
SALARY: A13, $2,750-$2,900.00/MO.
CLASSIFICATION NO: 1974
JOB OBJECTIVE: Perform contract technical assistance and review work and administrative support related to contract and grant awards, processes and responsibilities under various programs administered by the Office of Rural Affairs within the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).
- Conduct technical review of grant contracts and related amendments; verify that agreement data meets legal and fiscal requirements.
- Perform timely and accurate data entry for grant contract approvals and changes.
- Process grant contracts, reviewing for completeness and accuracy.
- Prepare, edit and distribute correspondence, reports, forms and documents; review routine and special correspondence, reports, forms and documents to ensure established standards are used.
- Provide technical assistance to local officials, management consultants, engineers and other interested parties regarding the status of contracts and amendments.
- Maintain contract boilerplate provisions and coordinate all changes to these provisions.
- Develop, coordinate and maintain record keeping and filing systems for pending contracts and amendments.
- Coordinate training opportunities and travel arrangements for program staff; perform technical review to verify that travel documentation meets legal and fiscal requirements.
- Coordinate the distribution of various documents within the division, including daily mail.
- Adhere to established work schedule with regular attendance.
- Follow all TDA safety guidelines/procedures and ethics requirements.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications are met.):
- Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree (one year work experience related to the essential duties may substitute for one year of college);
- Minimum one year work experience preparing and/or reviewing contracts;
- Work experience preparing technical program reports; and
- Required to travel up to 5% of the work period.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (The application must specifically state how each of the following qualifications are met.):
- Working knowledge of Texas contract preparation and process;
- Knowledge of contract policies and procedures;
- Effective verbal and written communication, human relations and organizational skills;
- Skill in providing excellent customer service to both internal and external customers;
- Skill in operating a personal computer with word processing, database and spreadsheet software;
- Ability to interpret and accurately apply the regulations of federal and state programs;
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES CONTINUED:
- Ability to work in a setting requiring self-motivation/cooperative decision-making and to work effectively with diverse groups of people;
- Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet strict deadlines while maintaining extreme attention to detail;
- Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
- Ability to adapt successfully and quickly to change and deliver quality results in a timely manner;
- Ability to plan, organize and work independently, as well as within a team environment;
- Ability to make presentations to groups of people;
- Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion; and
- Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality.
ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL CONDITIONS: Normal office work environment, mostly sedentary in nature. May involve walking; standing; pulling and pushing; kneeling, stooping and bending; and safely lifting and carrying items weighing up to 30 pounds. May involve travel, occasionally overnight.
A skills exercise will be conducted at the time of the interview.
The Texas Department of Agriculture is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability in recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention or any other personnel action or deny any benefits or participation in programs or activities which it sponsors. Applicants should communicate requests for disability-related accommodations during the application process to our Human Resources Office at 512-463-7648.
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Section 651.005 of the Government Code requires males, ages 18 through 25, to provide proof of their Selective Service registration or of their exemption from the requirement as a condition of state employment.
As part of the employment process, TDA may conduct a driving and criminal background check. Unsatisfactory information relevant to the position may disqualify the applicant from employment.
Only applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection. Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application.
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TDA participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security, with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.
* E-Verify Participation Poster (English)
* E-Verity Participation Poster (Spanish)
* Right to Work Poster (English)
* Right to Work Poster (Spanish)
For more information about registering with Work in Texas and submitting an electronic application, you can refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on the WorkinTexas website. Questions directly related to the job posting may be directed to TDA’s Applicant Services Office at (512) 463-7648.
TDA participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security, with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. * E-Verify Participation Poster (English) * E-Verity Participation Poster (Spanish) * Right to Work Poster (English) * Right to Work Poster (Spanish)