Contract Specialist

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Classification:Administrative Specialist 2
Grade:Grade 78
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Facilities Services
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Administrative/Personnel, Business/Accounting/Finance, Office/Clerical

Position Summary:

The Administrative Specialist position is a critical member of the Facilities Services Design and Construction Team. This position is responsible for assisting departmental staff, contractors, consultants, and UA staff during all project phases. Work at DDC is very fast paced and project managers rely on enough admin support to get projects and other contracts out the door. The interview will include three tests to assess typing and software skills. A background check will be required before final employment offer is made.


10ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT/STUDENT LEAD : Lead lower grade level administrative assistants and student assistants when needed; includes training and job assignments. Ensure administrative assistants' and students' work is accurate and complete. Maintain a professional and informative environment. Lead or Supervisor responsibilities are incidental to the work of the position. Supervision is not the primary duty of this position, and does not account for the preponderance of work.Essential
10Position has budgetary authority and input on spending and allocation of departmental funds up to $5,000 per purchase, $10,000 per month. Maintain and reconcile project-related ProCard purchases each month.Essential
80Construction Administration: Prepare documents for solicitation. Coordinate advertising, printing and distribution of these documents to ensure they are available to the university and the public within specified timelines. Monitor and record results of incoming bids and proposals. Prepare legally binding documents including, but not limited to contracts, change orders, project control documents, and other time-sensitive documents. Ensure that all reports, proposals, contracts, and other project-related paperwork and forms are correct and compliant with UAF, State, and Federal policies so projects are not adversely affected by contractual errors. Use web-based project and bid management systems and databases to track contracts, submittals, project budgets, approvals, and schedules. Train new users in these systems and databases. Monitor projects according to procedures in use to track construction related activities such as design clarifications and changes, certified payroll, insurance, construction close-out, and warranty information. Respond to or initiate project-related inquiries from consultants, contractors, internal team members, and support groups. Assist managers with project research, including internet and archive searches. Prepare and submit technical material, forms, reports, publications, correspondence, and confidential documents. Establish and maintain filing systems for all phases of a project. Maintain project managers' schedules and calendars necessary for project planning and implementation. Coordinate and attend project meetings, including pre-bid and pre-construction meetings. Prepare meeting resources including agenda and handouts. Take notes and record meeting minutes. Close out and archive contracts and projects. Analyzes and resolves significant problems. Problem resolution requires considerable analysis of multiple components or conflicting issues. Independently evaluates and meets complex organizational, program or system needs in assigned area. Projects typically impact critical programs, operations, systems, major work groups, or multiple functional areas. Interprets and applies complex rules and regulations (University Regulations, BoR Policies, FCC Rules & Regulation, Alaska Statures, Administrative Code, and Procurement Regulations). Independent project-related purchase decisions. Train and assign duties to lower grade level administrative assistants and student assistants when needed. Respond to project-related inquires from consultants, contractors, internal team members, and support groups. Resolve project administration issues as needed. Provide information to the public, contractors, and other UAF departments using discretion. Independent monitoring of active contracts to ensure insurance and certified payroll requirements are current. Ensure that all necessary legal documents have been prepared and executed for any given project.Essential

The Administrative Assistant position is a critical member of the Facilities Services Design and Construction Team.  This individual must be judicious in carrying out tasks without direction, responding articulately to critical and urgent needs, and must effectively diagnose situations and exercise excellent intuitive judgment. It is preferred that the individual in this position have a depth and breadth of knowledge in construction administration. This individual must have the ability to organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate problems, and must be able to provide practical solutions. Work may entail working at a construction site office.

The interview will include three tests to assess typing and software skills. 


-Professional experience in an administrative environment.
-Advanced office policy and computer skills with Microsoft Office and databases.
-Ability to work independently, determine priorities and meet deadlines with minimal instruction. -Ability to work well under pressure.
-Ability to manage time with multiple projects, deadlines and changing priorities.
-Strengths in analytical thinking, listening, problem solving, organization, and attention to detail.
-Proficient grammar, spelling and punctuation skills. Excellent communication skills; written and verbal.
-Demonstrated experience with customer service and problem solving.
-Maintain confidentiality.
-Organize and direct heavy work flow.
-Ability to respond to issues in a professional manner with tact and sound judgment.
-Must be a self-starter and demonstrate initiative and prompt decision making processes. -Proficient with document management and record keeping.

-College background in Business Administration.
-Experience in the field of design and construction or experience in a related area.
-CDT Certificate from Construction Specifications Institute or equivalent.
-Experience preparing legally binding documents.
-Experience with small and large procurement.
-Experience with using BANNER.


Three years of advanced administrative support experience is required, preferably related to design and construction, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Experience with modern office practices and procedures. Able to comprehend and use construction terminology and acronyms.


Two years of college coursework and increasingly responsible experience related to facility design and construction, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Advanced professional administrative experience required (At least three years of administrative experience e.g., calendaring activities, drafting correspondence or other documents, and prioritizing workload). Must demonstrate typing skills and a working knowledge of computers and software applications.

Prefer a working knowledge of University Regulations, Regent Policies, Alaska Statutes, Administrative Code, and Procurement Regulations. Valid Driver's license required.


Applications must be received prior to 11:55 PM Alaska time on 4/19/2021, to be considered. Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for this position.  To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date.

Salary Information: Grade 78 / Step 1 $23.84/hr DOE.  This is a full-time, benefited position with a UA employee benefits package

Applicant Instructions:  Please attach a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references.

Contact Information: If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

The interview will include three tests to assess typing and software skills

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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