Senior Contracts Attorney
Company: State of Washington
Posted on: June 9, 2021
Senior Contracts Attorney (WMS Band 2)
Business Services / Contracts and Legal Affairs
The Department of Corrections is seeking a highly motivated and
qualified individual to take on the dynamic role of Senior
Contracts Attorney for our Contracts and Legal Affairs unit within
Business Services, Administrative Operations Division. This is a
full-time, permanent position located at Department of Corrections
Headquarters in Tumwater, Washington.
This position will be posted until filled. Applications are
checked daily. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a
hiring decision and/or to close the recruitment at any time after
the initial 7 days of posting. It is in the applicant's best
interest to submit all required materials as early as possible.
Our mission at the Department of Corrections is to 'improve
public safety'. With a vast number of innovative sustainability
programs, and evidence-based practices used to reduce recidivism,
Washington State is highly regarded as a strong leader in the field
For additional information about our agency, please visit
This position is a statewide department headquarters position,
reporting to the Contracts and Legal Affairs Administrator. It is
located within Business Services, office of Contracts and Legal
Affairs, and is dedicated to providing all offices, institutions
and divisions of the Department of Corrections (DOC), including the
Indeterminate Sentence Review Board (ISRB), with administrative
support, enabling each office, institution, and
administration/division to more appropriately focus vital resources
and energy toward ensuring staff and public safety through
effective stewardship of agency resources. This position assists
the office in interpreting and applying, across all DOC division's
statewide, adopted procurement and contracting laws, rules, and
policies. This position's decisions and recommendations impact all
levels of the agency.
To begin the online application process:
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Provide expert legal analysis and recommendations on complex
contracting and procurement issues.
- Plan, lead, organize, control, and manage contracting
activities and projects as assigned, including coordinating and
managing complex contracting projects involving multiple parties
inside and outside of DOC.
- Provide expert drafting and review of legal instruments such as
intergovernmental agreements, mutual aid agreements, and agreements
for program services such as chemical dependency, offender work
crews, Community Oriented Police Offices (COPS), and health
- Prepare agency contracts and develop contract language,
ensuring contracts comply with applicable law, policies, and
- Provide legal review of documents submitted by department
programs and work of other staff in the section as assigned, and
otherwise serve as an internal legal consultant on contracting
- Develop standard agency templates for contracts, procurement,
documents, and real and intellectual property issues, as
- Collaboration within DOC to produce legal instruments necessary
to accomplish programmatic needs.
- Collaborate and coordinate with Department of Enterprise
Services procurement and real estate specialists, and DOC project
and program managers, to develop, negotiate, draft, review, execute
and record contracts, easements, leases and interagency agreements
related to DOC-owned or leased properties.
- Organize, research, and respond to public disclosure requests
from the DOC Public Disclosure Unit (PDU).
- Collaborate and coordinate with the Indeterminate Sentencing
Review Board (ISRB) to develop, negotiate, draft, review, and
execute contracts with private sector attorneys to represent
offenders in matters related to ISRB, such as .100 hearings.
- Law degree with contract and administrative law courses and
membership in a state bar association.
- Professional level experience providing consultation and
direction on most complex issues and questions in the areas of
contracts, grants, ethics, state procurement, interpretation of
statutes, rules, and regulations.
- Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel to develop
and/or maintain contracts and evaluation tools/spreadsheets, which
includes creating formulas and linking pages or workbooks for
- Certified in procurement and contracting as required by the DES
and Chapter 39.26 RCW. Immediate coursework for the required
certification upon selection for this position is also
- Working knowledge of common law theories of contracts, torts,
real property, and remedies
- Working knowledge of Uniform Commercial Code applicable state
and federal laws, including workers compensation/industrial
insurance, employer/employee determinations, and constitutional
rights of incarcerated individuals.
- Working knowledge of criminal justice system and DOC's
- Working knowledge of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and
Public Records Act (public disclosure).
Mission: The mission of DOC is to improve public safety by
positively changing lives.
Our Vision: Working together for safer communities.
Our Commitment: To operate a safe and human corrections
system and partner with others to transform lives for a better
Our Core Values:
- Cultivate an environment of integrity and
trust: Corrections values partnership and trust. We foster
openness and support courageous conversations. We are committed to
doing what we say we are going to do by being accountable and
taking personal ownership in our actions.
- Respectful and inclusive interactions: Corrections
appreciates and values individuals by promoting an inclusive and
diverse environment, which encourages safety. We respect, value,
and listen to the thoughts, feelings, and perspectives of our
stakeholders and consider the impact on those we serve as well as
- People's safety: Corrections believes in creating an
environment that values physical, mental, and emotional security
and well-being. We honor those who advance safety for all.
- Positivity in words and actions: At Corrections, we assume
positive intentions and believe there is a shared desire for the
best outcome. We consistently demonstrate positive behavior and
always put forth our best effort.
- Supporting people's success: Corrections is committed to
our community - understanding individuals, instilling hope,
embracing change, and providing opportunities.
What We Offer:
As an employee of the Department of Corrections, your
work-life integration is a priority. Washington State
employees are offered one of the most inclusive and competitive
benefits packages in the nation.
Besides comprehensive family insurance for medical,
dental, and vision, these perks also may include:
- Remote/telework/flexible schedules (depending on position)
- Up to 25 paid vacation days a year
- 12 days of paid sick leave a year
- 11 paid holidays a year
- Generous retirement plan
- Flex Spending Accounts
- Dependent Care Assistance
- Deferred Compensation and so much more!
This position may be eligible to telework after initial
in-office training is complete. Work may be performed from your
home or another offsite location within the state of Washington
using a reliable internet or cellular hotspot service. Employees
are expected to perform assigned duties in a safe manner, to take
proper care all state-issued equipment, and maintain
confidentiality of all information in possession while working
offsite. Employees will be required to commute to a
Department of Corrections facility as business requires.
A background check including criminal record history will
be conducted prior to a new hire. Information from the
background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will
be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and
competence to perform in the position.
- Employees may work directly with or in close proximity to
incarcerated individuals in a potentially hazardous setting. Please
consider this when deciding whether to apply.
- We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol-free work
environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all
state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test may be
administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who
test positive for any controlled substances, will be disqualified
- Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) is an aerosol pepper spray made
available as a means of self-defense and/or de-escalation.
Applicants with sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask
about the level of exposure they could expect in this
- Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington
State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with
animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the
level of exposure they could expect in this position.
- Tuberculosis (TB) is a priority health issue for DOC employees.
The successful candidate may be required to provide valid proof of
a baseline TB skin test within 60 days from the date of hire.
When positive tests result, further information, testing and
treatment will also be required. Employment is not contingent upon
DOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate
on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital
status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression,
age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic
information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical
disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a
person with a disability.
For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable
accommodation in the application process, email
email@example.com or call us at (509) 496-7437. For
TTY service, call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or
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