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Senior Contracts Attorney

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

Senior Contracts Attorney (WMS Band 2)

Business Services / Contracts and Legal Affairs


Tumwater, WA

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 of Corrections.

For additional information about our agency, please visit doc.wa.gov.


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.


Application Process:

 To begin the online application process:

  • Click the green 'APPLY" button on the job posting and sign in or create an account.
  • Complete your application.
  • Please be sure to attach the following to your application:
  • A cover letter outlining your qualifications;
  • A detailed chronological resume; and
  • At least three (3) professional references 

  • Click "Accept & Submit" to submit your application.

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 services.
  • Prepare agency contracts and develop contract language, ensuring contracts comply with applicable law, policies, and procedures.
  • 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 issues.
  • Develop standard agency templates for contracts, procurement, documents, and real and intellectual property issues, as appropriate.
  • 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 competitive procurements.


Preferred/Desired Qualifications 

  • 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 acceptable.
  • 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 role.
  • Working knowledge of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and Public Records Act (public disclosure).

Our Agency


 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 Washington.


 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 each other.
  • 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!

Telework Details

 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. 


 Additional Information:

 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 from consideration.
  • 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 position. 
  • 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 test results.


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 tkpfeifer@doc1.wa.gov or call us at (509) 496-7437.  For TTY service, call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

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