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Contracts Specialist 2 sought by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) in Olympia

Note: All information posted here was gleaned from the WSLCB website. Please contact original recruiter with questions or to apply.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board seeks Contracts Specialist 2 in Olympia

The mission of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is to promote public safety and trust through fair administration and enforcement of liquor, cannabis, tobacco, and vapor laws. At the WSLCB we pride ourselves on creating the “wow” factor in everything we do. We search for people who demonstrate a strong work ethic, excellence in customer service, partnering and teamwork, and quality performance. We strive to be a great place to work by fostering a safe, open, inclusive and healthy work environment. We want to ensure that our organization is as diverse and inclusive as our great State of Washington.

We want to create a culture that fosters excellence in customer service, open and honest communication, transparency and accountability, data driven decisions, and business initiated process improvement.
Your opportunity at a glanceAs the Contract Specialist 2, you will report to the Contracts, Procurement and Risk Manager, within WSLCB Finance Division, Operational Support unit. In this role, you will be responsible for creating and maintaining bid documents (RFP, RFQ, RFQQ and ITB) and contracts. You will also provide necessary contract guidance and procurement planning to support agency activities. You will also be relied upon for high quality data entry into the statewide Enterprise Contract Management System as well as the agency’s SharePoint system.  Additionally, as a member of the Operational Support team, the Contract Specialist 2 will aid with LEAN SIX SIGMA process improvement activities and assist with agency wide procurement training sessions.
WSLCB provides a modern work environment and excellent benefits including:

  • Training and career development programs
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Telecommuting opportunities
  • Generous wellness program
  • Onsite exercise facility
  • Active and engaging diversity program
  • Infant at Work program.
  • Organization’s commitment to your personal health and well-being.
  • Work/life balance.
  • Free parking
  • A comprehensive benefits package.


As the Contract Specialist 2, you will provide contract management, conduct competitive solicitations, and perform agency purchasing activities.  Your knowledge of regulations, policies and procedures for preparation of contracts, agreements, as well as great communication skills will be essential for success as you provide a high level of customer service and help improve WSLCB’s operation and decision making through data analysis, recommendation, accountability, and best practices.Primary duties will include:

  • Perform ongoing contract and contractor evaluations to ensure that goods and services are delivered or performed in accordance with contract requirements and contract prices remain competitive with the general market.
  • Direct corrective action as required, including negotiations to correct performance, price adjustments or contract termination.
  • Meet with contractor representatives, including executive officers, and customers to resolve contractual issues. 
  • Represent WSLCB as an attendee or presenter at events and conferences.
  • Perform market analysis and customer needs assessment studies to identify new contracting opportunities.
  • Determine appropriate course of action/procurement methodology including, but not limited to, competitive bids, sole source acquisitions, and request for proposals or direct negotiations.
  • Originate and finalize competitive solicitation documents incorporating necessary steps to finalize contracts for long term agreements and or/one time purchases.
  • Analyze and evaluate returned bids or proposals and determine compliance with contract requirements.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree involving major study in public administration, procurement, supply chain management, business management or accounting, mathematics or closely allied field. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted, year for year with the education.


Two years of private or public sector experience drafting, negotiating or administering complex contracts and creating and maintaining bid documents such as request for proposals, invitations to bid or requests for qualifications.

A law degree from an accredited college or university approved by the Washington State Bar Association may be substituted for the experience and education.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:
Certified Public Procurement Buyer (CPPB) certificationSupplemental InformationHOW TO APPLY

IMPORTANT: To be considered for this position, you MUST include the following, failure to do so will result in your application being disqualified:

  1. Completed online application.
  2. Current Resume.
  3. Letter of Interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for the position.
  4. Three professional references to include a current or recent supervisor with email addresses and phone numbers.

**A resume will not substitute for completing the “work experience” section of the application.

The information provided in your application and supplemental questionnaire must support your selected answers in the supplemental questions. Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this recruitment.

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  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.

Applicants for employment with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board should also be aware of RCW 66.08.080, which states in part: “No employee of the board shall have any interest, directly or indirectly, in the manufacture of liquor sold under this title, or derive any profit or remuneration from the sale of liquor, other than the salary or wages payable to him in respect of his office or position, and shall receive no gratuity from any person in connection with such business.

RCW 69.50.351, no member of the state liquor and cannabis board and no employee of the state liquor and cannabis board shall have any interest, directly or indirectly, in the producing, processing, or sale of marijuana, useable marijuana, or marijuana-infused products, or derive any profit or remuneration from the sale of marijuana, useable marijuana, or marijuana-infused products other than the salary or wages payable to him or her in respect of his or her office or position, and shall receive no gratuity from any person in connection with the business.

WSLCB 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, diversity, 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, please email or call (360) 664.1636. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

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