Oregon Health & Science University

Senior Contracts Specialist

Job Locations US-Telecommuting
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
Unclassified Administrative
LO. Contracting
Salary Range
Commensurate with qualifications, experience and internal equity
Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
HR Mission
Central Services
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Senior Contracts Specialist (SCS) will administer contracts from inception through termination, which includes, but is not limited to, providing professional consultation, advice, direction to all levels of OHSU staff, contractors and third party entities or subcontractors regarding contracting issues and methods which will best meet OHSU business objectives. One of the main objectives of this position is to have the necessary skill set to support the contracting processes.

Function/Duties of Position

  • As the main contracting resource for areas assigned, the Senior Contracts Specialist must be receptive to a broad scope of responsibility when acting in the role of Senior Contracts Specialist. In addition to understanding the procurement process, this person acts as an advisor to OHSU end-users by explaining OHSU procurement and contracting policies and processes. 
  • The role of the Senior Contracts Specialist includes becoming skilled and qualified to negotiate and develop contracts using knowledge of applicable OHSU policy and procedure, Federal, State, County, District, City and public laws, codes, statutes, guidelines and requirements that are mandatory in order to translate program requirements into contract terms after consultation with the various contracting parties. The Senior Contracts Specialist will negotiate various aspects of a contract including conducting the appropriate informal or formal bidding processes, requiring the lead role for a cross functional team within OHSU
  • Be a strategic partner to determine how to bring the best value to both the Departments and OHSU.  Learn how to identify, proactively opportunities for creating effective management of programs, activities, procurements that will ultimately affect the bottom line and efficiency of OHSU.
  • Contracting Services Group empowers employees to identify opportunities for process improvement.  This includes identifying, evaluating and developing  comprehensive plans of action and implementation for more efficient and cost-effective processes.  This also includes proactively managing contracts and working with individual departments in order to identify cost saving/avoidance opportunities.


Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or a related field; OR paralegal degree or Juris Doctorate required
  • Four additional years of Contracting and/or Legal related experience may be substituted for the degree requirement
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA, and/or advanced degree in a related field
  • Four years of contract coordination experience negotiating and administering public or private service contracts with training, knowledge and experience in legal assistance, risk management and financial concepts
  • Skilled in soliciting bids for procurement of goods and services, negotiating pricing, terms and conditions and administering complex contracts including administering business reviews

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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