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Procurement Officer

Recruitment #13-006473-001



Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional contractual position responsible for serving as the Procurement Officer for the Division of Early Childhood Development (ECD) providing technical assistance and leadership in support of the development, implementation, tracking, and awarding of procurements while providing the same support to the Department for grants and contracts.


Provides technical assistance in developing solicitations and provides technical assistance to MSDE staff; defines the requirement of a proposed procurement and translating Division needs into an appropriate procurement instrument; advises ECD leadership regarding the appropriate methodology for procuring services, equipment and commodities; provides technical assistance to ECD staff to in developing Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and contract documents that comply with State laws and regulations and conducts all procurement activities; interprets policies, regulations and directives affecting administrative aspects of procurement; processes grants and contracts; supervises processing of requisitions and purchase orders; ensures availability of all documents required to evaluate proposals and the selection of a grantee, contractor or vendor; develops and publicizes solicitations and awards of services in the Maryland Register Contract Weekly and eMaryland Marketplace;  implements and maintains a tracking system to ensure the timely renewal of contracts and monitors the awarding of new contracts; prepares all required reports as requested.


EDUCATION:  A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with coursework in Business Administration, Contract Management, Purchasing or closely related field.

EXPERIENCE: Two (2) years of experience in contract management or procurement involving duties such as: soliciting, evaluating, negotiating and awarding contracts and ensuring compliance with governmental procurement laws, regulations and conditions.  

NOTES: Contract management or procurement experience may be substituted on a year for year basis for up to four years of the required education. Graduate education may be substituted at the rate of thirty credit hours for each year for the required experience.


Knowledge of principles and practices of public procurement administration; knowledge of state and federal procurement laws, regulations and policies; knowledge of contract and specification writing techniques; skill in data management and related software programs to prepare contracts, specifications, and procurement documents; skill in reviewing procurement contracts for specification and compliance; skill in procurement negotiation; skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with vendors and customers; ability to use FMIS & ADPICS; ability to prepare accurate and complete contract and acquisition documents; ability to conduct pre-bid conferences and explain procurement regulations; ability to communicate effectively with all levels of officials and contractors inside and outside of the organization.


To apply for this position online go to which is the preferred method for submitting your application/attachments.  Using this method will allow you to access your documents for future recruitments for which you apply and to verify that the appropriate documents have been attached to the recruitment that requires them.  

If you utilize fax or regular mail as the option to submit required attachments, you will need to resubmit these documents each time you apply for a new position that requires the attachments.  Additionally, you must include the following information on each page of the attachment you submit in order to ensure that we append the attachments to the correct recruitment: First and Last Name, Recruitment Number, and the last 4 digits of your SS# and complete a Race to the Top addendum, indicating application for Agency Procurement Specialist II, under the Division of Early Childhood Development.

Mailing Address: Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Human Resources, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland  21201. Fax: 410-333-8950 – This fax number is for Department of Education recruitment actions only.

If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850. For inquiries or an MSDE Application, contact 410-767-0019 or TTY/TDD 410-333-3045 or visit our website at www.marylandpublicschools. Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request. Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and possible travel throughout the State are required. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.  

July 12, 2013 (Applications must be received by close of business – 5 p.m. EST.)

 As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.