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Senior Contract Administrator (Construction)

Company: Cambridge Housing Authority
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Job Description:

DEPARTMENT: Planning and Development
UNION REPRESENTATION: None SummaryThe primary purpose of this job is construction management work directing all of the contract administration activities for consulting and construction work at all CHA developments. Work differs from that of Construction Project Manager in the number and dollar volume of contracts administered, the size of the staff supervised and the complexity of the problems encountered. Relating to tenants and other CHA departments is a significant aspect of this work. Work is performed under the direction of the Director of Planning and Development. Assignments require evaluative thinking and considerable use of second judgment based on established precedents and defined policies.
QualificationsTo perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Education and/or Experience Must possess a relevant degree, coupled with five or more years of demonstrable experience in the contract administration of affordable housing. A Master's Degree in engineering, public administration or architecture preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.Technical SkillsMust have the ability to comprehend and evaluate technical building/construction-related issues and experience with green buildings and sustainability, specifically compliance with Enterprise Green Building criteria. Strong organizational, communication and problem-solving skills, together with the ability to effectively supervise a professional staff are required. Must possess a valid Massachusetts driver's license and be insurable under CHA policies.To perform this job successfully, an individual should have strong computer skills (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, and MS Outlook). Incumbent also should be capable of using financial and accounting software and must be able to learn other computer software programs may be required by assigned tasks.
Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe below statements describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.Plans, assigns and reviews the work of a staff of contract administration, and construction inspection personnel; instructs contract administrators in various facets of contract administration; trains new employee in the duties and responsibilities; conducts periodic staff meetings to discuss and resolve problemsPrepares recommendations to award, modify and closeout each consulting and construction contract. Primary responsibility in this area is to ensure that staff is properly directed in the preparation of appropriate recommendations and that staff us giving adequate and effective guidance to consultantsMakes recommendations and signs appropriate approval forms for each payment to consultants and contractorsPrepares evaluations of personnel on a timely basisMaintains on-going dialogue with Senior Planner to keep appropriate Tenant Council and Management Department informed as to progress of any modification to all construction contractsOversees preparation of annual physical needs assessment at each development eligible for modernization or improvement funding; assists in preparation of annual request for modernization funds at eligible developments COMPETENCIESTo perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:Behavorial CompetenciesCommitment: Sets high standards of performance; pursues aggressive goals and works hard/smart to achieve them; strives for results and success; conveys a sense of urgency and brings issues to closure; persists despite obstacles and opposition. Customer Service: Meets/exceeds the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; identifies, understands, monitors and measures the needs of both internal and external customers; talks and acts with customers in mind; recognizes working colleagues as customers. Effective Communication: Ensures important information is passed to those who need to know; conveys necessary information clearly and effectively orally or in writing; demonstrates attention to, and conveys understanding of, the comments and questions of others; listens effectively. Responsiveness and Accountability: Demonstrates a high level of conscientiousness; holds oneself personally responsible for one's own work; does fair share of work. Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
Job CompetenciesKnowledge of the principles and practices of general administration and how they relate to a public agencyConsiderable knowledge of English grammar Experience with data processingKnowledge of accepted bookkeeping and accounting practicesAbility to prepare and present effectively both narrative and statistical reportsAbility to communicate clearly by phone or in personAbility to understand and follow both oral and written instructionsAbility to work in a government type setting and the dealing with the representatives of suchKnowledge of office practices and proceduresAbility to analyze facts and to exercise sound judgment Physical DemandsThe physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to maintain a stationary position, operate computers and other office equipment, move about the office, attend onsite and offsite meetings, and communicate. The employee must be able to accurately exchange information in person, in writing and via e-mail and telephone. The employee must occasionally transport up to 10 pounds. Work EnvironmentThe work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Office environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
M-F, 8-540 hours per week, salaried PI130837302

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