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The Department of Human Services (DHS) Fairness Officer is responsible for helping to ensure all solicitations and contract awards are fair, open and transparent

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Executes procurement functions according to the highest standards of professionalism in the respect of values, objectives and interests of the agency; adheres to the principles of fairness, impartiality, transparency, and stewardship to avoid conflict of interest and any impropriety, and to respect and apply the agency’s relevant policies, rules and procedures. Makes and reaffirms recommendations that are in the agency’s interest even if they are unpopular; understands the rules and regulations pertaining to the agency; knows why the rules and regulations are necessary; knows what caused the rules and regulations to be enacted; respects the need for the formality of rules and regulations; interprets and applies rules in accordance with their intent and performs procurement responsibilities effectively and efficiently while abiding by the pertinent rules. Performs regulated tasks consistently according to the specified procedures and takes a leadership role to help co-workers and stakeholders understand and follow them as well. Conducts themselves in such a way that any scrutiny would not damage the agency or its leaders, staff or programs. Provides guidance to staff and agency procurement personnel on proper methods of procurement, in accordance with the state, federal and agency procurement laws, regulations, policies and best practices. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations governing state procurement Knowledge of legal research and writing protocols. Ability to review and analyze vendor and agency issues as they pertain to the procurement process and recommend the proper course of action to meet their goals and objectives. Ability to perform mediation. Ability to organize, coordinate and manage time constraints. Ability to communicate orally and in writing. Ability to develop and present a variety of procurement training to internal and agency/institution staffs.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in business administration, marketing, applied management, general business or a related field; plus four years of experience in procurement and/or contract program administration or a related field, including one year in a supervisory or leadership capacity.

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