Commerce Specialist 3 - Behavioral Health Specialist [01640]

State Of Washington Olympia , WA 98513

Posted 1 week ago


This recruitment is to fill two Commerce Specialist 3 positions within the Community Capital Facilities unit (CCF) of the Local Government Division. This recruitment will remain open until filled with first review of applications scheduled for March 12, 2019.

At the Department of Commerce (Commerce), we are creative, collaborative, and trusted. We identify opportunities, to deliver critical funding and services to strengthen communities, we cultivate an environment in which we continuously learn, and we own our work.

These position work on the Behavioral Rehabilitation Services Capacity and the Behavioral Health Facilities grant programs and direct appropriated projects as assigned. This work includes negotiating, drafting, executing and managing program contracts; processing all associated invoices, managing program performance reimbursements, and tracking expenditures; providing technical assistance to grantees, program applicants and community members, developing program guidelines, on-line applications and scoring criteria, administering the programs competitive processes; and participating on interagency behavioral health and behavioral rehabilitation committees that oversees the programs and provides technical guidance.


  • Negotiate, draft, and execute capital contracts and amendments scopes of work and special terms and conditions with both new and re-appropriated capital funds. Work with Commerce's assistant attorney general on contract language and grantee negotiations as needed.

  • Utilize the Department's Contracts Management System (CMS) and the Capital Programs' Database to record, track, and manage various contracting components and tasks.

  • Resolve issues related to determining legislative intent for legislative direct appropriated projects.

  • Ensure the payment of state prevailing wages requirements and applicable Executive Order 05-05 archeology and historic preservation requirements.

  • Work with the unit's Property Security Manager to ensure all applicable requirements have been satisfied.

  • Monitor contract deliverable and perform risk assessments as necessary of contractors and/or projects.

  • Provide ongoing technical assistance and support to contractors to ensure proper use of funds and program success.

  • Assist in the creation of program guidelines and application tools, forms, and resources, as well as assist in coordinating and preparing the program's biennial grant application process.

  • Provide technical assistance to potential applicants to ensure that quality projects are presented for potential funding. Work with individuals and organizations to assist them with project development plans prior to entering the grant application process.

  • Conduct the competitive grant application processes, which includes soliciting applications, convening subject matter experts and key stakeholders to assist with the review, evaluating applications, and determining proposed application awards.

  • Review, authorize, and process contract reimbursements. Ensure that expenditures are within the appropriated authority and are submitted for allowable expenses.

  • Track contract budgets, expenditures, and balances using the Department's Contract Management System (CMS) and the unit's Capital Programs Database.


Required Education

  • A Bachelor's degree in business, public administration or related field (professional level experience may substitute year for year for the degree).

Required Experience

  • Three years of professional level experience in behavioral health services and programs
  • AND/OR Three years of professional level experience in community, trade, or economic development and state capital financing, grant, and loan administration (a graduate degree or advanced degree may substitute for one year of required experience).

Required Competencies:

  • Accountability--Meets commitments, works independently, accepts accountability, handles change, sets personal standards, stays focused under pressure, meets attendance/punctuality requirements

  • Customer Service--Handles customer questions and complaints, communicates with customers, handles service problems politely and efficiently, always available for customers, follows procedure to solve customer problems, understands company products and services, maintains pleasant and professional image.

  • Integrity--Deals with others in a straightforward and honest manner, is accountable for actions, maintains confidentiality, supports company values, and conveys good news and bad.

  • Teamwork--Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team leader to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere.

  • Results Focus--Targets and achieves results, sets challenging goals, prioritizes tasks, overcomes obstacles, sets team standards and responsibilities, provides leadership/motivation.

  • Communication--Communicates well both verbally and in writing, creates accurate and punctual reports, delivers presentations, shares information and ideas with others, has good listening skills.

  • Organizational Savvy--Operates within the organization's formal and informal structures, builds allies and relationships across departments, uses allies to build consensus and create results, is appropriately diplomatic, understands others' roles and perspectives, can sell projects and ideas across the organization.

  • Computer Skills--Skilled in the use of computers, adapts to new technology, keeps abreast of changes, learns new programs quickly, use computers to improve productivity.

Supplemental Information

I want to work for Commerce! How do I apply?

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  • A current resume detailing experience and education; and
  • A list of at least three professional references.

For questions about this recruitment, please contact Lindsey Henderson at 360-725-2650 or

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Who we are:

At Commerce, we're a little different. However, for you, it might just be the perfect fit. We're a state agency but operate like a business with the understanding we need to know our customer's needs to fulfill them. Our Olympia offices are open Monday through Friday (flexible schedules are available). Our parking is free and many of our employees bike year round. We also have an active bicycle loaner program.

Washington State offers commuting programs, including free, subsidized and reduced public transportation incentives. There are approximately 300 employees in our agency. We are committed to our work and value balance in our personal lives. We hire people for a position and encourage them to train for growth opportunities.

If this sounds like a good fit for you and you meet the qualifications, we encourage you to apply today!

What we do:

We are the lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington. We administer a diverse portfolio of more than 100 programs and several state boards and commissions, all focused on achieving one clear and simple mission: to grow and improve jobs in Washington.

Our key customers include businesses, local governments and community-based organizations. We also play the crucial role of convening numerous local, state, regional and federal partners and stakeholders, public and private. Together we work to support the Governor's priorities and achieve shared goals and objectives for the citizens of Washington.

Not from Olympia?

As the state's capitol, Olympia is located off Interstate 5 at the south end of the Puget Sound roughly half-way between Seattle and Portland, and less than a two hour drive to the coast, temperate rainforest, mountains, urban city, or farmlands. With year-round art festivals, parades, theater shows, concerts, and community events, Olympia and its surrounding cities have something for everyone. For parents, it boasts some of the best schools in the nation and the renowned Hands On Children's Museum. Home to two universities (The Evergreen State College and Saint Martin's University), Olympia residents also have the opportunity to pursue a degree while working!

Additional Information:

The Washington State Department of Commerce complies with the employment eligibility verification requirements of the federal Form I-9. The selected candidate must be able to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States consistent with the requirements of that form on the first day of employment.

The Washington State Department of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application, testing, or interview process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call Human Resources at (360) 725-2650. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

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