Contract Specialist II The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) seeks highly qualified candidates to fill the Contract Specialist II position within Access and Eligibility Services (AES), Finance and Contract Operations (FCO) Division. AES is driven by its mission to connect Texans to services by helping individuals and families in need of food, medical care, cash assistance and other social services.
The ideal candidate will thrive in an environment that emphasizes: innovation through new ideas, striving for excellence, taking pride in your work, embracing differences as a source of strength, accomplishing more through partnership, leading by example, and ongoing continuous improvement. Contract Specialist II manages Community Services contracts primarily in Region 11 and other regions as needed. The duties may include recruitment, procurement, development, evaluation, compliance and fiscal monitoring.
Manages Community Care for the Aged and Disabled (CCAD), and contracts of the following types: Primary Home Care, Family Care, Community Attendant Services (CAS), Client Managed Personal Assistant Services (CMPAS), Home Delivered Meals, Emergency Response Services, Adult Foster Care, Residential Care and Day Activity and Health Services or any other types of contracts that might be as assigned. Reviews contractor billings and resolves billing rejection problems and/or issues.
Analyzes and is responsible for budget utilization to maximize usage of regional funds. Reviews program compliance to ensure that state and federal guidelines are followed. Provides orientation, formal training, and technical assistance to providers, regional staff and community groups, department staff regarding issues and problems.
Performs other duties as assigned. Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with HHSC leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. All employees hired under this job posting are required to work the hours of 8AM to 5PM for the first six months of employment.
Supervisors may consider alternate work schedules after the first six months of employment based on performance, responsibilities, and the needs of the team. However, alternate work schedules are not guaranteed. Supports, ensures compliance with, and behaves in a manner that reflects the AES values in support of the AES mission and vision.
Must also perform other duties as assigned and necessary. Negotiates/develops/enrolls/procures/amends and manages Community Services Contracts. Monitors contractor performance for compliance with federal and state requirements including follow-up monitoring for corrective action. (50%) Provides orientation or training to staff, providers, other agency staff or the public on processes or procedures.
Provides complex technical assistance to others (for example, staff, volunteer, contractors, and other organizations) on policies, procedures, rules, regulations, standards, or requirements. (25%) Communicates verbally and in writing on a complex level with others (internally or externally) to provide, exchange, or verify information, answer inquiries, address issues or resolves problems or complaints. (10%) Investigates complaints/inquiries in accordance with federal and state regulations and program policies and procedures. (5%) Produces/maintains monthly expenditures reports and monitors funds availability. (5%) Resolves billing or payment errors/problems. Interprets policies, procedures, rules, regulations, or standards to others (for example, staff, applicants, clients, providers, vendors, and the public officials). (5%) Knowledge Skills Abilities:
To maintain employment as a contract specialist, this position may require an applicant to obtain specialized certification as a Certified Texas Contract Manager (CTCM) within one year of hire date. Initial Selection Criteria:
Experience interpreting policies, rules and regulations of State and/ or Federal laws. Knowledge of Community Care Services.
Experience in making decisions based upon interpretation of federal and state laws. Ability to work independently in a fast paced environment and to effectively handle multiple assignments. Ability to work in group of teams of two or more.
Ability to travel 85% with some overnight stay. Additional Information:
Applicants may not have a history of substantiated fraudulent activity against HHSC or any programs it administers. Applicants who have a non-fraud over payment with an outstanding balance must agree to repay the over payment balance as a condition of employment.
Office location is Edinburg, Texas. Valid driver license required. Extensive local and distance travel and some overnight stay required.
Applicants may not have a history of substantiated fraudulent activity against HHSC or any programs it administers. Applicants who have a non-fraud overpayment with an outstanding balance must agree to repay the overpayment balance as a condition of employments. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability.
If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply. MOS Code:
Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 51C, LS, SK, 3044, 6C0X1.
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.
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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability.
If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.
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