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Agency: Arkansas Department of Human Services
Date Posted: 02/14/2018
Posting Expires: 02/26/2018
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Fairness Officer is responsible for helping to ensure all solicitations and contract awards are fair, open and transparent in competition, and supports the adoption of best practices and active measures to reduce correction. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
Typical Functions
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.
Special Job Dimensions
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations governing state procurementKnowledge 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 Education and/or Experience
The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus three years of experience in procurement program administration, the practice of law or a related field, including one year in a supervisory or leadership capacity.
Preferred Qualifications
The position requires a law degree from an accredited school and an Arkansas law license, but this is not a litigation position;
Knowledge of State, Federal, and Department of Human Services Procurement laws, rules, regulations and processes;
Extensive knowledge of governmental and public procurement contract law;
Experience in conducting procurement evaluations, including evaluation team training, facilitating team meetings across various divisions and agencies.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar in accordance withACA 16-22-201. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
Agency Specific Information
Division Name
Office of Chief Procurement

Hiring Official
Sarah Linam

Special Work Condition
Occasional in-state and out-of-state travel required, including overnight stays; this position is located in Little Rock, AR, with a starting salary of $45,377.
This position will be housed in the Office of Chief Counsel but will provide support to the DHS Office of Procurement.
Preferred Qualifications (continued:
Abilities to manage time effectively; demonstrate initiative; work well within a team; develop good client relationships; and possess a good understanding of the current economic and state political conditions.

Special Application Information
All DHS applicants must complete drug screening, as outlined in DHS Policy 1087, prior to being hired.
Applications are prescreened according to the state application, addenda, résumé, transcript, licenses and any other information that is submitted. Only transcripts should be submitted at the time of applications; reference letters, certificates, and licenses should be brought at the time of interview. Failure to complete the application form according to instructions with complete and accurate information will adversely impact your comparison to other candidates. List all prior work experience, including military service, with most recent employment first. You may include volunteer or unpaid work as part of your work history; however, you should include the number of hours per week which you performed these duties.
False, misleading, or incomplete statements may result in disciplinary action and possible termination.
Benefits package may include: health & life insurance, vacation & sick time, paid holidays, credit union membership, retirement, career bonus, and deferred compensation.
Submitting an application for a continuously advertised position does not guarantee that a job is available for that position title; e-mails stating that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for a position are for future reference. Applications submitted for continuously advertised positions are kept on file for 60 days. As jobs for that position title become available, eligible applications in that file that match the county and division criteria will be considered. On your application you should have designated in which counties and divisions you are willing to work. Please keep in mind that you will not appear on hiring lists for counties you do not designate. Do not select “statewide” from this county list.
Applicants must submit an official transcript by mail in addition to applications for all levels of Family Service Worker positions except for Family Services Assistant positions. Transcripts will remain on file for future applications. The following Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees are valid for such Family Service Worker-type positions:
Behavior Science
Child and Family Development
Child Development
Counseling (any field)
Criminal Justice
Education: Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary, or Special
Family & Consumer Science
Family Development
Family Services
Home Economics
Human Development & Family Studies
Human Services
Rehabilitation Science
Social Welfare
Social Work
Mail your transcript to the following address:
Arkansas Department of Human Services
Attn: Recruitment
P.O. Box 1437, Slot W301
Little Rock, AR 72203
The transcript must be an official transcript sent from the university or college you attended. The transcript must still have the envelope sealed with the security seal affixed. Once the seal is broken, the transcript is considered void.
Job Details
Position No.: 22164963
Class Code: G264C
Grade: GS08
Salary Range: $45,010.00 - $58,513.00 per year
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Job Type: Full Time
Location Information
Job City: Little Rock
Job County/Region: Pulaski
Contact Information
Contact name: DHS Recruitment
Phone: 501-682-1001
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