Employment

Current Openings

The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington is accepting applications for
a full-time Procurement Administrator in our Seattle office. Our office provides legal
representation to indigent persons charged with criminal offenses in United States District Court.

Salary: The starting salary range for this position is $79,570-$94,618. Salary is based on
education and years of relevant and specialized experience. This position is contingent on federal
funding. Compensation includes federal government benefits, paid vacation, sick leave, and
holidays. Salary is paid biweekly by direct deposit only.

Responsibilities: The Procurement Administrator (PA) handles a variety of administrative and management
matters which often involve multi-tasking and short deadlines. The PA performs and manages all
aspects of procurement, including oversight to ensure adherence to federal and local financial
procurement practices and procedures. The PA checks for accuracy and completeness of data,
quality of service, and compliance with internal controls, government requirements, regulations,
and policies.

The position requires the ability to research and evaluate suppliers based on price, quality,
service, support, availability, and reliability. The PA obtains and reviews competitive bids,
quotes, and proposals from vendors, and coordinates with selected vendors on supply and
delivery of purchased items. The PA also evaluates and monitors contract performance to ensure
compliance with contracted obligations

As part of the procurement process, the PA purchases supplies, equipment, and services from
governmental and non-governmental sources through new contracts, competitive bids, or
existing government contracts.

The PA also assesses requests for goods and services, requests funds, prepares spreadsheets, and
maintain databases to track certain expenditures. This position may supervise a minimum of three employees.

Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum of two years of specialized experience and knowledge of
procurement procedures, guidelines, policies, and practices. The candidate must possess skills
necessary to prepare requests for quotes and bids, and have the ability to research, interpret, and
implement federal judiciary guidelines, rules, regulations, and policies regarding purchasing. In
addition, the candidate must be able to obtain federal government Contracting Officer
Certification Program Levels 1-3 and will be required to attend out-of-state training for this
program in 2019.

The applicant must possess strong organizational, planning, problem-solving, math, and
analytical skills along with a high level of proficiency and technical skills in Adobe Acrobat,
Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. The candidate should have excellent grammar, written,
and oral communication skills as well as excellent customer service skills and the ability to
maintain confidentiality. This position will involve some travel. A valid driver’s license is
required. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents seeking citizenship.

Qualifications: Completion of a bachelor’s degree in a related field or a combination of formal training and
procurement experience in the field of contracts and procurement is preferred.
This is a high-sensitive position within the Judiciary. As a condition of employment, the selected
candidate must be fingerprinted and must successfully complete a background investigation with
periodic updates every five years thereafter.

Applications: Employment, education, and references will be verified prior to an offer of employment.
Preference will be given to applications received by October 1, 2018.
Qualified persons may apply by emailing a letter of interest, résumé, and at least two work
references (including name, address, and telephone number) to wawpersonnel@fd.org. Please
attach all materials as a single PDF and note the position number in the email subject line. An
email confirming receipt of application materials will be sent to all applicants, however only
persons offered an interview will be contacted further. The job announcement will be removed
from http://waw.fd.org once the position has been filled. Please, no phone calls or email inquiries.

The Federal Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer and values workplace diversity.