Transit Systems 2022-06-10 2022-07-15

Chief Contracting Officer

South Florida Regional Transportation Authority
Pompano Beach, Florida

Job ID: 143529
Job Status: Full-time

Posting #: 2023-04

Closing Date: June 23, 2022*

Position Title: Chief Contracting Officer

Department: Contracts & Procurement

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director           

Supervisory: Yes

Starting Salary Range: $101,498 - $125,572**         

Position Salary Range: $101,498 - $197,792

Pay Grade: Exec I      

EEO Category: Officials and Administrators

FLSA Status: Exempt

FLSA Exemption: Executive

Telework Eligible: Yes          

Essential Role: Yes

Location: Pompano Beach, FL          

Work Schedule: 40 Hours Mon - Fri; 8 am - 5 pm

*Applications will be reviewed as received.  Closing date may change without notice.

****Applications with a minimum salary requirement exceeding this range may be considered based on experience.



All Aboard!

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority ("SFRTA") is currently seeking to fill the position of Chief Contracting Officer.  The Chief Contracting Officer formulates and establishes agency-wide procurement policies and procedures, develops and manages departmental budget and directs the operations of the procurement functions for SFRTA, including commuter rail operations and maintenance services, capital equipment, construction, rolling stock, technology, commodities, professional services, architectural and engineering services, maintenance and general services, and routine goods and services in accordance with SFRTA procurement policies and procedures and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) guidelines.


South Florida

South Florida, comprised of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties, is the fifth largest urbanized area in the United States with more than five million residents.  Key to the region’s economic vitality is a transportation system that provides mobility for existing and future residents and visitors, alike.  Providing greater mobility in South Florida, thereby improving the economic viability and the quality of the community, region and state is our vision.  


100 Million Riders

The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority ("SFRTA") operates Tri-Rail, a commuter rail line operating over a 72-mile corridor linking Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.  We are proud to celebrate the milestone of serving over 100 million riders.


The Benefits of Working for SFRTA

SFRTA’s total compensation package includes a highly competitive set of employee benefits offered through the State of Florida Department of Management Services and SFRTA sponsored plans.  Benefits include:

  • State of Florida Retirement Package
  • State of Florida Insurance Benefits
    • Health insurance (over 90% employer paid)
    • includes prescription drug coverage
    • Dental, vision and supplemental insurances
    • $25k Life Insurance (100% Employer Paid)
    • Employer Assistance Program (100% Employer Paid)
    • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Participation in the State of Florida 457 Deferred Compensation Plan.
  • Paid Vacation, Personal, Sick & Compensatory Leave
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • 2x Salary Life Insurance (100%Employer Paid)
  • Long-term Disability Coverage (100% Employer Paid)
  • Employee access to free transportation on Tri-Rail to/from work; a savings of up to $1,860/yr. 
  • On-site Parking & Free EV Charging Station.
  • Flexible Schedule & Telework eligible positions.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) eligible employer under the U.S. Department of Education’s PSLF program.
  • and more!



  • Plans, directs and monitors all activities within the Procurement department to ensure the most effective and efficient operations of personnel and technology.  Activities include procurement planning, solicitation development, acquisition management, negotiations, contract administration, and disposition of surplus equipment.
  • Develops and monitors the adherence to the Authority’s policies and procedures for the planning, acquisition, administration and disposition of the Authority’s required goods and services, in accordance with the laws, regulations and guidelines of the Florida Statutes, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
  • Interfaces with all department/divisions and outside agencies in meeting supply management objectives.
  • Oversees the facilities maintenance function for SFRTA offices.
  • Directs the preparation of comprehensive reports concerning costs, bidder lists, expiring term contracts, DBE participation, fleet maintenance, contractor insurance requirements/expirations, open and cumulative contracts, and purchase order history. Reviews and amends as appropriate.
  • Develops criteria for, and participates in, evaluation of proposal responses; ensures compliance with specifications, the Authority’s policies, statutes and regulations.
  • Plans and directs the preparation, administration and monitoring of solicitations, contracts, bids and requests for proposals, or any other method allowed by SFRTA’s Procurement policy.
  • Directs the preparation and administration of the Procurement department budget.
  • Supervise a professional staff with varying levels of responsibility; conduct performance evaluations; ensure employees follow SFRTA and departmental policies and procedures; make hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations in conjunction with Human Resources.



Knowledge of:

  • government procurement;
  • government sunshine, and public records regulations;
  • government transit agency procurement experience;
  • Federal Transit Administration regulations;
  • federal and state procurement regulations.


Skills in:

  • management
  • negotiation
  • analysis


Ability to:

  • communicate well orally and in writing. 
  • analyze data and prepare reports.
  • understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions.
  • interact professionally and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, coworkers, government officials, and the public;
  • work in a fast paced, automated environment with many interruptions.




  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in business administration, public administration or a related field.



  • Eight (8) years of verifiable progressively responsible procurement experience, which should include three (3) years of verifiable staff supervisory, budgetary and management responsibilities.  



  • Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) or similar professional procurement certification, or attain within three (3) years of date of hire as a condition to continued employment. 


Any equivalent combination of related education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential job functions may be substituted. Relevant experience should relate to government finance, budgeting, accounting or related field.



  • Procurement experience in a public transit agency is preferred.  
  • Membership in procurement professional associations desirable.



This position requires the ability to work with a personal computer in a Windows environment.  Must be proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.



This position will serve an essential role in the Agency’s disaster preparation and/or disaster recovery efforts, as may be designated by the Director of Safety and Security and Executive Director.  During occasions of local emergencies, this position may be required to report to perform emergency tasks, which may result in extended work hours as well as extended periods of time away from family members.



This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.  


This position description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of essential job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities.  This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.


The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (“SFRTA”) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer.  It is the policy of SFRTA to provide a professional working environment that provides equal opportunities for all employees.  To accomplish this, we will comply with all applicable laws, prohibiting discrimination and harassment on the grounds of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disabilities, marital status, medical condition, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran or military status or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local laws. 


The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority shall not discriminate against an individual on the basis of disability.  SFRTA shall make reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or employee.  If selected for an interview, candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency Human Resources department at 954-788-7930 at least 72 hours prior to the date of the interview.  


The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority is a Drug-Free Workplace, authorized by FS 440.101 and Chapter 59A-24 of the Florida Administrative Code. An applicant receiving an offer of employment must submit to a drug screening. A refusal to submit, or a positive confirmed test result, may be used as a basis to rescind the offer for employment. The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority conducts reasonable suspicion testing.  An employee may be required to submit for testing when the employer has a reasonable suspicion, as defined in the act that an employee is using or has used drugs in violation of the employer’s policy. It is a condition of employment for an employee to refrain from reporting to work or working with the presence of drugs or alcohol in his/her body. 


The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority conducts a background check on all applicants who accept an offer of employment.  Background checks will include social security number verification, prior employment verification, personal and professional references, educational verification and criminal history. In addition, a motor vehicle records background search will be required if applicable to the position. Applicants who receive an offer of employment must complete a background check authorization form and return it to the Human Resources department signed and dated. Offers of employment are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check.   

It is the policy of the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority that all new employees and all present employees transferred or promoted to a new job should be evaluated for an initial Introductory Period.  The Introductory Period is a minimum of six (6) months.  After satisfactory completion of the Introductory Period, employees are evaluated as provided for in the Performance Appraisal Policy and become regular status employees. 


Employees in a position that requires certification after the hire date must fulfill that requirement within the allowed timeframe.  Employees unable to meet certification requirements may be terminated.  


The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority reports hired employees to the Florida Department of Revenue Child Support Services. 


The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority participates in E-Verify, which allows employers to verify eligibility to work in the United States.  View E-Verify Notice and Right to Work Notice for details.  


Nearest Major Market: Miami/Fort Lauderdale


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