CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS CLAIMS SPECIALIST
SALARY: $85,698.00 - $107,123.00 Annually
OPENING DATE: 03/15/17
CLOSING DATE: 04/05/17, 5:00 PM
The Construction Contracts Claims Specialist assists the agency in evaluating and proposing resolutions to complex construction contractual issues, disputes and claims. This person will act as a resource to various construction contract management teams by performing assessments of claims and claims appeals, drafting of appeal responses, providing guidance on the defense of claims, and working with the project teams to develop position papers and presentations for alternate dispute resolution or litigation. By reviewing complex change orders prior to issuance to a contractor and assuring consistency of approach and language, this role is vital to ensuring our projects are completed in a proactive, timely and cost-effective way.
The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
• Responsible for the assessment, research and initial response of claims related to construction management; provides sufficient documentation for contract compliance and support for future use in dispute resolution for consistency; prepares position papers in coordination with project teams in defense of claims for alternate dispute resolution litigation.
• Assists in the preparation of narratives for claims by analyzing requests for information, submittals, meeting minutes, correspondence and schedules. Provides comprehensive reviews of Contract Documents to identify and eliminate errors, conflicts, omissions and duplications, and to provide detailed constructability reviews.
• Leads the evaluation of complex construction claims and contracts issues with all stakeholders, ensures that claims are addressed consistently and in accordance with the Contract Documents, and provide recommendations for defense or settlement. Collaborates with legal counsel on technical or legal related issues, as needed for fact gathering, investigation, research, document analysis, drafting and resolution.
• Provides expert analysis of construction claims and testimony in support of alternate dispute resolution and / or litigation, as necessary.
• Assists in the identification and documentation of delays or issues as they relate to construction claims and/or change orders. Partners with stakeholders of difficult change orders to analyze and strengthen the agency's position in dealing with construction related issues.
• Coordinates work with other departments or outside entities relating to construction claims or change orders; participates in project reviews, discussions of issues, and resolution of problems related to construction activities. Supports efforts to write, revise and update CM policies and procedures and contract documents.
• Serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions and committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; incorporates new developments as appropriate; ensures processes, policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently, and effectively; ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable local, state and federal laws, rules, codes and regulations, and Agency policies and procedures.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Bachelors Degree in construction management, engineering, architecture or closely related field, and eight (8) years' experience of construction management supporting large and complex construction projects in the development of difficult / complex change orders, claims or claims defense, preferably in a transit / transportation related environment; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Licenses or Certifications:
Possession of a valid Washington State Driver's License.
Preferred Licenses or Certifications:
• Possession of a current certification as a Certified Construction Manager issued by the Construction Management Certification Institute;
• Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer issued by the State of Washington;
• Or certification as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute.
Required Knowledge of:
• Operational characteristics, services and activities of the Construction Management Division.
• Methods and techniques used in the performance of duties and responsibilities related to construction management including contract administration and change issue administration and negotiation.
• Advanced principles and practices of construction and construction management.
• Methods and techniques of claims management and defense, including use of alternate dispute resolution methods and litigation of complex construction claims.
• Negotiation principles and practices for complex change issues.
• Senior professional and/or technical expert knowledge of business/industry principles and practices for construction management.
• Principles, methods and techniques of developing and managing schedules.
• Standards and codes that govern construction in Washington State, public works contracting law, construction safety, contract plans and specifications, and general construction industry practices.
• Principles of financial management (expenditure tracking, variance identification, revenue tracking).
• Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines and adjust to changing priorities.
• Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
• English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
• Modern office procedures, methods and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets and statistical databases.
Required Skill in:
• Utilizing personal computer software programs for accomplishing assigned work (i.e. communications, preparing spreadsheets, schedules, reports, etc.).
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, contractors, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.
• Interpreting policies and procedures to administer, discuss, resolve and explain them to staff and other constituencies.
• Maintaining a high degree of specialized and technical competence in the handling of large complex claims with emphasis on hands-on claim and change resolution.
• Interpersonal communications and negotiation skills.
• Demonstrating a positive customer service orientation with both internal and external clients. • Interpreting and applying applicable federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.
• Critical and strategic problem solving.
• Preparing and analyzing complex data and comprehensive reports.
• Effective, clear and concise verbal and written communication.
• Working cooperatively with other staff, departments, Agency officials and outside agencies.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
• Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment.
• Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions, physical harm and extreme noise when conducting site visits and working in the field.
The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required. It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.
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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and value workplace diversity. We seek to create an environment and culture that embraces the differences of our employees. You will find an exceptionally diverse group of people at Sound Transit with regard to culture, beliefs, communication styles, and life and work experiences.
All qualified applicants are considered in accordance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status or veteran status or any another legally protected status.