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Salary: $4,400.00 - $5,508.00
Posted: 03/06/2014

Job Description:

Previous applicants will be considered for position and do not need to re-apply.

Are you looking for a different type of state government job? Something with a little more excitement and a more fast-paced and fluid environment? How about an opportunity to be part of one of the most remarkable transportation projects in California's history? The California High-Speed Rail Authority is a small and dynamic state agency that is looking for employees who are interested in a challenging but rewarding job opportunity.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has an opening for a permanent, full-time Associate Governmental Program Analyst.

Under the direction of the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (Authority) Contracts and Procurement Staff Manager I, the Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) provides complex analytical support for the contract services activities of the Authority.  The incumbent serves as an expert in accordance with the latest procurement and contract best practices.

Who May Apply:
Persons currently in the classification eligible to transfer, lateral transfers, reinstatements, those eligible for appointment from a certification list, and employees on a State Restriction of Appointments (SROA) list or designated Surplus may apply. All interested candidates must submit by mail a completed standard State of California application (STD. 678). E-Mailed or Faxed applications will not be accepted.

All applications will be reviewed; however, only the most qualified candidates will be interviewed. Applicants must include RPA# 13-120 and Associate Governmental Program Analyst 311-001-5393-002 in the 'Job Title' section of the STD. 678. Please indicate on the STD. 678 your basis for eligibility in the “Explanations” field (i.e., SROA, surplus, reemployment, reinstatement, transfer, or list eligible). Surplus candidates must attach a copy of their surplus letter. Recruitment from the employment list may be considered. Consideration may be given to applicants on another Department’s employment list, provided the criteria are met to transfer the eligibility from the employment list to the Authority's employment list.

Click here for Examination/Employment Application STD. 678.

Applications received without the above information, or incomplete, may not be considered for review.

Typical Duties:

  • Independently develop, review, analyze, write and process the most complex types of services contracts for the Authority utilizing the most technical and difficult competitive bid process. Analyze and provide final review of contracts requiring approval by the Authority’s Board. Applies and interprets existing policies and procedures by reviewing and evaluating contracts to insure conformance with the provisions of the Government Code, and other state laws affecting contract administration such as Civil Code and Business and Profession Code, State Administrative Manual and Departmental policy. 
  • Prepares contract and funding documents in order to execute contracts between the contractor and the State by using and completing standard forms, specifications and bid documents.  Obtains required signatures from the contractor to execute the contract, secures signatures and distributes copies to contractor and appropriate Authority staff. Amends contract language by making appropriate changes, such as, contract extensions, increase funds to reflect any contract extension, change of contractor name, etc., to contract terms requested and agreed to by both the Authority and the contractor to meet program needs. 
  • Develop and prepare contract strategies, post Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on Bidsync. Meet with Authority staff on sensitive and/or complex contracts to provide information regarding legal requirements and limitations when developing contracts. Coordinates the timely preparation of contract materials, contract submittals and approvals, including advertising, and follow-ups. Consult, advise and make recommendations on contract terms with Authority staff. Confer and act as liaison between control agencies regarding contract issues, problems, language and legal conformity.
  • Analyzes the needs of Authority programs by consulting and interacting with program managers and legal staff in order to assess and make useful recommendations in determining the best method to meet operational needs for new and existing contracts. Interpret, advise and make independent recommendations to management on new procedures. Independently organize and develop new contract administration procedures, forms and management information systems.
  • Research and gather statistical data for preparation of mandated reports for Executive Staff, control agencies, the legislature and other state agencies. Format and submit reports to Executive Staff for review and approval and track corrective actions. Conducts research/studies for the Authority concerning management of its internal operations by utilizing numerous analytical techniques including extracting, compiling, and evaluating data and develops alternative solutions. Work with financial liaison to coordinate funding and information for Budget Change Proposals (BCP) and Finance Letters to ensure sufficient allocations for contracts. 


Desirable Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of State Contracting Manuals, Public Contract Code and State Administrative Manual.
  • Knowledgeable about policies and procedures in order to provide advice and make recommendations to staff regarding contract terms and conditions.
  • Familiar with the BCP process to ensure sufficient resources for future contracts.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
None Specified 311 - 001 - 5393 - 002
Will also consider hiring a(n)
STAFF SERVICES ANALYST (GENERAL) $2,817.00 - $3,529.00
Location County
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
AGPA RPA 13-120
770 L Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
Human Resources
(916) 669-6606

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