Procurement Technical Assistance Counselor

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Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Thurston Economic Development Council
Position Description: PTAC Counselor for Main Center serving Thurston / Pierce Counties*
Position Open Date: March 18, 2020. Open until filled.
*Note that a second full time position is opening soon at the Green River College PTAC location in Auburn. This position will be very similar to the position described below, but will be managed and housed by Green River College. Applicants interested in learning more about the two opportunities should contact the PTAC Program Manager.

Position Title:
Procurement Technical Assistance Center Counselor
Position Purpose: Washington State is home to a significant amount of government agency buying activity including Joint Base Lewis McChord, Naval Base Kitsap, Fairchild Air Force Base, US National Park Service, the Veterans Administration, the General Service Administration, and state and local government to name a few. These agencies purchase a wide array of products and services each day, representing a significant opportunity for businesses in our region. Navigating government contracting regulations and procedures can be a daunting task. The Procurement Technical Assistance Center Counselor helps businesses understand how to find, bid, win, and perform on government contracts so that they can diversify their customer base and create jobs.
Thurston EDC, through the PTAC Program, seeks to ensure firms in the region are winning government contracts and subcontracts so that they can grow/diversify their business and further contribute to the economic vibrancy of our community. By providing technical assistance on how to find contracts, bid on them responsively, and comply with post-award terms and conditions, firms in the region are more likely to succeed long-term in the marketplace. Last year, businesses that worked with PTAC won $300 million in government contracts.
About the Organization: The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is a private non-profit organization, governed by a 24 member Board of Directors. As the lead economic development organization in Thurston County our mission is to create a vital and sustainable economy throughout the county and region that supports the livelihood and values of our residents. We do this by:
Connecting local businesses with experts and resources that help them remain competitive,
Creating and delivering strategic messages that attract new investment to our community
Working with our community partners to enhance our collective prosperity Position Responsibilities:
The Procurement Technical Assistance Center is a program of the Thurston EDC. The PTAC program funded in part by the Department of Defense and administered through the Defense Logistics Agency. Prior to applying, please learn more by visiting:, and
Guide businesses through the process of finding, bidding, and performing on government contracts and sub- contracts
Guide businesses through the process of assessing their capacity/suitability for government contracting
Conduct outreach to businesses throughout Washington State about government contracting opportunities with federal, state and local governments as well as prime contractors. Outreach to small, women owned, minority owned, and veteran owned businesses is a critical part of our work plan.
Assist businesses with government registrations (i.e. and certifications (SBA s Hubzone, 8a, etc) related to selling to the government, finding opportunities, marketing to government buyers, bidding, getting paid, proposal development, interpretation of regulations, and more. Assistance is provided primarily through workshops and one-on-one counseling with the businesses by phone, in person or by email
Coordinate workshops and events that increase knowledge of government contracting
Attend outreach events to ensure awareness of PTAC services
Enroll businesses in the PTAC s electronic bid-match service
Review and disseminate bid opportunities and subcontracting opportunities to clients
Develop and maintain relationships with federal, state and local government agencies and prime contractors
Develop and maintain relationships with other business resource providers throughout the region.
Meet or exceed program goals for number of counseling sessions, events, etc. Keep counseling reporting database up to date at least weekly.
Collaborate with other PTAC counselors throughout the state and region to share best practices
Complete training courses that are relevant to the needs of clients and attend training events as budget allows.
Other duties as assigned
Required Skills and Experience:
Knowledge of or ability to quickly learn business and government contracting principles and how to apply them to the client business success strategy.
Strong computer skills to research government marketplace and navigate registrations and online government systems
Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects
Ability to listen critically to identify needs and solve problems
Strong, professional written communication skills
Strong verbal communication skills, including public speaking in front of large and diverse audiences
Ability to take complicated material and create concise curriculum for adult learners
Resourcefulness you will frequently have to research answers to clients questions with little direction
Work well within a team environment and collaborative approach to work
Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel
Preferred Experience:
Experience providing assistance to small businesses
Experience working within a business that sells to the government
Experience as a contracting officer for a federal government agency
Working Conditions: Professional office environment - Daily use of computer required. Some travel by automobile is required throughout service area of Pierce and Thurston Counties. PTAC has a strong team approach to delivering products and services to the community and businesses. The successful candidate should be comfortable with this type of collaborative working environment.
Thurston EDC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against an employee or client on the grounds of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or the presence of any disability.
This is a full-time salaried position that is exempt from overtime. All full time employees are offered a benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, paid vacation and holidays and a matching retirement plan. The typical salary range for this position is $55,000 - $62,000.
Thurston EDC is located in Lacey, WA. Note that the location of the Pierce County office is still being determined at this time. Once hired, the successful applicant will work with PTAC team members on strategies to serve the entire south sound region.
To Apply:
Email the following to the email listed at letter that includes a brief description of your experience with government contacting and advising businesses.
Resume that highlights your experience with government contracting and advising businesses
Please include PTAC Position in the subject line of the email. Emails without the two required documents will not be considered.

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