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Contracts Manager/Administrator

Water agencies must hire a number of outside contractors who specialize in a technical area. Contractors are hired for construction, electrical work, maintenance, or handling large earth-moving equipment. These specialists work under a “contract,” which is a type of legal agreement. The contract governs the work to be done and the amount of money to be paid over a specified period of time. The contracts manager makes sure that:

  • contractors are doing the work they are supposed to be doing — no more and no less;
  • the right amount of money is being spent on the right schedule;
  • all legal, insurance, and safety issues are properly handled;
  • contractors follow company guidelines for equal opportunities.

Education: Either on-the-job training or a two- or four-year degree in business
Certificates, licenses: No
Entry-level opportunities: No
Desirable traits and skills: Well organized; attention to detail; strong math skills; and strong written and communication skills; able to interpret complex information