Contract Specialist

September 15, 2023

Newport, MN

Pay Range: $53,000.00 – $80,167.26

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E) is currently accepting applications for a Contract Specialist to assist in contracting and procurement with direct purchases and competitive solicitations related to a wide variety of supplies, equipment, materials, labor services, and professional and client services.

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy (R&E) is a joint powers entity formed by Ramsey and Washington counties. R&E coordinates recycling and waste programs between the two counties and owns and operates the Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy Center in Newport, Minnesota.

R&E’s vision is vibrant, healthy communities without waste. When you work for R&E, you are a part of an organization committed to managing our waste in ways that benefit people, support the local economy, and protect the environment. We offer a generous benefit package, a collaborative and welcoming work culture, and the structure of local government with the feel of a small, progressive business.

This position is based at the R&E Center in Newport and has potential hybrid remote options available.

The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; organizational skills and attention to detail; time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines; strong analytical and problem-solving skills; the ability to prioritize tasks; and the ability to act with integrity and professionalism.

Examples of work performed by this position:

  • Coordinate phases of direct purchase and/or competitive solicitation for R&E including request for quotes/proposals/bids.
  • Coordinate phases of contract preparation and administration as deemed necessary.
  • Provide contractor onboarding, verification, and account set-up.
  • Communicate problem resolution between R&E and contractors related to performance issues, warranty, pricing, quality, non-compliance with contract requirements, or any other solicitation or contract related issue.
  • Work with Ramsey and Washington County Attorneys for legal review of procurements.
  • Prepare reports to communicate status of procurements to program managers and management staff.
  • Monitor and evaluate procurements for terms, expenditures, and deliverables.
  • Maintain knowledge of all available cooperative procurement resources.
  • Maintain official procurement files which are subject to audits and public data practices requests; assist in answering questions from auditors related to procurements for which they are responsible.
  • Proactively monitor existing contracts to ensure renewals or new solicitations are prepared in a manner that ensures continuity or program or facility operations.
  • Track and maintain database of contractor W9s and certificates of insurance.

Minimum Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s Degree and (1)  year of experience in procurement/contracting;


Associate degree in business, public administration, business law or related field and two (2) years of experience in procurement/contracting.

A detailed job description can be found here.

Position open until filled. Initial review of applications will begin October 9, 2023.

To Apply:

To apply for an R&E job, all of the following are required to be completed.

  1. Complete the job application
  2. Thoroughly answer all supplemental questions
  3. Send job application and supplemental questions to Human Resources by emailing completed application and supplemental questions to

The job description and supplemental questions are both fillable-PDFs. Learn how to use fillable PDFs. You may also print the application and supplemental questions and complete them.

Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, public assistance or national origin.