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Company: Government jobs
Location: Hilo
Posted on: January 22, 2023

Job Description:

Recruitment Information

Recruitment Number 22-0447 - The immediate vacancy is with the Department of Defense in their Engineering Division, located in Kaimuki.


Salary: $3,699 to $4,498 per month (SR-15, Step C to H)

Hiring rates will be based on availability of funds, the applicant's qualifications, and other relevant factors.

As a condition of employment with the State of Hawaii, some positions may require that all qualified external candidates who have been given a conditional offer of employment to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and shall be fully vaccinated by his/her/their employment start date. A reasonable accommodation will be provided if requested by a candidate and it is determined through an interactive process that pregnancy, a qualifying disability, or a sincerely held religious belief prevents the candidate from receiving a COIVD-19 vaccination.

Duties Summary

The Contract Assistant II drafts engineering contracts and specifications, and provides a variety of other services in the preparation and processing of contracts; and performs other duties as required.

A position in this class serves as senior assistant in contract documents preparation and processing for a large operating department involving several major construction and maintenance programs. In addition to contracts and specifications work, they are responsible for the publication of legal notices, issuance of plans and specifications, receipt of bids, and the referral of inquiries from the general public to the proper parties. The work of this class is performed independently. Minimum Qualification Requirements

To qualify, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

Basic Experience/Education: Graduation from high school or equivalent.

Specialized Experience: Four (4) years of responsible experience in preparing or processing contracts, specifications and related legal instruments or notices requiring the knowledge and application of pertinent laws, policies and procedures.

The applicant's experience must show that they possess the knowledge and the proper application of specification writing, drafting of contracts and legal notices, and contract letting, including but not limited to the advertisement for bids, instructions to bidders, proposals, contract and bond forms.

Substitutions Allowed: Relevant substitutions as described in the Minimum Qualification Requirements will apply (click link below).

The information provided above represents a summary of the Minimum Qualification Requirements. To view the Requirements in their entirety, please CLICK HERE.

Other Information

The State of Hawai'i complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations in completing an application, any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection process, please call 808-587-0936 for assistance.

The PSLF Program is a federal program that is intended to encourage individuals to work in public service by forgiving the balance of their federal student loans. To qualify, the individual must have made 120 qualifying payments while employed by a qualifying employer. For more information, please click: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service

The Department of Human Resources Development (HRD) will use electronic mail (email) to notify applicants of important information relating to the status and processing of their applications as part of our ongoing efforts to increase operational efficiency, promote the conservation of green resources, and minimize delays and costs.

Please ensure that the email address and contact information you provide is current, secure, and readily accessible to you. We will not be responsible in any way if you do not receive our emails or fail to check your email-box in a timely manner.

In addition, please be aware that you may no longer receive notification about applications submitted if you choose to disable the Job Application Emails feature in your Account Settings.

The examination for this recruitment will be conducted on an unassembled basis where the examination score is based on an evaluation and rating of your education and experience. It is therefore important that your employment application provide a clear and detailed description of the duties and responsibilities of each position you held.

In-person interviews and/or further testing in Hawaii may be required at the discretion of the hiring agency. If in-person interviews and/or further testing is a requirement, applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are referred to the vacancy must be available to participate in person and at their own expense in this required phase of the selection process.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. In addition to employment availability and score, the referral of qualified applicants may be based upon other factors including date of receipt of application.

CLICK HERE for further information about Equal Employment Opportunity, the Merit Civil Service System, Citizenship and other requirements, Reasonable Accommodation, Veterans Preference, Examination Requirements, and the State Recruiting Office's Levels of Review.


The State of Hawaii offers its employees who are members of the civil service a range of benefits. Some benefits are offered as a result of collective bargaining agreements and changes may occur.
A summary of these benefits, which is based on full-time employment, is listed below.

Note: Benefits for NON-CIVIL SERVICE appointments will be provided by the hiring department at the time of interview.

With Civil Service modernization, effective July 1, 2002, employees appointed to temporary positions may also gain membership in the civil service upon satisfactory completion of an initial probation period of at least six months. As a temporary member of the civil service, you will be eligible to apply for promotion and transfer opportunities to permanent as well as other temporary positions. You may also enjoy other rights and benefits afforded to members of the civil service, with the exception of return rights and placement rights associated with a reduction-in-force of a permanent member of the civil service.

Paid Holidays

You may be eligible for 13 paid holidays each year; 14 holidays during an election year.

Paid Vacation

You may earn vacation leave at a rate that other employers find tough to match - 21 days each full year from the FIRST year of employment. This compares to an average of 10 days offered by private companies. You may accumulate up to a total of 90 days (720 hours) of vacation.

Paid Sick Leave

You may earn sick leave at the same rate as vacation - 21 days per year from the FIRST year, and there is no limit on the amount you can accumulate. Expectant mothers may also use sick leave for pre-natal or post-natal check-ups or any illness related to pregnancy. Plus, unused accumulated sick leave may eventually be used to increase your retirement benefits in certain situations.

Other Leaves

Reasonable time off with pay may be provided for jury or witness duty, a death in the family, some military duty, and donation to the Blood Bank. Leave sharing donations may be granted to eligible employees who have serious personal illnesses or injuries or need to care for a seriously ill or injured family member. Various leaves without pay may also be granted with full re-employment rights.

Health Insurance

The State pays a part of the premiums for each employee's enrollment in a State sponsored Medical, Drug, Vision, and Dental Plan. For more information, visit the Employer Union Trust Fund website www.eutf.hawaii.gov for coverage and options.

Group Life Insurance

The State provides a free life insurance policy for employees.

Retirement Plan

The State contributes to a retirement plan for eligible employees. Generally, employees under the Hybrid Plan with 10 years of credited service and who have reached 65 years of age or have 30 years of credited service and have reached 60 years of age may retire and receive benefits. To find out more about the options you have, go to http://ers.ehawaii.gov.

Premium Conversion Plan

Participating employees may increase their take-home pay by having the State deduct the cost of health care premiums before payroll taxes are withheld.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Eligible employees can reduce their federal and state income taxes and social security taxes through a tax-savings benefit program called Island Flex. This program allows employees to set aside money from their paychecks to pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and eligible dependent care expenses on a BEFORE-TAX basis.

Transportation Benefits

Participating employees may increase their take-home pay by having the State deduct qualified transportation expenses (i.e. eligible parking fees, monthly bus passes for TheBus, fare coupons for The Handi-Van, Vanpool Hawaii participation fee, etc.) through pre-tax payroll deductions.

Deferred Compensation

The State offers employees a voluntary pre-tax retirement savings plan designed to give employees a tax break today and an opportunity to build a retirement nest egg through voluntary payroll deductions. Several types of investment options are available.

Temporary Disability Insurance

Qualified employees may be eligible to receive benefits for a disability caused by a non-work related injury or illness under this program.

Social Security

As an employer, the State also contributes to an employee's social security account.

Promotions & Transfers

For employees with membership in the civil service, the State offers promotion and transfer opportunities throughout the State Executive Branch.

Training & Continuing Education

The State supports developmental activities related to an employee's work. In many departments there are numerous in-service training opportunities available. Sabbatical leaves with pay are available for qualified employees.

Travel Expenses

The State may pay for certain business related travel expenses including mileage reimbursement for use of a personal car during work, airfare, meals and lodging expenses for trips to neighbor islands or out of state.

Incentive & Service Awards

The State has a program that recognizes employees for their years of service and provides cash awards for their superior accomplishments and other contributions that improve State operations.

Union & Collective Bargaining

Employees have the right to join the union for collective bargaining with the State and employee representation. Some employee unions provide discounts, insurance and other opportunities. Employees may also decide not to join a union, however, employees are required to pay union service fees unless the employee's job is excluded from collective bargaining.

The above information is solely intended as a summary of the benefits available to State of Hawaii employees and is subject to change. Whether or not you are entitled to a particular benefit will depend on your specific appointment and employment status (included, excluded, exempt, non-exempt). Please refer to the appropriate collective bargaining agreement or executive order and all applicable laws, rules, policies, or plan documents for further details. Nothing herein shall be deemed as creating an employment contract, promise of employment, promise of continued employment, or obligation of any kind on the part of the State of Hawaii.

CLICK HERE for more information on the State of Hawaii's Benefits At-A-Glance.

The State of Hawaii is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Revised 01/13

The responses you provide to these Supplemental Questions will be used in combination with your application to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements and/or your final score. Failure to provide detailed and complete information may result in your application being rejected or your receiving a lower score. Do not submit a resume in lieu of completing the Supplemental Questions.

You must submit verification (e.g., copies of official transcripts or diploma as directed below) in order to receive credit for education. In general, proof of education downloaded from and/or submitted through the internet will not be accepted. Education obtained outside the United States must be comparable to education earned at an accredited school in the United States. We also reserve the right to request further information about your academic program, evidence of comparability, or an original transcript.

To receive credit for substitute, temporary assignment, or volunteer experience, applicants must submit an official letter of verification. The letter should include the job title, employment dates, number of hours worked, a description of the duties performed, and a contact name and phone number.

Any information you submit may be verified. Supporting documents must be either electronically attached to your application or submitted to our office as soon as possible. Our mailing address is: State of Hawaii Department of Human Resources Development, 235 South Beretania Street11th Floor, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. Documents should be identified by job title and recruitment number.

  • I acknowledge that I have read, understand and agree to all of the above.

    Applicants must meet all the requirements for the position they are seeking as of the date of the application, unless otherwise specified. In general, concurrent experiences and/or education will not be double credited unless otherwise specified. Your possession of the required amount of experience will not in and of itself be accepted as proof of qualification for the position. The overall paid or unpaid experience must be of such scope and responsibility as to conclusively demonstrate that you have the ability to perform the duties of the position. Our calculation of experience will be based upon a full-time, 40-hour work week. Part-time experience will be prorated. Example: Twelve months of experience at 20 hours/week will be prorated to six months of experience. Also, hours worked in excess of 40 hours/week will not be extra credited. Example: Twelve months of experience at 60 hours/week will be credited as one year of experience, not one and a half years.
    • I acknowledge that I have read, understand, and agree to all of the above.

      A summary and link to the complete Minimum Qualification Requirements have been provided in the job announcement.
      • I acknowledge that I have accessed and read the complete Minimum Qualification Requirements via the live link provided in the job announcement.

        Do you possess a high school diploma or equivalent (GED)?
        • Yes
        • No

          Do you possess at least four (4) years of specialized work experience as described in the job announcement?

          If yes, identify each experience you would like us to consider and provide the following information. All employers listed below should also be listed on your application. Any information you submit may be verified. List each change in employer or position separately.

          The information for each employer should include:
          A. Name of employer and your job title. B. Describe this employer. What kinds of services did it provide? To whom (describe clientele)? Which department or section did you work in? C. What was the primary function of your position? What were your major duties and responsibilities? In your description, avoid the use of vague terms such as "assisted engineers," "processed contracts," etc. Instead, be sure to describe your specific role, the steps you took, and give relevant examples. D. List the specific kinds of contracts and documents you worked with. What did you do with these documents? E. What kinds of laws, policies or procedures did you have to understand and apply? F. What happened as a result of your processing? G. Describe your specific experience in the following areas: 1) Specification writing. 2) Drafting of contracts and legal notices.

          3) Contract letting. 4) Advertisement of bids. 5) Providing instructions and forms to bidders. H. How many hours per week were spent performing the duties described above?

          I. Did this employer have a corporate office(r) or legal counsel to which contract review and processing were referred to? If so, how did your position work in conjunction with this entity? J. How did your responsibilities and level of authority differ from those of your supervisor?

          Have you successfully completed thirty (30) semester credit hours of coursework from an accredited college or university which included at least six (6) semester credit hours of coursework that covered contracts?

          If you are using this substitution to meet part of the Specialized Experience requirement, you must attach a copy of your OFFICIAL transcript(s) to your online application or send an official copy to our office.
          • Yes
          • No

            * Required Question

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