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Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Counselor at Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce

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Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce (TCRCC)

JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: PROCUREMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER (PTAC) COUNSELOR

EXEMPT: Yes/Administrative 

SALARY: $68,000-$72,000 DOE plus benefits

REPORTS TO: President & CEO

JOB SUMMARY:
Responsible for providing technical assistance on government contracting to businesses located primarily in Benton and Franklin Counties through events, workshops and one-on-one counseling.
Businesses in Walla Walla, Columbia, Yakima, Klickitat and Grant counties are also served through this office.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce is the catalyst, convener and champion for community and business prosperity. One of the programs TCRCC leverages to meet its mission is the Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). PTAC is a nationwide program funded in part by the Department of Defense and administered through the Defense Logistics
Agency. The Washington PTAC is one of 90+ centers around the country that seeks to increase the number of businesses that are successful in the government marketplace. To learn more: www.tricityregionalchamber.com, www.washingtonptac.org, www.aptac-us.org.

POSITION PURPOSE:
Eastern Washington is home to many government agencies including the Department of Energy
Hanford Site, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fairchild Air Force Base, Joint Base Lewis McChord’s
Yakima Training Center, 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 small businesses in our region. Navigating government contracting regulations and procedures can be a daunting task. The PTAC Counselor helps businesses understand how to find, bid, win, and perform on federal, state and local government contracts so that they can diversify their customer base and create jobs.

While experience in the government contracting marketplace is preferred, we welcome candidates who lack government contracting experience but possess a strong interest and aptitude for learning government contracting regulations and procedures and then teaching them to businesses. The learning curve is steep, but training opportunities and other resources and peer support are available. We’ve found that some of our best counselors are those who’ve had to learn the information on-the-job!

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to operate in a performance based culture focused on metric driven outcomes. In addition, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The duties include the following items:

  • Guide businesses through the process of finding, bidding, and performing on government contracts and subcontracts
  • Guide businesses through the process of assessing their capacity/suitability for government contracting
  • Conduct outreach to businesses throughout Southeastern Washington 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.
  • Assess firms’ training and technical assistance needs and develop a service plan outlining recommendations for how that client can most efficiently meet their strategic objectives for succeeding in the government marketplace
  • Assist businesses with government registrations (i.e. www.sam.gov) and certifications

(SBA’s HUBZone, 8(a), 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 processes and opportunities, including quarterly Meet the Buyer programs and monthly

Procurement Power Hour programs

  • Attend outreach events to ensure awareness of PTAC services
  • Review and disseminate bid and subcontracting opportunities to clients
  • Develop and maintain relationships with federal, state and local government agencies and prime contractors
  • Collaborate with the Hanford Small Business Council to organize and execute the annual

Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium

  • Develop and maintain relationships with other business resource providers throughout the region.
  • Meet or exceed program goals for number of counseling sessions, events, etc.
  • 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 Association of PTAC training events, as budget allows.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Perform other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:

  • Knowledge of/ability to learn business and government contracting principles
  • 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
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License and a reliable vehicle for travel within

Southeastern Washington.

PREFERRED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s Degree desired and/or three years’ experience in economic development or business operations, public relations or marketing preferred.
  • Experience working within a business that sells to the government
  • Experience as a contracting officer for a federal government agency

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:
None

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $68,000.00 – $72,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Kennewick, WA 99336

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Region 6 is hosted by the Thurston County Economic Development Council and serves Pierce County.

ABOUT THE THURSTON EDC

The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is a private non-profit organization.  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 and encourage our economic future 

·        Participating regionally to ensure that Thurston County plays an appropriate role on the regional economic stage.

Pierce County services are primarily provided virtually. 

This location is funded, in part, through a partnership with Pierce County through the Navigator Program

General Contact: pierce@washingtonapex.org

Clallam and Jefferson counties

Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce

Tri City Regional Chamber of Commerce

Region 8 is hosted by the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce and serves Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Grant, Klickitat, Walla Walla, and Yakima counties.

About the Tri-City Regional Chamber

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce is the leading business advocate for nearly 1,000 private, public, and non-profit member firms in the Tri-Cities region. The fifth largest chamber in Washington, the Tri-City Regional Chamber advocates for a strong business community and supports the interests of its members. The Regional Chamber is a catalyst for business growth, a convener of leaders and influencers, and a champion for a strong community.

Address

7130 W Grandridge Blvd, Suite C
Kennewick, WA. 99336

Email: tricity@washingtonapex.org

GREATER SPOKANE INC

Region 7 is hosted by Greater Spokane Inc and serves Spokane, Adams, Asotin, Douglas, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Stevens and Whitman counties.

ABOUT GREATER SPOKANE INC

Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) is the Spokane region’s business development organization, focused on leading transformative business and community initiatives to build a robust regional economy. Founded in 1881 as the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce, GSI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a vibrant Spokane region by advocating for the region, driving strategic economic growth, and championing a talented workforce. Learn more at GreaterSpokane.org

Address

801 West Riverside Avenue, Suite 100
Spokane, WA 99201

Contact: spokane@washingtonapex.org

Green River College

Region 5 is hosted by the Green River College serves King County.

ABOUT THE GREEN RIVER COLLEGE

The mission of Green River College is to ensure student success through comprehensive programs and support services responsive to our diverse communities.

ADDRESS

1221 D St NE
Suite 210 C
Auburn, WA 98002

Email: king@washingtonapex.org

Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Region 4 is hosted by the Economic Alliance Snohomish County and serves Snohomish, Skagit, Island, San Juan and Whatcom counties.

ABOUT THE EASC

The Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) is a nonprofit serving as a combined economic development organization and a countywide chamber of commerce. We bring together private-public partners to create a unified voice for Snohomish County.

Address

808 134th St. SW, Suite 101
Everett, WA 98204

Email: snohomish@washingtonapex.org

Columbia River Economic Development Council

Region 3 is supported by the Columbia River Economic Development Council and serves the counties of Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania. 

Columbia River Economic Development Council 

Address

805 Broadway St, Suite 412
Vancouver WA 98660

Email: swwa@washingtonapex.org

Thurston County Economic Development Council

Region 2 is hosted by the Thurston County Economic Development Council and serves Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Wahkiakim, Chelan and Kittatas counties.

This center is also the main center for Washington APEX Accelerator Statewide

ABOUT THE THURSTON EDC

The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is a private non-profit organization.  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 and encourage our economic future
  • Participating regionally to ensure that Thurston County plays an appropriate role on the regional economic stage.

Address
4220 6th Ave
Lacey, WA 98503

General Contact: thurston@washingtonapex.org

Kitsap Economic Development Alliance

Region 1 is hosted by the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance and serves the counties of Kitsap and North Mason.  

ABOUT KEDA

The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) is a 30+ year old public/private nonprofit 501 (c) (6) corporation founded in June 1983. Our goal is to attract and retain jobs and investments in this community that generate wealth, enhance the qualify of life and embrace future generations.

Address
2021 NW Myhre Rd, Suite 100
Silverdale WA 98383

Email:  kitsap@washingtonapex.org