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Contract Administrator – Fargo, ND

The Contract Administrator is a key member of the sales team, responsible for all administrative support functions, including creation and drafting of proposals and reviewing contracts for accuracy. 


Company Overview:

Dakota Fence, together with 3D Specialties and Dakota Playground, is a growing specialty contractor primarily involved in residential/commercial fence, highway guardrail, fabrication, and commercial playground construction as well as traffic control services.  We provide services to homeowners, commercial businesses, and government entities.  Our dedicated employees (our “Blue Family”) work from four facilities throughout ND and service five states, with a wider retail presence through our sign manufacturing and distribution businesses. As an employer of choice in the area, we invest in our people, our equipment, and our facilities to offer our Blue Family team members a great working environment and career while delivering the best possible value to our customers.  EOE-Disabled/Vets.                                                                             


The Contract Administrator is a key member of the sales team, responsible for all administrative support functions, including creation and drafting of proposals and reviewing contracts for accuracy. The Contract Administrator works closely Fence Sales staff, headquarters administrative staff, other office location managers, project estimators and coordinators to assure that jobs are created, billed, and executed consistent with best practices, and gathers all necessary documents to support and accompany proposals and contracts. 

Safety is #1 at DFC:  Our expectation is that every employee:  1) Strictly follows safety policies, rules and safe work methods.  2) Promptly corrects or reports safety hazards or unsafe conditions. 3) Promptly reports injuries for diagnosis and treatment.  4) Makes regular suggestions for safety process improvements to support continuous improvement in safety.

Essential Functions:

  • Prepare and review contract proposals and bid submissions for fence sales staff
  • Gather documents necessary to prepare and accompany proposals (i.e. plans, insurance certificates, bid bonds, bid forms, etc.)
  • Prepare shop drawings and submittals for approval
  • Job lot ordering and monitor delivery
  • Analyze potential risks involved with specific contract terms
  • Ensure all records and documents are accurate and up to date
  • Ensure all deadlines and conditions described in contracts are met (e.g. payments and shipping) and manage digital storage of contracts
  • Create language standards for existing and new contracts
  • Complete job set-up and assist in progress billings and collection of accounts receivable   
  • Provide support for fence sales staff (project entry in ERP and pre-job coordination)
  • Physical document management, including material certifications
  • Support DFC Company administrative process as necessary
  • Special projects as needed 
  • Other tasks as defined by the fence sales staff

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

BS or AS degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or related field from an accredited college is desired, but years of pertinent experience will also be considered. Ideal candidate will have proven work experience as a Contract Administrator and knowledge of legal requirements involved with contracts.  Experience with construction ERP systems, including Vista, is a plus. 

Experience and Skills Required:

  1. Working knowledge of construction processes
  2. Strong technology and computer skills
  3. Superior attention to detail to spot inconsistencies in contracts
  4. Working knowledge of ERP systems and computer networks
  5. Organizational abilities to track multiple deadlines and reporting requirements
  6. Self-motivation and desire to continually improve 
  7. Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and have good public relations and customer service skills
  8. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear.  The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of the job, the employee may be exposed to weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Competitive pay (based on experience) and benefits package, including health, dental, disability and life insurance, 401(k), and profit sharing. This is an external posting.  EOE-Disabled Vets.


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