REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington, State of New Jersey, is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and requesting responses from a qualified pool of vendors for youth one stop career activities at comprehensive youth services centers in areas considered to be high risk for youth throughout Burlington County in the State of New Jersey, from which the County may award a contract for the term of January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015 for the Burlington County Department of Human Services/Workforce Investment Board. The pool will be current for a three year period from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2017.
The qualified vendors should have the ability to provide economically disadvantaged young adults who may not be in-school with opportunities to obtain education, employment skills, and work experience and other services that are in alignment with the Youth Opportunity Program’s required program elements as outlined in the Workforce Investment Act; Identify and serve youth between the ages of 14 and 21 who do not hold a high school diploma or its equivalent and are not enrolled in school; Identify and serve youth between the ages of 14 and 21 who are currently engaged with the juvenile system and/or the foster care system.
Other specific experience, knowledge and practical qualification requirements are contained in the RFQ.
Copies for the RFQ are available at the Burlington County Department of Human Services at 795 Woodlane Road, Westampton, NJ. All interested qualified candidates are encouraged to contact Anna Payanzo, Director of Human Services @ 609-265-3120 to receive a copy of the RFQ or visit the Burlington County website http://www.co.burlington.nj.us.
Responses must be submitted to the Burlington County Department of Human Services. Responses are scheduled to be opened on November 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at which time all responses will be opened. Any responses received after said opening, whether by mail or otherwise will be returned unopened. No responses will be accepted after the above referenced date. Qualifications must be submitted in sealed envelopes with the name of the RFQ clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. Responses may not be e-mailed, faxed or transmitted over the telephone.
It is recommended that each response be hand delivered to the Burlington County Department of Human Services. The County assumes no responsibility for delays in any form of carrier, mail or delivery service causing the qualification to be received at the Burlington County Department of Human Services later than the above-referenced scheduled opening. Nothing herein is intended to exclude any responsible qualified vendor or in any way restrain or restrict competition. All responsible qualified vendors examiners are encouraged to submit qualifications.
The Board of Chosen Freeholders reserves the right to accept or reject any or all responses submitted in the best interest of the County and the Board further reserves the right to waive any defect or informality in any qualification should it be in the best interest of the County.
Responders are required to comply with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 10:5-31 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 17:27 and submit a Conflict of Interest Certification.
This RFQ is being solicited through a fair and open process in accordance with N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4, et seq. The County intends to award any contracts for these services pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:11-5(1)(a)(i).