Contract Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
May 14, 2022
Closes
May 18, 2022
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

- Plans and carries out a variety of pre-award and post-award procurement actions.
- Analyzes procurement requests, identifies alternative courses of action, and determines appropriate procurement action.
- Prepares written requests for proposals, which include a technical description of the acquisition, administrative and program
support services and supplies, equipment or material required, terms and conditions of delivery.
- Oversees technical review in compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Agency-specific requirements.
- Evaluates proposals for conformance with the solicitation. Determines responsiveness to the solicitation and evaluates bidder's
capacity to perform and comply with contract clauses and specifications.
- Participates in negotiations in the pre-award and post-award phases of contracting amendments/modifications, time extensions
or other changes to contracts.
- Works with the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) and relevant supervisors to determine the acceptability of the contract
performance, and/or to recommend that remedial action be taken, up to and including contract termination.
- Reviews and makes appropriate entries into the automated contract log and conducts market research to keep informed of
businesses and organizations offering services in areas of interest to USTDA.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
  • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • Able to obtain and retain a Secret Clearance


Qualifications

This vacancy is being filled through the Office of Personnel Management's Direct Hire Authority. All applicants who meet the basic and minimum qualification requirements will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration. Traditional rating and ranking of applications and veteran's preference does not apply.

This position contains a selective placement factor (SPF) that is part of the minimum requirement of the position at the GS-11 and12 level. If you do not meet the SPF, you are ineligible for further consideration. The SPF for this position is: Possession of Federal Acquisition Certification - Contracting (FAC-C) Level II Certification on entry on duty. This document must be submitted with your application to be considered for the GS-11 and 12 level.

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Mandatory Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of your transcripts or other applicable documentation for verification, AND (3) meet the specialized experience and or education requirements for each grade level. Please review the following information before proceeding with the application process:

Basic Requirements at all levels:
  • (A) A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field; or
  • (B) At least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
Specialized Experience GS-11:
At the GS-11 level applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-09) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and has equipped you with the knowledge and competencies to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience include experience with: Federal Acquisition Regulations (or similar), contract law, and procedures applicable to acquisition and contract administration including change orders, supplemental agreements, terminations, claims, and close out of contracts. Experience with various types of contracts, including firm fixed price, and contract methods to include simplified acquisitions and negotiations. Negotiation techniques sufficient to negotiate prices, terms and conditions, contract modifications and settlements.
Education Substitution for Experience: 3 full academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the disciplines listed above.

Specialized Experience GS-12:
At the GS-12 level applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-11) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and has equipped you with the knowledge and competencies to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience include experience interpreting and applying contracting policies, compiling acquisition information, reviewing requisitions for adequacy of the statement of work; soliciting pricing proposal or quotations, awarding purchase orders and/or contracts; and preparing necessary documentation to support award decisions and resolving any contractor performance issues.

There is no educational substitution for experience at the GS-12 level.

Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered. A written test is not required.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

If qualifying based on EDUCATION you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information

Telework Suitability:
The duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.

Stipulations of Employment:
Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

If selected, you will be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450).

Work Schedule:
This position allows for a flexible work schedule.

Miscellaneous:
The Agency uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify .

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information