Contracting Specialist (Grants)

Wallops Island, Virginia
Aug 10, 2022
Aug 11, 2022
Full Time

As a Contracting Specialist (Grants) GS-1102-13, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:
  • Provides acquisition services by planning and negotiating complex purchases in supplies, systems, services, equipment, and/or construction. Demonstrates sound business judgement in providing best value products or services that meet customer needs. Provides acquisition guidance to Bureau/Agency customers and officials on contracting matters.
  • Provides consultation for post-award contract administration. Negotiates contract modifications and the terms and costs of contract changes. Negotiates the termination settlement with the contractor which may include: equitable adjustments, change proposals, costs, profit, or other related matters. Reviews termination notices for extent of action (partial or complete), and for special conditions or instructions. Analyzes the contract and related documentation and establishes the contract price of items terminated. Issues, monitors, or revokes delegations of authority to settle subcontractor's claims without Government approval.
  • Analyzes and assesses risk determination and identifies appropriate risk mitigations necessary for the successful completion of the award. Ensures that business management systems are compliant with regulatory requirements. Reviews the recipients most recently filed single audit for findings that may impact the administration of Federal funds or the performance of project activities. These are reviewed and evaluated to ensure systems are adequate to support the cost, type, and term of anticipated project work. Determines any risk mitigation required to protect Federal interest.
  • Administers, modifies, and terminates financial assistance actions, and performs budget analysis functions from simple to complex. Administers grants and agreements by monitoring performance, progress and cost, protecting the Government's rights, enforcing terms and conditions and ensuring that actions are properly completed.


Conditions of Employment



Applicants must meet the qualification requirements contained in the OPM Standards . For this position, they are listed below.


I have completed all mandatory training (e.g., FAC-C program, etc.) prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher-level contracting positions, including at least 4-years' experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position AND a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by 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


I am a current Federal employee, who occupies a GS-1102 series to meet the standard contracting positions occupied on or before January 1, 2000.


I possess a waiver of the requirements of Paragraph A listed above

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement, you must also meet the Specialized Experience requirements below.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-1102-12, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes: Providing a full range of pre-award and/or post-award functions using a wide range of complex contracting and procurement methods; negotiating complex purchases in equipment, services and/or construction; negotiating on terms and conditions of contracts; prepares acquisition plans, conduct surveys and make recommendations; performs price and cost analysis, analyzing unit costs and pricing data and contractor projected costs; extensive experience utilizing contracting regulations, policies, and procedures; serve as a lead, planning and coordinating a variety of acquisition services; review of financial assistance actions; provides guidance and drafts office standard operations procedures; prepares audits and reviews; analyzes and assess risk determination and identifies appropriate risk mitigations; performs detailed budget analysis; prepares award documents for execution and approvals.

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement and Specialized Experience, you must also meet the Selective Placement Factor requirement below.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: In addition to the specialized experience applicant must possess the additional knowledge, skills, and abilities requirements. In order to exercise delegation up to $10,000,000.00 procurement authority as a Contracting Officer, the incumbent must be certified at the time of selection and maintain current certification for a FAC-C Level II Warrant. Failure to maintain a FAC-C Level II warrant for any reason is cause for removal from the position.

Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year (52 weeks) of service at the next lower grade level.


EDUCATION: Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically linked from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, credit hours, major, and grade-point average or class ranking, degree and date awarded. All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the educational requirements have been met. To qualify based on education you must submit a legible copy of your transcripts. Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education.

Education must have been obtained from an accredited or pre-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

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Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Programs: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including any selective placement factors; education, and experience requirements), score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For more information visit:

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service .

The Bureau of Indian Education has determined that the duties of this position are suitable scheduled, situational and for emergency telework.

STATUS CANDIDATES: Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applicants (Status or Reinstatement eligibles) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible. Applicants not entitled to Indian or Veteran's Preference must be Federal civilian employees with competitive status or former Federal civilian employees with reinstatement eligibility and must submit latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof.

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran's preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 (Member Copy 4) for verification of eligibility. For more information about this program and to determine whether you are eligible, click here.