Supervisory Contract Specialist

Wallops Island, Virginia
Sep 25, 2022
Oct 03, 2022
Full Time

  • Responsible for overall program activities to include pre-award and post-award phases of highly specialized acquisitions of various types, including major systems, IT resources, Advisory and Assistance services, and commercial commodities.
  • Develops negotiation plans and administers the most complex mission area contracts . Develops milestone plans for assigned work identifying within assigned major subsystems, components, equipment and services to be acquired by contract.
  • Advises senior management in procurement planning, procurement methods to be used and specific issues to be addressed; provides guidance in the preparation of statements of services and technical specifications.
  • Oversees the life cycle costing phases to arrive at the best contractual arrangement for the Government and validates the contract's terms and conditions. Manage all aspects of contract termination actions.
  • Manages oversight reviews of solicitations and contracts for actions of all types and dollar amounts to assure compliance with Federal statutes, regulations, policies and procedures, as well as Departmental or mission area guidance.
  • Incumbent exercises first level supervisory responsibilities to perform the full range of supervisory functions.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • Subject to one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period unless prior service is creditable. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program before the end of their probationary period.
  • Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at
  • Must meet the Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System (FAITAS) or Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) requirements applicable to the duties of the position.
  • All GS-1102 employees being hired, reassigned, or promoted to GS-1102-13 and above positions shall meet the requirements for FAC-C Level III certification at time of application.
  • A valid Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification is equivalent to a FAC-C at the same certification level, provided the FAC-C education and continuous learning requirements have been met.
  • For selection at the GS-14 level, the employee must maintain a FAC-C Level III and if selected to an IT branch, obtain a Digital IT Acquisition Professional (DITAP) certification within 1 year of hire.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement, qualified applicants must possess:

Applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level; or its non-Federal equivalent that demonstrates: Authoritative guidance and supervision to senior level officials on the delivery of high-quality goods and services; Developing and implementing, evaluating, and administering the full range of pre-award and post-award activities utilizing various types of contracts; Analyzing and prioritizing contracting employees on contracting processes and procedures; Carried out all aspects of the agency's contracting and procurement activities to include all phases of contract negotiation, administration, price/cost analysis, principles, policies, procedures, and technical requirements applicable to pre-proposal and post-award actions to include close out and termination for various types of contracts; Developing and overseeing milestone plans for staff and administering procurement, contract objectives, and solicitations for actions of all types and all dollar amounts to assure compliance with federal statutes, regulations; policies, procedures, departmental and/or mission area. Establishing meeting and evaluating the agency's mission objectives, overall program goals and conducting detailed reviews of contract activities to improve operation efficiencies; Recent demonstrated experience managing teams of acquisition personnel (GS-1102) at a branch level or higher or its equivalent; Recent demonstrated experience as a warranted Contracting Officer or Senior Contract Specialist in a major complex source selection utilizing FAR Part 15 authority is highly encouraged. There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-14 level.

To be considered for this position, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the GS-1102 series set forth in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards by the closing date of the announcement. A copy is available at:

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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

To be eligible for appointment to this position, the new hire must be cleared to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate's Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory. This position requires a favorable credit check as part of the background investigation.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter. Selectee is subject to financial Disclosure Requirements in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency. Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. If selected you will be subject to a National Agency Check and Inquiry (NACI) and a credit report.