Contract Specialist

District of Columbia, D.C
Dec 01, 2022
Dec 08, 2022
Full Time

The PMD manages a comprehensive procurement program for the federal judiciary. The incumbent performs senior contract specialist work assignments associated with pre-award, post-award and contract closeout activities. The incumbent will be responsible for procurement planning, solicitation, and/or award of procurement actions in support of Information Technology systems and services, including cloud-based and other digital services.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Serving as a senior contracting officer performing the full range of contract specialist duties necessary to award, administer, and close out a variety of contract types, including, but not limited to, firm fixed price, cost, labor hour, and task contract types.
  • Serving as a senior CO responsible for managing a customer's portfolio, and overseeing the execution of that portfolio by more junior Contract Specialists.
  • Performing all aspects of contract administration for important and complex agency acquisitions involving diverse supplies and services, e.g., telecommunications and other electronic systems and subsystems, building maintenance, architect/engineering, etc. including negotiating complex modifications to contracts vehicles.
  • Preparing pre-award and post-award documents, e.g., solicitations, market research reports, pre-negotiation and post-negotiation memoranda, responsibility determinations, waivers, justifications and approvals for other than full and open competition, determinations and findings, protest responses, debriefings, cure notices, etc.
  • Monitoring contractor performance, evaluating and negotiating change orders and contract modifications, and resolving post-award performance or payment problems.
  • Utilizing in-depth price/cost analysis techniques to develop pre-negotiation and award price determination documents.
  • Serving as an advisor to customers at the AO and the courts nationwide on contracting issues.

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the AO. If non-citizens are considered for hire into a temporary or any other position with non-competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO Human Resources Office there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S. and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at USAJOBS Help Center | Employment of non-citizens / . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete an FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • New employees to the AO will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights/responsibilities, visit .
  • All new AO employees are required to identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.

  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Specialized Experience : Although five years of specialized experience is preferred, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience applying contracting principles and procedures to the planning, award and management of contracting actions for a wide range of services and supplies.

    Certification: The incumbent of this position will need to have a Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) Level III, Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification Level III or or DAWIA Contracting Professional Certification. Applicants not certified may still apply and be selected but must achieve certification within 24 months of appointment.

    Highly desired qualifications :
    • FAC-C Core-plus specialization in Digital Services/Digital IT Acquisition Professional Training Program; or
    • Experience procuring digital services, conducting modular contracting, major systems acquisitions, or contracting that supports agile or iterative development or; experience incorporating TechFAR Handbook guidance in procurement.


    In addition to meeting the specialized experience described above, applicants must meet the following educational requirements to be placed in this job series at this level.

    Basic Requirement: 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.

    NOTE: To validate that you meet the educational requirement for this job series, please submit a copy of your transcript. Your transcript must reflect that you are seeking and/or possess a 4-year degree along with the 24 successfully achieved credit hours in the fields mentioned above. Failure to submit your transcript will make you ineligible for this position.

    Exceptions: Federal employees classified within the 1100 family as of January 1, 2000 are deemed to have met the basic qualification requirements for all 1102 Contract Specialist positions.

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.