Contract Specialist

Expiring today

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jan 19, 2023
Closes
Jan 27, 2023
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

As the Contract Specialist in this position, you will:
  • Collaborate with the supervisor/other contracting officials performing contract planning, including generating complete contract packages and providing long-range and short-term procurement planning.
  • Prepare price and cost analyses for designated actions, formulate negotiation strategies, develop negotiation objectives, and negotiate contracts for the Agency's programs, including information technology equipment, computer programming services, conference management and case management services, and others.
  • Perform contract administration functions required by procurement regulations, drafting documents for contractual modifications, and oversight of contract performance necessary to ensure delivery of the supplies or services required by contract.
  • Administer and maintain contracting records and files ensuring strict compliance with contracting regulations.
The full performance level of this position is GS-1102-12. If you are selected for a GS-09 or GS-11, you would perform the same duties outlined above in a developmental capacity. Upon meeting regulatory and performance requirements you may be promoted non-competitively to the target level of GS-12.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • You must be able to pass a background investigation.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see Legal and regulatory guidance below).
  • You may be required to serve a 2 year probationary period.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
  • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade/band requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade).
  • This position require a Financial Disclosure statement.


Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the Basic education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. A copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application.

Basic Education Requirements:

A. Have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelors degree with a major in any field.
OR
B. Have completed 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.
OR
C. Currently occupy a GS-1102 position and have continuously occupied GS-1102 positions since January 1, 2000.

Qualifications for the GS-1102-09:

A. Have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 level in the federal service performing the following on government contracts: (1) evaluating contract performance on previous contracts; (2) developing procurement plans from previous contracting history; (3) ensuring price competition is available for service procurement; (4) assisting supervisor or senior contracting officer in resolving contract disputes.
OR
B
. Have 2 full academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D. in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
OR
C
. A combination of specialized experience, as defined in A, and graduate education, as defined in B, that when combined, equal 100% of the total requirement. (Please note: only graduate education in excess of the first year, generally considered 18 semester hours, may be used in this calculation.)

Qualifications for the GS-1102-11:

A. Have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 level in the federal service performing the following on government contracts: (1) terminating contracts by analyzing, negotiating, and settling claims and proposals; (2) analyzing and evaluating cost or price proposals and accounting systems data; (3) performing price and cost analyses; (4) preparing negotiation positions using technical analysis.
OR
B
. Have 3 full academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
OR
C.
A combination of specialized experience, as defined in A, and graduate education, as defined in B, that when combined, equal 100% of the total requirement. (Please note: only graduate education in excess of the first two years, generally considered 36 semester hours, may be used in this calculation.)

Qualifications for the GS-12:

Have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the federal service performing the following on government contracts: (1) managing the overall life cycle of the contract programs; (2) coordinating complex contract planning and preparation of price and cost analyses for designated actions; (3) developing negotiation strategies and objectives, and negotiates contracts for the organization; (4) developing strategies and planning for contract specification and quality assurance criteria.

Selective Placement Factor required for the GS-11 and GS-12 : You must have FAC-C Level I acquisition certification. You must provide copy of certificate with your application.

In addition, you must provide a cover letter describing your experience with the competencies identified below:
  • Contracting/Procurement- Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques for contracting or procurement, and contract negotiation and administration.
  • Influencing/Negotiating-Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.
  • Planning and Evaluating -Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
  • Writing - Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website .

Part-time or unpaid experience: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

Volunteer work experience: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

Are you using your education to qualify? You must provide a copy of your unofficial or official transcripts to support your educational claims.

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, click here . You must provide translated transcripts.

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Additional information

FEC offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; or transportation subsidies.

If you receive a tentative offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

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 .

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:
Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
Other Special Appointment Authorities

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.