Supervisory Contract Specialist - DIRECT HIRE

Washington, D.C
Jan 31, 2023
Feb 08, 2023
Full Time

As a Supervisory Contract Specialist, you will:
  • Serve as Chief of the Contracting Office (COCO) for the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (GLS) including carrying out all the responsibilities and delegations described for the COCO in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Transportation Acquisition Regulation (TAR), and Transportation Acquisition Manual (TAM).
  • Be responsible for, but not limited to, acquisition planning, contract award, contract management, pricing analysis, contract financing, control of Government furnished property/materials, contract modifications and terminations, contract closeout, supply inventory receiving, and warehouse management.
  • Represent GLS on procurement management matters in discussions with OST, other Government Agencies, and private industry. Develop GLS policies, standards, and procedures and analyze changes to Departmental as well as Government wide policies and procedures dealing with the acquisition process.
  • Manage and direct staff activities including as supervisor, determine goals, assign projects, make decisions on work problems, act on recommendations, furnish advice and assistance, approve and overrule actions, collaborate with heads of other units, and advise higher level officials of program issues and relationships to other programs. Ensure staff meets Department of Transportation (DOT) acquisition workforce requirements. Evaluate subordinate supervisors and direct reports. Ensure training and work assignments enhance professional growth.

The ideal candidate for this position is a confident acquisition leader who has significant experience with the full range of acquisition functions (pre-award and post-award) from simplified to complex contracts, delivery and/or purchase order, and Inter and Intra-agency agreements. The ideal candidate has issued solicitations, evaluated proposals, performed cost and price analysis, monitored contractor performance, negotiated contract modifications, and has been responsible for contract closeout. Additionally, as this position is a visible member of the leadership team, strong communication skills and an interest in developing others/helping increase understanding of the acquisition process are extremely beneficial.

PLEASE NOTE : One vacancy will be filled from this announcement from either Washington, DC or Massena, NY which will be determined by the manager. The difference in the salary is determined by the locality pay in the duty location. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at:

This announcement establishes an open continuous (3 month) vacancy announcement. Given our continuing need for top professionals in this field, we will review applications after the first 21 days of the vacancy opening for early consideration. Then after, applications will be reviewed on an as needed basis. We will give equal consideration to all applications we receive.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen & meet specialized experience to qualify
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • PCS/RELOCATION/RECRUITMENT: Permanent Change of Station (PCS), Relocation, and Recruitment Incentive authorization varies by position/selection.
  • SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: New supervisors must complete a 1-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: You will be required to complete a background/security investigation and meet preliminary requirements prior to onboarding.
  • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) within 30 days of appointment and annually thereafter.
  • DRIVER'S LICENSE: You must have a valid state driver's license and be fully qualified to operate a government-owned vehicle.
  • CERTIFICATION: Level II certification is required.
  • CERTIFICATION TRAINING: You will be required to obtain Level III certification within 24 months, and you will be required to maintain FAC-C Level III Certification which includes earning 80 continuous learning points every two years beginning with the date of certification to assure skills training is current every two years.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you MUST (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the experience qualifications.

To be qualified for this position, you must have demonstrated knowledge in the following areas:
  • Proficient knowledge of Federal Acquisitions Regulations.
  • Sufficient Pre award and Post award experience in awarding and administering complex, high dollar contracts.

  • To qualify for the GS-13, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-12, it must include:
    • Experience as a contracting officer performing review and oversight of contract work.

    To qualify for the GS-14, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-13, it must include:
    • Experience as a contracting officer performing review and oversight of contract work.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Contracting/Procurement - Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques, or requirements (for example, Federal Acquisitions Regulations) for contracting or procurement, and contract negotiation and administration.
  • Manages Human Resources - Plans, distributes, and monitors work assignments; evaluates work performance and provides feedback to others on their performance.
  • Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
  • Written Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
  • Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately

  • 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, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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    All applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


    Basic Requirements for GS-13 and Above

  • Completion of all mandatory training 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.

  • 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.
  • Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph D.
  • Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.

  • Additional information

    The agency has the option of extending a term appointment up to the 4-year limit.

    This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if similar vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

    Qualified CTAP/ICTAP candidates receive priority and will be referred to the hiring manager.