Contract Specialist

Expiring today

Wallops Island, Virginia
Sep 16, 2023
Sep 23, 2023
Full Time

This is an open continuous announcement open until 9/30/2023 or until all positions are filled/Direct Hire Authority expires. It will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies for this agency. There will be multiple cut-off dates with the first being 15 days after the initial opening date of 7/24/2023. Additional 30-day cut-off dates will be established until all vacancies have been filled.

The first 200 qualified and eligible candidates who applied will be considered for referral to the selecting official. Additional candidates will be referred every 30 days or sooner based on the TAC's hiring needs and/or TAC Hiring Manager's request.

This position is eligible for 100% remote or up to maximum telework. For remote, selectee must reside within a 50-mile radius of a VA facility. For telework, selectee must reside within the local commuting distance of our Eatontown, NJ office. This position is being announced as both remote and telework.

Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Available
Telework: Available
Position Description Title/PD#: Contract Specialist/PD44151A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Required
Physical Requirements: The subject position is primarily of an administrative nature in an office setting, however where travel to work sites is required there may be light physical work required, such as walking over uneven surfaces, or assisting technical personnel in taking measurements or elevations. Government travel for training, meetings, or customer interactions will be required in this position.

Major Duties:
  • Ensure the technical evaluation factors and award criteria are clearly stated in the request for proposal.
  • Conduct market analyses to test the noncompetitive assumptions of requisition.
  • Issue solicitations for contracting requirements that lack historical precedent.
  • Analyze contracting requirements for suggesting revisions to the statement of work or specifications.
  • Determine the competitive range for negotiated solicitations.
  • Develop contracting milestones within established time frames.
  • Perform cost or price analysis to review cost breakdowns or determine reasonableness.
  • Explore new or innovative contracting approaches when lacking meaningful cost and price information.
  • Plan procurements by identifying large-scale subsystems, components, equipment, and services to be acquired by contract.
  • Prepare solicitation and award synopses using electronic systems.
  • Input contractor performance data in appropriate databases.
  • Develop a negotiation strategy using audits and pricing reports.
  • Develop procurement objectives regarding terms of competition and price range.
  • Recommend the appropriate method of procurement, i.e. simplified acquisition procedures, sealed-bidding, negotiations.
  • Analyze proposals for conformance with the solicitation.
  • Determine responsiveness and responsibility of low bidder in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Serve as an advisor to program officials in procurement planning meetings.
  • Conduct pre-proposal conferences with perspective contractors to clarify contract requirements.
  • Conduct post-award conferences to provide information and clarify provisions of the contract.
  • Conduct debriefings with unsuccessful offerors or bidders.
  • Prepare required documentation during legal proceedings.
  • Prepare post-clearance documentation after an agreement has been reached.
  • Prepare price negotiation memoranda outlining the details of negotiations with contractors.
  • Prepare justification documentation for sole source clearances.
  • Prepare documentation in issuing terminations for convenience or default.
  • Prepare documentation associated with the elimination of unacceptable proposals.
  • Coordinate the establishment of a technical evaluation committee to determine acceptability of technical proposals.
  • Coordinate with small business liaisons on socio-economic goal requirements.
  • Develop strategies to resolve protests, mistakes in bids, and late bid situations.
  • Negotiate additional time required for contractor performance.
  • Notify offerors concerning further negotiation or elimination from competitive range.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Selectees are subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Selectees may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A complete application package, i.e., Resume, Transcripts, etc., as required by job announcement.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/30/2023.

OPM Individual Occupational Requirements - Contracting Series - 1102

Basic Requirements for the GS-12: A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;
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.

GS-12 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes:
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in the following: pre-award to post-award phases of cradle to grave contracting duties; negotiating with vendors to acquire products/services and address technical requirements; cost/pricing, and other terms and conditions.
  • Reviewing statements of work to ensure they adequately describe requirements; reviewing vendor submissions to determine acceptability and compliance with solicitation requirements; interpreting and applying laws, regulations, policies, standards, or procedures regarding acquisitions; educating and guiding customers through the procurement process.
  • Recommending the appropriate contract type or contract method for the product or service being procured; establishing and monitoring acquisition milestones to ensure progress toward award; serving as contract administrator on awarded contracts.
  • Negotiating the pre-award, award and post-award phases of contracts to procure a variety of sophisticated information technology systems, equipment, components, supplies and services.
  • Determining and recommending the most appropriate method of procurement; writing and staffing various documents such as procurement plans, justifications, determinations and findings, and other supporting documents for approval at higher levels as required for procurement.
Preferred: Incumbent must meet all the eligibility requirements to receive and maintain a Level III FAC-C certification.

There is no educational substitution for the GS-12 level.

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; religions; 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.

  • Contracting/Procurement
  • Acquisition Strategy
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Contract Administration


Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: .

If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at .

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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 .