Contract Specialist

Washington D.C.
Apr 10, 2017
Apr 26, 2017
Full Time

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This is an AT WILL position.

The incumbent of this position serves as a contracting officer for the U.S. Tax Court and works under the direct supervision of the Deputy Clerk of the Court. As such, the incumbent serves as the Court's subject matter expert on all of the Court's contracting and procurement work, and also performs a variety of contracting and procurement functions.

A preliminary suitability determination and security background check, NAC (National Agency Check), to include credit check, Federal income tax check and criminal check is conducted on all new hires. A candidate selected for this position must be current on his or her Federal income tax obligations before employment with the Tax Court. Continued employment post appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of the NAC background investigation and credit check.

  • Not Required

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  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen
  • If applicable, applicants must have registered with the Selective Service
  • National Agency Check
  • Criminal check, Tax check, and Credit Check
  • Qualification Requirements:

    SCREEN OUT FACTORS: (Required for employment consideration)
    : (1) At least one year experience serving as a Contract Specialist at the next lower grade level in Federal service, preparing contracts (sample may be requested at the interview stage), negotiating issues, and performing a full range of contracts and acquisition activities. Knowledge and experience in the field of contracts and procurement activity must be clearly described in the application materials provided.


    (2) At least 3 years experience in contracting or procurement positions. At least one year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and the position must have provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position;


    (3) A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree conferred or approved by an accredited U.S. college or university. The course of study must have included or have been 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.


    (4) Must meet all requirements and be certified as a contracting officer with a certification at Level II or Level III, FAC-C (Federal Acquisition Certification - Contracting) / DAIWA (Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act), or the judiciary equivalent under the Guide to Judiciary Policy Vol. 14, COCP Levels 1 and 3.

    How Will You Be Evaluated:

    Ratings will be based on an evaluation of your experience as it relates to the qualification requirements and on the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) listed below with specific emphasis on the Mandatory Factors (Screen Out Factors are a pre-requisite for employment consideration). You should provide detailed evidence of the KSAs in your application in the form of clear, concise examples showing level of accomplishment and degree of responsibility.

    (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required By the Position)
    Applicants are required to address each Special Rating Factor providing detailed evidence of the KSAs (Special Rating Factors) in the form of clear, concise examples of accomplishment and degree of responsibility:

    1. Knowledge of the principles of acquisition planning sufficient to develop and implement a plan to procure a multi-year program or system involving successive program stages.

    2. Knowledge of contract formulation, solicitation, administration, and termination principles gained from practical experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) or Volume 14, Procurement, of the Guide to Judiciary Policy. (Experience with Volume 14 is preferred.) Direct experience should be in solicitation preparation, price/cost analysis techniques, contract type selection, methods, and techniques, and source selection techniques.

    3. Skill in contract negotiation sufficient to interact with high-level government, business and/or industry representatives.

    4. In-depth experience performing all phases of procurement, to include market research, solicitation preparation, formal advertising, negotiation, drafting special or extraordinary provisions, and contract administration.

    Applicants must submit all application materials by April 18, 2017.

    Q - Nonsensitive

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