Contract Spec/Administrator/Negotiator, Procurement Analyst (Supvy/Non/Lead)
THIS NOTICE HAS BEEN EXTENDED FROM 6/13/17 TO 9/30/17.
We have a severe shortage of qualified applicants for our Contract Specialist positions. To help us fill these jobs, we have been granted “Direct Hire Authority” or DHA. This means that when we have a vacant job, we can hire any qualified candidate, either from this notice or from any source. The benefit of applying to this notice is that your application may be shared with a hiring manager if they request resumes from this notice.
A few key facts about this DHA notice:
- Many vacancies may be filled at the GS-9 through GS-15 levels
- Jobs have varying opportunities for advancement (promotion potential)
- Supervisory and non-supervisory opportunities
- Jobs are located in 7 metropolitan areas
- Current GSA employees on competitive service appointments will not be considered
- Denver: 303-236-0819
- New York (includes Brooklyn, Queens, Newark, Central Islip, and Suffolk): 212-264-8300 or 212-264-5557
- Philadelphia: 215-446-4973
- San Francisco: 415-522-2669
- Seattle/Auburn: 253-931-7742
- Washington, DC (includes Arlington and Alexandria):
-Public Buildings Service (facilities and construction) opportunities: 202-357-9662
-Federal Acquisition Service (equipment, supplies, telecommunication, and integrated IT solutions) opportunities: 202-208-0756
-For positions supporting staff offices (business support services): 202-969-4037
-Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technology or 18F (Secure Cloud, Customer Experience, Data Services, Open Innovation, and Smarter IT Delivery) opportunities: 202-969-4069
- Dallas/Fort Worth: 817- 850-5531
For information on DHA, please visit https://www.opm.gov/directhire/index.asp.
Applicants must meet both the Basic AND Specialized Experience requirements described below:
GS-09, GS-11 and GS-12:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field; or 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.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to the basic requirement stated above, you must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower grade level of the position to be filled.
GS-09: Specialized experience is progressively responsible experience that provided knowledge of procurement regulations, procedures, and techniques in order to perform recurring and developmental contracting assignments. Examples of such experience are: drafting contracts including standard clauses and special provisions; recommending award and necessary documentation to support award; assisting with negotiations or conducting noncomplex negotiations; analyzing bids or proposals for responsiveness, assisting with monitoring the contractor's performance; and reviewing contract files for completeness and closure.
GS-11: Specialized experience is experience that provided knowledge of formal advertising and negotiated procurement procedures sufficient to develop solicitations, evaluate offers, negotiate prices and terms and recommend award of contracts for a range of standard or specialized supplies or services; or knowledge of contracting principles and procedures sufficient to administer contracts for a range of standard or specialized supplies or services.
GS-12: Specialized experience is progressively responsible experience that provided knowledge of contracting procedures, methods, a variety of contract types and use of special provisions and incentives to plan and carry out pre-award and/or post-award contract assignments for the acquisition of products, professional or non-professional services, or construction; or experience which required a sufficient knowledge of contract regulations, policies, and procedures and an organization's technical and program requirements in order to participate in planning, improving, or carrying out the organization's procurement program.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: If you do not have the specialized experience described above, you may qualify if you have graduate education as noted below if it is 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.
- GS-09 level: a master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR a LL.B. or J.D.
- GS-11 level: a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR three full years of progressively higher level related graduate level education leading to such a degree; OR a LL.M.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must meet the requirements set forth in 1, 2, or 3 below:
- All of the following: (a) GSA’s Mandatory Training Requirements which can be met by one of the following: Completion of Training listed in Level 1 & II of https://www.fai.gov/drupal/certification/contracting-fac-c; (Use the link to view specific courses.); or If you have a FAC-C (Refresh) Level II or III, FAC-C (Legacy) Level II or III, or a DAWIA level II or III certification, your training is fully qualifying for GSA's Mandatory Training requirement. If the certification is over 2 years old, 80 hours of Continuous Learning Points are required to maintain certification. A Certificate of Achievement or other applicable documentation will be required as proof of maintaining certification; (b) Have at least 4-years of experience in contracting or related positions including 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the level as described below; and (c) Completion of 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 occupied on January 1, 2000 or positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, for promotions to a higher grade, they will have to meet Option 1 unless granted a waiver.
- Waiver: GSA's senior procurement executive has the discretion to waive any or all of the requirements in 1 above and certify 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.
GS-13: Experience in performing the full range of pre-award and/or post-award activities utilizing various types of contracts such as fixed price, various cost types, requirements, performance based and multiple award schedules, and evidence of professional potential, business acumen, and drive for results, relationship building, and self-motivation in order to procure a variety of complex or specialized products and/or services; OR experience requiring sufficient knowledge of contracting regulations, policies, and procedures and an organization's program and technical requirements in order to conduct reviews of contracts or contracting actions, recommend or plan improvements to an organization's procurement program.
GS-14: Experience in evaluating or implementing contracting programs; OR leading or supervising contracting professionals providing contracting services for the acquisition of a wide range of supplies, services (professional and non-professional), and/or construction; OR contracting experience that demonstrated the ability to perform the full range of highly complex pre-award and post-award activities utilizing a variety of types of contracts and evidence of professional potential, business acumen, drive for results, relationship building, and self-motivation in order to procure supplies, services, or construction associated with an organization.
GS-15: Experience that includes planning and evaluating programs and operations; overseeing the organization's technical and managerial activities relating to the contracting function; or ensuring that agency regulation and guidance implement statutory requirements and sound policies across the entire spectrum of procurement; overseeing the development, implementation, and communication of policies that directly affect the terms and conditions in contracts, and providing the competencies necessary to perform the full range of highly complex pre-award and post award activities utilizing a variety of types of contracts and evidence of professional potential, business acumen, drive for results, relationship building, and self-motivation in order to procure supplies, services, or construction associated with an organization.
If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
- Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.
- Complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment.
- Positions may be designated as Public Trust Positions and have varying position sensitivity requirements. Appointment may be subject to background investigations and favorable adjudication prior to entering on duty.
- Non-GSA employees must complete the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 to determine identity and employment (work status) eligibility. GSA will verify the information through the DHS e-Verify automated system. Any identified discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
- Complete an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, and obtain approval that no conflict or an appearance of conflict exists between your financial interest and this position.
- If selected for a supervisory position, complete a one year supervisory or managerial probationary period, unless this has been previously fulfilled.
- You may be required to participate in the Region's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), representing the Service and/or GSA as a whole. This may involve participating in COOP meetings and planning activities; performing mission-critical work at a designated location other than the traditional GSA office site (which may be outside of the commuting area); and ensuring that GSA's needs are still being met in the event of an emergency, disaster or otherwise unforeseen circumstance disrupting traditional office operations.
As a contracting professional, you will be responsible for the procurement of highly specialized equipment, components and systems for high-rise buildings and their operating systems, the construction of specialized equipment or special purpose buildings, information technology equipment and systems, professional or technical services, and/or a variety of supplies.
Your duties at the GS-09, GS-11, and GS-12 may also include:
- Pre/post-award and termination activities, such as: analyzing requirements, recommending revisions to statements of work/specifications, determining the appropriate type of contract, establishing milestones, procurement planning, conducting post-award and contractual terminations, initiating briefings with contractors to ensure full understanding of terms, handling modifications, resolution of issues related to non-compliance, and the termination process
- Developing, implementing and analyzing data requirements for planning and measurement systems
- Analyzing performance of procurement activities against various procurement indicators and goals
- Analyzing data to determine trends
- Assistance in tracking/monitoring contract actions to ensure compliance with GSA policy, administrative procedures, regulations, and statutes
- Pre/Post Award contracting functions that help clients achieve results and meet their mission
- Identifying procurement objectives and methodologies; developing statements of work; performing analyses of elements of cost; making competitive range determinations; conducting pre-proposal conferences; planning comprehensive negotiation strategy; coordinating with technical experts, leading negotiations and awarding contracts
- Developing, coordinating, and revising a wide variety of Government-wide procurement policies, reviewing proposed changes to existing regulations and determining whether they should be addressed
- Providing principal policy advice, analyzing comments and proposed legislative changes
- Developing and presenting presentations and defending complex and often controversial positions which are subject to considerable Congressional scrutiny and preparing expert response to Congressional correspondence
- Identifying and analyzing acquisition process problems, trends, and emerging needs. Formulating and justifying new statutory initiatives to address unique problems, to meet newly emerging acquisition needs, and to resolve critical procurement process problems