Contract Management Support Training Program
Shift Type Job Title Contract Management Support Training Program Education Bachelor's Degree Location National Industries for the Blind - ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314 US (Primary) Career Level Entry Level Category Blind, Contract Management Date Needed By 06/30/2017 Job Type Full-time Travel 0 - 10% Job Description New Career Opportunity: Contract Management Support (CMS) National Industries for the Blind (NIB) is seeking motivated blind or severely visually impaired individuals to join its Contract Management Support (CMS) training program. The federal government is facing a critical shortage of qualified contracting personnel, and NIB has developed a training program to help meet this need while simultaneously providing high-growth career opportunities to people who are blind or severely visually impaired. What is Contract Management Support? Contract management support (CMS) services include the tasks required to conduct contract close-out and administration. These tasks range from research and analysis prior to awarding a contract to contract negotiation and post-award vendor follow-up. In 2008, the federal government spent over $500 billion on the purchase of various goods and services, but is facing a critical shortage of qualified contract specialists as hiring has not kept up with retirements and government demand has increased for contracted goods and services. What is National Industries for the Blind? NIBa€ (TM) s mission is to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. Jobs ranging from manufacturing to call centers, high-tech distribution and management exist through a nationwide network of associated agencies. What is included in the CMS training?The AbilityOne Program is partnering with the Department of Defensea€ (TM) s Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to provide the core training courses required to establish a foundation on contract management. The training is conducted in two tracks. Track 1 focuses on contract close-outs and requires a four-year degree or equivalent work experience. Track 2 requires a four-year degree and 24 business credits and focuses on direct placement in the federal government as an 1102 Contract Specialist. Where are these jobs located?Federal agencies need contract management services in locations across the United States. For those available to relocate, the Washington, DC, area is notable for its concentration of contracting opportunities. Job Requirements Track 1: Contract Close-OutContract Close-Out Specialist CourseworkNIB is partnering with the Department of Defensea€ (TM) s Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to provide the core training courses required to establish a foundation on contract management. With the contract close-out training you will receive the online training needed to familiarize yourself with the tasks required to conduct contract management.EligibilityPlease be sure that you meet all of the following before applying: * US citizen * Legally blind * 4-year college degree or equivalent work experience * Proficient computer skills * Highly proficient using adaptive technology such as screen readers, JAWS or Zoom TextCareer OpportunitiesPossible career/job opportunities may include but are not limited to: * NIB associated agencies * Contractor for NIB agency * Private sector as close-out specialist Track 2: Contract SpecialistContract Specialist CourseworkNIB is partnering with the Department of Defensea€ (TM) s Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to provide the core training courses required to establish a foundation on contract management. With the Contract Close-Out Training Program, you will receive the online training needed to familiarize yourself with all the tasks required to conduct contract management.EligibilityPlease be sure that you meet all of the following before applying: * US citizen * Legally blind * 4-year college degree and 24 business credit hours * Proficient Computer Skills * Highly proficient using adaptive technology such as screen readers, JAWS and Zoom TextCareer OpportunitiesWhile it will be the responsibility of each program participant to conduct their own job search, NIB will work with you and various federal agencies to identify possible career opportunities in contract management when possible. Federal agencies need contract management services in locations across the United States and the willingness to relocate will be key in your search. For individuals available to relocate, the Washington, DC, area is notable for its concentration of contracting opportunities.Possible career/job opportunities may include but are not limited to: * Federal Government * NIB associated agencies * Contractor for NIB agency * Private sectorDAU Online Coursework DescriptionsCON 100: Shaping Smart Business ArrangementsPersonnel new to the Contracting career field will gain a broad understanding of the environment in which they will serve. Students will develop professional skills for making business decisions and for advising acquisition team members in successfully meeting customersa€ (TM) needs. Before beginning their study of technical knowledge and contracting procedures, students will learn about the various Department of Defense (DoD) mission areas and the types of business arrangements and procurement alternatives commonly used to support each area. Information systems and knowledge management, as well as recent DoD acquisition initiatives, will be also be introduced in the course. Additionally, interactive exercises will prepare you for contracting support within the DoD. We will also address the overarching business relationships of government and industry, and the role of politics and customer relationships.Approximately 20 hours to complete this courseCON 121: Contract PlanningContract Planning will introduce personnel new to the contracting field to their role as a business advisor in the acquisition process. It focuses on the studentsa€ (TM) role in understanding their customersa€ (TM) mission and their ability to plan successful mission support strategies based upon their knowledge of the contracting environment and their customer needs. Students will learn how to use the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), conduct effective market research, develop alternative acquisition strategies and understand how socioeconomic programs support the acquisition planning process.Approximately 12 hours to completeCON 124: Contract ExecutionContract Execution is the second of three online Level I contracting courses. It focuses on executing the acquisition planning through soliciting industry and awarding a contract. It provides students with the knowledge necessary to execute an acquisition that optimizes customer mission performance. Students will learn the techniques and benefits of early industry involvement in shaping requirements. Students will learn basic procedures for acquisition of both commercial and noncommercial requirements, effectively conduct analysis of market data, and determine when a price is fair and reasonable. Finally, students will learn how to conduct basic competitive acquisitions, process awards, and handle protests before and after contract award.Approximately 13 hours to completeCON 127: Contract ManagementContract Management is the final of three online courses. This course builds on the foundation established in CON 121 and CON 124 and provides students with the knowledge necessary to identify and utilize appropriate performance metrics when evaluating contractor performance. Students will explore processes for working with their customer to ensure contract performance is meeting mission requirements. Students will explore performance assessment strategies and remedies for contractual non-compliance, how to make and price contract changes after award, handle disputes and, finally, how to close out completed contracts. Additionally, students will gain a fundamental knowledge of the characteristics and principles of the contract termination process.Approximately 10 hours to completeCON 237: Simplified Acquisition ProceduresProfessionals participating in this course will gain training on Part 13 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and Part 213 of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, which cover simplified acquisition procedures (SAP).Approximately 6 hours to complete this course Hiring Manager Parker, Billy (National Industries for the Blind) Exemption Type # of Hires Needed 300 .