Arlington, Virginia
May 05, 2017
Jun 01, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is a separately organized agency within the Department of Defense under a Director, appointed by the Secretary of Defense. The Agency engages in advanced basic and applied research and development projects essential to the Department of Defense, and conducts prototype projects that embody technology that may be incorporated into joint programs, programs in support of deployed US forces, or selected Military Department programs and, on request, assists the Military Departments in their prototype efforts. In this regard, DARPA arranges for, manages, and directs the performance of work connected with assigned advanced projects by the military departments, other Government agencies, private business entities, and educational or research institutions, as appropriate; recommends through the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD (AT&L)) to the Secretary of Defense assignment of advanced projects to the Agency; keeps the USD (AT&L), the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Military Departments, and other DoD agencies informed on significant new developments and technological advances within assigned projects; and performs other such functions as the Secretary of Defense or USD (AT&L) may assign.

The Contracts Management Office (CMO) plans, negotiates, and awards procurement contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and Other Transactions for selected technology projects, consortium projects, and other cooperative projects where innovative and/or special contractual arrangements are desired. In addition to normal contract and grant authorities, CMO may operate under special Congressional statutory authorities under 10 U.S.C. 2371 to conduct research projects and under 10 U.S.C. 2371b which allows DoD organizations to carry out military prototyping projects using Other Transactions, an acquisition instrument not governed by the Federal Acquisition Regulation..

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

  • No

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • You may qualify at the GS-15, if you fulfill the following qualifications:
    A. Earned a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degree; AND at least 24 semester hours of study from an accredited institution of higher education in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management obtained within or in addition to the bachelor's degree.


    B. A current or former civilian in DoD, who occupied GS-1102 positions or contracting positions with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold in an Executive Department on or before September 30, 2000.


    C. A current or former military member who occupied a similar occupational specialty to the GS-1102 on or before September 30, 2000.

    *NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

    You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private/military sector) giving the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. Experience must be reflected in your resume.
    Specialized experience required for this position is:

    -Experience writing solicitations, developing the negotiation strategy, and awarding the administering research and development procurement contracts pursuant to the Federal Acquisition Relation (FAR) and the Department of Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS).-Experience with the solicitation process and demonstrated experience preparing multiple different contract types.

    -Experience writing solicitations, establishing the appropriate levels of financial assistance, and awarding and administering research and development grants and cooperative agreements pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2358.

    -Experience with the specific statutory authority and implementing regulations, the solicitation process and demonstrated experience preparing grants and agreements.

    -Experience writing solicitations, developing the negotiation strategy, and awarding and administering research and development , innovative acquisition instruments such as Other Transactions pursuant to pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2371 and pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2371b.

    -Experience with the specific statutory authorities and implementing regulations, solicitation process and demonstrated experience preparing innovative acquisition instruments such as Other Transactions.

    - Experience leading a team of contracting professionals.

    Selective Placement Factor:

    In addition to the basic requirement and specialized experience reflected above, candidates must also meet the Selective Placement Factor required for this position: Must possess experience managing acquisition programs that include experience in all of the following award instruments: procurement contracts, grants, cooperative agreements and innovative award instruments Other Transactions pursuant to 10 USC 2371 and 10 USC 2371b.

    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.

    Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

    WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
    OVERTIME: Occasionally
    TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible
    TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is telework eligible
    SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT: For more information please visit

    Other Notes:

    THIS IS A CRITICAL ACQUISITION POSITION (CAP). Selectee for this position will be required to sign a written agreement to remain, for a minimum of three years, in the federal service in this critical acquisition position.

    This position requires DAWIA Acquisition Workforce Level III certification in the Contracting field. Certification prior to hiring is not essential but must be accomplished within 24 months after entry into this position.

    All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

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