Contract Specialist

Alexandria, Virginia
May 11, 2017
May 23, 2017
Full Time

Department of Defense (DoD)

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)


Mission Statement

The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), through its Community Strategic Plan has made a commitment to be among the world's leaders in education, enriching the lives of military- connected students and the communities in which they live.  The mission to educate, engage and empower each student to succeed in a dynamic world is achieved through its five strategic goals of Student, School, Talent, Organization, and Outreach Excellence.

DoDEA is a major Department of Defense (DoD) Field Activity with worldwide scope.  DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the education programs for DoD dependents.  DoDEA consists of three regions, DoDEA Americas, DoDEA Europe, and DoDEA Pacific and a total of eight school districts located overseas and in the U.S. and its territories.  DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

If you are applying through Merit procedures, the following information applies to you:

Employees Serviced by DLA: Civilian Federal employees who receive human resources servicing through the Defense Logistics Agency DO NOT need to submit supporting documentation if applying through merit promotion. Your record in Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF) will be used to verify your eligibility. It is your responsibility to ensure the required documents are in your eOPF for verification purposes. If your documents are not in eOPF, you must submit them to the announcement you are applying for at time of application. Failure to submit all of the documents on time will result in automatic disqualification.

All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive). 

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to:Current or Former Permanent Civilian Federal Employees in the Competitive Service; Displaced employees (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan - ICTAP eligible) within the Local Commuting Area; and individuals eligible for the following Special Appointing Authorities approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM): Veterans with a disability rating of 30% or more, Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Eligible Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. (Click on the links for more information regarding eligibility for these special appointment authorities: or

If you are applying through Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) procedures, the following information applies to you:

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to: All U.S. Citizens

  • Occasional Travel
  • The incumbent may be required to travel by military and/or commercial aircraft to a variety of stateside and overseas locations for meetings and conferences. The incumbent is subject to a variety of environmental conditions typical of the overseas areas in which traveling, to include the potential for exposure to acts of terrorism.

  • Yes
  • Permanent Change in Station (PCS) costs are authorized.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • This is a drug testing designated position.
  • This position has a Basic Requirement for the 1102 series: 

    Basic Requirements for the 1102 series: a baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees AND you must have completed at least 24 semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of study from an accredited institution of higher education in any of the following disciplines: accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management.

    Exception: Employees currently in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for the positions if they have been in an 1102 position since October 1, 2000.  An SF-50 must be provided to show applicant is a current 1102 and has been in this series since October 1, 2000 if using this exception.

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

    The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by Monday, May 22, 2017.

    You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-11 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:

    • Ensuring full compliance, as required by FAR, DFARS and other government regulations, for all assigned procurements of strategic procurement performance
    • Ensuring all procurement Management of Internal Controls (MIC) controls are fully complied with
    • Operating all procurement eBusiness systems proficiently, e.g., Procurement Desktop Defense, Federal Business Opportunities (FBO or FedBizOpps), Federal Procurement Data System- Next Generation (FPDS-NG), System for Award Management (SAM), etc.
    • Negotiating offers within the branch when negotiations (or discussions) are required to include, planning the negotiation strategy or preparing discussion questions/evaluation notices, coordinating the negotiation/discussion strategy with negotiation team, leading the negotiations/discussions in accordance with FAR and DFARS requirements, and obtaining revised proposals at the conclusion of negotiations/discussions
    • Performing contract monitoring to include monitoring orders placed and conducting ordering officer reviews for indefinite-delivery type contracts, tracking of costs incurred against overall contract maximum, overall compliance with contract terms and conditions, delivery or performance in compliance with the contracts schedule, and final payment
    • Presenting sensitive recommendations to the branch head to obtain concurrence and approval on generated contracting actions
    • Maintaining technical proficiency by keeping current with FAR, DFARS, and DPAP regulations and policies

    Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

    1. Knowledge of contracting laws, principles, regulations and regulations

    2. Ability to communicate orally and in writing

    3. Knowledge of negotiation, award and post award techniques.

    Time-in-Grade Requirements: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for merit promotion consideration. Time-in-grade is the 52-week requirement Federal employees in competitive service, General Schedule (GS) positions at GS-5 and above must serve before they are eligible for promotion (advancement) to the next grade level. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade, time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the closing date of this announcement: Monday, May 22, 2017

    Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

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

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

    Foreign Education: For further information, click on the following link:

    WORK SCHEDULE:  Full Time
    OVERTIME: Occasionally
    TOUR OF DUTY:  Flexible
    TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY:  This position is telework eligible

    SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT:  Please visit for more information.

    Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

    Other Notes:

    Delegated  Examining -Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement upon its closing for up to 90 days.

    Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a two-year probationary period.

    This position requires Acquisition Workforce Level II, Contracting certification. Certification prior to hiring is not essential but must be accomplished within 24 months after entry into this position.

    This position is subject to the statutory requirements of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA).

    Incumbent is required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, Executive Branch Personnel Confident Financial Disclosure Report upon entering the position and annually, in accordance with DoD Directive 5500-7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, dated 30 August 1993.

    The incumbent must fully comply with provisions of the DoDD 5500.07 Standards of conduct, DoD 5500.07-R, The Joint Ethics Regulation (JER), 5 CFR 2635 Standards of Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch and 5 CFR 3601 supplemental Standards of conduct for employees of the Department of Defense

    The employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends and/or holidays. work may occasionally require travel away from normal duty station. The employee may be required to travel on military and commercial aircraft.

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


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