Contract Specialist

Washington D.C.
May 19, 2017
Jun 05, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage. In the Secret Service, we:

  • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
  • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
  • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure
Joining the Secret Service, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Procurement Division will allow you to use your expertise in performing the full range of pre-award and post-award contracting functions including price/cost analysis, negotiation, and administration for equipment, services and supplies supporting a variety of protective and investigative operational programs. Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Procurement Division Team in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, and to ensure the coordination of the protective programs and support the mission of the Secret Service. This Contract Specialist position starts at a salary of $66,510 (GS-11, step 1) with promotion potential to $123,234 (GS-13, step 10).

More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

  • Not Required

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  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • BASIC REQUIREMENTS: To be considered for the position, candidates must have completed:

    A. 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;


    B. 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.


    GS-11: You qualify for the GS-11 level (starting salary $66,510) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level performing duties such as advising program officials; planning and conducting pre-award and post-award functions (i.e. negotiating and developing statement of work, monitoring contract performance and/or contract price/cost analysis).


    Three (3) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree;


    A combination of graduate education and experience. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts or a list of courses/course hours submitted with your application.

    GS-12: You qualify for the GS-12 level (starting salary $79,720) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level performing duties such as interpreting and applying contracting policies, compiling acquisition information, reviewing requisitions for adequacy of the statement of work; soliciting pricing proposal or quotations, awarding purchase orders and/or contracts; and preparing necessary documentation to support award decisions and resolving any contractor performance issues.

    Note: For GS-12 positions, applicants who are qualifying based on experience must possess at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level, that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position, in addition to meeting the basic requirements in paragraph A or B, above.

    Graduate Education: To qualify for GS-1102 positions on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organizational and management.

    Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grade 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for the GS-1102 positions up to including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at the other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employee must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.

    Selective Placement Factor: GS-11 applicants must have at least a Level II Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C Level II) or Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level II Certification. GS-12 applicants must have a Level III Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C Level III) or Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III Certification.

    Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    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, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you will be required to:

    • Obtain and maintain a top secret clearance. Completion of a single scope background investigation is required before appointment. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page.
    • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
    • Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so, if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959.
    • Work is usually performed in an office setting although there are occasional visits to contractor plants to conduct fact-finding, pre-award surveys, reviews, and negotiations.

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