Contract Specialist

Springfield, Virginia
Jun 10, 2017
Jul 13, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

ANNOUNCEMENT AMENDED: This AON has been amended: please note, PCS is NOT authorized and the close out date is: 30 Sep 2017.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Contract Specialists plan and manage acquisitions to procure a variety of products and services for NGA. They interact with the customer to develop and implement an acquisition strategy, solicit and evaluate proposals, and negotiate and award contracts to satisfy customer requirements. They administer contracts, including monitoring contractor performance in collaboration with the COR, preparing modifications, resolving problems, and terminating and closing out contracts. They may also hold a warrant that would authorize them to obligate the Government subject to limitations expressed on their warrant.

  • No

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Security Investigation
  • MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:

    1) Applying the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and DoD Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to acquisition processes.
    2) Demonstrated knowledge of contracting for a variety of products and services for major systems, Research and Development (R&D), Information Technology, and/or complex programs using a wide range of contacting methodologies such as negotiated contract and commercial acquisition procedures in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).
    3) Experience managing contract actions end-to-end; from procurement conception to contract closeout and the myriad of functions associated with the pre- and post-contract award life cycle of activity. Working knowledge of complex source selection procedures/competitive contract actions, cost or price analysis, negotiations and preparation of related contract documentation in accordance with directives and policies.
    4) Advising the Agency on the acceptability and applicability of contractual terms, or contracting types.
    5) Continuously looking for ways to improve results, showing resourcefulness, and pushing for excellence (Driving for results).
    6) Creating an inspired work environment and making people proud of their accomplishments by involving and applauding their efforts (Motivating Others).
    7) Demonstrated Customer Service with proven customer satisfaction (Customer Focus).
    8) Demonstrated skills in oral, or sign language, and written communications.

    EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in any field that includes, or has been supplemented by, at least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework in a business-related field such as Accounting, Business Administration, Contracts, Economics, Finance, Law, Purchasing, or a related discipline. Reference 10 USC Section 1724 for exceptions and waivers. LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS: Must obtain DAWIA Certification in Contracting within 24 months. DAWIA Certification in Contracting, as appropriate for the band, within 24 months of appointment.

    DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:

    1) Representing organizations, implementation of integrated process team framework, process improvements and management controls (Organizational Agility).
    2) Demonstrating strategic and transformational thinking, leadership, problem identification and resolution skills, flexibility, and ability to develop and implement innovative approaches (Strategic Agility; Critical Thinking).
    3) Demonstrated experience leading individuals (government, military or contractor) and building team cohesion to meet mission objectives on specific time schedules (Building Effective Teams).

    - Direct Deposit Required
    - Two Year Probationary Period
    - U.S. Citizenship Required
    - Position Subject to Drug Testing
    - Security Clearance Required
    - Top Secret
    - Sensitive Compartmented Information
    - Polygraph Test Required

    You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

    Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

    NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.

    This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in our ERecruit application.

    This position is funded by the National Intelligence Program (NIP).

    Top Secret/SCI


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Office of Contract Services (OCS) seeks applicants with extensive hands-on contracting experience including major systems, base operations, information technology or complex programs and proven effective leadership, managerial and supervisory skills. The candidates must be expert in the tradecraft and be able to provide creative leadership in fulfilling NGA's mission. The selected candidates(s) shall lead source selections; provide contractual guidance and overall business advice routinely. The candidates may serve in a leadership and/or supervisory role in support of the assigned OCS contracting division.

    The candidate is responsible for providing quality contracting support consistent with the contracting needs of NGA. As a senior contracting officer, the incumbent must demonstrate the experience, training and education, judgment, dependability, character, and business acumen necessary to be delegated unlimited DoD signatory authority, including the authority to compete, negotiate, award, administer, and terminate NGA contracts. Strong leadership skills are required, as well as professional knowledge of contract law, policy, and procedures.

    The incumbent may represent OCS at senior level meetings and conferences as required. Strong written and oral communication skills are critical. Additional responsibilities include, ensuring that all assigned acquisition activities are executed ethically, legally, and in accordance with applicable DoD policies and procedures. If assigned a supervisory role, responsibilities will include leading, mentoring and coaching a diverse workforce that may consist of DoD civilian and active duty contracting processionals, and other support personnel.

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