Supervisory Contract Specialist, GS-1102-15

Washington D.C.
Jul 10, 2017
Aug 08, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Coast Guard, Acquisition Directorate, Director of Contracting and Procurement/Head of Contracting Activity (CG-91), in Washington, D.C.

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.

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

This announcement has a cut off date of July 24th. All other applicants will be considered after the closing date of the announcement (08/07/2017).

  • Occasional Travel
  • This position requires occasional travel.

  • Yes
  • Relocation PCS is authorized.

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Unofficial Transcripts must be submitted at the time of application.
  • For the GS-1102-15 positions:

    You must meet all three requirements listed below; unless you are covered by an exception:

    1) Completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field, that included or was supplemented by 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.

    NOTE: The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) does not grant Academic degrees; therefore courses completed at the DAU are not creditable towards meeting the 24 semester hour requirement, in the fields identified above, unless the coursework has been evaluated by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and appears on a college or university transcript.


    2) Completion of at least 4-years of experience in a contracting or related position, 1 year of which was directly related experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service. Directly related experience must have involved applying contracting principles, laws, regulations and procedures sufficient to plan, develop, implement, and maintain all aspects of one or more major systems contracts; applying knowledge of a procurement functional area sufficient to provide expert technical leadership, staff coordination, and consultation; formulating guidelines, implementing new developments, and providing policy interpretation; performing in-depth evaluations of the financial and technical capabilities; and anticipating problems and providing advice to project personnel on effective implementation and time frames required.

    EXCEPTIONS TO QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants who have been in a GS-1102 position, at or above the GS-13 level, since January 1, 2000 without a break in service only need to meet the 1-year of directly related experience in order to qualify. The educational, training and additional years of contracting experience requirements do not apply to these individuals.


    3) Training refers to the May 7, 2014, Memorandum on Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. Applicants must meet the FAC-C requirements and be certified at Level II or III at the time of application. Possession of certification must be indicated as part of application submission. Applicants not certified may still apply and be selected, but must achieve certification within 24 months of appointment. A valid Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification is equivalent to a FAC-C at the same certification level, provided the FAC-C education and continuous learning requirements have been met. Certification requirements may be viewed at click here.

    NOTE: The agency may obtain a waiver for any individual not meeting the training requirements. The Coast Guard Head of the Contracting Activity must obtain the waiver from the DHS Chief Procurement Officer prior to the extension of an employment offer.

    NOTE: If you are currently employed with an agency other than DHS and seeking a lateral transfer AND you were promoted to an 1102 position at or above the GS-13 level (or equivalent) after 12/31/99 based on a waiver of the agency's training requirements, you will need to be approved for another training waiver before you can be hired into a GS-1102 position at or above the GS-13 level with DHS. If you were hired into your current GS-1102-13 or higher level position, with a non-DHS agency, based on an educational waiver, you will still have to meet the educational requirements stated in Qualification Requirements #1.

    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.

    If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    You are required to submit your unofficial college transcripts from an appropriately accredited educational institution in order to document completion of the educational requirements for this position. The unofficial transcripts must be legible and include your name, major, school name/location, course title/number, date completed, grade and number of credits earned. Official transcripts will be required if selected prior to establishing an entrance on duty date. Information on Defense Acquisition University equivalent providers may be found at

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    Q - Sensitive


    The incumbent will serve as the Deputy Director of Contracting and Procurement/Deputy Head of Contracting Activity and reports directly to the Director of Procurement and Contracting/Head of Contracting Activity (HCA), ensuring that all contracting programs across the Coast Guard Enterprise are executed through the framework of federal, departmental and Coast Guard statutes and regulations, inclusive of major systems, equipment, information technology, supplies, services and construction. The incumbent will be responsible for assisting the HCA in leading the U.S. Coast Guard Contracting Enterprise, which is comprised of more than 400 civilian contracting and procurement professionals and approximately 1,200 military buyers, across a nationwide footprint, with an average annual spend of $3 billion.

    Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:

    • Acts as the HCA in the absence of the HCA and provides direct supervision of one of the six Chiefs of the Contracting Office (COCO) and the Chief of the Policy and Oversight Office; and second line supervision of five of the six COCOs that are located in the field.
    • Serves as a consultant and advisor on procurement and contracting matters for the HCA and numerous other stakeholders throughout the Coast Guard (i.e. Chief Acquisition Officer, Vice Commandant and Commandant) on all contracting and procurement policy issues.
    • Determines program emphases and goals, and establishes standards and procedures for the effective, efficient and ethical implementation of Coast Guard contracting and procurement activities and provides oversight for the HCA in exercising warrant authority for all contracting officers, ensuring appropriate delegation of this authority.
    • Assists the HCA in the effective management of the organization’s human capital program to include recruitment and retention of contracting and procurement professionals
    • Oversees the interpretation and implementation of procurement policies, regulations, and development of operating procedures for acquisition professionals and ensures that oversight reviews of all procurement activities are performed and appropriate corrective action is taken as needed.
    • Advocates and supports the Competition Advocate in carrying out the responsibilities of Competition Advocate for the Coast Guard by ensuring full and open competition for Coast Guard contracts the fullest extent possible and advocates and supports the Coast Guard’s Small Business and Industry Engagement programs.
    • Provides expert guidance on unique and controversial issues throughout the Enterprise. Reviews and clears procurement instruments of a political and particularly sensitive nature and/or those requiring a high level of review as mandated by law or regulation. As appropriate, makes contact with DHS, other government agencies, Congress and the public on procurement matters, including meeting with Congressional staffers or members.

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