Supervisory Contract Specialist GS-1102-15 (DIRECT HIRE) HK

Washington D.C.
Jul 12, 2017
Jul 24, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located in the Office of Acquisition, Office of the Associate Administrator for Administration, Maritime Administration (MARAD).

The Office of Acquisition is responsible for strategic acquisition planning for a variety of high level high dollar value complex negotiated procurements. Provides technical acquisition oversight over a diverse group of contract specialists/contracting officers at the MARAD's Office of Acquisition and technical acquisition advice/oversight over regional centers. Prepares, negotiates, and finalizes performance agreements with staff. Provides regular performance feedback.

The ideal candidate is an experienced professional with knowledge in broad areas of development and implementation of Acquisition policies, procedures and programs in all acquisition related activities.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel required.

  • Yes
  • Relocation is authorized.

  • You must be a U.S. citizen & meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 60 days.
  • Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position.

  • To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Mandatory Education Requirement for the series, provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the specialized experience requirements.


    A. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years’ experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position. AND

    B. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, 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.

    C. Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph D.

    D. Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.

    PLEASE NOTE: Applicants cannot be promoted to the GS-13 without meeting all educational and experience qualifications for the GS-13.

    NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U. S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

    TO QUALIFY FOR THE GS-15 on Experience, you must have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience of the following:

    • Experience leading a broad range of acquisition management activities such as negotiating, writing, issuing, reviewing, evaluating, and administrating pre and post awards.
    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.

    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
    • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
    • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
    • SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: New supervisors must complete a 1-year probationary period (unless already completed).

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    As a Supervisory Contract Specialist, you will:

    • Be responsible for planning, prioritizing, and assigning work; collaborating with peers and subordinates to assure effective advisory services.
    • Support the planning, development, and establishment of contractual strategies for the overall acquisition of a multitude of services and supplies ranging from simplified acquisitions to multi-million dollar programs.
    • Evaluate reports by analyzing facts and conducting appropriate research and prepares detailed responses.
    • Determine appropriate recommendations for unresolved or questionable problems and perform follow-up. Plan, organize, and conduct research on complex policy and planning issues that involve major areas of uncertainty in approach, methodology, or interpretation to identify appropriate solutions.
    • Serve as principal contracting advisor regarding acquisitions for MARAD customer offices, and represents the agency or department as the program's contractual authority at conferences and meetings.

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