Contract Specialist - GS -1102 -12/13 (DIRECT HIRE) HK
This position is located in the Office of Acquisition, Office of the Associate Administrator for Administration, Maritime Administration (MARAD). This position is established to perform a variety of functions related to the procurement of supplies and services, ranging from Simplified Acquisitions to more complex multi-million dollar negotiated acquisitions. Contracts/cooperative agreements are awarded and administered for support of the programs of various field and headquarters offices of the Maritime Administration.
The position is in the ship manager team and other than the team leader, the employee is the senior contract specialist on the team and fills in for the team leader in his or her absence. The employee works closely and collaboratively with the Office of Ship Operations staff to execute all aspects of the ship manager program and programs in support of the National Defense Reserve Fleet.
The ideal candidate should have experience in interpreting contract provisions for contracts and for officials of the agency, providing advice and guidance.
- Occasional Travel
- Some travel required.
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Mandatory Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.
MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
Basic Requirements for GS-12 (Contract Specialist):
- A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field; OR
- 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. 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 organization and management. Note - For positions at GS-7 through GS-12, 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.
- 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 grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12.However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.
Basic Requirements For GS-13 (Contract Specialist):
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Experience administering contracting procedures, methods, and contract types including formal advertising and negotiation.
- Experience serving as a senior contracting specialist, overseeing contracting functions for assigned contracts, such as procurements and acquisitions.
- Experieince interpreting contract provisions for contractors and for officials of the agency, and providing appropriate advice and guidance.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- SELECTIVE SERVICE: 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.
Public Trust - Background Investigation
The Contract Specialist:
- Serves as a Contracting Officer, with the responsibility for independently performing a full range of contracting functions for assigned contracts.
- Interprets contracts provisions for contractors and for officials of the agency, providing appropriate advice and guidance.
- Evaluates and coordinates for negotiation contract modifications, supplemental agreements and other contractual documents.
- Responsibilities include incremental funding, preparation of rate and cost adjustments, redirection of effort, coordination of time extension, incorporation of change orders, issuance of stop orders and issuance of cure notices or show cause letters.
- Exercises authority as Contracting Officer of up to unlimited warrant authority and signs all types of contracts subject to the limitation of the Certificate of Appointment.
- Personally monitors contractor performance through telephone conversations, correspondence, reports, vouchers and visits for status of contract performance, scheduling, problems that have arisen and proposed solutions.
- Performs a full range of contract management activity consistent with DOT and MARAD policy and FAR guidance.
- Determines the extent of price of cost analysis and technical analysis required.
- Prepares and issues task orders as authorized under the terms/conditions of the contract.