Contract Specialist

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Jul 14, 2017
Jul 25, 2017
Full Time

Department of Defense (DoD)

Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Mission Statement

At the Defense Threat Reduction Agency we work as One Team in support of our mission: Safeguarding the United States and its allies from global weapons of mass destruction threats by integrating, synchronizing, and providing expertise, technologies, and capabilities. We have an inclusive work environment that promotes a highly-qualified and diverse workforce capable of meeting the demands of such a critical mission. Whether your career is in an administrative support staff position or in a professional/technical area such as science, engineering, accounting or program management, DTRA offers a unique opportunity to join an innovative team of professionals dedicated to making the world safer. If you're ready to be entrusted with helping to safeguard the United States and its allies, DTRA offers a rewarding career with competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits and many professional development opportunities.

This position is being filled under the Acquisition Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA) using OPM’s Direct Hire Authority.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is open to:All U.S. Citizens

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel may be required

  • No

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • This is a drug testing designated position.
  • This position has a Basic Requirement for the (1102) series: DAWIA EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, Public Law 106-398, Section 808: A. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees AND B.) at least 24 semester hours (or equivalent) of study from an accredited institution of higher education in any of the following disciplines; accounting, business finance, law contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management; 

    WAIVER: Requirements of paragraphs A and B above may be waived if the agency's Component Acquisition 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.

    Exemption: A civilian employee in DoD or member of the Armed Forces, who occupied a GS-1102 position or contracting officer position with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold on or before September 30th, 2000 is excluded from the requirements of A. AND B. above, but must meet the requirements identified in Public Law 101-510, section 1724: A OR B above, or 10 years of acquisition experience prior to October 1, 1991.

    *NOTE:  Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

    You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private/military sector) giving the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position.  Experience must be reflected in your resume.
    Specialized experience required for this position is: 

    • Experience with development of complex, long-range, or interrelated agency policies or programs concerning the management of procurement matters.
    • Ability to deal with problems of contractor performance, develops new financial arrangements and accelerated delivery schedules to support procurement program needs.
    • Resolves critical problems, develop new approaches for use by other contract specialists, and plan, negotiate, award, administer, and/or settle the termination of major procurements.

    Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:

    Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level. 


    If substituting or combining education for experience, transcripts MUST be provided. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

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    WORK SCHEDULE:  Full Time
    OVERTIME: Occasionally
    TOUR OF DUTY:  Flexible
    TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY:  This position is telework eligible
    SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT:  For more information please visit 


    Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:  

    Other Notes:
    Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET security clearance.

    Subject to pre-employment drug testing and periodic drug testing thereafter.

    Overtime/compensatory time may be required to accommodate operational needs of the organization.

    Travel in the performance of temporary assignments may be required.

    This is an Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) Workforce Critical Acquisition Position (CAP) in the contracting career field. The incumbent will be required to become certified, Level III in the applicable career field within 24 months, unless a Position Requirements Waiver is approved to extend the 24 months. The incumbent must meet requirements for membership in the DoD Acquisition Corps. The Selectee for this position will be required to sign a written agreement to remain in this critical acquisition position for a minimum of 3 years.  

    All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.



    As a Contract Specialist you will be responsible for the following duties:

    • Serves as team leader with full responsibility for the technical management of the work of a team of Contract Specialist whose journeyman level is GS-13
    • Acts as a technical expert on contractual and business matters for the team and provides advice relative to developing and executing acquisition strategy, including using appropriate contract types, source selection advisory information, cost and pricing issues and use of appropriate contract clauses.
    • Develops and/or applies statutory and policy procurement-related requirements, supports attainment of government socioeconomic objectives, conducts market research, acquisition planning, cost and price analysis, solicitation and selection of sources, preparation, negotiation, and award of contracts through various methods.

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