Contract Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jul 18, 2017
Closes
Jul 20, 2017
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

America's Logistics Combat Support Agency
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agency. DLA provides worldwide logistics support for the missions of the Military Departments and the Unified Combatant Commands under conditions of peace and war. It also provides logistics support to other DoD Components and certain Federal agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, and others as authorized. 

As a Contract Specialist GS-1102-07, the selected applicant(s) will serve in the DLA Pathways to Career Excellence (PaCE) Program performing a series of progressively more responsible Contract Specialist functions, along with formal and on-the-job training (OJT).  
Full performance level of 11 for Whitehall, OH; Richmond, VA; and Mechanicsburg, PA.
Full performance level of 12 for Lorton, VA and Fort Belvoir, VA.
One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO VETERANS CLAIMING PREFERENCE:  PLEASE REFER TO THE OTHER INFORMATION SECTION FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ON VETERANS PREFERENCE CRITERIA.


TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must complete initial online questionnaire and additional assessment(s)
  • Education requirements must be met by July 31, 2017.
  • Position is part of a Formal Developmental Program
  • Relevant experience and/or education (see Qualifications below)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Must obtain and maintain security requirement for applicable location(s).

Individual Occupational RequirementsIn order to qualify for this position, all applicants must meet the Individual Occupational Requirements. These are Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Positions. All candidates must meet the following Basic Requirement: 

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution AND have completed 24 semester hours (or the 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. TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED. (You may qualify for this position based on education if you will complete the qualification requirements on or before July 31, 2017.)
  • This basic requirement is waived for civilian employees within the Department of Defense who occupied GS-1102 positions or contracting officer positions with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold on or before September 30, 2000. 

Minimum QualificationsPlease note:  You may qualify for this position based on education if you will complete the qualification requirements on or before July 31, 2017.
In addition to meeting the Individual Occupational Requirements (Basic Requirement) for the position, you must meet the Contract Specialist GS-1102-07 Minimum Qualifications based on ONE of the following:A. Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees which was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management AND meet Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) based on one of the following:  (1) class standing (upper third standing in graduating class); (2) grade-point average (2.95 overall or over the last two years of bachelor's degree –or- 3.45 in your major field or over the last two years in your major); or (3) election to membership in a national scholastic honor society. For more specific details on SAA, click here. -OR-B. Have one full year of graduate level study, or possess a master's or higher degree, e.g., LL.B., J.D., LL.M., Ph.D., etc., in one of the following fields of study: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management. GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study. -OR-C. Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-5 level in the Federal Service that has equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Creditable specialized experience includes: experience performing developmental and/or recurring assignments in support of a local installation or in a centralized procurement activity; procuring supplies or services primarily through formal advertising or through limited use of negotiation techniques; reviewing requisitions to determine that proper specifications or purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents; contacting technical personnel to resolve questions of applicability of specifications, classifications of terms, or acceptance of substitute items; evaluating bids or proposals for compliance with specifications or purchase descriptions and applicable clauses. -OR- D. Have less than one full year of graduate education described in "B" and less than the amount of experience described in "C," but have a combination of the type of graduate education described in "B" and the type of experience described in "C." COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: If you do not qualify based on education or experience alone, you can combine your education and experience by converting each to a percentage and then adding the percentages.(If your education is currently described in quarter hours, convert the quarter hours into semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by the fraction 2/3.) For GS-7: To calculate your percentage of graduate education divide the number of graduate semester hours by 18. Refer to the qualification requirements above for a description of the type of experience that is considered qualifying. To determine your percentage of qualifying experience, you must divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by the required number of months of experience. GS-07: Requires 12 months of specialized experience as described in "C" above. Now add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify under the combination of education and experience.
Volunteer Experience:  Your Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (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.

NOTE REGARDING EDUCATION: You may qualify for this position based on education if you will complete the qualification requirements on or before July 31, 2017.  Legible transcripts MUST be submitted to substantiate your education claims or you may be rated ineligible. At time of application: (1) Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
Security Requirements:  Non-Critical Sensitive w/o Access for Mechanicsburg, PA
Non-Sensitive - Whitehall, OH; Lorton, VA; Richmond, VA; Ft. Belvoir, VA

Other conditions of employment: Permanent Change of Station (Moving expenses) (PCS): Not Authorized; TDY Travel:  Occasionally; Overtime Work:  Rarely; Financial Statement Filing: Not Required; Tour of Duty:  Regular; Fair Labor Standards Act:  Non-Exempt; Drug Testing Designated Position: No

For additional conditions of employment information with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Pathways to Career Excellence (PaCE) Program, click here.

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DUTIES:

As a Contract Specialist GS-1102-07 your duties generally will be performed under the guidance of a higher graded specialist or supervisor and will include, but may not be limited to:• Procuring items awarded through formal advertising and/or through use of negotiation techniques;• Reviewing requisitions to determine that proper specifications or purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents;• Considering financial responsibility of suppliers by evaluating contract performance on previous contracts;• Reviewing solicitations and amendments for adequacy and completeness; and,• Monitoring vendor performance for compliance with terms and conditions of the award.
ABOUT THE POSITION:  This is an Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L) Workforce Position in the Contracting Career Field.  The incumbent will be required to become certified at Level I for position advertised at GS-05 and 7, Level II for positions advertised at GS-9, 11 and 12, and Level III for positions advertised at GS-13 and higher in  the applicable career field within 24 months, unless a Position Requirements Waiver is approved to extend the 24 months.  AT&L position requirements will be used in the evaluation criteria.