JOB DESCRIPTION: Contract Specialists plan and manage acquisitions to procure a variety of products and services for NGA. They interact with the customer to develop and implement an acquisition strategy, solicit and evaluate proposals, and negotiate and award contracts to satisfy customer requirements. They administer contracts, including monitoring contractor performance in collaboration with the COR, preparing modifications, resolving problems, and terminating and closing out contracts. They may also hold a warrant that would authorize them to obligate the Government subject to limitations expressed on their warrant.
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:
1) Working knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and other supplements as they apply;
2) Experience conducting market research and knowledge of a wide range of contracting methods such as simplified acquisition, contracting by negotiation and commercial acquisition procedures;
3) Ability to interact with customers to develop and implement an acquisition strategy, solicit and evaluation proposals and award contracts;
4) Experience with administering and monitoring contractor performance for moderately complex contracts in collaboration with Contracting Officer's Representative;
5) Experience preparing contract modifications, resolving routine and non-routine problems, and completing contract closeouts;
6) Experience conducting basic Cost or Price Analysis;
7) Critical thinking skills to identify problems and resolutions.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in any field that includes, or has been supplemented by, at least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of coursework in a business-related field such as Accounting, Business Administration, Contracts, Economics, Finance, Law, Purchasing, or a related discipline. Reference 10 USC Section 1724 for exceptions and waivers. LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS: Must obtain DAWIA Certification in Contracting within 24 months. DAWIA Certification in Contracting, as appropriate for the band, within 24 months of appointment.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:
1) Experience utilizing a variety of contract types, including Firm Fixed Price (FFP), Time and Materials (T&M), Cost-Reimbursement, Incentive, and Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ);
2) Demonstrated customer service skills;
3) Proficiency with standard Microsoft Office Suite, i.e., Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook;
4) DAWIA Level II Certification in Contracting or Federal Acquisition in Contracting Certification (FAC-C) Level II in Contracting.
- Direct Deposit Required
- Two Year Probationary Period
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Position Subject to Drug Testing
- Security Clearance Required
- Top Secret
- Sensitive Compartmented Information
- Polygraph Test Required
You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.
Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.
NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.
This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in our ERecruit application.
This position is funded by the National Intelligence Program (NIP).
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Office of Contract Services (OCS) provides innovative business strategies, agile contracting solutions, and develops and implements acquisition policy to enable NGA to provide geospatial intelligence to the warfighter and policy makers in support of national security. OCS strategically transforms NGA business practices by utilizing innovative contracts, grants, purchase card and other transactions on a timely basis and at the best value while maintaining the public's trust and fulfilling public policy objectives. OCS has a highly skilled, motivated, and engaged workforce that provides critical mission support.
OCS seeks applicants with the depth and breadth of contracting experience in a wide range of acquisitions for supplies, services and other support to provide creative solutions in fulfilling NGA's contracting mission. The position(s) supports numerous customer organizations across the agency. The selected candidate(s) will provide business advice and all contractual guidance for a variety of requirements. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: ensuring that acquisition activity is executed ethically, legally, efficiently and effectively; and in accordance with applicable Department of Defense (DoD) policies and procedures. The individual(s) must demonstrate the experience, training and education, judgment, character, and business acumen necessary to be delegated DoD signatory.