Contract Specialist, GS-1102-12/13

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Oct 19, 2017
Closes
Oct 27, 2017
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

These positions is located within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Coast Guard, Command, Control, Computers, Communications, and Information Technology (C4IT) Service Center, in Alexandria, VA or Portsmouth, VA.

NOTE: Salary range reflected on the first page of this announcement indicates salary at the Alexandria, VA location. Salary range for the Portsmouth, VA location is $72.168.00 through $93,821.00 per year.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

NOTE:

This announcement has the following cut-off dates and will reamin open until filled:

08/26/2017

09/26/2017

10/26/2017

11/26/2017

12/26/2017

All other applicants will be considered after the closing date of the announcement (01/26/2018)

**This position will remain open until filled.**

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TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Not required


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Unofficial transcripts must be submitted at the time of application.
  • A final offer of employment is contingent upon a negative drug test result.
  • If selected, must submit to a drug test to screen for illegal drug use.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    GS:12 Basic Requirement: All applicants must meet the following basic education requirement: 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.

    NOTE: The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) does not grant Academic degrees; therefore courses completed at the DAU are not creditable towards meeting the 24 semester hour requirement, unless the course work has been evaluated by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and appears on a college or university transcript.

    In addition to the basic education requirements, the following additional experience and/or education is required:

    Applicants at the GS-12 grade level must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level. Examples of specialized experience may include analyzing procurement requests to determine requirements, appropriate method of contracting, type of contract, and procurement plan; recommending changes to statements of work or specifications; coordinating procurement plan and other contractual/procurement aspects (e.g., funding arrangements, technical or performance criteria, etc.) with request(s)/technical representative/finance; developing procurement/contractual documents inclusive of determining standard and non-standard terms and conditions; conducting pre-bid/proposal conferences and negotiations; analyzing bids/proposals for compliance with guidelines; analyzing cost and pricing data and contractor responsibility where comparative data may be lacking; recommending award of contracts; and, carrying out a variety of post -award functions (i.e., monitoring contracts, evaluating audit and technical performance reports, interpreting and providing advice/guidance on contractual provisions, negotiating contract modifications, processing terminations, conducting close-outs).

    GS-13 Basic Requirement: 1) Completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field, 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.

    NOTE: The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) does not grant Academic degrees; therefore courses completed at the DAU are not creditable towards meeting the 24 semester hour requirement, in the fields identified above, unless the coursework has been evaluated by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and appears on a college or university transcript.

    In addition to the basic education requirements, the following additional experience and/or education is required:

    Applicants at the GS-13 grade level must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level. Examples of specialized experience may include: Serving as contract specialist, responsible for all aspects of contracting transactions, from initiation to recommendation of award, to procurement of items or services with specialized requirements; Preparing timely responses to Congressional inquiries, Freedom of Information Act requests, or other sensitive correspondence; Performing contracting work through use of negotiation techniques; Coordinating contract administration activities for long-term, extensive technical service contracts and/or cost type contracts; Utilizing in-depth price/cost analysis techniques involving many different and unrelated factors and processes where there is little historical cost data or precedent; and supporting the development of budgets for planned procurements.

    Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.

    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.

    If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    You are required to submit your unofficial college transcripts from an appropriately accredited educational institution in order to document completion of the educational requirements for this position. The unofficial transcripts must be legible and include your name, major, school name/location, course title/number, date completed, grade and number of credits earned. Official transcripts will be required if selected prior to establishing an entrance on duty date. Information on Defense Acquisition University equivalent providers may be found at http://www.dau.mil/learning/appg.aspx.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here

    Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. At the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations.

    If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment. All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation as a condition of placement into this position. Certain investigation levels may automatically require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been met. For those positions that do not automatically require a credit check, it may later be required if the initial investigation surfaces a potential issue. Visit: OPM Mythbuster

    DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about your rights and responsibilities at click here

    Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

    Moving expenses will be paid.

    If selection is made below the full performance level, the incumbent may be promoted up to the target grade without further competition, if all legal and regulatory requirements are met and when recommended by the supervisor. However, promotion to the full performance level is not guaranteed and is dependent on successful performance at the lower grade level(s).

    All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.

    For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

    More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

    If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6328. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications you will be referred for consideration.

    1. Knowledge of contracting principles, laws, statues, Executive Orders, regulations and procedures applicable to pre-award and/or post-award actions.
    2. Knowledge of the principles of acquisition planning.
    3. Skill in procuring and/or administering contracts for a variety of specialized equipment, services, and/or construction.
    4. Skill and ability in conducting studies of problem areas and developing standard methods and operating procedures.
    5. Skill in using negotiation techniques.

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