Contract Specialist, GS-1102-12

Alexandria, Virginia
Aug 04, 2017
Feb 05, 2018
Full Time

About the Agency

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 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.

This position is located in The Department of Homeland Security, U. S. Coast Guard C4IT Service Center, Contracting and Procurement Division at one of the following SERVICE CENTER LOCATIONS: ALEXANDRIA, VA; PORTSMOUTH, VA OR KEARNEYSVILLE, WV.

NOTE: Salary range reflected on the first page of this announcement indicates salary at the Alexandria, VA location. Salary range for the Portsmouth, VA and Kearneysville, WV locations is $72,168.00 through $93,821.00 per year.


This announcement has the following cut-off dates and will remain open until filled: 09/05/2017; 10/05/2017; 11/05/2017; 12/05/2017; 01/05/2018; 02/05/2018.

All other applicants will be considered after the closing date of the announcement (02/05/2018) **This position will remain open until filled.**

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.

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  • Not Required

  • Yes
  • Relocation/PCS may be authorized

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • You will be required to undergo random drug testing.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).
  • If selected must submit to a drug test to screen for illegal drug use.
  • A final offer of employment is contingent upon a negative drug test result.
  • GS-12 Basic Requirement: All applicants must meet the following basic education requirements: 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, 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.

    Applicant 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 include: Being responsible for all aspects of contracting from purchase request initiative through award recommendation; being responsible for planning and recommending execution on all contractual actions and phases for assigned projects; acquiring a full range of products and services requirement to the support the Coast Guard C4IT needs; and being responsible for all primary systems, subsystems, support, operations and maintenance contracts.

    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.

    The Office of Personnel management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule, C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    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

    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

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    Q - Nonsensitive


    You will serve as a Contract Specialist with complete responsibility to plan and recommend for execution, all contractal actions and phases for assigned programs.

    Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:

    • Procuring items or services with specialized requirements including complex electronic systems; equipment and system operations, maintenance and repair; supply and production items; various support services; aircraft/vessels parts, etc.
    • Analyzing requirements, recommending revisions to the statement of work or specifications and deciding on the type of contract, milestones, and acquisition plans.
    • Preparing solicitation documents and incorporating appropriate contract clauses, such as cost accounting standards, testing procedures, cost escalation factors, firm-fixed price, fixed price incentive, cost-plus-award-fee, cost data requirements, etc.
    • Analyzing bids/proposals and performing cost/price analyses to determine reasonableness; developing new and innovative contracting approaches and serving as a lead negotiator on developing a negotiating strategy.
    • Analyzing and evaluating cost-related areas of complex solicitations for pricing structure and instructions to the offeror.