Contract Specialist, GS-1102-11
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 U.S. Coast Guard, Acquisition Directorate, Office of Contract Operations, Washington, D.C.
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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This vacancy has multiple cut-off dates:
- Occasional Travel
- Less than 25% travel required.
Basic Education 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.
For the GS-11:
In addition to the basic education requirements above, the following additional experience and/or education is required:
Specialized Experience: Applicants at the GS-11 grade level must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level. Specialized experience includes independently reviewing requisitions and determining the appropriate method of procurement; using a variety of contract methods and types (e.g., fixed-price, cost reimbursement, best value, etc.) to plan and carry out the procurement of products and services; negotiating contract modifications, deviations, or extensions; performing proposal analysis to determine responsiveness and responsibility; and developing solicitation documents, procurement plans, and final contracts.
Education: To substitute education for specialized experience, completion of 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, if related. To qualify on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization management.
Combination: Possess a combination of education and experience.
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. Official transcripts will be required if selected. Information on Defense Aquisition 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 the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For further information on the evaluation of foreign education, refer to the U.S. Department of Education's web site at click here
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
Q - Nonsensitive
This position serves as a Contract Specialist in the Acquisition Directorate and will be responsible for all contractual phases of the acquisition/procurement process from acquisition planning through contract closeout for a wide variety of complex supplies and services to include major capital assets, technical and engineering services, support services and diverse supplies.
Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:
- Monitoring contract transactions from initiation to recommendation of award to procure items or services where standard contracting procedures must be modified.
- Negotiating contract terms and conditions.
- Analyzing bids/proposals through complete cost and pricing data in order to determine reasonableness.
- Monitoring contractor activity through personal contact or review to ensure compliance with technical, financial, delivery and other terms of the contract.