Contract Specialist - Direct Hire

Washington D.C.
Sep 11, 2017
Sep 11, 2017
Full Time

This vacancy will be filled through OPM's Direct Hire Authority. Veterans' preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this announcement.

This position is located in the Financial Management Office, Acquisition Division. The incumbent serves as a Senior Contract Specialist for short, medium and long-term mission responsibilities to be accomplished by applying a broad range of multi-disciplinary, multi-agency contracts to satisfy mission objectives.

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  • You must be a U.S. citizen & meet the specialized experience to qualify.
  • Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Probationary period of one (1) year may be required.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • All applications must be received on-line via

    1. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed for progression to the GS-13 level of a contracting position, including at least 4-years’ experience in contracting or related positions. At least one (1) year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of this position, and must have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of the position. AND
    2. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, 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.
    For the GS 13 level: In addition to the requirements described above, you must possess the the specialized experience required of this position.

    Specialized Experience: You must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-12 or equivalent to the GS-12 of the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as preparing pre-negotiation memorandums and conducting negotiations with potential contractors as well as preparing the competitive range, post negotiation memorandums and the source selection decision document, reviewing correspondence, progress reports, and data submitted by the contractor during performance to detect any factors not in accordance with the contract or otherwise adversely affecting the government's interest.

    It is the policy of the federal government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

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


    If your resume or application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume or application must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume or application contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level. 

    If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of two categories: Best Qualified or Qualified, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and you may be disqualified from consideration.

    The Human Resources Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating. Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers.
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