Contract Specialist

Washington D.C.
Oct 02, 2017
Oct 02, 2017
Full Time

As a contract specialist, you will satisfy customer needs through the professional placement of Government contracts.  You will be responsible for the full range of preaward and postaward functions, e.g., price/cost analysis, negotiation, administration and termination.
These positions are located within the General Services Administration in either the Federal Acquisition Service, Public Buildings Service, or Staff Offices located throughout the United States.
GSA offers its employees a wide range of benefits including:

  • Federal health insurance plans (choose from a wide range of plans)
  • Life insurance coverage with several options to choose from
  • Leave policies to help you take care of your personal, recreational, and health care needs
  • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Transit and child care subsidies
  • Training and development

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Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

Relocation expenses reimbursed


  • Apply online (See How to Apply section.)
  • U.S. Citizenship or National.

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Serve a one year trial period (unless you have previously satisfied this requirement).
  • Be able to make a direct deposit of your salary check to a financial organization.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service.
  • Complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment.
  • If you are not a current GSA employee, you must complete the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 to determine identity and employment (work status) eligibility. GSA will verify the information through the DHS e-Verify automated system. Any identified discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
  • Undergo a background investigation and receive favorable adjudication. This position has been designated as a Public Trust Position.

The GS-07 salary range starts at $40,033.00 per year, if you meet the following qualifications. Salary will be based upon the salary table for that specific area. You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
Note: The full performance level for these type positions may vary.

  • Bargaining Unit Status: Varies
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for this position. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the successful applicant. 
  • Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed. This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means. Management also has the right not to fill the position. 
  • If you are selected for this position at a grade lower than the full performance level, you may be promoted up to that grade level without further competition in accordance with all applicable regulations. However, promotions are not guaranteed and are dependent on performance.
  • GSA does not accept applications or application materials submitted with Government-paid postage.

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

If you are found qualified for the position, your responses to the self-assessment vacancy questions will be used to assign a numerical score. If your responses to the vacancy questions are not supported by your resume then your score may be adjusted lower by the Human Resources Specialist. Scores are not augmented by Veteran's preference points for this type of announcement (Merit Promotion). You will be evaluated on the vacancy related questions that were designed to assess your overall possession of the following competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of procurement regulations, procedures, and techniques to perform recurring and developmental assignments for pre-award and post-award actions, including knowledge of commonly used contracting methods and contract types and/or limited price/cost analysis functions when the contract actions are well defined and well precedented.
  • Knowledge of formal advertising and negotiated bid procedures to plan procurement actions, develop solicitations, evaluate bids, negotiate prices and terms, and recommend award. 
  • Knowledge of conventional sources of supply and characteristics of assigned commodities or services sufficient to identify potential suppliers, assure adequate competition, and evaluate bid responsiveness and responsibility of the bidders.
  • Knowledge of contract administration principles and practices to monitor contractor performance and and determine compliance with contract requirements; resolve common problems; negotiate minor contract modifications; and ensure that contract requirements are met prior to close out. 
A variety of assessments/assessment tools may be used to evaluate candidates for specific vacancies covered by this announcement. Candidates will be notified when further assessments are implemented and provided with instructions on how to access and complete the assessment(s). Be sure to APPLY EARLY as most assessments must be completed fully and submitted before the announcement closing.

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