Contract Specialist, GS-1102-12 (DEU-JG)

Washington D.C.
Sep 26, 2017
Sep 26, 2017
Full Time

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-DO-2017-176, for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Contract Specialist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy ensuring the efficient operation of Government contracting services? Responsibilities include preparing contracting officer decisions, establishing acquisition plans, performing cost/price analysis, administering contracts until final delivery and the contract is changed out, and negotiating and executing contract modifications.

LOCATION: Bureau of Reclamation, Mission Support Organization; Acquisition & Assistance Management Division; Acquisition Operations Branch, Lakewood, CO.

Duty Station Location is negotiable after selection. Salary will vary based on duty location.

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Occasional travel - There may be travel associated with this position.

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  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation; (See How to Apply).
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements; (See Qualifications).
  • You will be required to complete an OGE-450 form.
  • You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    All applicants must possess specialized experience. To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined below:

    All GS-12 applicants must possess specialized expereince that includes experience working with various types of contracts, methods of contracting, selection factors, and developing appropriate strategies to conduct negotiations, experience in the pre-award and post-award phases of contracting including identifying sources, analyzing cost and pricing data, contract proposals, and evaluating prospective contractors for responsibility, experience in contract termination procedures including reviewing and analyzing settlement proposals, audit reports, technical evaluations, and subcontractor claims, and experience recommending or determining allowable costs, profit to be allowed, disposal of Government property, and negotiating settlements with contractors.

    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.

    This vacancy announcement has a minimum education requirement.

    BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS - All applicants must meet the basic requirement of:

    A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;
    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.

    Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.

    You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

    Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

    -- This position requires an OGE Form 450 (Confidential Financial Disclosure Report Executive Branch) within 30 days of entering this position.

    --The Bureau of Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    --Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit:

    --Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

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

    Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete.

    Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume and responses to the online questions.

    -Knowledge of contract laws, regulations, procedures, and policies applicable to acquisition and contract administration.

    -Knowledge of various types of contracts, methods of contracting, and selection factors to develop appropriate strategies to acquire complex requirements and conduct negotiations in the pre-award and post-award phases of contracting.

    -Ability to identify sources, analyze cost and pricing data, contract proposals, and to evaluate prospective contractors for responsibility.

    -Knowledge of contract termination procedures sufficient to review and analyze settlement proposals, audit reports, technical evaluations, and subcontractor claims; to recommend or determine allowable costs, profit to be allowed, disposal of Government property, and similar issues; and to negotiate settlements with contractors.

    Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
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