Contract Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Falls Church, Virginia
Posted
Feb 16, 2018
Closes
Feb 16, 2018
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

25% or less - Minimal travel nationwide up to 25%


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • Complete the initial online assessment and USAHire Assessment, if required
  • You must complete a background investigation, credit check, and drug test.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • Probationary period will apply.
  • May be required to file a Financial Disclosure.
  • Salary payments must be by direct deposit to a financial institution.
  • All qualifications requirements for this position must be met on the closing date of this announcement.

    In order to qualify for the Contract Specialist position, you must meet the following basic requirements AND minimum qualifications:

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS

    GS-09, GS-11 and GS-12:
    1. I have completed a 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field.
    OR
    2. I have completed 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.
    OR
    3. I am covered by the following exception to the basic qualification requirements: I am currently employed in the Federal service in a GS-1102 position at the GS-5 level or above and I occupied this position on January 1, 2000. (You must provide a copy of the SF50 that show you occupied a GS-1102-05 or higher grade level on January 1, 2000.)

    GS-13:
    1. I have at least 4-years of experience in contracting or related positions AND I have completed 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.
    OR
    2. I am covered by the following exception to the basic qualification requirements: I am currently employed in the Federal service in a GS-1102 position at the GS-13 level or above and I occupied this position on January 1, 2000. (You must provide a copy of the SF50 that show you occupied a GS-1102-13 or higher grade level on January 1, 2000.)

    AND

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
    :

    GS-09:
    Specialized Experience:
    Applicant must have one or more years of specialized work experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service performing duties related to:
    1. Providing technical and advisory services in a variety of contracting methods and types;
    2. Reviewing requisitions and determines the method of procurement required (e.g. Request for Quote (RFQ), Invitation for Bid (CFB), Request for Proposal (RFP), award via bidding or negotiations);
    3. Participating in pre-performance conferences with contractors to clarify issues in contractual requirements;
    4. Preparing reports and correspondences to answer or provide input for congressional inquiries, resolving complaints and protests, attending meetings, and providing expediting services; and
    5. Reviewing past performance information, conducting pre-award surveys, and ascertaining price reasonableness by performing cost and price analysis.
    OR
    Education: Applicants must have successfully completed 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent doctoral degree or LL.B. or J.D. in one of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. (You must submit a copy of your transcripts for verification.)
    OR
    Combination:
    Applicants do not possess the full amount of experience described above or the full amount of graduate education described above. However, the applicants have a percentage of the experience and a percentage of the education which when combined totals 100% of the necessary experience and education needed to qualify for this position. (Only graduate education beyond one year, i.e., 18 semester hours, may be combined with experience under this provision.) NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts for verification.

    GS-11:
    Specialized Experience:
    Applicant must have one or more years of specialized work experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service performing duties related to:
    1. Reviewing requests for procurement of equipment, services, and/or construction that require the use of fixed-price, cost-reimbursement, or a combination of contract methods and types to procure where little or no contractual precedent exists;
    2. Developing source files of responsible contractors by analyzing industries technical and financial ability to satisfy requirements;
    3. Participating in extensive negotiations during all phases of the procurement process;
    4. Assisting with monitoring contracts to ensure timely completion of required actions, such as the exercise of contract options; and
    5. Reviewing all post-award actions taken to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and Executive Orders.
    OR
    Education: Applicants must have successfully completed 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in one of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. (You must submit a copy of your transcripts for verification.)
    OR
    Combination:
    Applicants do not possess the full amount of experience described above or the full amount of graduate education described above. However, the applicants have a percentage of the experience and a percentage of the education which when combined totals 100% of the necessary experience and education needed to qualify for this position. (Only graduate education beyond two years, i.e., 36 semester hours, may be combined with experience under this provision.) NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts for verification.

    GS-12:
    Specialized Experience:
    Applicant must have one or more years of specialized work experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service performing duties related to:
    1. Participating in contract negotiation conferences with industry corporate offices;
    2. Assisting with administering long-term contracts for procurement of highly specialized new or innovative services having significant impact on recipients' operations and on local geographic areas;
    3. Assisting with conducting contractual termination responsibilities when identified circumstances necessitate a partial or complete termination of a contract for cause or convenience;
    4. Conducting market research in support of program and acquisition objectives; and
    5. Performing cost or price analysis, including review of cost breakdowns to determine price reasonableness.
    Education cannot substitute for experience for the GS-12 position.

    GS-13:
    Specialized Experience:
    Applicant must have one or more years of specialized work experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service performing duties related to:
    1. Developing acquisition objectives and milestones to obtain the contracted services within the required timeframe;
    2. Monitoring subcontracting for compliance with plans and issues consent to subcontract;
    3. Providing advice and guidance to program managers or designees on the contract's structure relating to specific incentive arrangements and Statement of Work requirements;
    4. Conducting discussions and negotiations with contractors; and
    5. Performing contract management functions in accordance with Federal Acquisition regulations and contractual agreements.
    Education cannot substitute for experience for the GS-13 position

    Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

    For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp.

    ARE YOU USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. (Note: If you are selected for this position based on education, an official transcript will be required, prior to your first day.) You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in accredited U.S. education programs; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    Translated transcripts are required.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and have a final assessment score of 85 or better. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap

    The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and have a final assessment score of 85 or better. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap

    Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here.

    Selective Service Information: http://Selective Service Information: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/fair-and-transparent/selective-service

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

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.

    Applicants applying under Delegated Examining (all U.S. citizens) procedures will be rated under EOIR's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your score may be lowered and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. Candidates placed in the "Best Qualified" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager for further review and consideration.

    You will be rated based on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) or competencies:

    • Accountability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Contracting/Procurement
    • Customer Service
    • Flexibility
    • Influencing/Negotiating
    • Integrity/Honesty
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Learning
    • Planning and Evaluating
    • Problem Solving
    • Self-Management
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Teamwork
    • Writing


    In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the education and/or specialized or general experience that is required. Applicants who have qualifying experience performed on less than a full-time basis must specify the percentage and length of time spent in performance of such duties.

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