Contract Specialist (Training)
Occasional travel - Some travel may be required for off-site visits and to attend meetings/conferences.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current, permanent Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. To be eligible for the grade you are applying to, you must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade level. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. More than one SF-50 may need to be submitted to prove eligibility. Be aware, a recent General Pay Adjustment and Award will not show when time-in-grade was met.
Basic Requirements: In accordance with the Individual Occupation Requirements for Contracting Series, 1102, there are basic requirements that must be met to receive further consideration. NOTE: A copy of your college transcripts MUST be submitted with your application material to confirm compliance. . Failure to submit your college transcripts will result in non-consideration
For GS-12: The basic requirement for the GS-12 is a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;
NOTE: Though this position is a career ladder opportunity, to be eligible for promotion to the GS-13 grade level, the employee must meet the education/experience basic requirements for the GS-13 grade level as described below.
For GS-13: The basic requirements for a GS-13 and above are:
Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.
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.
NOTE: Exception: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade.
Selective Placement Factor: This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet the Selective Placement Factor are ineligible for further consideration.
Selective Placement Factors for these positions are:
GS-12: Must have a CURRENT Level II FAC-C certification or equivalent mid-level contracting certification and be able to obtain a FAC-C Level III certification within one year of placement in the position."
GS-13: Must have a CURRENT Level III FAC-C certification or equivalent senior level contracting certification.
NOTE: A copy of your CURRENT Level II or III FAC-C certificate or equivalent Contracting certificate (depending on the grade level being applied to) MUST be submitted with your application material. Failure to submit a CURRENT certificate will result in non-consideration.
Specialized Experience: Candidates must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower graded level in Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of a Contract Specialist-Training Officer. Please ensure you provide sufficient details in your application/resume to describe the level of specialized experience you have performed.
GS-12: Must have 52-weeks specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Examples of qualifying specialized experience included knowledge of industry standards for the IT hardware and software used in the training environment and instructional design, methodology, and platform training procedures. Experience in completing a wide range of contract types, special cost and performance provision, incentives and techniques used by the government. Practiced in creating presentations, presenting ideas, negotiating points of view and resolving conflicts.
GS-13: Must have 52-weeks specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Examples of qualifying specialized experience included knowledge of industry standards for the IT hardware and software used in the training environment and comprehensive knowledge in design, methodology and platform training methods that are used to guide, assist and train contract specialists. Experienced in all areas of procurement; policy interpretation; facilitated negotiations, performed technical reviews, conducted cost/price analysis and audits and prepared final reports in order to develop classes, computer-based training, on-the-job training plans and other training material when warranted. Practiced in creating presentations, presenting ideas, negotiating points of view and resolving conflicts.
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; religions; 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.
A full year of work is 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited based on time spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Physical Requirements: The subject position is primarily of an administrative nature in an office setting, however where travel to work sites is required there may be light physical work required, such as walking over uneven surfaces, or assisting technical personnel in taking measurements or elevations. Government travel for training, meetings, or customer interactions will be required in this position. The work requires some physical exertion. Some ability and dexterity is required in inspecting equipment located in poorly assessable areas. Travel may be required.
NOTE: A copy of your college transcripts MUST be submitted with your application material to confirm compliance. Failure to submit your college transcripts will result in non-consideration
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript to receive credit for that education.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.
After you have met the minimum qualifications and been referred you will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:
- Skilled in Instructional design, research, making presentations, lecturing, testing, and other platform training methods.
- Ability to develop training curriculum, reports, and other written materials.
- Ability to communicate and work well with clients and customers to satisfy their expectations.
- Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques or requirements for reviewing solicitations, pre/post awards, contract negotiation and administration.
- Knowledge of Federal and VA laws, regulations and policies governing acquisitions, contract law, applicable to contract administration.
Narrative responses are not required presently. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the competencies; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.
Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully.