Contract Specialist (Team Lead)

Washington D.C.
May 04, 2018
May 04, 2018
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No


Special Rating Factors (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required by the position): Applicants are required to address each Special Rating Factor providing detailed evidence of the listed factors in the form of clear, concise examples of accomplishment and degree of responsibility. Please use specific examples to illustrate how your qualifications and accomplishments are relevant.

  1. Contract Formation and Administration - Knowledge of contract formation, solicitation, administration, and termination principles gained from practical experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) or Volume 14, Procurement, of the Guide to Judiciary Policy. (Experience with Volume 14 is preferred).
  2. Procurement Procedures and Policies - Knowledge of general Federal procurement procedures and ability to implement and administer internal procurement policies and procedures.
  3. Written and In-Person Communication - Recognize and use correct English grammar, punctuation, spelling; communicate information in a succinct and organized manner; and produce written information, which may include technical material such as solicitation documents, statements of work, etc. that is appropriate for the intended audience.
  4. Organization and Attention to Detail - Strong ability to organize numerous documents and files, and to ensure deadlines and due dates are complied with. A keen ability to pay attention to detail and to be accurate while working on multiple procurements/contracts with competing deadlines.

To qualify for the full performance level (GS-13), applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level, which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience applying contracting principles and procedures to the planning, award, and management of contracting actions for a wide range of services and supplies. Education cannot be substituted for specialized experience at the full performance level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to performing contracting functions within a U.S. Court.


Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The course of study must have included or have been supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, marketing, quantitative methods, or management.

At least two years of experience in contracting or procurement positions. At least one year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or above the GS-11 grade level, and the position must have provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform this position.

Hold a current Federal Acquisition Certification - Contracting (FAC-C) Level II or Level III or Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification Level II or III, or the judiciary equivalent under the Guide to Judiciary Policy, Volume 14, COCP Levels 1 and 3.

Excellent analytical and organizational skills, with strong attention to detail.

Superior oral and written communication skills and exceptional customer-service skills.


Special Note: Favorable suitability determination - Selection for this position is contingent on a favorable suitability determination and security background check, including a credit check, Federal income tax check and criminal check. A candidate selected for this position must be current on his or her Federal income tax obligations before employment with the Tax Court, and remain current at all times while employed by the Tax Court. Continued employment post appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of the background investigation and credit check, and favorable adjudication. A background reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.


As a Federal employee, you may be eligible to enroll in health, dental, vision and life insurance, flexible spending accounts, and apply for long term care insurance. For more information, go to:

In addition, almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, and Thrift Savings Plan. Visit:

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Finally, new employees also may be covered under other U.S. Tax Court benefit policies. Our Human Resources Office can provide additional information on these programs.


The U.S. Tax Court requires employees to adhere to a Code of Conduct.

Employees of the U.S. Tax Court serve under excepted appointments and are considered "AT WILL" employees. At will employees can be dismissed for any reason, without cause and without warning.

Employees will be required to complete a 52-week probationary period.

Any male born after December 31, 1959, and subsequently selected for this position must certify before appointment that he is registered for the military selective service. Not having registered with the selective service, may disqualify an applicant from employment consideration.

All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the conditions herein outlined may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

If selected for this position, you will be required to complete the I-9 form and provide appropriate identification.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for any selected applicant, and any travel expenses incurred for an interview will not be reimbursed by the U.S. Tax Court.

The U.S. Tax Court will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

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

If you fail to provide the information as required, your application will not be evaluated beyond the basic screening process.The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the Court will then evaluate your application package to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

Special Appointment Authority Information: In accordance with the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) of 1998, veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service may also apply. You must provide documentation of veterans' preference or military service (e.g., SF-15, DD-214), if applicable.

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