NIH Recent Graduate (Contract Specialist) - Pathways

Washington D.C.
Jul 16, 2018
Jul 16, 2018
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal resident.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen prior to conversion to competitive appointment.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Must have obtained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Must have completed within the last 2 years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree, or certificate from a qualifying accredited institution.
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following Occupational Requirements:

    A. Completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field.
    B. Have 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.
    C. Occupied a GS-1102 position 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.
    Guidance on Business Related Coursework for the GS-1102 Contracting Series

    In addition, in order to qualify at the GS-9 level, you must:

    A. Have completed a Master's or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or an LL.B. or J.D. in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
    B. Have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: reviewing requisitions for supplies or services to determine that proper specifications or purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents; evaluating bids or proposals for supplies or services to ensure compliance with specifications or purchase descriptions; or evaluating the prior contract performance of potential suppliers to determine their financial responsibility.
    C. Have a combination of post baccalaureate education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

    Preview assessment questionnaire before you apply:

    You must submit a copy of your transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Please note that unofficial transcripts attached to the application must reflect that the degree or certificate has been awarded or conferred. The date that the degree was awarded or conferred must meet the program criteria at the time of application. Applicants who have completed their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization and must provide a copy of the evaluation at the time of application. Click here for information on Foreign Education.

    All documents must be received at the time of application.

    You must have received a degree or certificate from an institution that is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. To verify that your degree or certificate is from an accredited institution, please visit and search for your institution.

    Applicants must have graduated with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. We do not round the GPA.

    This announcement allows acceptance of applications starting July 13, 2018. Due to the high volume of applications we anticipate for the vacancy, this announcement will close at 11:59PM EST on the date that we receive 100 applications or July 17, 2018; whichever comes first. Applications must be received in full at the time of the cut-off to be considered (including supporting documents such as transcripts, DD-214, etc.). Early submission of your application is recommended.

    ?Recent Graduates and their supervisors must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement which outlines expectations for the internship prior to entrance on duty.

    All NIH Pathways Recent Graduates are hired at the Step 1 of the grade in which they are selected.

    We are unable to pay relocation expenses.

    Applicants must have graduated with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. We do not round the GPA.

    While conversion is not guaranteed, Recent Graduates, with U.S. citizenship, may be converted to a career-conditional appointment (a term position lasting 1-4 years or a permanent position) upon successful completion of all program requirements specified by the Pathways Participant Agreement.

    Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement across the NIH.

    This position is designated as a "non-emergency/teleworker" position and the selected candidate will be considered a "non-emergency/teleworker" employee. In the event of a closure, you must be available to telework or request leave.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.

    We may make additional selections for similar positions within the commuting area(s) of the locations listed through this vacancy announcement.

    The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.

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

    Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications.

    Veteran's Preference does apply. If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package to verify your preference claim and receive preference. These documents may include, but are not limited to: DD-214 member 4 copy (which indicates character of service), SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders. If you are a veteran, click here for additional information and about required documents.

    Selections will be made in preference order. All individuals in the highest preference group must be selected before making selections from the next lower preference eligible group. All preference eligibles must be selected before making selections from the non-preference eligible group.

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