Supervisory Contract Specialist (Division Chief)

Washington D.C.
Jan 17, 2019
Jan 17, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • Selectees are subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A probationary period may be required for employees and supervisors
  • Selectee will be required to complete an annual financial disclosure.
  • To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Time-in-grade: Applicants who are/were federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For a GS-15 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-14 level. To support your claim of time in grade, you must submit your most recent appointment, promotion, or within grade increase SF-50 (not an award or general adjustment SF-50). Some applicants may have to submit more than one SF-50 to demonstrate their eligibility. See the required documents section for more information.

    Certification: Incumbent must possess a Level III Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) or a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) level III certification in contracting (currently in good standing) and must be eligible for an unlimited warrant. You must submit proof in your application of your certification in order to qualify (i.e Certificate, Transcripts, Verifying letter/reference) or you will be rated ineligible.

    Specialized Experience: Applicants must also have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-14) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is defined as work that involves but not limited to:
    Experience directing complex acquisition program support services such as contract administration, procurement planning, and evaluation of proposals; identifying issues, resolving critical problems, and developing alternatives to ensure that management processes, contract plans, and policies are implemented; developing and issuing acquisition guidance and procedures using Federal acquisition regulations (i.e. Federal Property Management Regulations, Federal Procurement Regulations, Federal Acquisition Regulations, and OMB directives); supervising and/or managing senior acquisition related work and subordinates.

    Individual Occupational Requirements: In conjunction with the Specialized Experience and Time-in-Grade requirements listed above, applicants must also meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for Contracting Specialist Series GS-1102 per the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions. Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application how the standards are met.

    GS-13 and Above: (A) 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; AND

    (B) 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.

    (C) Exceptions: 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, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph D.

    (D) Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.

    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.

    The Office of Personnel Management's group coverage qualification standards, associated individual occupational requirements (IOR), and individual qualification standards covering white collar occupations in the Federal competitive service can be found here.

    A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education and/or to verify the Individual Occupational Requirements (if applicable) .

    There is no educational substitution for specialized experience at the GS-15 level.

    Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for federal employment. You can verify your education here. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

    Work Schedule: Regular office hours
    Title/PD#: Supervisory Contract Specialist (Division Chief) GS - 15; PD 38015
    Promotion Potential: The position is at the full performance level.

    Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts; driving an automobile, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

    Placement Policy: 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.

    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. Please contact the special placement coordinator or the human resources specialist listed on this vacancy for more information regarding applying for consideration under schedule A or as a 30% disabled Veteran.

    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 and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. A well-qualified candidate is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualifications requirements for this position. Well-qualified is (1) Experience serving at the chief, deputy or director level over complex acquisition program support services that include: contract administration, Contracting Officer's Representatives (COR) responsibilities, procurement planning, and evaluation of proposals. (2) Mastery knowledge making determinations using Federal Property Management Regulations, Federal Procurement Regulations, Federal Acquisition Regulations, OMB directives, Federal privacy and security relations, administrative laws, policies, regulations and precedents applicable to acquisition programs. (3) AND experience supervising and/or managing acquisition related work and subordinates which includes Develops long and short range organizational plans and goals through subordinate staff. Assigns work to subordinate supervisors, determining work schedules and priorities
    Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility can be found here.

    VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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    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. Applicants who do not fully address the specialized experience needed for the position (as described above in the job announcement) in their resume or who do not possess the education to substitute for it will not be referred for consideration.
    After you have met the minimum qualifications, you will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:

    1. Problem Solving: Analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information evaluates alternatives and implements solutions.
    2. Customer Service: Anticipates and meets the needs of customers; delivers quality products and services; committed to improvement.
    3. Communications: Oral and written are clear/convincing and organized for audience; listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
    4. Managing/Measuring Work: Clearly sets clear objectives and measures; monitors process, progress, and results; designs feedback loops.
    5. Interpersonal Skills: Treats others with sensitivity and respect; considers and responds appropriately to the needs of complex situations.
    6. Technical Credibility: Applies principles, procedures, regulations and policies related to acquisition expertise.
    If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job-related information, which may include, but is not limited to responses to the knowledge, skills, and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or an interview.
    Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Notice to Applicants: It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

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