CONTRACT SPECIALIST

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Mar 15, 2019
Closes
Mar 15, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Not required


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation for Top Secret Clearance.
  • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • Resume and supporting documents to meet specialized experience requirement.
  • Selected candidate is subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • The 1102 occupational series has specific qualifications requirements. Your resume, answers to the assessment questionnaire and supporting documents must fully demonstrate possession of these requirements.

    Basic Requirements for GS-13 and Above:
    1. 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 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.

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    2. 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.

    3. Exceptions: Employees who were in GS-1102 positions on January 1, 2000 will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupied. 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.

    Specialized Experience Requirements for GS-13:

    One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. More specifically, this requirement involves demonstrated experience applying knowledge of:
    • Applying and interpreting acquisition regulations and legislation.
    • Performing post-award contracting activities, including monitoring contractors' performance and providing advice on interpretation of contract terms.
    • Negotiating price adjustments and preparing contract close-out.
    • Communicating orally to represent Agency in meetings and conferences.
    • Assuring the contractor's compliance with Cost Accounting Standards and requirements are met.
    Specialized Experience Requirements for GS-14:

    One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. More specifically, this requirement involves demonstrated experience applying knowledge of:
    • Developing, implementing and providing oversight for acquisition policies and procedures.
    • Applying knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and federal acquisition principles, techniques and laws to plan and administer pre-award and post-award procurement actions for complex and/or international requirements.
    • Evaluating proposals to determine responsiveness to the solicitation, as well as bidder's capacity to perform and comply with contract clauses and specifications.
    • Experience in developing, coordinating and leading negotiations on procurement actions.
    • Complying with Federal Procurement Data System reporting and data accuracy requirements.
    • Ability to analyze acquisition alternative, existing acquisition program to develop an effective strategic acquisition program.
    • Ability to manage and lead subordinate staff, during absence of Chief of AQM, to successfully meet procurement goals and work effectively with diverse Agency program team.
    Acquisition Certification Requirement:

    Current Federal Acquisition Certification (FAC-C) Level III or Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certification.

    If you do not have either a FAC-C or DAWIA certification you can use 520 hours of advanced contracting education to qualify in lieu of certification. Advanced contracting education must include the following courses and hours or their equivalent: Acquisition Planning I (80 hours); Contract Formation (40 hours); Contract Administration (40 hours); Cost Analysis (40 hours); Price Analysis (40 hours); Federal Contract Negotiation Techniques (40 hours); Acquisition Planning II (40 hours); Contract Formation II (40 hours); Contract Administration (40 hours); Intermediate Contract Pricing (80 hours); Government Contract Law (40 hours).

    Applicants must have completed all training requirements for Level III certification under the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting Program or DAWIA equivalent. For applicants with a Level II certification who have not completed all the training required for Level III, the requirements for certification MUST be met within 24 months of selection. Applicants who fail to provide proof of completion of required training will be disqualified from further consideration.

    Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered. 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; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
    The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine the degree to which you meet the following competencies (previously referred to as, knowledge, skills, and abilities) required of this position:

    Technical Competency - Contracting/Procurement - Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques for contracting or procurement, and contract negotiation and administration.

    Analytical Thinking - Able to breakdown raw information and undefined problems into specific, workable components that, in turn, clearly identify the issues at hand. Makes logical conclusions, anticipates obstacles, and considers different approaches that are relevant to the decision making process.

    Planning and Evaluating - Determines objectives strategies; coordinates with others parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors and evaluates the progress and outcomes of operational plans; anticipates potential threats or opportunities.

    Influencing and Negotiating - Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.

    Communication - Express information (e.g. facts or ideas) to an individual or groups effectively, taking into account and audience the nature of the information (e.g. technical, sensitive, controversial); make clear and convincing oral presentation; listen to others and respond appropriately.

    If qualifying based on EDUCATION you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements.

    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 an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    The duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.

    Stipulations of Employment:

    Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

    Work Schedule:

    This position requires a fixed work schedule; flexible work schedules will not be authorized.

    Miscellaneous:

    The Agency uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

    If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

    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: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information

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

    Applicants who "self-certify" that they meet the minimum qualification standards, and other eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement may be referred to the selecting official who may conduct their own assessment for further consideration and interviews.

    The selectee's eligibility will be verified prior to extending a tentative job offer. After making a tentative job offer, all pre-employment and suitability requirements will be conducted prior to a final job offer. Selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees would, therefore, be given new appointments to the civil service.


    Veteran's Preference:
    Veterans' Preference does not apply to Direct-Hire recruitment procedures. Applicants eligible for veteran preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g. DD Form 214, SF-15 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions. For more information on veterans' preference (see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-employment-initiative/vet-guide/).

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    Drug test required No


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