Contract Specialist

Washington D.C.
Mar 19, 2019
Mar 19, 2019
Full Time

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

Relocation expenses reimbursed No


US Citizenship Required.
This position requires a background investigation.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
This position may require completing a one-year probationary period.
Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

Condition of Employment: Applicants must currently have a Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting, Level I (or DAWA Level 1 equivalent). Certificate or equivalent must be attached to your application.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement (or date of referral if OCR) including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to:

Basic Requirements

A. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelors degree with a major in any field; OR

B. 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.

Exception to the basic education requirement: Employees who have continuously held a GS-1102 position since January 1, 2000, will be considered to have met the basic education standard.


For the GS-11 level: In addition to the basic education requirements, applicants must have three full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (Graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management);


One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level. The applicant must be able to state and verify that you have experience that demonstrates your ability to perform the work at the GS-11 level or equivalent pay band in the Federal service. One must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level with procurement statutes, regulations, contracting methods, policies and procedures. Examples of specialized experience include such duties as:
  • conducting negotiations of contract terms and prices;
  • performing a full range of pre-award and post-award functions for a variety of products and services;
  • conducting market surveys, cost analysis, and multi-year contracting; and
  • analyzing difficult contracting issues which includes modifying procedures and identifying alternative courses of action.


A combination of graduate level education and specialized experience as described above. Only graduate education in excess of the requirement for obtaining a masters degree may be used to meet this requirement.

To be creditable, education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. You must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (

If you are using education to qualify for this position you will need to submit your unofficial/official transcripts with your application. Failure to provide transcripts, or a determination that you do not possess the education requirement, will result in objection to your qualifications, and removal from consideration in accordance with competitive examining procedures.

Eligible for Student Loan Repayment Program
Eligible for Tuition Assistance Program
This position is telework eligible

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information:

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:

Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A
Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
Other Special Appointment Authorities

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.

The referral list developed from this announcement may be used for up to 90 days from the closing date of the vacancy announcement to fill similar jobs.

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

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

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Drug test required No