Contract Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Sterling, Virginia
Posted
Aug 13, 2019
Closes
Aug 20, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement. For information about our bureau go to: http://www.bsee.gov/

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Responsibilities

This position is located in the Acquisition Operations Branch (AOB), Acquisition Management Division, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). The AOB is responsible for delivering a high level of customer satisfaction by providing a full spectrum of acquisition services for BSEE and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The AOB purchases a wide variety of supplies and services including Information Technology, Environmental Studies, and many other commodities necessary to carry out the organizations' missions.

At the full performance level GS-13 the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Preparing pre-award, post-award and close-out documents involving contracts of critical importance to BSEE and BOEM. This includes assisting in the planning, managing, directing and overseeing of all contractual aspects of the acquisition.
  • Reviewing and analyzing procurement requirement packages, including statements of work, received from the program offices.
  • Conducting market research.
  • Issuing solicitations and promoting the competition process.
  • Overseeing the technical evaluation of offers.
  • Conducting responsibility determinations for the selected vendor.
  • Creating award documents utilizing correct contract clauses and provisions.
  • Performing all necessary actions to award contracts.
  • Administering the contract award including a variety of modification types, issuance of show cause letters, novation agreements, and other administrative duties.
  • Solving complex acquisition-related problems.
  • Maintaining constant liaison with contractors in order to monitor progress and evaluate problem areas.
  • Providing expert advice and guidance on acquisitions to customers, program office personnel, other BOEM and BSEE personnel, and vendors.
  • Providing expert advice on acquisition Statutes, regulations, policies, market trends, industry market research, socioeconomic programs, and selection of the procurement instrument to program office personnel, other BOEM and BSEE personnel, Government officials, and the public.

  • Salary Range Information: GS-11 $69,581 - $90,461 per year; GS-12 $83,398 - $108,422 per year; GS-13 $99,172 - $128,920 per year. First time hires to the federal government typically start at the beginning salary in the range for their respective grade level.

    Security Clearance Required: You will be required to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Background Investigation if you are selected and hired for this position.

    BSEE determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    13

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
    • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
    • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
    • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
    • You will be required to file an OGE 450


    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/ .

    Qualifications

    Minimum Qualification Requirements:

    To qualify for this position you must meet the (1) Basic Educational Requirements AND (2) Specialized Experience for the series to which you are applying.

    Basic Requirements for the GS-11 through GS-12 Levels:

    You must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for this position at the GS-11 through GS-12 levels:

    A. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's 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.

    Exceptions : Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupied 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. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.

    Basic Requirements for GS-13:

    You must meet the following requirements to qualify for this position at the GS-13 level:

    A. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions (listed below), 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.

    Exceptions : Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupied 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.

    Mandatory Training for GS-13

    The Department of the Interior mandatory training requirements for the GS-13 grade level are based on the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Program training curriculum. You are required to have completed all training courses as listed below or have been issued a Level II or III FAC-C or a current Level II or III Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) in Contracting.

    CON 100: Shaping Smart Business Arrangements OR FCN 101: Contracting Basics

    CON 121: Contract Planning

    CON 124: Contract Execution

    CON 127: Contract Management

    FAC 023: Basic Contracting for GSA Schedules

    FAC 031: Small Business Programs

    CLC 057: Performance-Based Payment and Value of Cash Flow

    CLC 058: Introduction to Contract Pricing

    CON 170: Fundamentals of Cost and Price Analysis

    CON 090: FAR Fundamentals OR FCN 190: FAR Fundamentals

    CON 200: Business Decisions for Contracting

    CON 216: Legal Considerations in Contracting

    CLC 056: Analyzing Contract Costs

    CON 270: Intermediate Cost and Price Analysis

    CLC 051: Managing Government Property in the Possession of Contractors

    HBS 428: Negotiating

    CON 280: Source Selection and Administration of Service Contracts

    CON 290: Contract Administration and Negotiation Techniques in a Supply Environment

    You must provide copies of course training certificates as part of the application package to validate completion. A copy of a current or lapsed Level II or III FAC-C or a copy of a current Level II or III DAWIA may be used to initially satisfy this requirement in lieu of individual course certificates. However, DOI must verify the validity of the FAC-C or DAWIA before an appointment is made which may require additional documentation from you.

    Specialized Experience Requirements :

    GS-11 : To qualify at the GS-11 grade level, you must have at least one FULL year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience include: applying procurement and contracting laws, regulations and policies to perform pre-award, post-award, negotiation, administration, termination, and close-out functions for contracts; interpreting award documents; identifying the sources of supply and services for an agency/organization; and analyzing and compiling report data. OR

    3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education**, OR a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree OR a combination of specialized experience and education that totals 100% of the experience requirement.

    **To qualify for GS-1102 positions on the basis of graduate education, the education must be 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.

    GS-12 : To qualify at the GS-12 grade level, you must have at least one FULL year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience include: preparing industry cost and price analysis; planning, managing, and directing contractual aspects of the procurement; providing advice on procurement Statutes, regulations, policies, market trends, market research of the industry, socioeconomic programs, and selection of the procurement.

    GS-13 : To qualify at the GS-13 grade level, you must have at least one FULL year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience include: analyzing procurement and contracting actions involving pre-award, post-award, negotiation, administration, termination and close out functions for complex, multidisciplinary, and multi-agency/office contracts.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Merit Promotion candidates must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Education

    Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements.

    Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

    Additional information

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.

    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

    Contracting- Knowledge of federal contracting laws, policies, regulations, methods, principles, market research, and competition procedures and techniques to properly carry out recurring procurement actions and execute contract administration work assignments.

    Oral Communication - Ability to effectively communicate in teleconferences, meetings, and one-on-one discussions with customers, vendors, business and industry representatives, and acquisition staff. Capacity to solicit and convey information, articulate processes, and reconcile differing objectives in various situations such as kick-off meetings, oral presentations, negotiations, etc.

    Written Communication - Skill in writing in a clear, concise, organized and convincing manner for the intended audience. Ability to effectively communicate in writing in order to serve customers, respond to inquiries, resolve issues, prepare internal and contract documents, and assist in the preparation of negotiation plans.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at
    https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume

    Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) Your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station; and a past SF-50 showing your highest FPL position; (4) College transcripts(s) for verification of qualifying education, (5) copies of acquisition-related training certificates, (6) copy of FAC-C or DAWIA (if applicable); (7) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15, if eligible under VEOA or VRA; (8) Proof of eligibility if applying under a special appointing authority;(9) Current or former Government employees are strongly encouraged to submit a recent performance appraisal

    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility under VEOA or VRA, must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).

    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility based on 30% or more service connected disability, you are required to submit documentation that is indicated on the SF-15 as acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 30% or more.

    You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education - accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: https://www.bsee.gov/careers/usajobs-assistance OR http://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/ .

    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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