Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Aug 17, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
Full Time


The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is the recognized leader as a corporate university, advancing the use of technology in all areas of education. The professional faculty and staff at DAU work in a strong team environment to continuously improve the ways we help our students learn by delivering the right knowledge and skills at the point of need. Come join this dynamic team using your expertise to make a real impact in the acquisition community.
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  • Works closely with program managers and technical engineers, provides advice regarding contract strategies to best accomplish the IT acquisition plan based on acquisition statutes, regulations, directives and procedures as well as business practices associated with supporting DAU IT buys. Develops procurement documents to include Performance Work Statements (PWS), Independent Government Cost Estimates (IGCE), justification and approvals, evaluation criteria, delivery schedules, market research, limited and sole source justifications, Quality Assurance Surveillance Plans (QASP) and source selection plans in support of DAU IT acquisition programs and to support contracting strategies. Reviews procurement documents for accuracy and adequacy. Establishes requirements for, and expedites/reviews consolidation of, all procurement packages to meet timely and technical requirements of assigned acquisitions. Participates in contract negotiations regarding cost type contracts to recommend to contracting officials subsequent modifications/changes, settlement of claims and disputes, and termination for convenience to current contracts. Reviews contracts, work directives, and other ordering instruments to extract and maintain records against requirements, which are in accordance with the Performance Work Statement (PWS) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFAR).
  • Collects quantitative and qualitative data in significant areas relating to procurements and contract operations to analyze contract performance and makes recommendations to upper management; analyze data and draw conclusions based on previous performance, lessons learned, current goals and objectives, projected performances and possible impact on the acquisition. Tracks, reviews, and maintains funding data for inconsistencies and/or compliance with applicable regulations and budgets. Monitors contract funding to mitigate waste, fraud and abuse of funds. Evaluates effectiveness of overall contracting processes to make recommendations on how to improve the efficiency of internal contracting processes; and/or provide recommendations on adoption/modification of proposed acquisition strategy plan/guidance as coordinated with the Contracting Office. Reads and interprets new and revised regulations in order to keep current. Furnishes instructions and explanations on the new regulations and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    Background or Security Investigation: This is a position which requires a background investigation.

    Must be a U.S. Citizen


    You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the NH-02 pay band in the Federal service.

    Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

    For the Information Technology Acquisition Analyst, You must have one year of specialized experience at the NH-02 (GS-11) grade level in Federal service. or an equivalent position in the civilian sector. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities: Successfully perform the duties of the position. You must demonstrate experience 1) Knowledge of price/cost analysis techniques sufficient to assist in the evaluation of contractor proposals and prepare a pre­ negotiation position; 2) Knowledge of acquisition statutes, regulation, directives and procedures to
    provide advice regarding contract strategies; or 3) Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of the broad field of procurement to analyze, plan and review procurement requirements
  • Experience as a COR and/or COTR.
  • Expert knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of the broad field of procurement to analyze, plan and review procurement requirements and to make recommendations and determinations as to approaches which can be realistically implemented and managed.
  • Expert knowledge of professional management concepts, theories, principles, and practices of contracts/contract administration functions to include termination techniques and familiarity with and responsibilities of key assigned contract administration individuals sufficient to serve as a COR; effectively manage and control potential problem areas before contract performance, schedule, and costs are adversely impacted; or close out contracts.
  • Knowledge of acquisition statutes, regulation, directives and procedures as well as business practices associated with supporting DAU ITbuys to provide advice regarding contract strategies.
  • Knowledge of price/cost analysis techniques sufficient to assist in the evaluation of contractor proposals and prepare a pre-negotiation position.
  • Skill in managing and coordinating activities sufficient to control a variety of acquisition actions occurring concurrently, in an overlapping fashion, or sequentially, and to control several simultaneous contracts with different contractors.
  • Skill in negotiation techniques to participate in contract negotiations and to meet and effectively with Agency management officials, high level business, industry, and Government officials.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing in order to provide advice regarding contract strategies development; prepare, present, and defend proposed business positions; compose correspondence on highly complex contractual and business issues; and/or publish DAU IT contracting policies and procedures.
  • Identifies and resolves complex problems that cross organizational boundaries and promulgates solutions. Promulgates innovative solutions and methodologies.

  • Volunteer Experience: 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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    Education is (is not) substitutable for specialized experience for this grade level.

    Additional information

    DAU has a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement, social security, and thrift savings; health, life, and long term care insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. DAU employees enjoy flexible work schedules, transit subsidy, and the opportunity to telecommute.

    Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of two years if one has not already been completed.
    Supervisory/Probationary Period: You will be required to serve a supervisory/managerial probationary period of 1 year unless one has previously been completed.
    Drug Testing: This position may be subject to random drug testing.
    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): You must be well qualified for the position to receive special selection priority under the ICTAP. A qualified ICTAP eligible achieving a score of 85 or above will be considered "well qualified". For more information, go to:
    Special Hiring Authorities: You may be considered for the vacancy if you are eligible for a special appointment authority such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam Era and disabled veterans; volunteers returned from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. For more information, visit the following OPM websites: USAJOBS Resource Center: ; VetsInfo Guide: .
    Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after substantially completing an initial 3-year term (not less than 2 years and 11 months) may apply regardless of their current geographical location. Veterans must submit their DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to be considered under this authority.
    Military Spouse Preference (MSP): You may be eligible for MSP, if you are the spouse of an active duty military member and you are ranked among the best qualified for this vacancy.
    Reemployed Annuitants: Department of Defense has the authority to hire annuitants without reduction in pay. For more information, go to: .
    If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    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. Your application (resume and supporting documentation) will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required as listed on the announcement under qualification requirements.

    Veterans' preference eligibility is treated as a positive factor when making a selection from external sources. It is applied when the organization makes a final selection from the candidates with substantially equal qualifications as described in the Best Meets Mission Requirements definition below. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package.

    Best Meets Mission Requirements definition: Applicant has the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies to substantially exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. This equates to the best qualified assessment criteria established for the vacancy and based on overall demonstrated experience, education, training, appraisals/evaluations, job-related awards, certifications, honors and relevant outside activities.

    HR will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Applicants meeting the basic requirements will be further evaluated by information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications.
  • Complete Assessment Questionnaire
  • Military Spouse Preference (MSP) - Spousal Travel Orders/Permanent Change of Station(PCS) Orders, Marriage Certificate, and Military Spouse Preference Self Certification checklist
  • Other Supporting Documents
  • The following supporting documents are REQUIRED to verify your individual eligibility status. Not all will apply for each applicant. They MUST be received by the closing date of the announcement.
  • SF-50 - (If applicable) Notification of Personnel Action for current or former federal employees- with the exception of current permanent DAU employees, please provide your most recent SF50 or the SF50 reflecting Career/Career-Conditional tenure and the highest grade held on a permanent basis.
  • If you claim Veteran's Preference, (5 or 10 points) you MUST provide a copy of your DD Form 214 (Member Copy 4) listing the dates of military service and rank. If you are claiming 10 points (10 percent or more disability), you must also provide a letter from the Veterans Affairs Office and a completed SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference - ) substantiating your claim.
  • ICTAP Eligibles: A copy of the RIF separation notice and SF50 if available..
  • Performance Appraisal: Current or previous federal employees.
  • Other documents identified in the announcement.
  • Note: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed are received, legible, and accurate.

    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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