Sr. Contract Specialist

Rockville, Maryland
Aug 24, 2019
Aug 31, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Administration, Division of Acquisition Management Division. The supervisor is Monique Williams.

This position is Bargaining Unit. This position requires no travel.

Travel expenses associated with interview and/or relocation expenses associated with job offer may be paid.

Selectee will be subject to Office of Government Ethics Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirements.

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The successful candidate will perform the full range of Sr. Contract Specialist duties for the Acquisition Management Division. Some duties are negotiating and administering questions (including contracts and interagency agreements) terms and conditions for requirements that are complex, often unique and may involve a myriad of contract types. Acquisitions are typically negotiated, awarded, and administered for electronic and information technology services, equipment, and software; specialized research projects; technical assistance projects; administrative services; or management-oriented projects.

Providing acquisition-related advice, assistance and assessments on a routine basis to NRC program and administrative offices regarding the character and extent of procurement cycles appropriate to implement a variety of acquisitions. These assessments must frequently be made on an immediate basis for factoring into the program planning function. Participating with program office personnel in project planning to assure necessary procurement information regarding the impact on programs of procurement policies, standards, regulations, and interpretations.

Attending high-level policy meetings to develop major acquisition strategies and milestones. Acting as the primary consultant and resource person to high-level operating officials in the development and implementation of such strategies. Coordinating with program office personnel, preparing staff papers, memoranda and necessary backup material for proposed actions required to be presented to the Strategic Sourcing Group for review and approval. Awards for which incumbent bears primary responsibility for procurement planning, negotiation, and administration may involve obligations of $10,000,000 or more.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required

You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


In addition to the basic requirements, to qualify for this position you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the grade 13 level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is detailed knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and thorough knowledge of the principles and techniques of acquisition. Must possess a FAC-C Level III certification.

The ideal candidate for this position will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Experience in the application of the laws, executive orders, Federal Acquisition Regulations, Federal Property Management Regulations, policies and procedures pertaining to Federal contracting and procurement.

(Example: Describe specific work experience, training and developmental assignments which demonstrate your knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply the laws, regulations, executive orders, and Federal and NRC procurement regulations and policies pertaining to contracting and procurement. Describe how you have applied this knowledge and for what purposes. Provide specific examples and accomplishments).

2. Experience soliciting, negotiating, awarding and administering competitive and noncompetitive acquisitions for commercial and noncommercial products and services for requirements such as information technology products, information technology services, technical assistance services, professional services, administrative services, architecture and engineering services, construction services, training services, interagency acquisitions, and financial assistance.

(Example: Describe your experience soliciting, negotiating, awarding and administering routine and complex competitive and noncompetitive acquisitions for commercial and noncommercial products and services for requirements such as information technology products, information technology services, technical assistance services, professional services, administrative services, architecture and engineering services, construction services, training services, and interagency acquisitions. What FAR-based acquisition procedures were used? What were your specific duties and responsibilities? What contract types were used? How much of your experience is pre-award-based, and how much is post-award-based)?

3. Demonstrated experience presenting information, ideas and advice to customers in a clear, concise and logical manner, both orally and in writing. A writing sample is recommended.

(Example: Describe specific experience, education, and training which contributed to your ability to effectively communicate information, both orally and in writing. Describe the kinds of oral presentations you have made, to whom, and for what purposes).

4. Demonstrated experience to establish and maintain effective work relationships with individuals at all levels, including managers and supervisors, co-workers, staff personnel of other offices, representatives of other Federal agencies, and contractor organizations.

(EXAMPLE: Describe the various types and levels of individuals you interact with and for what purposes. Describe your accomplishments developing and implementing successful approaches to discuss and resolve conflicts. Provide examples of specific assignments that required you to use tact and diplomacy to achieve cooperation and develop consensus. What techniques do you use to develop effective working relationships? Provide specific examples and accomplishments).

In addition to your resume, you are strongly encouraged to use the available space provided to supply this information.


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.


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.

Additional information

The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Selective Placement Coordinator for assistance with the application or hiring process via Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at 240-428-3217.

Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit:

Selectee's will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
L Access Authorization

Drug test required

Required Documents

List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

If you are a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.

If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.

Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter.) You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at

If you are applying for a position that requires a college degree, you must submit your College Transcripts.

All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1. Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or
2. use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc; or
3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.

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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