Realty Specialist (Lease Contract Officer)

District of Columbia, D.C
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 23, 2020
Full Time


As a Realty Specialist, Lease Contracting Officer (LCO), you will perform a wide range of large scale, highly visible, and highly complex realty transactions.

This position is located in Washington, DC.

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.

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As the Realty Specialist, you will:

Perform a wide range of medium to a large scale, visible, and highly complex realty transactions; serve as an expert, technical authority and consultant to management officials on one or more of the following functions: (1) acquisition of real property and/or (2) management of real property in the real estate administration of federally leased, or consigned space or property. Such work requires knowledge of real estate laws, principles, practices, and markets.

Serve as the Contracting Officer's Technical Representative for assigned broker contract and other related realty transactions.

Manage highly complex realty projects in collaboration with and in support to customers, such as acquisitions involving large blocks of space coupled with complex relocation issues; property management issues requiring extensive coordination; and conflicts between clients and local, state, or Federal authorities.

Develop acquisition plans and strategies; performs market surveys and building inspections; solicits offers; analyze technical reports on offered buildings; negotiate lease terms and conditions; performs cost and price analyses of offers; prepares approval documents; and awards and executes the lease.

Coordinate with other regional and national office components to ensure conformity of procedures and interpretations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Minimal, less than 10%

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Meet all eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must have registered with the Selective Service
  • Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 4 investigation level).
  • Complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment.
  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position.


For each job on your resume, provide:
  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here .

The GS-13 salary range starts at $102,663 per year.

To qualify, you must demonstrate in your resume and responses to questions, at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service.

Specialized experience: Managing a real estate program that include the application of Federal, commercial and/or corporate realty laws, regulations, and practices. This experience must include performing three or more of the following; (1). Performing project management or lead responsibility for the lease acquisition of mid and high rise commercial office and special purpose space including lease construction; (2). Performing project management or lead responsibility for the utilization and management of existing Federal/commercial owned inventory of mid and high rise commercial office and special purpose space; (3). Developing and implementing program policy, guidance, or best business practices; (4). Managing, supervising, or leading a federal, commercial, and/or corporate realty function; (5). Developing short and long range strategies and plans for optimizing real property portfolio and asset performance; (6). Preparing and managing plans and strategies for site acquisition; or (7). Developing, managing, administering and/or negotiating realty contracts

A minimum of a Limited Leasing Contracting Officer's warrant is preferred.


Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

Additional information

Bargaining Unit status: 1217

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.

On a case-by-case basis, the following incentives may be approved:
  • Recruitment incentive if you are new to the federal government
  • Relocation incentive if you are a current federal employee
  • Credit toward vacation leave if you are new to the federal government

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be scored on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your responses to these questions must be supported by your resume or your score may be lowered.

1. Knowledge of the techniques, processes procedures and policies established within the agency for managing designated PBS projects, including the formulation of plans and programs required in connection with the development, acquisition, design, construction, operation and management of real property.

2. Ability to identify projects and develop, approve, advise and direct scopes of work to be handled by broker or other external source; reviews and monitors the accuracy of all real estate activities performed by the contractor.

3. Skill in development of procurement objectives for competition and price range. Review or prepare assigned realty documents for compliance with space acquisition policies and regulations.

4. Knowledge of contract types, methods and techniques including low cost and technically acceptable and best value trade off and processing of unsolicited proposals, multiple awards, etc.

5. Skill in communicating effectively in writing and orally to plan and implement strategies to develop comprehensive business documents for realty projects.

Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.

If you are eligible under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan or GSA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP) , you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

Note: If required to submit an SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action), an equivalent agency Notice of Personnel Action form is acceptable. Such document(s) must show all of the following: effective date, position, title, series, grade, and rate of basic pay, tenure group 1 (career) or 2 (career-conditional), position occupied group, and name of agency. If you are a GSA employee (except in the OIG), you are not required to submit an SF-50.

  • If you are a 30% or more disabled veteran, VEOA or VRA applicant or qualified spouse, widow/widower, or parent:

  • Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.

  • If you are a disabled veteran, or are applying under VRA or VEOA as a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran, submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214:

  • completed SF-15 form; and

  • proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).
  • If you are active duty military- Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).

  • If you are a current Federal employee or Reinstatement Eligible: Submit your latest SF-50.

  • If you are eligible under an Interchange Agreement: Submit your latest SF-50.

  • If you are a former Peace Corp or VISTA volunteer: Submit your Description of Service.
  • one or more SF-50s, including your most recent one that shows you were on a competitive time-limited appointment(s) with a Land Management Agency and served on the appointment for a period(s) totaling more than 24 months without a break of 2 or more years.
  • Copy of your agency's annual performance appraisal(s) or written reference(s) from a supervisor at the agency verifying satisfactory performance during your appointment(s).
  • If you are a current or former Land Management Agency Employee - Submit a and b:

  • If you have a disability: Submit proof of eligibility. For information on eligibility and required documentation, refer to USAJOBS's People With Disabilities page.

  • If you are applying under another special appointment authority: Submit proof of your eligibility under the appropriate appointment authority. See USAJOBS's Resource Center for more information.

  • If you are ICTAP / CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.

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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