Contract Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 13, 2020
Oct 20, 2020
Full Time


You will serve as a Contract Specialist for Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration.

Location of Position: Washington, DC or Atlanta, GA

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed. Additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement or other GSA organizations within the same commuting area.

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1. Performs procurement planning tasks, including researching market conditions and identifying within assigned programs the sub-systems, components, supplies and services to be acquired by the contract.

2. Evaluates technical submissions, bids, or offers for responsiveness to the solicitation.

3. Performs the full range of post-award functions.

4. Negotiates modifications, determining contract cost changes, price adjustments, progress, partial and final payments.

5. Executes modifications and supplemental agreements.

6. Closes out contracts.

7.May be required to obtain and/or maintain a warrant if serving as a warranted Contracting Officer.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel may be required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
  • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
  • Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable
  • Register with the Selective Service, if you are a male born after 12/31/195

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 Schedule A, Schedule C, or non-career SES political appointee
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.


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.

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The GS-1102-12 salary range for Washington DC starts at $86,335.00 per year, the salary range for Atlanta, GA starts at $80,830.00 per year. If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.

BASIC REQUIREMENT - You must meet the basic education/experience requirements for contract specialist positions in the federal government. You must meet one of the criteria listed below that best describes your experience/education background for a contract specialist position.
  • I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor`s degree with a major in any field.
  • I have completed 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.
  • On January 1, 2000 I held a position in the federal service in the GS-1102 series & my position was at one of the following grade levels: GS-5, GS-7, GS-9, GS-11, or GS-12. I have continually held this occupational series since January 1, 2000.

  • In addition to meeting the basic requirements you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service as defined above that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and/or you must meet the required educational requirements for the GS-12.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE - is defined as experience performing recurring and developmental contracting assignments procuring supplies and/or services using a range of contracting methods, contract vehicles and types. Procurement of these supplies and/or services must include two or more of the following:
    • Planning and carrying out routine pre-award and/or post-award acquisition actions;
    • Preparing solicitation documentation and drafting the final contract;
    • Evaluating vendor offers for both technical and price/cost factors to ensure best value to the organization/agency;
    • Negotiating contracts, orders and/or modifications using standard language/templates with few clauses or addendums;
    • Responding to and resolving acquisition questions/issues some of which require additional research to provide recommendations/responses;
    • Assisting in the evaluation of acquisition program effectiveness in order to make recommendations for improvements;
    • Analyzing routine contracting issues and identifying alternative courses of action.


    Additional information

    Bargaining Unit status: NFFE

    Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.

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

    All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your overall 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.

    Knowledge of the full range of contract types, laws, regulations, principles, and methods of contracting and selection factors to satisfy complex requirements.

    Knowledge of cost and price analysis and cost accounting standards sufficient to perform the full range of strategic, analytical, and technical procurement assignments.

    Professional knowledge of post-award procedures to administer contracts for a wide range of services, supplies and equipment.

    Skill in the use of contract negotiation techniques sufficient to negotiate prices, terms and conditions, contract modifications and settlements.

    Skill in both written and oral communication to keep GSA management, customers, and contractors apprised of procurement issues.

    Knowledge of business practices sufficient to identify sources, recent developments and trends, economic factors affecting procurements and anticipated requirements of Federal agencies; to analyze cost and pricing data and contract proposals; and to evaluate the offers for responsibility.

    Ability to acquire and maintain a warrant, ensuring that all required training and FAC-C certifications are current and keeping apprised of changes to procurement regulations and policies.

    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
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    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: (1)completed SF-15 form; and (2) 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.
    • If you are a current or former Land Management Agency Employee - Submit a and b:
    • 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 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.
    • Current or Former Political Appointees: Submit SF-50.
    • College transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s). If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.

    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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