Lead Contract Specialist

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District of Columbia, D.C
Oct 15, 2020
Oct 23, 2020
Full Time


This position is located within the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Procurement and Contract Management Division. Serves as Lead Contract Specialist and warranted Contracting Officer with limited or unlimited signatory authority. Assigns, coordinates, and executes the procurement and post-award administration of contract requirements. Manages the procurement of supplies, services, and Information Technology programs.
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As a Lead Contract Specialist, GS-1102-14, your typical work assignments may include the following:
  • Serves as the technical authority and subject-matter-expert in contracting, to include acquisition planning, solicitation, evaluation, award, post-award administration, and contract closeout.
  • Collaborates with the Director of the Procurement and Contract Management Division in the development, implementation, and execution of acquisition policy and guidance for the EOP.
  • Provides sound business advice in the planning and execution of pre-award and post-award functions, utilizing a wide range of contracting methods and contract types to assist in the procurement of standard or specialized goods and services.
  • Mentors and trains junior and journeyman level Contract Specialists.
  • Distributes and balances workload among employees and provides technical over-sight to ensure work performed by employees is in compliance with federal regulations and internal policies and procedures.
  • Completes and directs large, complex, sensitive and varied acquisitions utilizing innovative e-gov initiatives, acquisition reform, and streaming techniques within the guidelines of the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
  • Reviews potential small business market and selects procurement packages for small business set-asides and reviews location of potential contractors, location of work, and selects labor surplus area set-asides where possible.
  • Provides accurate and timely reporting to procurement databases and systems in support of procurement writing, tracking and reporting requirements, including the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident is required for this appointment.
  • Males born on (or after) 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System or have an approved exemption. Visit www.SSS.gov for more info.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.
  • Direct deposit is required per Public Law 104-134.
  • Relocation expense will not be paid.
  • Must be found suitable for federal employment, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • May be required to successfully complete a one year probationary period.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply).
  • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
  • Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
  • Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) Level III Certification is required.
  • Must complete an Office of Government Ethics (OGE) confidential financial disclosure form 450.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards. In order to qualify for the Contract Specialist, applicants must meet the basic requirement and the specialized experience. All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade or equivalent pay band in Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: In accordance with OPM Qualification Standards, the Contracting Series, 1102 has a basic requirement. In order to meet the basic requirement for the Contracting Series, applicant meets one of the requirements listed below:

I possess a bachelor's degree in any field of study conferred or approved by an accredited U.S. college or university based on a 4-year course of study. This degree must include 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. -OR-

B. I have an exception. 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. -AND-

Applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level or equivalent pay band in Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector: providing expert business advice in the planning and execution of pre-award and post-award functions in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR); preparing solicitations, evaluating cost/price analysis, negotiating, and conducting source selection for the acquisition of goods or services; and conducting extensive market research and knowledge of a wide range of contracting methods such as, simplified acquisition, contracting by negotiation or commercial acquisition procedures.

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 directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


In accordance with OPM Qualification Standards, the Contracting Series, 1102 has a basic requirement. Visit the link below to review basic requirements: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1100/contracting-series-1102/

All applicants must include transcripts in application package.

Additional information

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, you must be a preference eligible or a Veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Active Duty Military Members may apply under this announcement due to the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act. You must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions along with your application for Federal employment. A certification is a document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date of application. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment.

Males born after 12-31-59 visit ttps://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx

Inter-Agency Career Transition Assistance Programs & Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp . For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/ictap/

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement: http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/index.cfm

Employment Information Resources - Resource Center: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
  • Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
  • Other Special Appointment Authorities
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternative Application .

NOTE: More than one selection may be made within 90 days of the issuance of the certificate, if additional vacancies occur.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Contracting/Procurement - Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques or requirements (for example, Federal Acquisitions Regulations) for contracting or procurement, and contract negotiation and administration.

Decision Making - Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.

Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Teamwork - Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.

All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • College transcript(s), if the position has an education requirement or if you are utilizing education as part of your qualifications.
  • Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service). Do not submit an Award SF-50 as it does not identify all the required information needed for eligibility verification.
  • DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities. DD-214 must be a Member 4 or Service 2 copy which reflects the type of discharge/character of service.
  • Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
  • Career Transition Assistant Program/Inter-Agency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal).
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal, optional
  • Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) Level III Certification, optional

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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