Contract Specialist

Baltimore, Maryland
Oct 17, 2020
Oct 24, 2020
Full Time


Contract Specialist performing pre-award and post-award functions.

Location of position:
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    10903 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20993
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
    7500 Security Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21244

GSA will support telework for this position to the extent it is offered by the client agency to their workforce.

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

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As a Contract Specialist, you will perform pre-award and post-award functions involving simple to highly specialized acquisitions.
  • You will serves as a senior level Contract Specialist performing pre-award and post-award functions involving highly specialized procurements of significant importance to the GSA client.
  • Your requirements typically involve systems or programs such as those involving research, development and production of extensive specialized equipment or systems; state-of-the-art information technology products, equipment and/or services impacting customers throughout the nation and/or world; or similarly complex commodities and/or services integral to national defense or security.
  • You will provide acquisition advice and guidance, operational contract execution and administration, and recommends solutions to client agencies looking to utilize a wide variety of contracting vehicles, practices, and methodologies, including but not limited to, Government-wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), Multiple Award Schedules (MAS), Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs), and Multi-Agency Contracts. Work performed typically requires extended specialized training and experience in the various programs offered by FAS.
  • Your work will be performed onsite at the client location.
  • You will be assigned (matrixed) to the client location on a full-time basis.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel is required to other Government facilities, contractor offices and work-performance sites to conduct fact-finding missions, pre-award surveys, reviews and negotiations.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Meet all eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date
  • All applicants must provide a copy of their transcript(s).
  • Proof of Contracting Certification:FAC-C or DAWIA Level II or III &CLPs doc
  • 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 12/31/1959

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.
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).
  • Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position.
  • Participate in the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), which includes attending meetings and planning activities; and carrying out mission-critical work at a designated location other than your primary work site (which may be outside of your commuting area).


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-13 salary range starts at $102,663.00 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.

To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is experience working with a wide range of contracting methods, contract types, commodity and supply acquisition and operational models including schedules contracts, blanket purchase agreements, orders, requisitions and schedules contract product modification additions to plan and carry out pre-award and post-award procurement actions; and analyzing difficult contracting issues to identify alternative courses of action.

You must meet the requirements in 1, 2, or 3 below:
  • All of the following: (a) Completion of Training listed in Level I & II of FAC-C Course Requirements ; or FAC-C Level II or III, or a DAWIA level II or III certification. If your certification is over 2 years old, 80 hours of Continuous Learning Points are required to maintain certification. (b) At least 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions including 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the level described below; and (c) Completion of 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.
  • Exception: If you were in a GS-1102 position on January 1, 2000, you will be exempt from meeting the educational requirements for the grade level of that position. However, to be promoted you will have to meet Option 1 or 3.
  • Waiver: GSA's senior procurement executive has the discretion to waive any or all of the requirements in 1 above.

  • Education

    This position has an educational requirement.

    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.

    Failure to provide proof of education (college transcripts showing degree and date confirmed (Bachelor Degree) and the 24 semester hours of required courses) will result in an incomplete application and you will not be considered.

    Additional information


    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.

    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

    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 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.

  • Mastery level professional knowledge of and ability to interpret laws, regulations, principles, and policies to generate new procurement concepts and to recommend to top management approval of procurements for the largest, newest and/ or critical Government- wide programs.
  • Knowledge and understanding of intent and uncertainties involving legislation, authorities and scope of program resulting from intense Congressional and OMB interest.
  • Professional knowledge of contract types, methods, and techniques including fixed price contracts, various cost type contracts, processing of unsolicited proposals, multiple awards, special provisions relating to proprietary rights and rights in data, etc.
  • Expert ability to analyze the Government's requirements and industry's capabilities so as to devise the most effective, efficient, and economical procurement methods to meet GSA's and other Federal agencies' requirements in a timely, manner.
  • Knowledge of contract administration and termination techniques sufficient to administer complex, long-term
  • Knowledge of price/ cost analysis techniques sufficient to evaluate proposals , make detailed price analyses and prepare pre-negotiation positions.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing, including skill and tact, diplomacy and techniques of negotiation to conduct negotiation and to meet and deal with high-level industry, technical, political and other Government officials.

    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
    Not Required

    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:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    Contracting Documentation: Submit A or B:

    A. Mandatory contracting training - submit a or b:
  • all required course certificates
  • list of completed courses including: official course title, course number, training provider, training hours completed, and the date completes

  • B. Proof of contracting certification - submit both a and b; or c:
  • FAC-C or DAWIA Level II or higher certification (copy of certificate)
  • Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) history identifying the completion of 80 CLPs every two years. The 80 CLPs every two years must be from the issuance date of certification to current period.
  • If you are a FAITAS member, you may submit your Continuous Learning Achievement Certificate from FAITAS. On your "My Continuous Learning" page, click on the "approved" link under Achievement Status to print a copy of your most recent certificate.

  • 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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