Contract Specialist

Washington, D.C
Nov 17, 2020
Nov 24, 2020
Full Time


As a Contract Specialist, you will plan and manage highly specialized procurements within the industries delegated to this portfolio, of significant importance to the Government, an Agency and/or the Nation.

This position is located in General Services Administration (GSA), Federal Acquisition Service, Office of Travel, Transportation and Logistics. 1800 F. Street NW Washington, DC.

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We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed for other GSA organizations.

The incumbent will serve as a senior Contract Specialist within the Acquisition Operations Division, and will perform the following duties:
  • Consults with and supports internal and external customer, providing technical guidance and advice on contracting matters in a professional, courteous and timely manner.
  • Performs pre and post award functions involving highly specialized procurements of significant importance to the agency
  • Develops procurement objectives in terms of competition and price range and constructs the contractual vehicle including use of pricing arrangements, subcontracting policy, set-aside policies and similar considerations
  • Provides guidance in the preparation of Statement of Works (SOW) for solicitations and task orders as well as the review of statements of work prepared by team members and/or program offices for the acquisition of non-personal services and commodities and ensures that SOWs are unambiguous, state the Government's requirements and are not intentionally restrictive of competition
  • Plans a comprehensive negotiation strategy, coordinates strategy with other technical experts involved and leads negotiations, which are conducted with contractors to develop the contract prices and terms, and awards the contract.

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 Selective Service, if you are a male born after 12/31/1959
  • Must participate in Direct Deposit of Pay

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 3 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


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).

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

Basic Requirements for Contracting Series GS-13 and Above:

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 4years 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.

  • Specialized Experience Requirement:

    In addition to the basic requirement above, 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 progressively responsible experience in performing the full range of pre-award and/or post award activities utilizing various types of contracts such as fixed price, various cost types, requirements, performance based and multiple award schedules) and evidence of professional potential, business acumen, and drive for results, relationship building, and self-motivation in order to procure a variety of complex or specialized products and/or services; OR experience requiring sufficient knowledge of contracting regulations, policies, and procedures and an organization's program and technical requirements in order to conduct reviews of contracts or contracting actions, recommend or plan improvements to an organization's procurement program.


    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: NA

    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.

    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 Federal and Agency procurement objectives, policies, manuals and regulations, national and worldwide contract laws and procedures applicable to the acquisition and contract administration of a wide range of highly technical, complex equipment, systems and services.
    • Knowledge of contract types, methods of contracting and techniques including cost and incentive contracting, award fee, cost sharing arrangements, processing of unsolicited proposals, multiple awards, special provisions relating to proprietary rights and rights in data.
    • Knowledge of cost and price evaluation techniques to conduct detailed financial assessments of technical data involving state of the art information technology, defense or security systems and extremely high dollar value procurements.
    • 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 state of the art systems, equipment and services.
    • Skill in negotiating techniques to conduct contract negotiations and to meet and deal with high-level business, industry, scientific and/or Government officials.

    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.
    • GSA OIG Employees: Submit latest SF 50 (other than award SF 50)
    • 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 for this job, you will be asked to provide an official transcript. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.
    • Failure to provide proof of education (transcripts showing date and degree confirmed (Bachelor Degree) and the 24 semester hours of required courses) and other supplemental contracting documentation will result in an incomplete application and you will not be considered.

    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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