Contract Specialist

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


You will serve as a Contract Specialist satisfying customer needs through the professional placement of Government contracts in compliance with applicable acquisition regulations, policies and guidance.

Location of Position: GSA, FAS, Washington, DC

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.

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.


    Please refer to Qualifications.

    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.
    • 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.

    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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