Contract Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Posted
Nov 20, 2020
Closes
Nov 27, 2020
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This is a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) solicitation to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to positions in the competitive service.

About the Position: Serve as a Contracting Specialist responsible for high-priority programs utilizing an expert level of knowledge and skill in applying the full range of pre-award and post-award functions for all contract types to include all varieties of fixed price and cost type contracts.
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Responsibilities

  • Provide acquisition planning expertise and develop sound strategies and documents for a successful solicitation.
  • Participate in source selections to include coordination of documents for teams, reviewing and guiding evaluation chairs, and supporting the KO in making sound assessments of customer documents.
  • Prepare negotiation objectives to actively participate in negotiation procedures.
  • Analyze changes in acquisition policy to assess the effects on assigned programs in order to prepare recommendations for streamlined implementation.
  • Structure assigned acquisition programs to provide required mission capability within available resources.
  • Review all supporting contractual documents for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations. (PCF Compliance, CAR, PCF and PIEE (formerly WAWF).
  • Post-Award Contract Management: Perform post-award contract mgmt., in such a way to support ACC-APG mission. Timely initiate/evaluate actions to effect contractual changes, investigate/resolve delinquent deliveries/performance.
  • Review contracts and contractor performance, including award fee assessments to develop recommendations based on in-depth analysis of contractual issues.
  • Ensure performance has been accepted by the Government, the final invoices has been disbursed and/or a release of claim is endorsed by an authorized representative of the contractor ensuring closeouts are executed in timely manner.


Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel up to 25% for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Selectees must meet position requirements for certification at Level II in Acquisition Career Field Contracting within 24 months of entrance on duty.


Qualifications

Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document .

Basic Requirement for Contract Specialist:

Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees.

OR

Exemption: You are exempt from the education requirements above if (A) you are a current civilian employee in DoD who occupied GS-1102 positions or contracting positions with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold in an Executive Department on or before September 30, 2000; OR (B) you are a current military member who occupied a similar occupational specialty to the GS (or equivalent)-1102 on or before September 30, 2000.

***NOTE: TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED unless you meet the exemption stated above- even if you are a current federal employee.****

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes (1) experience with pre and post award functions such as: contract formation, solicitations, cost and price analysis, closeout of contracts; (2) negotiating with contractors to ensure all contracts are fair and reasonable and a wide range of contract methods and contract types; (3) assisting with preparing contracts for awards and make sure all applicable Federal and Department of Defense regulations and statutes are met. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (NH-02 or GS-11).

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Contract Performance Management
  • Issue Changes and Modifications
  • Terms and Conditions


Education

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

***NOTE: TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED unless you meet the exemption stated above- even if you are a current federal employee.****

Additional information

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • This position requires you to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 14 - Contracting and Acquisition position.
  • You may claim military spouse preference (MSP).
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • 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 Alternate Application .
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
  • This is an Army Acquisition Workforce position covered by DAWIA (Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act). Selectees must meet position requirements for certification at Level II in Acquisition Career Field Contracting within 24 months of entrance on duty. (Certification requirements may be found in the Defense Acquisitions University Catalog at http://icatalog.dau.edu/onlinecatalog/CareerLvl.asp.)


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, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience.

If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

Veterans and Military Spouses will be considered along with all other candidates.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External) .

As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume .
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
  • This position has an individual occupational requirement and/or allows for substitution of education for experience. If you meet this requirement based on education you MUST submit a copy of your transcript with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses
NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

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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