Contract Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Reston, Virginia
Posted
Nov 25, 2020
Closes
Dec 03, 2020
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

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Responsibilities

As a Contract Specialist within the Office of Acquisition and Grants, some of your specific duties will include:
  • Communicating with customers to build collaborative partnerships and provide acquisition support and information;
  • Planning the acquisition, up to the point of solicitation;
  • Managing overall workload for successful completion of assigned work within available timeframes;
  • Assuring technical evaluations are based upon the solicitation, regulation, and case law; and,
  • Providing full range of contract administration functions.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
11

Requirements

Conditions of Employment



Key Requirements:
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

  • Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
    • Financial Disclosure - If selected for this position, you may be required to file one or more financial statements upon reporting and annually, some of which may be subject to public disclosure.
    • Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.
    • A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
    • Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
    • If you are a Federal employee applying for a promotion (under merit promotion procedures) you must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


    Qualifications

    BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Applicants must meet A or B below to satisfy the basic education requirement for GS-1102 positions for GS-5 through GS-12 OR meet the exception identified below.

    A. Possess a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field.

    B. Possess 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: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the education requirement for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000, and will be considered to meet the basic education requirement for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions in other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, all employees must meet the specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.

    For GS-07 :

    In addition to the basic education requirement or the "Exception" thereto stated above, applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-07 level:

    One full academic year of graduate education or law school (18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours or the equivalent) in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

    **OR Superior Academic Achievement (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT).

    **OR One year of appropriate specialized experience that provided the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience must be equivalent to at least the GS-05 level of difficulty and responsibility in the Federal service. Examples of such experience may include drawing conclusions and making recommendations by analyzing facts and conditions and making comparison of prices, discounts, delivery dates or handling charges; computing discounts and warranties to compare prices on recurring types of procurements; applying guideline materials by reading and interpreting procurement regulations and technical material, and translating the guidance into specific actions such as assisting in the preparation of solicitation documents; drafting simple contract provisions and supporting documentation. This level of experience would have involved following established methods and procedures, or detailed instructions; using some judgment in applying basic principles and procedures and may have been gained in any one or a combination of pre-award, post- award, and/or contract price/cost analysis functions.

    **OR a combination of successfully completed graduate level education, as described above, and specialized experience, as described above. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE GRADUATE EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE)

    For GS-09 :

    In addition to the basic education requirement or "Exception" thereto stated above, applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-09 level:

    Two years of progressively higher level graduate education (36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours or the equivalent) or a master's or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D. in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management;

    **OR one year of appropriate specialized experience that provided the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience must be equivalent to at least the GS-07 level of difficulty and responsibility in the Federal service. Examples of such experience may include performing recurring or developmental assignments involving the use of formal advertising or basic negotiation procedures; analyzing contract provisions and recommending termination or modification of purchase orders and/or contracts; investigating complaints by reconstructing and reconciling incomplete information. This work experience would have involved following established methods and procedures, or detailed instructions; using some judgment in applying basic principles and procedures, and would have required a good general working knowledge of the principles and business practices of contracting, acquisition, and procurement. **OR a combination of successfully completed progressive graduate level education, as described above, that is beyond the first year of graduate study and specialized experience, as described above. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE GRADUATE EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE)

    For GS-11 :

    In addition to the basic education requirement or "Exception" thereto stated above, applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-11 level:

    Three years of progressively higher level graduate education (54 semester hours or 81 quarter hours or the equivalent) or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

    **OR one year of appropriate specialized experience that provided the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience must be equivalent to at least the GS-09 level of difficulty and responsibility in the Federal service. Examples of such experience include serving as contract specialist responsible for all aspects of the contract from initiation to recommendation of award; administering a variety of fixed-price contracts of different types which contain terms and conditions such as progress payments, quantity options, Government-furnished property or similar provisions; administering specific phases of complex contracts such as cost contracts with incentives. This level of experience would reflect independence of action within established procedures, and would demonstrate initiative and judgment in coordinating and resolving routine issues that arise.

    **OR a combination of successfully completed graduate level education, as described above, that is beyond the second year of progressive graduate study and specialized experience, as described above. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE GRADUATE EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE)
    You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

    Education

    • 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.
    • Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: https://www.usgs.gov/about/organization/science-support/human-capital/how-foreign-education-evaluated-federal-jobs .


    Additional information

    Other Information :
    • Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.
    • Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.
    • Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.
    • USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.
    • The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
    • DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify .
    • THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
    Agency Benefits :
    • USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework in accordance with the DOI Telework policy and with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis.
    • For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at: https://www.doi.gov/telework/policies .
    • Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave , and holidays ; health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts , and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System .


    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    --Vacancy Related Questions: As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies: Interpersonal Communications, Information Management, Procurement, Compute/ Analyze Data, Pressure/ Deadlines, Teamwork, and Pressure/ Deadlines

    --Basis of Rating: You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, you will receive a numerical rating based on your on-line responses to the application questions. These responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible.

    Due weight will be given to performance appraisals and awards during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager. If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and awards submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the hiring official for review.

    --NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.

    To preview the announcement questionnaire, click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10953169

    Applies to the GS-07 Level Only: Applicants applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or the Land Management Flexibility Act must take and receive a passing score on the appropriate Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) assessment examination if selected for this position. If you have previously been assessed for the position of Contract Specialist, GS-1102-07 there is no need to be reassessed; however, you will need to submit documentation from the Office of Personnel Management that confirms you've passed the assessment if selected.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing

    Required Documents

    Required documents may be: (1) faxed to the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement; or (2) uploaded directly from your desktop; or (3) uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments; or (4) hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office listed in the vacancy announcement.

    Transcripts

    --If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. Please ensure that all documentation is legible.

    Current & Former Federal Employees

    -- If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee OR a former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility? you must submit the following by the closing date of this announcement, or you will not receive consideration as such:
    • a copy of a recent SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position title, occupational series, grade level and step?; and
    • your most recent performance appraisal (if you do not have your most recent performance appraisal, please submit an explanation as to why it is unavailable); and
    • if applicable, a list of any awards you received in the last 5 years (i.e., superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.).
    Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)

    --If you are claiming eligibility under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), you must submit proof that supports your claim. This may include:
    • A legible copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, member 4 copy or any official documentation or statement from the Armed Forces that confirms your dates of service and that your separation, discharge, or release from active duty was under honorable conditions.
    • If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans' preference or that shows length of service, AND that your character of military service is honorable.
    Additional information can be found in the VetGuide .

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) & Inter-agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Eligibles

    --If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F for CTAP and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. This includes:
    • copy of the agency notice;
    • your most recent Performance Rating; and
    • your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.
    If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85 (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference points). For more information on CTAP/ICTAP please click here .

    Land Management Workforce Flexibility Eligibles

    --If you are applying as a current or former employee of a land management agency, i.e., Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, or the U.S. Forest Service who is serving or previously served on a temporary or term appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, you must submit the following documentation by the closing date of this vacancy announcement in order to receive consideration:
    • SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action, that documents your service under competitive examining procedures in time limited appointments that totals 2 or more years at land management agencies; and
    • Documentation of satisfactory performance such as performance evaluations or references by supervisors or other documents, e.g., memorandums of record, whereas the supervisor documented an acceptable performance level.
    Additional information can be found here .

    Eligibility for Special Appointing Authorities

    If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under a special appointing authority, you must submit proof that supports your claim by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit proof, you will not receive consideration under the special appointing authority. Below is a list of the most common authorities and the documentation requirements. If you're eligible for an authority not listed, you are responsible for submitting documentation that's appropriate for that specific authority.

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS CONTINUED BELOW IN THE HOW TO APPLY SECTION.

    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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