Contract Specialist (Direct Hire)

Washington, D.C
Jan 08, 2021
Jan 16, 2021
Full Time


IMPORTANT APPLICATION DEADLINE: The first referral of candidates from this announcement will be made from applications received by 11:59 PM EST, Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Subsequent cut off dates will be December 11, 2020, January 11, 2021. The announcement will close February 12, 2021.

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The Enterprise Services Organization (ESO) Office of Acquisition is designed to provide exceptional levels of customer service and performance to meet the multiple critical missions of customers. The ESO provides a fluid work environment pursuing innovative acquisition strategies to achieve supreme responsiveness and service in Federal contracting. Contract Specialist in this office support of an exciting new customer-focused delivery model within the Department of Commerce (DOC).

The selected candidate will be responsible for Contract Specialist Duties including, but are not limited to:
  • Performs as a Contract Specialist supporting the ES acquisition service delivery model, supervising the award and administration of a full array of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) compliant contracts and agreements;
  • Plans, develops, negotiates, awards and administers innovative and complex procurements of goods and services with specialized terms and conditions to meet ES customer service goals as required across the acquisition office;
  • Responsible for effective direct customer engagement, assisting with requirements development and resolving issues to improve the efficiency of delivery;
  • Performs acquisition operations and tracks progress of procurement activities in terms of mission accomplishment, quality and quantity of standards, procedural, policy and regulatory compliance, and technical competence. Applies knowledge of business and industrial practices to establish goals and meet objectives;
  • Provides guidance to program officials in the areas of procurement planning and other procurement matters to ensure achievement of their objectives;
  • Leads a team of Contract Specialists and Business Analysts in the timely completion of high-volume transactions;
  • Makes presentations, conducts training, and consults with ES customer program managers to increase the efficiency of procurement transactions;
  • Advises management on the status of procurement actions.

This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Contract Specialist ZA-1102-4 FPL 4 positions within Office of the Secretary in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (

  • A one year probationary period may be required.
  • Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position requires a PUBLIC TRUST CLEARANCE. Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.

Time-after-competitive-appointment restrictions apply.


Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: Contract Specialist .



A. Education: 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.

B. Training: Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the Department of Commerce for progression to the GS-13 or higher level contracting positions or equivalent. Applicants currently holding a FAC-C/DAWIA Level II or III certification are considered to have met all mandatory training requirements for this announcement. You must submit your certification with your application package. Selectees holding a FAC-C/DAWIA Level II certification will be required to complete all prescribed mandatory training to become certified FAC-C Level III within 24 months of employment. For more information, please see the "Additional Information" section of the announcement.

*Candidates who do not meet the mandatory training requirements may be considered for a waiver in accordance with the GS-1102 qualification standard. If approved for a waiver, candidates may be granted up to 24 months to complete the required training.


C. Experience: At least 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.

To qualify at the GS-13 level: Specialized experience: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level of the Federal service is defined as meeting ALL of the following experience:
  • Evaluating, administering, or making recommendations on pre-award and post-award activities utilizing various types of contracts associated with the acquisition of goods or services assuring that all activities performed are in compliance with applicable procurement regulations or procedures.

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.

Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 at grades 13 and above are considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver. This exception does not apply if there was a break in service after January 1, 2000.

*SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION - All documentation supporting the Qualification Requirements MUST be submitted with your application package. Failure to submit documentation will result in an ineligible status.


Additional information

CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: Employee Guide to Career Transition

CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

  • ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and

  • How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under the provisions of the Direct-Hire Authority (DHA), rating, ranking and veterans' preference does not apply; therefore, your responses to the questionnaire will not be used to determine a scored rating. All applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements, as defined in the job opportunity announcement, will be referred for selection consideration. While veterans' preference does not apply in DHA, preference eligibles are encouraged to submit their supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) .

    Applicants applying as CTAP or ICTAP candidates and determined CTAP or ICTAP eligible must exceed the minimum qualification requirements to be referred under this selection priority placement program by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. For those CTAP or ICTAP candidates who meet the minimum qualifications, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions).

    Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. CTAP or ICTAP eligibles who are not determined well-qualified by scoring at least 85 will not be referred under the CTAP or ICTAP selection priority placement program; however, will be referred for selection consideration with other minimally qualified applicants . The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
  • Knowledge of Federal Acquisitions Regulations and related acquisition processes.
  • Ability to formulate and implement contractual strategies and methodologies for acquisition programs and organization projects.
  • Skill in planning, developing, and implementing all contractual aspects including pre and post award; negotiation; and award functions.

  • Your responses will be validated by a human resource specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information you provide in your online resume and/or by reference checks. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for non-employment.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume must include information about your paid and nonpaid work experience related to this position including: job title, duration of employment (mm/dd/yy - mm/dd/yy), hours per week, duties and accomplishments, salary, and your education. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position/s. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation if applicable (see other information).
    • Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website. You MUST provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.
    • Mandatory training: Submit a copy of your FAC-C Level II or III/DAWIA Level II or III certificate. Candidates who do not meet the mandatory training requirements may be considered for a waiver in accordance with the GS-1102 qualification standard. If approved for a waiver, candidates may be granted up to 24 months to complete the required training.

    You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

    Failure to provide such documents when requested may result in lost consideration.

    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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