Supervisory Contract Specialist

Washington, D.C
Feb 22, 2021
Feb 27, 2021
Full Time


The position serves as a Division Director in the Office of Administrative Services, General Services Administration.

The incumbent is responsible for providing leadership and oversight, strategic planning and direction, program guidance, and policy direction to ensure consistency, quality, and cost effectiveness in the aforementioned areas.

Location of position: 1800 F St. NW Washington, DC

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.

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Provides expert advice to the Chief Administrative Services Officer on all phases of the acquisition lifecycle, including market research, acquisition planning, solicitation development, contract negotiation, cost and price analysis, contract award and administration, and contract close-out. Supports public policy objectives, promotes competition, conducts acquisitions with integrity and fairness, and ensures transparency and compliance with laws and regulations.

Directs the full range of purchasing and contract administration activities, including but not limited to, the issuance of solicitations, awarding of contracts, contract modifications, negotiation of changes, exercise of options for contracts, investigation and resolution of contract delays, contractor performance appraisals, subcontractor surveillance, disposition of claims and the termination of contracts for the convenience of the government or for default by the contractor.

Manages the human resources of the Division through subordinate supervisors. Assigns work, plans and schedules the work of subordinates, counsels subordinates on all employment-related issues, establishes and modifies employee position descriptions, makes selections for employment and promotion, establishes employee performance standards, evaluates employee performance, takes actions to correct employee misconduct or unacceptable performance up to and including removal, awards employee performance, develops practices for granting employee leave requests.

Represents, and speaks for, the Chief Administrative Services Officer when dealing with key GSA officials, other Federal agency officials, representatives of business and industry, Congressional staff and committees, and others.

Recommends the financial and material resources required to accomplish the Division's mission and justifies these requests to higher level managers. Prepares an annual business plan outlining program objectives, strategies, goals, and resource requirements. Responsible for annual budget development and tracking to assure that expenses are appropriately identified and managed. Prepares executive financial summaries comparing ongoing business lines and profits with established goals. Maintains and tracks accurate resource allocation data for each program area to ensure that overhead costs and direct operating costs are determined correctly.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Minimal/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

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.
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 3 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.
  • Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position
  • Serve a one year supervisory or managerial probationary period, if required


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-15 salary range starts at $144,128.00 per year.

If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.

To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level or higher in the Federal service.

Specialized experience must include: the evaluation, analysis, management or improvement of acquisition training programs, procedures, and requirements; providing authoritative guidance on acquisition regulations; and developing acquisition policies and management concepts pertaining to information technology contracting.

To qualify, applicants must meet the training, experience, and educational requirements listed in (A) and (B) below. Applicants may also qualify for this position if they meet the exception requirements described in (C) or the Waiver requirements listed in (D) below.

Qualification Requirements:

(A) Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years 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 GS-14 level in Federal service, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position. AND

(B) 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.

(C) Exception: Federal employees in GS-1102CG positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000 and meet the specialized experience requirements. 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 under Paragraph D.

(D) Waiver: The senior procurement executive of the selecting agency may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B and certify that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience.

GSA Mandatory Training - Applicants may qualify for positions in the 1102 series at the GS-13 level and above by meeting option A or B below:
  • Course Requirements -
    • CON 090: FAR Fundamentals OR FCN 190: FAR Fundamentals OR CON 091: Contract Fundamentals
    • CON 100: Shaping Smart Business Arrangements or FCN 101: Contracting Basics
    • CON 121: Contract Planning
    • CON 124: Contract Execution
    • CON 127: Contract Management
    • FAC 023: Basic Contracting for GSA Schedules
    • FAC 031: Small Business Programs
    • CLC 056: Analyzing Contract Costs
    • CLC 057: Performance-Based Payment & Value of Cash Flow
    • CLC 058: Introduction to Contract Pricing
    • CON 170: Fundamentals of Cost and Price Analysis
    • FCL-CM-2500: Category Management 101
    • CON 200: Business Decisions for Contracting
    • CON 216: Legal Considerations in Contracting
    • CLC 051: Managing Government Property in the Possession of Contractors
    • HBS 428: Negotiating
    • CON 280: Source Selection and Administration of Service Contracts
    • CON 290: Contract Administration & Negotiation Techniques in a Supply Environment
  • A current/maintained FAC-C (or DAWIA) Level II or higher contracting certification. In order to be qualifying, the applicant must have maintained their certification by completing the required 80 continuous learning points (CLPs) of skills currency every two years, beginning with the date of their certification.

  • This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcript(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcements to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment.

    1102 Qualifications GS-13 & 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.

  • Education

    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: N/A

    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 acquisition laws, regulations, directives, objectives as well as Government procurement principles, contract law, and commercial business practices.
    • Knowledge of acquisition principles and program requirements to plan, evaluate, manage and make decisions that affect the development and administration of long-range and interrelated programs, and to develop innovative contractual language, terms and conditions
    • Ability to supervise and provide leadership to a team of acquisition professionals staff.
    • Knowledge of federal regulations and policies which protect the Government's interest and investments to resolve precedent-setting contract problems or issues.
    • Ability to communicate orally and in writing as a customer liaison and a negotiator.

    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.

    Note: If required to submit an SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action), an equivalent agency Notice of Personnel Action form is acceptable. Such document(s) must show all of the following: effective date, position, title, series, grade, and rate of basic pay, tenure group 1 (career) or 2 (career-conditional), position occupied group, and name of agency. If you are a GSA employee (except in the OIG), you are not required to submit an SF-50.

    If you are a current Federal employee or Reinstatement Eligible: Submit your latest SF-50.

    If you are eligible under an Interchange Agreement: Submit your latest SF-50.

    If you are a current or former Land Management Agency Employee - Submit a and b:

    (a) one or more SF-50s, including your most recent one that shows you were on a competitive time-limited appointment(s) with a Land Management Agency and served on the appointment for a period(s) totaling more than 24 months without a break of 2 or more years.

    (b) Copy of your agency's annual performance appraisal(s) or written reference(s) from a supervisor at the agency verifying satisfactory performance during your appointment(s).

    If you are ICTAP / CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.

    If you are a current or former political appointee: Submit your 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, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.

    Contracting Documentation: Submit A or B:

    (A) List of completed courses as described in the requirements section of this announcement. The list must include: official course title, course number, training provider, training hours completed, and the date completed

    (B) Proof of contracting certification: FAC-C or DAWIA Level II or higher certification (copy of certificate)

    If certification is over 2 years old, also submit (a) or (b) below:

    (a) Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) history identifying the completion of 80 CLPs every two years. The 80 CLPs every two years must be from the issuance date of certification to the current period.

    (b) If you are a FAITAS member, you may submit your Continuous Learning Achievement Certificate from FAITAS. On your "My Continuous Learning" page, click on the "approved" link under Achievement Status to print a copy of your most recent certificate.

    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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