IRS Forward Recent Graduate Program (Contract Specialist)

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Apr 06, 2021
Closes
Apr 10, 2021
Function
Program Manager
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

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Pathways is an Excepted Service Appointment, Schedule D, 5 CFR Part 362, and may NOT be combined with other Excepted Service Appointments (e.g., Schedule A).

For additional information regarding the Pathways Program, please refer to: Students & Recent Graduates on USAJOBS.

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Responsibilities

IRS Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Selected applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. In addition, the IRS implemented the new IRS Forward Recent Graduate Program that includes an additional year of formal development, training, networking, project teams, and may include rotational assignments.

Following the completion of program requirements, selectees may be considered for non-competitive conversion to a career/career-conditional or term appointment. All conversion requirements will be identified in the Participant Agreement. Program requirements include but are not limited to:
  • Successful completion of at least 1 to 2 years of continuous service depending on the position;
  • Completion of at least 40 hours of interactive training;
  • Mentorship;
  • Demonstration of successful job performance; and
  • Meet the qualification position standards.
Conversion to the competitive service is not implied or guaranteed.

If selected, you will be placed in a developmental position as a Contract Specialist, GS-1102, Career Ladder 7/9/11/12 in the OFFICE OF THE CHIEF PROCUREMENT OFFICER.

A description of the business units can be found at: https://www.jobs.irs.gov/about/who/business-divisions

The following are the duties of this position at the full working level. You will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and will receive training to help you grow in this position.
  • Performs all segments of selected the pre-award and post-award procurement actions. This includes reviewing requests for procurements for completeness, verifying and comparing price and cost information, establishing and documenting contract files, preparing and distributing contract modifications and synopses of new or revised standard contracts, and reviewing contracts for clarity and proper format.
  • Processes and negotiates selected procurements for supplies, equipment and services.
  • Assists in the development of Statements of Work, decides on the appropriate type of contract, identifies sources of supply, promotes competition, determines price reasonableness, solicits quotes and proposals, develops negotiation strategies, negotiates with potential contractors, and prepares the appropriate award vehicle and file documentation for approval.
  • Performs special assignments and projects to support upper level management operations. Prepares and conducts training sessions as requested.
  • Conducts informal solicitations for small monetary amounts. This includes acquiring offers/bids from two or more vendors, justifying sole source procurements and preparing file documentation for final award.
  • Prepares drafts of protest and termination case documents for review and approval by senior specialist.
  • Assists senior specialists with the procurement of supplies, services and equipment. This includes developing work plans, analyzing procurement requests, coordinating with other areas those aspects of procurements that affects them, compiling the bid lists, preparing and issuing solicitations and making final award.
  • Performs a variety of contract administration functions such as researching and resolving delivery and acceptance disputes, processing claims against he Government and assisting in the preparation of protest actions.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


-You will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship.
-Undergo an income tax verification and review of prior performance/conduct.
-All selectees must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
-Subject to a 1-year trial period (unless already completed).
-Must successfully complete a background investigation, including a FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
-Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
-If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
-Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
-Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
-Tour of Duty: Monday- Friday 8am-4:30pm
- Selected applicants who occupy positions in the Competitive Service must acknowledge the outcome of voluntarily leaving the Competitive Service prior to accepting an Excepted Service Appointment in the Pathways Program. See 5 CFR 302.102(b)(2).
-The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.
- An official transcript must be provided to confirm degree completion prior to appointment to the position.

Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in any field of study. OR
At least twenty-four (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 from an accredited college or university. OR
Exception: Employees occupying a GS-1102 position at grades 5 through 12 on or after January 1, 2000 are considered to have met the basic requirement for other GS-1102 positions up to the GS-12 without having to meet the education requirements described above.

GS-7 LEVEL: One (1) full academic year of graduate education or law school. Graduate education must have been in one or a combination of the following fields of study: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. OR
Superior Academic Achievement may be met by having a Bachelor's degree, with one of the following: A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last 2 years of study, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in the major field of study or those courses in the major completed in the last 2 years of study, or rank in the upper one third of the class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. OR
One (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Experience using basic knowledge of general contracting terminology, principles, concepts and procedures to understand and interpret Federal contract guidelines and regulations; You must also demonstrate knowledge of business practices and skill in both written and oral communication and mathematics and the ability to gather, assemble and analyze information to draw logical conclusions about price/cost information
GS-9 LEVEL: Master's or equivalent graduate 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
Two (2) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a graduate 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
LL.B or J.D., if related. OR
One (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Experience using knowledge of various types of contracts and conditions governing their use in order to determine which contracting method is more advantageous; Experience using knowledge of the contracting process, the pre-award and post-award procurement actions required to solicit and award contracts under formal advertising and negotiated procurement procedures. Your experience must also demonstrate skill in analyzing cost data and facts in order to review and make recommendations about information presented in bids/proposal; Experience using knowledge of the laws and regulations governing acquisition procedures; You must also demonstrate knowledge of business practices and skill in both written and oral communication and mathematics and the ability to gather, assemble and analyze information to draw logical conclusions about price/cost information.

ALL GRADES: You may qualify with a combination of qualifying education and experience. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

In addition to the above you must have, within the previous 2 years, completed all educational requirements for a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying institution; or intended graduation is no more than 9 months from date of application.

*Veterans (as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2108 ) who, due to a military service obligation, were precluded from applying to a Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2 year eligibility period may have their eligibility period extended so that they receive the full 2 years of eligibility. The remaining 2-year eligibility period will begin upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. The veteran's eligibility period may not extend beyond 6 years from the date of completion of all requirements of an academic course of study.

- The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

- To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.

In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable:

You must have been at the next lower grade level of the grade you are applying to for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).

Education

This position has an education requirement. You MUST submit dated documentation showing completion or intended completion (if graduation is no more than 9 months from the date of application) of all educational requirements (e.g. letter from the registrar, unofficial transcripts). An official transcript will be required if you are selected. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click here for Foreign Education Credentialing instructions.

CERTIFICATE: If you are qualifying based on a certificate program, please refer to Treasury's Pathways Program for more information on qualifying certificate programs. A Certificate program is a post-secondary educational program, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one full- time academic year of study, that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational or business school curriculum.

For more information on education requirements go to Treasury's Pathways Program.

Additional information

Salary: The salary range indicated in this announcement reflects the minimum locality pay up to maximum locality pay for all duty locations listed. The range will be adjusted for selected duty location. General Schedule locality pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages .

We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

This is a barganingunit position.

We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.

Pathways in an Excepted Service Appointment, Schedule D, 5 CFR Part 362. Selected applicants who occupy positions in the Competitive Service must acknowledge the outcome of voluntarily leaving the Competitive Service prior to accepting an Excepted Service Appointment in a Pathways Program. See 5 CFR 302.102(b)(2).

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 based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be determined based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents) and the responses you provide on the application questionnaire. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination. In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process and meet all qualifications. Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration.

Rating: You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):

  • Customer Service
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving/Decisiveness
  • Self Management
  • Teamwork
  • Writing


A category-like rating (Quality Group) will be used to rate, rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, Superior/Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. Candidates, if required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring practices), will be interviewed in quality group order. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned quality group and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that quality group. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality group for this position. For scientific and professional positions in grade GS-09 or higher, names of all qualified applicants are listed in order of their ratings, augmented by veteran preference, if any.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

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

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be provided with your application for this Public Notice:
  • Resume - For qualification determinations your resume (uploaded or created in USAJOBS) must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade, i.e. GS-0301-09. Do NOT include photographs (or links to social media such as LinkedIn ), inappropriate material, inappropriate content, nor personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume. ( Cover letters are optional.) Please view Resume Tips.
  • Online Application - Questionnaire
  • Proof of Enrollment or Education - You must submit dated documentation showing completion or intended completion (not to exceed 9 months from the date of application) of all educational requirements (e.g. letter from the registrar, unofficial transcripts) by the closing date of the announcement. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Click here for Foreign Education Credentialing instructions. If you are qualifying based on a certificate program, please refer to the Treasury's Pathways Program for more information on qualifying certificate programs.
  • Registration/License (IF APPLICABLE) - active, current registration/license
  • Veterans' Preference (IF APPLICABLE) - If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15 , along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets.
  • Current and Former Federal Employees Documentation - Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade. Failure to provide a copy may result in you not receiving consideration for priority programs you may be entitled (e.g., CTAP/ICTAP), but will not eliminate you from consideration as a non-priority applicant.
  • Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
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