IRS Forward Internal Recent Graduate Program Contract Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Apr 07, 2021
Closes
Apr 10, 2021
Function
Program Manager
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

WHAT IS THE Office of the Chief Procurement Officer DIVISION? The Office of the Chief Procurement Officer provides acquisition services for IRS Business Units,Treasury Bureaus, and Treasury Departmental Offices. We support the acquisition life-cycle from planning, contract award, management and closeout. Our goal is to help create agile and innovative best value contract solutions to ensure the IRS meets its mission.

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Responsibilities

The IRS Internal Recent Graduates Program affords a developmental opportunity to IRS employees, who have graduated within the previous 2 years from a qualifying educational institution or program. If selected, you will be placed in a position as Contract Specialist, GS-1102, Career Ladder 7/9/11/12 in the OFFICE OF THE CHIEF PROCUREMENT OFFICER division.

In order to successfully complete the Recent Graduates Program, you must complete 1 year in the position, a minimum of at least 40 hours of interactive training, and demonstration of successful job performance. If for any reason you do not successfully complete the program you will be returned to the previous grade of the same or similar position you previously held within IRS prior to being selected for the Recent Graduates Program.

WHAT DOES A CONTRACT SPECIALIST DO? As a Contract Specialist you will be responsible for a full range of planning, directing and administering complex acquisitions which are often Servicewide in scope and for pre-award and/or post award.

The following are the duties of a Contract Specialist at the GS-12 You will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and will receive training to help you grow in this position.
  • Perform all segments of the pre-award and post-award procurement actions. This includes reviewing and analyzing statement of work or specifications, technical evaluation plans, and technical evaluation criteria, providing recommendations for changes when necessary to ensure documents are complete, accurate, and can be contractually enforced.
  • Determine contract type, establish milestones, and formulate procurement strategy.
  • Develop negotiation strategies, negotiate with potential contractors, and prepares the appropriate award vehicle and file documentation for approval.
  • Perform special assignments and projects to support upper level management operations, conduct site surveys, represent the office at seminars or conference, participate in or conduct training sessions and participate as a team member in the Staff Assistance Visit Program.
  • Evaluate bids, performing cost/price analysis, obtain audits and pricing reports, negotiate price and/or technical issues, ensure contractor is eligible for award and prepares documentation.
  • Serve as a Contracting Officer authorized to solicit contractual proposals, negotiate, enter into, execute, administer and terminate public contracts for the Service.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National


Qualifications

In the Recent Graduates Program you may qualify based solely on education, experience or a combination of both. You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

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 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).

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Additional information

12 Positions are located at the New Carrollton Building, 5000 Ellin Road, Lanham-Seabrook, MD 20706, or 1111 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20224

POSITION DESCRIPTIONS 94699; 94700
An IRS intranet website is available for IRS Employees at website: http://apps2.dss.swro.swr.irs.gov/spds/spds.exe?cmd=searchSpd

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • All selectees must sign a Participant Agreement.
  • An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
  • Pay retention may be offered based on applicable laws and regulations.
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
  • Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements
  • Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm
  • The employment of any candidate, including a current employee, 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.
  • All selectees must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
  • Subject to a 1-year trial period (unless already completed).
  • Selected applicants who currently 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).
  • Pathways is an Excepted Service Appointment, Schedule D, 5 CFR Part 362 (Pathways Program), and may NOT be combined with other Excepted Service Appointments (e.g., Schedule A).
  • Education must be completed, and official transcripts must be received and verified prior to appointment/enter on duty date.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. 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.

Rating: Your application will be ranked in accordance with the Service's Merit Promotion Plan (i.e., National Agreement or Internal Revenue Manual). Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain most recent awards listing at https://persinfo.web.irs.gov/ . 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. You may be required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices). We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan , you must receive a score of 80 or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

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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
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, 3. Provide proof of enrollment or education (see education documentation required) and 4. 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).

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. ( Cover letters are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: 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. 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 page . If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.


If you occupied a GS-1102 position, and meet the exception as described in the qualifications, you must provide a copy of your SF-50 showing you held the series.

CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) DOCUMENTATION IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area.

IRS REASSIGNMENT PREFERENCE PROGRAM (RPP) You must meet the requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher overall rating.

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL/AWARDS: Submit a copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal. If a revalidated appraisal is used for merit promotion, the supervisor must prepare a narrative for each critical job element that does not have a narrative describing the performance in the appraisal period covered by the rating. Note: If you are a manager or management official, your most recent annual performance appraisal must be used for the overall rating identified.

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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