Herndon, Virginia
Apr 17, 2021
Apr 20, 2021
Full Time


This position is part of the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, Interior Business Center, Acquisition Services Directorate (AQD). As the senior group member and senior contracting officer, the incumbent will participate in group projects, making recommendations to the team leader and providing developmental guidance to the team.
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  • Experience and advanced expertise in managing the acquisition of commercial services to include a heavy focus on information technology utilizing FAR Part 12, FAR Part 15, FAR Part 13, and FAR Subpart 13.5, Test Program for Certain Commercial Items;
  • Planning, developing, and establishing contractual strategies for highly complex, long term contracts for which limited or no contractual precedents exist;
  • Advising senior executives in the organization, IBC, DOI, and client agencies on analysis, planning and approvals required for procurement planning and strategies;
  • Exercising contracting officer authority to plan, execute, and administer the full range of acquisition responsibilities for highly complex, multi-agency contracts;
  • Serving as senior contracting advisor; conveying technical leadership to coordinate, consult, and facilitate complex technical and analytical contractual information;
  • Performing all phases of contract administration for highly complex, multi-million dollar contracts.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1 to 5 nights per month for training and conferences

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
  • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade (see Qualifications).



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 (NOTE: You are required to submit your unofficial college transcripts from an appropriately accredited educational institution in order to document completion of the educational requirements for this position. The unofficial transcripts must be legible and include your name, major, school name/location, course title/number, date completed, grade, number of credits earned, and degree(s) conferred. In the case that your transcripts do not show that a degree was conferred, you may submit your unofficial transcripts AND a copy of your degree certification. If selected, official transcripts will be required prior to establishing an entrance on duty date.


At least 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions - 1 year of which is specialized experience or equivalent to work at the next lower level in the Federal service.


  • Current Federal Acquisition Certification - Contracting (FAC-C) Level II or higher certificate
  • Defense Acquisition Workforce Certification (DAWIA) in Contracting Level II or higher certificate
  • Proof of 80 continuous learning points (CLPs)
***Legacy FAC-C courses are acceptable if Level II training was completed and the individual FAC-C Level II was certified prior to October 1, 2015. For Level II training completed after October 1, 2015, individuals must have completed FAC-C Refresh courses. DAWIA equivalents are acceptable.
**Applicants certified at Level II must achieve Level III certification within 24 months of appointment.



One year of specialized experience that is equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and has equipped you with the knowledge and competencies to successfully perform the duties of this position. More specifically, this requirement involves experience in: developing and implementing policies and procedures that affect the full life cycle of procurement and contracting functions; developing acquisition plans in coordination with clients; coordinating and assuring that procurement actions are consistent with federal and organizational policies and objectives; assuring that appropriate documentation is provided to support justification for sole sources solicitation, justification for federal assistance, delegation of procurement authority, and other actions; conducting pre-award and post-award conferences; performing on-site pre-award surveys and monitoring on-site bench marking of proposals; representing the organization at conferences, seminars, and meetings; using innovative procedures and techniques to award complex, competitive negotiated contracts; direct source acquisitions using socioeconomic programs (Small Business Administration 8(a)) and other contracts to produce a positive outcome for the client; performing procurement planning - developing procurement objectives for the program in terms of competition and price range, and constructing the contractual vehicle including use of pricing arrangements, subcontracting policy, set-aside policies, and similar considerations.

Exception: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupied 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, employees will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade. If using this exception to qualify, you MUST submit an SF-50 that supports the title, series, and grade occupied on 01/01/00.Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).

A written test is not required.

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).

You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


You are required to submit your unofficial college transcripts from an appropriately accredited educational institution in order to document completion of the educational requirements for this position. The unofficial transcripts must be legible and include your name, major, school name/location, course title/number, date completed, grade, number of credits earned, and degree(s) conferred. In the case that your transcripts do not show that a degree was conferred, you may submit your unofficial transcripts AND a copy of your degree certification. If selected, official transcripts will be required prior to establishing an entrance on duty date.

Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Programs: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including any selective placement factors; education, and experience requirements), score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP and ICTAP visit:

Appointment Authorities: For more information on appointment authority eligibility requirements:
Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A
Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
Other Special Appointment Authorities
OPM Interchange Agreement and Other Miscellaneous Authorities

Telework Suitability :

The duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.

Stipulations of Employment:

Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

A Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) will be required at the time an employee becomes a warranted contracting officer.

Work Schedule:

This position allows for a flexible work schedule.

Miscellaneous :

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 .

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Applications:

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Influencing / Negotiating
  • Legal, Government, & Jurisprudence
  • Oral Communication
  • Technical Competency - Contracting / Procurement
  • Technical Competency - Technical Documentation

Due Weight Consideration is a review process used to provide consideration to performance appraisals and awards submitted with each application on a used merit promotion certificate and factoring the results into the merit promotion selection process.

Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process. If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.

It is your responsibility to obtain and upload your performance appraisal/evaluation and/or list of awards prior to the closing of the vacancy announcement.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment mm/yy and duties performed.
2. SF-50 or DD-214
  • Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional Eligible: You must submit your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, as well as the highest grade (or promotion potential) held, on a permanent basis. If this information is unverifiable, you may be rated ineligible.
3. College transcript(s)
4. FAC-C II or DAWIA II or proof of 80 continuous learning points (CLPs); see Qualifications section of this announcement for details
5. Due Weight Consideration:
  • Performance Appraisal (optional)
  • List of Awards over last five years (optional)
6. Other supporting documents:
  • SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities
  • Non-competitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
  • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation: If you are applying under CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility under 5 CFR 330.602(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
  • Cover letter, optional
Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.

Do not upload documents with sensitive information. It is your responsibility to redact sensitive information of the documents you are uploading.

It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted prior to the closing date of the announcement.

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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