Contract Specialist

Rockville, Maryland
Jun 12, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Full Time


These positions are located in the Office of Administration, Acquisition Management Division, Operations Branches A and B and Acquisition Planning, Policy and Support Branch. The supervisors are Joseph Widdup (Operations Branch A), Monique Williams (Operations Branch B), and Jill Daly (Acquisition Planning, Policy and Support Branch). These positions are in the Bargaining Unit.

Selectee(s) are not subject to Office of Government Ethics Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirements.

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As a Contract Specialist in the Office of Administration (ADM), Acquisition Management Division (AMD) the selectee(s) will review requisitions with emphasis on quality, clarity and completeness and for compliance with NRC policies and/or standards. Consult with affected office personnel as necessary to resolve questions and to clearly understand any peculiarities of the requirement, including any justification of the need and other specific information. Solicit, negotiate, prepare awards and administer acquisitions (e.g., purchase orders, contracts, delivery orders, task orders, Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs), BPA calls, and interagency agreements) and financial assistance (grant) terms and conditions.

Additionally, you will prepare acquisition-related and/or grant-related documents for approval and, as applicable, levels higher than Contracting Officer (CO) or Grants Officer. You will determine the applicability of clauses set forth in regulations and include them in acquisition or grants documents to protect the government's interest. Obtains and coordinates the advice and assistance of technical staff specialists to ensure that the proposed instrument will achieve program goals. You will monitor contractor performance of the work by reviewing monthly progress or other periodic reports and/or by other methods as appropriate and determines whether a contractor is performing in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award. This activity may involve frequent, systematic monitoring of contractor efforts, including site visits, review of contractor submissions, and discussions with the COR and other on-site personnel. Ensure that performance issues are timely brought to contractor's attention and that required corrective action is taken in a timely manner.

Review and determine whether approval is appropriate for payments of invoices and vouchers after determine whether the product(s) and/or service(s) have been accepted by the COR and, if applicable, to determine the allowability, reasonableness, and allocability of costs under the acquisition, and, if applicable, to ensure that payments are commensurate with the effort exerted by the contractor.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.
  • This is a Drug Testing position.

You must meet the qualifications for these positions no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


In order to qualify for this position, in addition to the educational requirements you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

Specialized experience for the grade 9 is defined as one year of experience at the GG-7 level or equivalent, which is directly related to the position and has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as:

A. Experience that demonstrates knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and other applicable federal policies and procedures, relating to procurement, sufficient to enable immediate grasp of implications of actions taken and proper means of accomplishing agency mission within procurement statutes and regulations.


B. Education: Two full academic years of graduate education in a business-related field or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B or J.D.

Specialized experience for the grade 11 is defined as one year of experience at the GG-9 level or equivalent, which is directly related to the position and has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as:

A. Work that demonstrates intermediate knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and other applicable federal policies and procedures. This includes the ability to review and coordinate contract actions sufficient to evaluate the significance of particular aspects, ability to digest and apply to specific situations principles established by precedent or policies set forth by directives.


B. Education: Three full academic years of graduate education in a business-related field or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.


C. Have a combination of specialized experience as described in "A" above and graduate-level education as described in "B" above.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Demonstrated experience and/or successful completion of college courses related to regulatory, legal, public policy and/or business-related subjects at work.
  • Demonstrated experience communicating, both orally and in writing, complex information in a clear and logical manner.
  • Demonstrated experience prioritizing and managing multiple work assignments and meeting established deadlines.

  • A description of how you possess the specialized experience, as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate, should be addressed in your resume and additional space provided for supplemental response.



    A. 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;


    B. 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.

    If you are qualifying for this position based on education or through a combination of education and experience, you must include an unofficial copy of your school transcripts with your application.

    Education must be reviewed and certified by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be creditable toward your qualifications. Therefore, you should provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of 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 more information about this requirement, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website for Foreign Education Evaluation . All documentation must be in English or include an English translation.

    Additional information

    As identical vacancies are identified within the office, additional vacancies may be filled.

    The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Selective Placement Coordinator for assistance with the application or hiring process via Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at 240-428-3217.

    Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit:

    Selectee's will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

    A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

    The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to any vacancy questions to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.

    Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    L Access Authorization

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

    If you are a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available. You may do so either electronically, following the instructions below (preferred method) or by sending one copy by email to

    If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.

    If you are a Veteran claiming 5-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility. If you are a Veteran claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form. You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at

    If you are applying under the Schedule A Hiring Authority and wish to be considered you must supply supporting documentation. Documentation of disability is required, i.e., Schedule A Letter. Such documentation is used to verify that the individual being hired is indeed a person with an intellectual disability, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability. This documentation must be provided to the hiring agency at the time of application, before an individual can be hired. Documentation of eligibility for employment under Schedule A can be obtained from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., state or private); or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. You may refer to the following link to view Proof of Disability Documentation


    If you are applying for a position that requires a college degree, you must submit your College Transcripts.

    All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

    1. Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or
    2. use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc; or
    3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.

    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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