Senior Contract Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jul 20, 2021
Jul 23, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Administrative Services Division. Serves as Senior Contract Specialist, responsible for pre-award and post-award functions, including price/cost analysis, negotiation, and administration for services, materials, equipment and construction.

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The incumbent of this position performs generalized duties and responsibilities required for contracting goods and services for Superior Courts, Courts of Appeals and Courts Systems for goods and services by formal
advertisement and negotiation for offices under the appointed authority.

Serves as contract specialist responsible for (1) soliciting, evaluating, negotiating, and awarding contracts with commercial organizations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and State or local governments for furnishing products, services, construction or research; (2) administering contracts by assuring compliance with the terms and conditions of contracts, including resolution of problems concerning the obligations of the parties; (3) terminating contracts by analyzing, negotiating, and settling claims and proposals; (4) analyzing and evaluating cost or price proposals and accounting systems data; (5) planning, establishing, or reviewing contracts, programs, policies, or procedures; (6) developing acquisition strategies and directing or managing procurements; and (7) providing staff advisory services in one or more of the specializations in this occupation.
  • Brief Description of Duties:
  • Serves as advisor to procurement officials in procurement planning meetings. Advises program officials of the procurement objectives to be used, and assists in the preparation of statements of work.
  • Serves as lead negotiator. Plans the negotiation strategy, coordinates strategy with negotiation team, and leads the negotiations which are conducted with contractors to develop the contract prices and terms. Awards the contract.
  • Directs, assists and coordinates contract administration duties for facilities, construction, A/E, goods and services contracts for offices under the authority.
  • Develops plans and contractual strategies for the acquisition program, including overall goals and methods to achieve them, identifies the level and type of services to be provided, particular groups or individuals to be contacted, acceptable results, and alternative courses of action.
  • Conducts pre-proposal conference(s) with prospective contractor(s) to arrive at a clear understanding of what is required under the proposed contract.
  • Performs procurement plans. Develops procurement objectives for the program in terms of competition and price range, and constructs the contractual vehicle including use of pricing arrangement, subcontracting policy, and similar considerations.
  • Prepares and maintains current acquisition plans, appropriate milestone charts, and related schedules.

The incumbent should be an enthusiastic and engaged professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the DC Courts' values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Respect, and Transparency.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • A background and security investigation are required.
  • A probationary period of one (1) year must be successfully completed.

To qualify for this position, you must submit the following:
1. Resume
2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
3. Documentation /Proof of Education (e.g. copy of college transcript or degree)

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the vacancy questionnaire. Click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement.

For more information about vacancies, e-mail at or call 202-879-0496.


Bachelor's degree with five (5) years of contracting or procurement experience. Must have knowledge and application of skills in the following: acquisition planning, negotiating, contract administration techniques and Federal contracting procedures.

Please note that authorization for the release of your adult criminal record revealing any convictions and forfeitures, and any criminal cases currently pending before the courts are required. If you are selected for the position, a criminal history records check will be conducted.


To qualify based on education, upload copy of your college transcript or degree. The transcript must show the name of the college or university, your name, list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.

Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education to meet the above requirements.

Additional information

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive Federal civil service.

Please note there is a mandatory one year probationary period for all non-judicial new employees.

All required information must be received by the vacancy announcement closing date.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure that you meet the basic qualification requirements. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume.

Your resume must reflect the relevant experience and that you meet the minimum qualifications or your application will not be considered.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

1. Resume
2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
3. Documentation /Proof of Education (e.g. copy of college transcript or diploma)

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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