Contract Specialist

District of Columbia, D.C
Jul 24, 2021
Jul 27, 2021
Full Time


As a Contract Specialist, you will adopt commercial best practices, realize significant efficiencies, reduce operating costs, and allow agencies to redeploy resources towards mission accomplishment.

This position is located in the Office of Acquisition Operations, GSA, Federal Acquisition Service, Office of Travel, Transportation, and Logistics, Washington, DC

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.

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Performs the full range of pre- and post-award acquisition activities. Develops procurement objectives, schedules procurement activities to ensure timely contract award, determines types of contracts, and determines any special regulatory or statutory requirements that are applicable to the acquisition.

Prepare determinations, findings, and solicitation documents. Performs detailed analyses of all elements of price in contractor proposals and make competitive range determinations. Conduct pre-proposal conferences with prospective contractors to arrive at a clear understanding of what is required under the proposed contract. Obtain appropriate data from business and technical officials. Function as lead contract negotiator in developing pre-negotiation strategies. Coordinate with a broad range of Federal customers, Federal finance organizations, legal, and other interested parties.

Serve as principal advisor to program officials, representing the agency in procurement planning meetings. Provide expert technical guidance, coordination, and consultation to identify procurement objectives and methodologies, implement new developments, and provide policy interpretation to various contracting activities.

Direct the full range of contract administration actions required for the programs. Terminate contracts for the convenience of the Government or default by the contractor. Issue necessary modifications. As needed explore new or innovative contracting approaches to arrive at an equitable contractual arrangement. Direct disposition of claims and similar matters.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
  • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
  • Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable
  • Register with the Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 4 investigation level).
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
  • Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position


For each job on your resume, provide:
  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

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The GS-14 salary range starts at $122,530 per year.

1102 Qualifications GS-13 & above:

You must meet the requirements in 1, 2, or 3 below:
  • All of the following: (a) Completion of Training listed in Level I & II of FAC-C Course Requirements ; or FAC-C Level II or III, or a DAWIA level II or III certification. If your certification is over 2 years old, 80 hours of Continuous Learning Points are required to maintain certification. (b) At least 4years of experience in contracting or related positions including 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the level described below; and (c) Completion of 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.
  • Exception: If you were in a GS-1102 position on January 1, 2000, you will be exempt from meeting the educational requirements for the grade level of that position. However, to be promoted you will have to meet Option 1 or 3.
  • Waiver: GSA's senior procurement executive has the discretion to waive any or all of the requirements in 1 above.

  • Specialized experience is one year of experience equivalent to the GS-13 in the Federal service.

    Specialized experience is defined as either A or B listed below:
  • Experience utilizing contracting regulations, policies, and procedures to:
    • perform the full range of highly complex pre-award and post-award activities on various contract types such as fixed price, fixed price economic price adjustment, various cost type contracts, requirements contracts, performance based acquisitions, and multiple award schedules;
    • perform delivery/task order placement and administration against multiple award contracts and/or requisitions;
    • defend pre-award and/or post-award protests, contract claims, and contract disputes;
    • lead or work as part of an effective, integrated project team and serve as principal contracting advisor to junior contract specialists and coworkers.
  • Leading or supervising contracting professionals providing contracting services for the acquisition of a wide range of supplies and services (professional and non-professional).

  • Examples must detail evidence of professional potential, business acumen, strong oral/written communication, and relationship building in order to procure a variety of complex or specialized products and/or services.

    SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR (SPF): In addition to the qualification requirements listed above, you must also meet the following SPF, which has been identified as: Must possess a Current FAC-C Level III and Unlimited Contracting Warrant


    This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcript(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcements to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment.

    Failure to provide proof of education (transcripts showing date and degree confirmed (Bachelor Degree) AND the 24 semester hours of required courses), FAC-C level III and current CLP's will result in an incomplete application and you will not be considered.


    Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

    Additional information

    Bargaining Unit status: N/A

    Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.

    Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be scored on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your responses to these questions must be supported by your resume or your score may be lowered.

    Mastery of procurement principles and program requirements to plan, manage, and make decisions that significantly affect the development of complex, long range and interrelated programs, and to develop innovative contractual language, terms and conditions.

    Mastery of the principles of acquisition planning sufficient to develop and implement a plan to procure multiyear contracts for highly technical equipment, vehicles, systems and services.

    Mastery of negotiation techniques to conduct extensive contract negotiations, developing pre negotiation strategies, and dealing with high-level business, industry, scientific and/or Government officials

    Expert knowledge of and ability to interpret laws, regulations, principles and policies to generate new procurement concepts and to recommend to top management approval of procurements for the largest, newest and/or critical state of the art systems, equipment and services.

    Mastery of contract administration principles to issue contract modifications for incremental funding, price adjustments, extensions, changes, options, clarification of ambiguities, stop work orders. Issuance of cure notices or show cause letters, terminations for convenience or cause. Perform dispute and claim resolution. Monitor performance, reporting, approval of payments, investigation and resolution of contractor delays, contractor performance assessment. Final payment and contract closeout.

    Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.

    If you are eligible under GSA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) , you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    NCS/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

    GSA OIG Employees: Submit latest SF 50 (other than award SF 50)

    If you are CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.

    Current or Former Political Appointees: Submit SF-50.

    College transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s). If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.

    Superior Academic Achievement: Submit transcripts as described above. If you qualify based on your class rank or honor society membership, submit documentation of it.

    Contracting Documentation: Submit A or B:

    (A) List of completed courses as described in the Qualifications section of this announcement. The list must include: official course title, course number, training provider, training hours completed, and the date completed

    (B) Proof of contracting certification: FAC-C or DAWIA Level II or higher certification (copy of certificate)If certification is over 2 years old, also submit yourContinuous Learning Points (CLPs) history identifying the completion of 80 CLPs every two years.The 80 CLPs every two years must be from the issuance date of certification to the current period.

    Failure to provide proof of education (transcripts showing date and degree confirmed (Bachelor Degree) and the 24 semester hours of required courses), and other contracting documentation required above will result in an incomplete application and you will not be considered.

    SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR (SPF): In addition to the qualification requirements you must also meet the following SPF, which has been identified as: Must possess a Current FAC-C Level III and Unlimited Contracting Warrant


    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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