Contract Specialist

Arlington, Virginia
Jul 28, 2021
Aug 03, 2021
Full Time


This position is part of the Contract Management Office (CMO). Incumbent will be responsible for serving as a Contract
Specialist in support of warranted Agreements or as a Contracting Officer with limited warrant. This position is
responsible for a variety of acquisition and assistance related elements reaching across the full range of R&D
contracting, including services acquisitions, international contracting & other unique DARPA contracting situations.

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This announcement will be filled using: DoD Modified Direct Hire Authority, Section 1109; PL, 116-92, dated 12/20/2019 .

This position is part of the Contract Management Office (CMO) which plans, negotiates, executes, and awards
procurement contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and Other Transactions for selected new-start technology
projects, consortium projects, and other cooperative projects where innovative or special contractual arrangements
are desired. In addition to normal contract and grant/agreement authorities, CMO may operate under special
Congressional statutory authority 10 U.S.C 2371 to conduct research projects using Other Transactions, an acquisition
instrument not governed by the Federal Acquisition Regulation, and under 10 U.S.C. 2371b authority, which allows
DoD organizations to utilize 10 U.S.C. 2371 for defense prototype projects. As a Contract Specialist you will be
responsible for the following duties:

- Serves as a Contract Specialist in support of warranted Agreements or as a Contracting Officer with a limited
- Prioritizes an extensive workload of acquisitions and serves as a contracting officer, grant officer or agreements
officer with negotiation authority for assigned technical programs.
- Assesses and resolves complex pre-award issues, performing cost analysis.
- Independently monitors contract performance, changes, deliverables, schedules and financial status.
- Acts as a liaison between program managers and non-CMO contracting agents, assisting in drafting documents.
- Performs procurement planning and prepares and maintains current acquisition plans, charts and schedules.
- Serves as an acquisition advisor by assessing requirements and recommending the most appropriate and efficient
acquisition strategy.
- Manages workload and performs contract management using a host of electronic tools.
- Performs special projects and assignments.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Occasional Travel
  • Work Schedule: Full-time
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Set Schedule
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Financial Disclosure: Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is situational telework eligible only
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Must have Secret clearance with ability to obtain and maintain Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI)
  • Multiple vacancies may be filled from this announcement.


This position has a Basic Requirement for the 1102 series:

A. Earned a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degree;
B. A current or former civilian in DoD, who occupied GS-1102 positions or contracting positions with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold in an Executive Department on or before September 30, 2000.
C. A current or former military member who occupied a similar occupational specialty to the GS-1102 on or before September 30, 2000.

*NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS section of this announcement by the close of this announcement.

You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private/military sector). Experience must be reflected in your resume.

Specialized experience required for this position is:
  • Experience assisting in negotiating multi-million dollar acquisitions and establishing acquisition strategy planning, solicitation and drafting award documents and assisting with administering research and development or procurement contracts;
  • Experience assisting with pre-award planning, negotiation, awarding and administering other unique and innovative award instruments such as, procurement contracts, grants, cooperative agreements and other transactions.
  • 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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

    All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    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: Foreign Education

    Additional information

    Other Notes:
    ACQUISITION POSITION: This position requires Acquisition Workforce Senior Level III Certification prior to hiring is not essential but must be accomplished within 24 months after entry into this position.

    This position DOES NOT meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:

    All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information:

    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified below, required for this position.

    Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Your application (resume and supporting documentation) will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required as listed on the announcement under qualification requirements.

    Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

    For information on entitlement see

    Military Spouse Preference: If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are claiming military spouse preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed below preference eligible veteran candidates and above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist , save the document and attach it to your application package.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc).

    Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    The following documents are REQUIRED
    1. Your resume:
    • Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the number of hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e.," HRS per week and month/year" or "HRS per week and month/year to present").
    • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
    2. Transcripts
    • This position has a degree or education requirement so you are required to submit a copy of your transcript

    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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