Contract Specialist (Contract Specialist - UNICOR)

Washington, D.C
Aug 03, 2021
Aug 10, 2021
Full Time


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Serves as a Contract Specialist for Federal Prisons Industries, Inc. (trade name UNICOR), a wholly owned Federal Government Corporation.

Designated as a contracting officer for UNICOR. Principal duties include executing and administering highly technical contracts for raw materials, supplies, services and equipment, including ADP.

Responsible for contracts from development of the solicitation through closeout and final payment on contract.

Proposes policy and regulations for management of complex procurement actions, and provides legal interpretation, counseling, training and guidance in all areas of contracting and procurement, including cost and price analysis.

Serves as a resource person for the assigned group.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training and/or work related issues.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • See Special Conditions of Employment Section
  • Selective Service Requirement:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1)this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: Click Here

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP eligibility, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here


To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:

Basic Requirements:

A. A four (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.

Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.

NOTE: Current federal employees not employed by the Bureau of Prison and former Bureau of Prison Employees MUST submit documentation (i.e., SF-50(s) covering the period from January 1, 2000) for verification of the above referenced exception criteria to receive consideration. Failure to provide these documents will result in non-consideration for this vacancy.


In addition to the basic requirements you must also meet the following:


GS-11: Three full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

Graduate Education - To qualify for GS-1102 positions on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

Acceptability of Higher Education: Education such as foreign education, home study and correspondence courses, academic credit for work experience, military education, continuing education units, life experience, etc, is acceptable to the extent that it is determined to be equivalent to conventional higher education programs of U.S. institutions.

GS-12: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-12 level.



GS-11 and GS-12: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in federal service. To be creditable, this experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications to perform successfully the duties of the position and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled.

Some examples of this qualifying experience are:

  • Experience negotiating terms and conditions of contracts, including selection of proper clauses, such as, terminations for convenience or default of the government.
  • Experience with reviewing and evaluating contractors' quotes or proposals, including analysis of individual elements of price or cost; to develop rationale and criteria to substantiate awards of complex contract actions for technical support.
  • Experience in disciplines such as manufacturing requirements planning (MRP), contract law, program management, financial management, and property management, sufficient to fulfill the contractual requirement in each discipline.
  • Experience that demonstrates the understanding of business and industry practices and trends, knowledge of sources of supply and cost factors, and knowledge of terminology of supplies, equipment and maintenance.

  • Experience reviewing requests for the procurement of complex equipment, services, and/or construction.
  • Experience performing price analysis, analyzing commercial pricing practices applicable to assigned commodities and economic development relative to increased material, labor, or transportation costs as reflected in prices indices.
  • Experience planning and conducting negotiations on price, technical requirements, terms and condition of contract.
  • Experience in formally advertised contracts, conducting public bid openings, analyzing bids received, making necessary investigation to determine bidder' qualifications, and making contract award within delegated limits.
  • Experience as a technical expert and advisor to management, customers, and contractors in disciplines such as manufacturing relative to the market, the industry, specifications, socioeconomic concerns, and similar matters.
  • Experience preparing initial agency position on protests from unsuccessful bidders and renders or recommends a decision.


Combination of Education and Experience:

GS-11 only: Have a combination of education and experience. This experience must have equipped you with the qualifications to perform the major duties of this position as described above.

If applicable, credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as number of hours worked per week) spent in the activities.

**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.**


See Qualifications Section for education requirements, if applicable.

ONLY if education is a requirement/substitution for specialized experience, applicant MUST upload legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically linked from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, Click Here .

Foreign Education: For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications .

If you are selected for this position and qualified based on education (i.e. basic education requirement and/or substitution of education), you will be required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.

Additional information

Special Conditions of Employment Section:

Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a pre-employment and panel interview, urinalysis, physical, and background investigation.

All applicants are subject to, and must satisfactorily pass all screening requirements in relation to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit check.

Current Federal Law Enforcement Employees:

Individuals selected who are under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and who have not had three years "primary" law enforcement retirement coverage, will not be covered by law enforcement retirement while in this position. To regain coverage, individuals must return to a position with "primary" coverage.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

This position is processed under Direct Hire Authority; Veteran's Preference and Category Rating procedures do not apply.

Applicants will be evaluated utilizing the documentation submitted and considered for the grade level in which the resume and/or educational transcripts supports.

What Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities are Required for this Position?

The following Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) are required:

GS-11 and GS-12:
  • Ability to interpret and apply procurement policies, guidelines and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to communicate orally.
  • Knowledge of contract regulations, techniques and administration/formulation procedures.
  • Ability to make decisions regarding contracts.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

All applicants MUST submit the following Required Documents in your Application Packet directly to the hiring institution to receive consideration:
  • Resume must include: your point of contact information and detailing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • In order to receive credit for experience contained in your resume, your employment history must be documented in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date and include the number of hours worked per week.
  • Legible college transcripts which includes the School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded.

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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