Contract Specialist

Washington, D.C
Sep 13, 2021
Sep 15, 2021
Full Time


Serve as a Contract Specialist with expert knowledge of and ability to interpret laws, regulations, principles and policies that are mandated by the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and General Services Acquisitions Manual and Regulations (GSAM/R).

Location of position: Public Buildings Service, Office of Acquisition in Washington, DC

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

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Major Duties include:
  • Devise procurement strategies required to support major acquisitions that are strategically vital to customers in their mission accomplishment and substantively impact the local business community and the general public as well.
  • Develop, prepare, negotiate, award, administer and terminate assigned contractual vehicles and/or task orders for highly complex construction, professional services, A/E services, construction management services, design-build projects, and critical building service contracts.
  • As a lead negotiator, plan the negotiation strategy, coordinate with the negotiation team and other necessary activities such as legal counsel, audit, and subordinate activities. Serve as a subject matter expert who is well versed in cost and fixed price type contracts and familiar with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Parts 15, 16 and 37.
  • Oversee and monitor the most complex, large, or politically sensitive projects, including but are not limited to, ensuring appropriate acquisition project design and tracking, timely processing of awards and modifications, and ensuring that projects are completed within contractually mandated budgetary scope and schedule.
  • Serve as advisor to program officials in procurement planning meetings, providing technical advice regarding the procurement objectives to be used and assisting in preparing statements of work.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel as needed.

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.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 4 investigation level).
  • 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-13 salary range starts at $103,690 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 defined as experience utilizing contracting regulations, policies, and procedures to; • perform the full range of 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; • defend pre-award and/or post-award protests, contract claims, and contract disputes; • work as part of an effective, integrated project team as well as work collaboratively with junior contract specialists and coworkers. • Issuing task orders against GSA Multiple Awards Schedules, Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), or other governmentwide, multi-agency contracts. Examples should 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.

    **This is not a full-time telework position**


    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: AFGE-1213

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

    On a case-by-case basis, the following incentives may be approved:
    • Recruitment incentive if you are new to the federal government
    • Relocation incentive if you are a current federal employee
    • Credit toward vacation leave if you are new to the federal government

    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.
  • Knowledge of Government contracting laws and policies, complex contracting procedures of contracting requirements, related legislative mandates and familiarity with the practices of business and industry sufficient to implement, perform high level contracting work, write and implement contracting policies and provide authoritative technical, sound advice and guidance.
  • Knowledge of Federal contract negotiation techniques, administration, price and cost analysis, and termination procedures in order to manage all phases of the processes.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships in order to facilitate and manage broad federal contracting initiatives, programs and services.
  • Skill in maintaining current knowledge of contracts and answers questions from staff, managers and other stakeholders regarding contracting procedures, policies, directives, etc.; and, makes recommendations and decisions to resolve major problems and issues.
  • Ability to serve as an authority, manage and facilitate high level procurement processes from initiation through contract closeout, providing authoritative advice and guidance.

  • 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
    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    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.

    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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