Position Description Contracts Specialist Location MD- Fort Meade Job Code 7502 # of openings 2 Apply Now (https://phg.tbe.taleo.net/phg04/ats/careers/v2/applyRequisition?org=AKIMEKATECH=43=7502) The Alaka'ina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) has a potential need for a Contracts Specialist to provide the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Joint Regional Security Stack (JRSS) with Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) support out of Ft. Meade, MD. DUTIES INCLUDE: + Integrate tightly into a Government team working on a high-visibility, high-value Program. + Provide a suite of equipment that performs firewall functions, intrusion detection and prevention, enterprise management, virtual routing and forwarding (VRF), and a host of network security capabilities. + Quickly adapt to rapidly changing priorities, identify and help develop integration between various efforts. + Work with engineers to define the hardware, software, maintenance, shipping, and delivery required to support an approved architecture design. + Identify, document, and present both traditional and non-traditional approaches to acquiring the products in the most economical way for the Government. + Work is expected to be accomplished from a Ft Meade, MD Government location with potential infrequent local travel. REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE: + Expert knowledge of DoD contracting procedures. + Firsthand operational experience in wide range of contracting methodologies (commercial acquisition procedures, competitive contracts, sole-source, simplified acquisitions, cost/price analysis, and negotiation). + Demonstrated knowledge and experience applying Federal and DoD Acquisition concepts, regulations, and statutes (eg, FAR, DFAR, acquisition directives, policies, and procedures). + Experience working with and advising program managers on high-value, high-visibility Programs on procurement policies, regulations, and procedures that result in cost savings for the Government. + Experience reviewing architectural products and working with engineering staff to develop BOM and contract for hardware and software for expedited delivery worldwide. + Strong interpersonal and leadership skills and the ability to work effectively with external contracting executives at all levels. + Ability to identify and develop decision paper on alternate contracting approaches to include traditional and non-traditional approaches. DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE: + Strong problem-solving, analytic, and interpersonal skills. + Willingness and ability to work in a high-tempo, rapidly changing environment, and readiness to think "outside the box" to identify optimum contracting approaches. + Demonstrated knowledge and experience applying Federal and DoD Acquisition concepts, regulations, and statutes (eg, FAR, DFAR, acquisition directives, policies, and procedures). + Experience with major contract writing systems is highly desirable. + Experience in IT and hardware/software contracting is preferred. REQUIRED EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS: + Bachelor's degree and 4-6 years DoD experience in Contracting. + A DAWIA Level 1 or 2 or 3 contracting certification or the equivalent Certified Professional Contract Manager or Certified Federal Contract Manager certification is desired. CITIZENSHIP AND CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS: + Must be a US citizen. + Must have a Top Secret clearance. ?The Alaka`ina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) is a fast-growing government service provider. Employees enjoy competitive salaries. Eligible employees enjoy a 401K plan with company match; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage; tuition reimbursement; paid time off; and 10 paid holidays. The Alaka`ina Foundation FOCs is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer of individuals with disabilities and veterans. We are proud to state that we do not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. If you are a person with a disability and you need an accommodation during the application process, please click here (email@example.com?subject=Request%20for%20accommodation.) to request accommodation. We E-Verify all employees. The Alaka`ina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) is comprised of industry-recognized government service firms designated as Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO)-owned and 8(a) certified businesses. The Family of Companies (FOCs) includes Ke`aki Technologies, Laulima Government Solutions, K?pono Government Services, Kapili Services, Po`okela Solutions, K?kaha Solutions, LLC, and Pololei Solutions, LLC. Alaka`ina Foundation activities under the 501(c)3 principally benefit the youth of Hawaii through charitable efforts which includes providing innovative educational programs that combine leadership, science & technology, and environmental stewardship. For additional information, please visit www.alakainafoundation.co () m.