Supervisory Contract Specialist

Washington, D.C
Sep 23, 2021
Sep 24, 2021
Full Time


This position is part of the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), Office of Administration (OA). The incumbent serves as the Deputy Managing Director for the Office of Acquisitions and is responsible for executing acquisitions in direct response to DFC requirements, and implementation of international, organizational, and departmental goals and objectives.
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  • Supervise all contracting staff within the Office of Acquisitions. Ensure coordination and development of DFC contracts for supplies, services, and equipment.
  • Assist program offices with Forecasting of Contracting Opportunities (FCO) and coordinating efforts to reduce costs for the program offices within the organization.
  • Work with the Training Officer to identify and develop both technical and generalized education and training requirements for all acquisition staff, to include oversight of Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) training and specialized training for contracting.
  • Support development and execution of customer feedback to ensure continuous improvements within the acquisition organization.
  • Communicate and coordinate surveys with customers to determine their needs and satisfaction with the manner in which the acquisition system is meeting those needs.
  • Serve as DFC point of contact with the vendor community and provide ongoing supervision of acquisition activities within the Office of Acquisitions. Develop DFC's response to contracting related Congressional inquiries.
  • Develop methods for controlling and reviewing contractual pricing arrangements and incentives, and suppose periodic audits of corporate acquisitions.
  • Provide expert advise and guidance to program managers and top management on contracting law and policy. Present findings, recommend corrective actions, and policy or procedural improvements to top management.
  • Review, advise on, develop and implement corporation-wide operating procurement processes, systems, procedures, and policies.
  • Serve as DFC's primary point of contact and liaison for contracting management. Advise the Office of Legal Affairs on the dynamics and technical aspects of federal contracting law and DFC procurement policy.

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 or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Must submit resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitability for Federal employment, as determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • May be required to successfully complete a supervisory probationary period
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance
  • Position is subject to random drug testing
  • Within 30 days of appointment, you will be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450)


Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level). Applicants must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements no later than 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants must meet A or B below for the Basic Requirement for GS-1102:

A. Have at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions, of which at least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position; AND 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. (This education was obtained at an accredited college or university. (NOTE: You must provide appropriate verification of your education.)); OR
B. Was employed in a GS-1102 position with the Federal Government on January 1, 2000, and meet the specialized experience as stated in this vacancy announcement. (Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, applicants will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade. (NOTE: You must provide an SF-50 to verify this exception)).

Specialized Experience:
Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience that is equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-14 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes experience serving as a warranted Contracting Officer and Subject Matter Expert in acquisition policy and procedures, and exercising supervisory or operational team lead responsibilities for acquisition and contracting work performed by subordinate Contract Specialists and support positions.

This position requires the incumbent to hold a Contracting Officer's (FAC-C Level III) certification. You must currently possess a Contracting Officer's (FAC-C Level III) certification. (NOTE: Proof of certification must be submitted with the application packet.)

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.

TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).


You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show 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:

Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply 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 CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria;
2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and
3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.
For more information: .

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, you must be a preference eligible or a Veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on appointment authority eligibility requirements:
  • Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A
  • Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
  • Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
  • Other Special Appointment Authorities
  • OPM Interchange Agreement and Other Miscellaneous Authorities
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

Telework Suitability : The duties of this position are suitable for telework. The selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.

Stipulations of Employment : Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

Selection may require completions of a 1-year supervisory probationary period.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

Position is subject to random drug testing.

Required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) within 30 days of appointment.

Work Schedule : This position allows for a flexible work schedule.

Miscellaneous: DFC uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement has closed, your résumé and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Customer Service
  • Manages Human Resources
  • Oral Communication
  • Technical Competency ? Contracting / Procurement
  • Written Communication

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
2. FAC-C Level III/DAWIA Level III Certification
3. Non-award SF-50, Member 4 DD-214, or other documentation to support your eligibility claim (required).
4. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
  • Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service)
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
  • DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities
  • Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
  • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

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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