Supervisory Contract Specialist (Direct Hire Authority)

Frederick, Maryland
Oct 16, 2021
Oct 24, 2021
Full Time


Tour of Duty: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Position Description Title/PD#: Supervisory Contract Specialist/ PD# 44285-0
Compressed/Flexible Schedules: Yes
Telework: Yes
Virtual Position: No

This recruitment is for one vacancy with the Office of Procurement, Acquisition, and Logistics - Strategic Acquisition Center.

Locations are as follows: Fredrick, MD or Fredericksburg, VA.
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Supervisory Contract Specialist PD# 44285-0

The selected employee will serve as a Supervisory Contract Specialist responsible for executing contracting requirements for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its customers for the Strategic Acquisition Center (SAC). Major duties consist of Supervising a group of employees performing work at the GS-11 through GS-13 level. Distributing workload within the team and ensuring work assignments of employees in the team are carried out. Preparing individual development plans and conduct performance evaluations for subordinate staff. The Supervisory Contract Specialist will plan, develop and establish contractual strategy for acquisitions, support major projects or programs of critical importance to VA and other Government agencies; this includes: developing acquisition strategies, use of a wide variety of acquisition methods, determining pre-negotiation positions, determining the type of contracts and negotiation authorities, and preparing justifications. Selected employee will serve as principal contracting advisor to management for all contracting matters. Will establish contracts and agreements to obtain medical services, pharmaceuticals and supplies, hitech equipment and services and to support strategic program initiatives for the SAC and VA.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Position requires a Financial Disclosure report
  • May serve a probationary period
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
  • Physical Requirement: Subject position is primarily of an administrative nature in an office setting.


QUALIFICATIONS: To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the date of application submission.

Basic Requirements for GS-13 and Above

  • Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. 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.
  • Exceptions: 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, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph D.
  • Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.

  • Specialized Experience GS-14:
    Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade
    in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization: Examples of Specialized Experience are as follows, but not limited to:
    • Mastery of acquisition regulations, contract law, and procedures applicable to acquisition and contract administration including change orders, supplemental agreements, terminations, claims, and close out of contracts.
    • Expert negotiation techniques, sufficient to serve as lead negotiator to negotiate prices, terms and conditions, contract modifications, settlements, architect-engineering services, or construction services to be procured.
    • Mastery of cost and price analysis theory and techniques.
    • Mastery and understanding of solicitation, types of contract and assistance provisions.
    • Expert of source selection principles and procedures sufficient to plan for and direct the execution of a source selection effort.
    • Mastery of related disciplines and functions involved in the acquisition process, including contract modifications, negotiations of changes, exercising of options, resolution of delays, disposition of claims; tacking contractor performance and other related matter.
    • Expert knowledge of unique systems and acquisition environments sufficient to develop Acquisition Plans, Source Selection Plans, and Source Selection Evaluation Plans for unique, complex, multi-user acquisitions.

    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; religions; 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.


    Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: .

    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.

    Additional information

    VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at .

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applicants will be referred in alphabetical order.

    You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:
    Competency 1 - Contracting Techniques
    Competency 2 - Acquisition Strategy
    Competency 3 - Written Communication
    Competency 4 - Oral Communication
    Competency 5- Supervision

    If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to: responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.


    If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).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.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    Documents Accepted:
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • OF-306
    • Other (1)
    • Other (2)
    • Other (3)
    • Performance Appraisal
    • Proof of Marriage Status
    • Reasonable Accommodation Documentation
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    Documents Required:
    • Resume
    • Transcript

    Resume must include series, grade, step, starting and ending dates of employment, month and year, and hours worked per week, and salary information.
    Copy of unofficial transcripts. Must show name of college to determine accreditation. If qualifying based on degree, or for positions requiring a degree, the transcript must show date the degree was conferred.
    If selected, you must provide official transcripts. NOTE: Transcripts should state degree conferred, and have a date.

    Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application. Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

    Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

    Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    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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