Fort Lee, Virginia
Oct 22, 2021
Oct 27, 2021
Full Time


You are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of your application package. We encourage you to read the entire announcement before starting the application process. Qualifications and requirements must be met by the announcement closing date.

This recruitment is subject to restrictions of the DoD referral system for displaced employees.
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Serves as the Contract Specialist in a Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) location. The primary purpose of this position is responsible for a full range of pre and post award contracting actions in support of DeCA's mission..

Position responsibilities include:
  • Perform duties of contract specialist responsible for pre-award and post-award contracting functions, including acquisition planning market surveys, price/cost analysis, negotiation, and administration of contracts.
  • Review requests for procurement of complex items, analyzes the requirement, determines the most suitable method of acquisition, prepares acquisition plans, and associated documentation.
  • Interpret contract provisions for contractors and for officials of the agency, and provides appropriate advice and guidance, negotiates contract modifications, prepares supplemental agreements, novation agreements, and other contractual documents.

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 U.S. National.
  • Must meet minimum age requirement. See the Additional Information section for more information.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System by the announcement closing date or exempt from registration.
  • May be subject to successful E-Verify check. See more information at
  • May be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, based on a completed background investigation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance eligibility based on an appropriate background investigation.
  • May be subject to a two year probationary/trial period.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required: Yes
  • Work environment: Primarily in an office setting
  • Physical Requirements: None
  • COVID19: All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Please see Additional Information.
  • Work Schedule: Regular Schedule; Full Time
  • PCS Authorized: Yes


In accordance with Contracting Series Positions, , to qualify for this position you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-11 grade level that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is directly in or related to this position. To be creditable, specialized experience must be at GS-11 or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military, or private sector.


A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field.

For qualifications determinations your resume must contain your name, a description of your duties, the number of hours worked per week and the beginning and ending dates (month/year) for each position. Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position

Volunteer Experience:
Your experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, and 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.

In addition to meeting the qualifications outlined above, you must also meet the following requirements:
    Time after competitive appointment: Candidates applying under merit promotion must have completed three months of civilian service after a competitive appointment by the closing date of the announcement. (5 CFR 330.501) Time-in-Grade: Current or previous federal employees must have held a permanent appointment in the competitive or excepted service for a minimum of 52 weeks at the GS-11 (or equivalent) level to be eligible for the position by the closing date of the announcement.
Examples of specialized experience include:
  • Apply the application of Federal laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and general business practices to buy and sell goods and services in support of the mission.
  • Use innovative techniques to develop contractual arrangements.
  • Negotiate acquisitions and ensuring all special requirements and clauses are included within the award.

You must also meet the following requirements by the announcement closing date:
  • Current and former federal employees in either the competitive or excepted service and current federal employees applying under VEOA eligibility are subject to time-in-grade . You must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade level to be eligible for promotion. You must submit SF50s with your application package to verify you held the next lower grade level for at least 52 weeks. You may need to submit two (2) or more SF50s. Examples of appropriate SF 50s include Promotion, Reg WRI, and SF 50s effective more than 52 weeks ago.
  • Current civilian employees must have completed at least 90 days of federal civilian service since their latest non temporary appointment from a competitive referral certificate, known as time after competitive appointment . For this requirement, a competitive appointment is one where you applied to and were appointed from an announcement open to "All US Citizens."


Education used to qualify for this position must be from an accredited school or educational institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and a copy of your transcript is required as part of your application package. For the application process, unofficial transcripts are acceptable if they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. If selected, you must provide an official transcript before we set your entrance on duty date.

Foreign Education . If using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show a private organization specializing in interpreting foreign education programs has deemed the foreign education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program or show that a U.S. accredited college or university has given full credit for the foreign courses.

At the GS-12 grade level, education may not be substituted for specialized experience at this grade level.

Additional information

  • Applicants with a Permanent Resident Card (aka Green Card) are authorized to live and work in the U.S. but are not eligible for employment in positions requiring U.S. citizenship. This position requires U.S. citizenship.
  • The minimum age requirement is generally 18 years of age. Employing those under 18 may be possible under certain circumstances. If under 18 years of age, ensure you provide documentation showing how you are eligible.
  • Subject to occasional overtime.
  • Position is Exempt from Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Position is not covered by a bargaining unit.
  • Position is not obligated.
  • Financial Difficulty does not automatically remove you from consideration for a position.
  • Position does not meet the DoD criteria for re-employing former Federal employees who retired under either the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).
  • Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in you being removed from consideration for this position.
  • Most civilian PCS entitlements are now taxable. The Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) reimburses eligible employees for additional Federal, State, and local income taxes incurred as a result of receiving taxable travel income. More information is available at Civilian Relocation/PCS Tax Changes .
  • COVID19 - All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. Proof of vaccination will be required. To ensure compliance with this mandate, review the vaccination requirements, to include timelines for receiving required doses, at the following:

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated against the qualification requirements and the following competencies:
    Acquisition Planning Market Analysis Proposal Evaluation and Negotiation Prepare Awards Contract Administration
We review your application package to confirm your appointment eligibility, determine your qualifications, and verify you meet requirements. If your application package lacks any of the information necessary to make these determinations, or the information is illegible, we may determine you are ineligible for consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM ET on 10/26/2021.

1. Resume: Required. Your resume must contain your name and contact information and for each position listed, you must provide the employment beginning and ending dates (month/year to month/year or month/year to present); number of hours worked per week; position title; pay plan, series and grade level (for federal positions), and a narrative description of the job duties you performed. We use this to determine your qualifications for the position. Resumes without the required information will not be considered. We encourage you to use the USAJOBS resume builder to prepare your resume. If you submit multiple resumes, we only review/use the last resume you submitted. Illegible documents will not be considered. Do NOT include photographs, links to social media such as LinkedIn, inappropriate material, inappropriate content, or personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume.

2. Transcripts: Required when using education to qualify for this position. For the application process, unofficial transcripts are acceptable if they contain the applicant's (your) name, the name of the school, the date and degree awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rating ineligible for this position. If selected, you are required to provide an official transcript before we set your entrance on duty date.

3. Questionnaire: Required. Preview the questionnaire at .

4. Supporting Documents: As applicable based on your selected eligibility/eligibilities and requirements stated in this announcement. Applications without all required supporting documents will not be considered.
  • Certain Veterans may compete under merit promotion procedures. VRA, 30% or more disabled veteran, and VEOA eligibilities require you submit the DD214 showing character of service. The Member 4 copy provides that information and is preferred.
    • 30% or more disabled veterans must include a completed SF15 , Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, and a copy of your VA letter (dated 1991 or later) certifying your total service-connected disability of 30% or more.
    • Future military retirees must include a copy of their terminal leave request, if applicable, AND a copy of retirement DD214 [if available]. If DD214 not available, submit a certification document* or a copy of your retirement letter.
    • Future military separatees must include a copy of their terminal leave request, if applicable, AND a copy of most recent DD214 OR a certification document* OR a copy of most recent active duty orders.
*A written document from the armed forces certifying the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certificate is signed. The certification must be on letterhead signed by the adjutant, personnel officer, unit commander or higher headquarters and include your rank, dates of active duty service, type of discharge, character of service, and, if applicable, the date your terminal leave begins. This document is sometimes called a Statement of Service.

Notes for veterans:
1. Active duty military members who are selected may not be appointed to a position unless on terminal leave or already separated.
2. You are required to provide your final DD214 upon issuance, if it was not part of your application package.
3. Within the DoD, appointment of retired military members to a civilian position within 180 days immediately after retirement is subject to the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 3326.
  • Applicants claiming Military Spouse Preference must submit the completed PPP_SELFCERTIFICATIONCHECKLIST_1119.pdf ( , proof of marriage to the military service member (e.g., marriage certificate, marriage license), and a copy of the military member's PCS orders.
  • ICTAP eligibles must submit RIF separation or proposed removal/separation notice, your latest SF50 and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.
  • Certain applicants are eligible to apply under an Interchange Agreement . You must submit a copy of your latest personnel action (the equivalent of a Notification of Personnel Action (SF50)).
5. Standard Form (SF) 50: Required for all current federal employees, including current DeCA employees, regardless of location or human resources service provider. Include a copy of a recent SF50 showing your current position title pay plan-series-grade, tenure and position occupied. Refer to the Qualifications section of this announcement for required documents to show you meet the time-in-grade requirements.

All current Department of Defense (DoD) employees can access MyBiz and/or eOPF to obtain copies of their SF 50s.

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