Contracting Specialist - Entry to Experienced Level (Ft. Meade, MD)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Fort Meade, Maryland
Posted
Oct 23, 2021
Closes
Nov 01, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Contracting specialists at NSA acquire commercial goods and services that allow the agency to collect foreign intelligence and protect national security systems. From purchasing comfortable kennels for NSA's working dogs to acquiring the latest and greatest computer technology, contracting professionals are the only people authorized to buy goods and services on NSA's behalf.

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Responsibilities

- Designing acquisition strategies to meet the government's needs through the most appropriate contracting method
- Conducting market research
- Preparing and issuing Requests for Proposal (RFP) and Requests for Quote (RFQ)
- Evaluating proposals from potential contractors/vendors
- Negotiating contract terms with selected contractors/vendors
- Evaluating procurements to ensure compliance with funding, legal, and program requirements
- Preparing and awarding contracts with supporting documentation in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations and NSA policy
- Administering contracts to include issuing modifications, and monitoring performance, and ensuring payment is issued
- Solving complex and unique challenges that arise throughout the life of a contract
- If not already completed, training in federal acquisition to become certified in Contracting under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act within 24 months of employment

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment



The Ideal Candidate
We're looking for someone who:
- Loves to learn
- Is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
- Can juggle multiple priorities and deadlines
- Possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Enjoys problem-solving and strategic-thinking

Qualifications

Salary Range: $49,157 - $78,167 (Entry/Developmental)
Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Relevant experience must be in business management (e.g., acquisition, procurement, finance, contracting, accounting, and logistics). DAWIA Contracting I certification is preferred.

Salary Range: $72,750 - $113,362 (Full Performance)
Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 7 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Relevant experience must be in business management (e.g., acquisition, procurement, finance, accounting, and logistics). Federal contracting experience and DAWIA Contracting II certification is preferred.

Salary Range: $103,690 - $134,798 (Senior)
Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 10 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Relevant experience must be in business management (e.g., acquisition, procurement, finance, accounting, and logistics). Federal contracting experience and DAWIA Contracting II certification is preferred.

Education

Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Please note that you may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.

Please Note: Job Posting could close earlier than the closing date due to sufficient number of applicants or position no longer available. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

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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