Supervisory Contract Specialist - DIRECT HIRING AUTHORITY

Washington, D.C
Jan 12, 2022
Jan 15, 2022
Full Time


As a Supervisory Contract Specialist GS-1102-14, your typical work assignments may include the following:
  • Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the Acquisitions Unit. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Advises management and program offices on highly visible and sensitive procurement issues.
  • Oversees all activities to procure expert and consultant services. Plans, develops, and establishes the contractual strategy for the overall acquisition program.
  • Performs pre-award and/or post award functions required for an organization; and ensures the administration of contracts complies with applicable contracting laws, processes, and procedures.
  • Serves as advisor to the Comptroller in annual procurement planning and acquisition activities. Analyzes requirements and recommends the acquisition method most appropriate to meet the program objectives and policy/regulatory requirements.
As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination. Selectees entering on board after November 22, 2021 must submit proof of vaccination before appointment or onboarding with the Tax Division. The Tax Division will provide additional information to the selectee regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how the selectee can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen or National.
  • You may need to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result before you can be appointed into this position.
  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • You will need to successfully complete a pre-employment background security process pending completion and adjudication of the background investigation before you can be appointed to the position.
  • You may be required to complete and submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, within 30 days of appointment.
  • If you were born male, on or after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at:


To qualify for the position of Supervisory Contract Specialist at (GS-1102-14), you must possess the basic qualification requirement specific to this series and grade:

Basic Requirements for GS-1102-14

A. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for progression to GS-14 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. This experience need not have been in the federal government.


B. 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.

C. 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.

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.


One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 or higher grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector, which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience include:
  • Leading projects involving financial management, budget formulations, or acquisition planning;
  • Overseeing comprehensive procurement planning and forecasting;
  • Performing pre-award and/or post-award functions required for an organization; and
  • Ensuring the administration of contracts complies with applicable contracting laws, processes, and procedures.

To be eligible, applicants must have a current FAC-C Level III certification OR a current DAWIA Level III certification. A copy of the certification must be included with the application package.

You MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/14/2022. Your resume must support your responses to the questionnaire and qualification requirements. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating. See the Required Documents section for important notes about what must be included in your resume.

Applicants MUST submit required transcripts and/or training certificates as verification of educational requirement.


Please see Qualifications Sections for information on qualifying based on education.

Academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at http:// . All documentation must be in English or include an English translation.

Additional information

This position is being filled through the Direct Hire Authority (DHA) and is open to all US Citizens. Applicants must apply to the vacancy announcement.

For more information on OPM's authorization of Direct Hire Authority, please visit:

NOTE: Any selections made under this Direct Hire Authority will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Therefore, current federal employees would be given new appointments to the civil service and MAY have to serve a new probationary period under CFR 315.802 (b) unless you are a current Department of Justice employee, are in the same line of work and with no more than a 30 day break in service.

Other Information:
  • DOJ EEO Statement/Policy:
  • Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Tax Division Human Resources office at 202-616-2774. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Our policy can be found at:
  • Career Transition Assistance Programs (CTAP & ICTAP) : 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) apply for the position through this announcement; (2) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (3) be rated well-qualified for the position with a rating in the highly qualified category or above; and, (4) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: USAJOBS Career Transition Programs
  • The certificate(s) (or lists) of eligible candidates resulting from this vacancy announcement may be shared with other Department of Justice offices or components (outside of the Tax Division) who are hiring for positions in the same occupational series, grade level, full performance level, and duty location during the 240-day period beginning on the date of issuance of the certificate of eligibles. In order for your application materials to be shared, you must indicate on the occupational/assessment questionnaire that you are willing to have your application materials and other personal information included in the application shared with one or more other components within the Department of Justice outside of the Tax Division.
  • Due to COVID-19, the Tax Division is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework and/or periodically report to the official workplace as needed. Once the Division is no longer in an expanded telework posture, you will be expected to report to the official worksite in the duty station listed on this announcement within the timeframe established by the Department of Justice or Tax Division. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the Division's telework policy.

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