Contract Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jan 27, 2022
Jan 30, 2022
Full Time

The Incumbent of this position serves as the contracting officer with unlimited signature authority to enter into contracts for FLRA procurement activities and programs which include: (1) significant agency-wide funding impact; (2) tasks which substantially impact mission oriented goals and objectives; and (3) levels of effort which are monitored by the FLRA procurement executive due to criticality and visibility. The incumbent exercises authority over all phases of the contracting process, including initial planning, requirements definition, development of work statements, negotiation, execution, administration, and close-out. Incumbent administers long-term, complex contracts and assistance awards involving requirements for extensive, highly specialized new or innovative research and related materials and services affecting programs within the FLRA. The work includes a range of contract specializations such as negotiation, cost and price analysis, and administration.

Specific responsilibilities include:
  • Plans, develops, and establishes the contractual strategy for the overall acquisition program. Develops a pre-negotiation position, determines the types of contracts and negotiation authority to be used, prepares justification and support program office statement of work development.
  • Functions as team leader during contract negotiations. Coordinates with FLRA program managers, legal counsel, budget, and subordinate activities. Personally, negotiates contracts and obligates required funding in PRISM.
  • Manages the full range of contract administration actions required for the acquisition program, including the issuance of contract modifications, negotiation of changes, exercise of options, investigation and resolution of contractor delays, contractor performance appraisal, disposition of claims, contract closeout to include de-obligations and other related contractual responsibilities.
  • Manages timely Data Act Reporting in appropriate systems and conducts monthly review and reconciliation of Data Act facts and warnings
  • Serves as principal contracting advisor to FLRA program management offices and the FLRA procurement executive. Represents FLRA as the acquisition program's contractual authority at conferences and meetings.
  • Assists with other ASD programs and staff as needed, providing coverage in areas that require it. ASD Director will work with employee to coordinate around their workload.


Conditions of Employment

  • WRITING SAMPLE - A writing sample of an acquisition plan that you developed and coordinated.
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: All male applicants born aft er December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  • DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • This is a full-time, permanent appointment in the competitive service ineligible for inclusion in a bargaining unit.
  • This is a non-supervisory position which may require completion of a one-year probationary period, in accordance with 5 CFR 315.801.
  • Applications mailed using government postage and/or internal federal government mailing systems are in violation of agency and postal regulations and will not be accepted.
Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to be considered for this position.
  • You must submit a complete application package by closing.
  • You must be able to pass and maintain a background investigation.


You must meet the requirements in 1, or 2 below:

1. All of the following:
(a) Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level IIcertified, as outlined on the
Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) website or DefenseAcquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level II certified, as outlined on the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) website. If your certification is over 2 years old, 80 hours of Continuous Learning Points are required to maintain certification.
(b) At least 4years of experience in contracting or related positions including 1 year of specializedexperience at or equivalent to work at the level described below; and
(c) Completion of 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.

2. Exception:
If you were in a GS-1102 position on January 1, 2000, you will be considered to have met the educational requirements for the grade of that position. However, you will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade.

Candidates currently holding a FAC-C/DAWIA Level II certification are considered to have met allmandatory training requirements for this announcement. You must submit your certificationwith your application package. If you are not currently certified, but have completed FAC-Ctraining, you must provide a training certificate for each course. Failure to submit document willresult in an ineligible status.

To qualify at the GS-14 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experienceequivalent to the GS-13 level or higher in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position as described below, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

EXAMPLES of qualifying specialized experience at the GS-13 level include:

Serving as a Warranted Contracting Officer with limited or unlimited authority; and/or progressive contracting experience which reflects contracting technical breadth/depth through increased responsibilities;
Providing authoritative interpretation of regulations, procedures and policies pertaining to contracting;
Providing direction and guidance for all phases of cradle to grave contract administration/management;
Implementing policy and procedures;
Coordinating and applying advice and guidance from areas of expertise, such as technical departments, legal counsel, audit, and subordinate activities to lead negotiations and contract actions; and
Performing procurement planning and identifying large-scale subsystems, components,equipment, and services to be acquired by contract.


The following BASIC educational requirement(s) must be met in order to qualify for this position:

Completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in anyfield from an accredited college or university AND this degree included or wassupplemented 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.

NOTE: Copy of transcripts are required, this position has an educational requirement.

Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcript(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcements to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcriptwill be required prior to appointment.
Failure to provide proof of education (transcripts showing date and degree confirmed(Bachelor Degree) and the 24 semester hours of required courses) and other supplemental contracting documentation will result in an incomplete application and you will not beconsidered.
All academic degrees and course work 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
Applicants MUST submit copies of college transcripts or a list of college courses taken that identify for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade and grade-point received. An unofficial transcript is acceptable to qualify, but it must include your full name and you may be asked to submit an off icial transcript prior to appointment, if you are selected.

Additional information

    To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement Safer Federal Workforce Task Force 2 pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.
  • Equal Opportunity Employer - FLRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, physical disability, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, union affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, or any other non-merit reason.
  • Hatch Act - The Hatch Reform Amendments of 1993 (Public Law 103-94) prohibit individuals from requesting, making, transmitting, accepting, or considering political recommendations (as defined in 5 U.S.C. § 2202) in effecting personnel actions.
  • Reasonable Accommodation - FLRA provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the FLRA's Human Resources Division. Decisions on reasonable accommodation requests will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Transportation and Relocation Expenses Are Not Authorized-FLRA will not pay any travel, transportation, or relocation expenses. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty are the responsibility of the selected candidate.
  • Promotion Potential: This position is being recruited at the full performance level of GS-14.