Contract Specialist (Standing Register)
Serves as a Contract Specialist, responsible for performance of a mixture of contract actions including formal contract formulation, preparation, negotiation and administration of Architect-Engineer (A-E), professional services, construction, maintenance services, commercial items and services, utilities, cooperative and interagency agreements and emergency management. Performs a variety of duties in support of the Districts simplified acquisition activities involving goods and services which are subject to Part 13 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, to include both processing of the most complex actions and the performance of technical/administrative review of simplified acquisitions.
Applies knowledge and utilization of both efficient procurement processes and good business management to ensure timely delivery of goods and services to the customer. Utilizes innovation for strategic decision-making in the acquisition process. Formulates the contracting approach to be taken that will best satisfy the requirement. Determines the type of contract best suited to the requirement, develops by special clauses and terms and conditions applicable to this solicitation. Serves as team leader for all negotiated contract actions; including initial contract award, delivery orders, and modifications during administration. This involves formulating the negotiation strategy, areas of negotiation and consults specialists concerning data submitted by the contractor. Performs cost and price analysis for all negotiations to determine fair and reasonableness of price. Throughout the life of the A/E, supply, and service contracts, maintains liaison with the contractor to interpret contractual obligations and to resolve problems. Terminates contracts for default or convenience and negotiates settlements. Issues cure and show cause notices when the contractor is not in compliance with contract provisions.
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience.
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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
To qualify for the GS-09 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level (GS-07). Specialized experience is defined as performing contracting and procurement work such as: market research and commercial contracting actions; determining the extent of competition; performing source selection; selecting payment and financing terms; or similar contracting work. In order to qualify for the GS-09 level by substituting education for experience, you must have 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or L.L.B. or J.D.
To qualify for the GS-11 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level (GS-09). Specialized experience is defined as performing contracting and procurement work such as: procuring a wide variety of products and services; administering terms and conditions of contracts; follow-up with vendors on delivery, invoicing and payment; performing price/cost analysis to determine price reasonableness; or similar contracting work. In order to qualify for the GS-11 level by substituting education for experience, you must have 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
To qualify for on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for both the GS-9 and GS-11 grade level (i.e. meeting 50% of the specialized experience requirement and meeting 50% of the education requirement would total 100% after adding the percentages).
This experience must be CLEARLY reflected in your resume or you may be considered not qualified for the position/grade level and will not be considered further.
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:Business ManagementAcquisition and Contract ManagementPost-award Contracting
Time-in-grade requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of federal service at the next lower grade (or equivalent).
This occupation has minimum education requirements regardless of grade level applied for. Submission of unofficial transcripts is required in order for you to be considered for this position. Applicants must have at least a:Bachelors degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees; ANDat 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. This 24 semester hour requirement can be obtained within the degree or in addition to the degree.
Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.Submission of transcripts is required regardless of whether or not you currently occupy or have in the past occupied a position requiring the same education.Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration. You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. One year trial/probationary period may be required. Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.
Other InformationSelection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees. If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government Interest.Recruitment/relocation incentive may be offered.DAWIA level 1 certification is required within 24 months of assignment. DAWIA level 2 certificationis required within 24 months of level 1 completion OR within 24 months of assignment if level 1 isalready obtained.