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The Acquisition Management Division (AMD) is seeking a highly motivated, high performing individual to serve as a Contract Specialist. AMD supports all phases of the acquisition process, from acquisition planning to post-award services for a variety of goods and services used in daily operations.
First cut-off will be November 26, 2021 for referral to hiring manager. Applications received after the cut-off date will be considered as vacancies become available.
(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)
Examines and evaluates the contractor’s prospective cost estimates or price proposals to determine the necessity, fairness, and reasonableness of proposed contract costs. Reviews past performance reports and conducts reference checks to determine the financial and technical capability of award candidates for the purpose of assessing risk to the government for the successful attainment of program goals and to determine if the award candidate has an acceptable level of integrity and is financially and technically responsible. Advises and assists program officials in the drafting of proposal analysis reports documenting the technical evaluation process for selecting sources.
Monitors outstanding contracts to ensure satisfactory progress, to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the contract, and to identify problems that threaten contractor performance.
Negotiates contract modifications and the terms and costs of contract changes.
Performs work related to the termination of contracts for either convenience of the Government or default of the contractor. Negotiates the termination settlement with the contractor, including equitable adjustments, change proposals, costs, profit, and other related matters.
Procures products and services using negotiation techniques. Negotiates with prospective contractors on pricing, performance, technical terms, and other provisions. Prepares written requests for proposal; publicizes requirements; issues solicitation documents; analyzes offers received; prepares negotiation positions; evaluates technical and cost proposals; negotiates cost, fee or profit as well as technical issues; and enters into a formal contract with the offeror.
Performs work involving the analysis, operation, or administration of automated contracting systems.
Performs contracting work using formal advertising procedures. Advertises, solicits, locates sources, and procures a variety of products and/or services. Prepares an invitation for bid, publicizes the requirements for items and services to be procured, issues the solicitation document, reviews the bids for responsiveness to the solicitation, determines financial responsibility and performance capability of the bidders, and awards the contract. Uses a variety of contract types, such as performance based, fixed price, purchase orders, cost-reimbursement, cost-plus-fee (including fixed fee, incentive fee, and award fee), as well as grants, cooperative agreements, and other transactions to procure items and/or services. Reviews procurement submissions for adequacy and completeness, and resolves any problems prior to initiation of contractual action.
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship required.
- Subject to background/suitability investigation/determination.
- Federal payments are required to be made by Direct Deposit.
- Requires registration for the Selective Service. Visit www.sss.gov.
- Pre-employment drug testing required.
- 1-year probationary period may be required.
- Submit all required documentation.
- Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
See Other Information for further requirements.
A. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree with a major in any field;
B. 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.EXCEPTION: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the basic requirement for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-11
In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirement, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-9. Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to contracting work and has equipped you with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience includes applying contracting procedures & techniques to carry out recurring assignments involving the use of formal advertising & negotiated methods of contracting & contract administration; reviewing requisitions and recommending procurement methods; procurement off-the-shelf items or services; negotiating contracts.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: The experience requirements for the GS-11 level may be met by successful completion of 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education in an accredited college or university, in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management; OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
An appropriate combination of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the total qualification requirements.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-12
In additional to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 which is in or directly related to contracting work and which has equipped you with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is experience in contracting/procurement work, such as: procuring a wide variety products and services requiring modification of standard contracting procedures; administering terms and conditions of contracts; performing price/cost analysis to determine price reasonableness; negotiating modifications to contracts; negotiating termination of contracts; reviewing contractor compliance with special contract clauses; conducting market research.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS GRADE 13:
A. Demonstrate completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) Level III or equivalent requirements which can be found at http://www.fai.gov/drupal/content/fac-c-certification-requirements table#, and (2) Have at least 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions.
B. Successful completion of a full four year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree with a major in any field, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours/36 quarter 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. EXCEPTION: Applicants for GS-1102-13 positions will be qualified if they have held a GS-1102-13 position since January 1, 2000.
D. WAIVER: Requirements of paragraphs A and B above may be waived if the agency’s 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.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-13
In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience is: planning, executing, and administering contracting matters, including pre-award and and/or post award contracting functions relating to the acquisition of goods and services to support the programs and operations of an organization. Must include explaining legal and regulatory requirements and contract terms and conditions which impact significant procurement issues; determining the contract methods to be used and develops the terms and conditions for the solicitation; applying knowledge of a procurement functional area sufficient to provide expert advice and consultation; providing policy interpretation; performing in-depth evaluations of the financial and technical capabilities/performance of the contractor, and anticipating problems.
Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.aspAll qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
See Other Information.
-THIS IS A DIRECT HIRE PUBLIC NOTICE: Direct Hire allows agencies to appoint candidates directly to occupations for which the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has determined there is a severe shortage of candidates or a critical hiring need. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the OPM Direct Hire Guidelines.
– Applicants selected with no prior Federal service normally start at the Step 1 of the selected grade.
– Current civil service employees will receive new appointments if selected under this Direct Hire Authority
– This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
– This position is included in the bargaining unit.
– This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
– This position may be eligible for telework per agency policy.
– Recruitment incentives may be authorized,
– OJP offers opportunities for flexible work schedules.
– As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employees 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 by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement. Due to COVID-19, if selected, you may be expected to telework for an undefined period under the Departments evacuation authority, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Employees in this status may be notified of a requirement to report in person to the component workplace with an advance notice of not less than 30 days. Prior to a requirement to report to the workplace, employees may be eligible to request to continue to telework, per agency policy.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
For Direct Hire applicants: Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Direct Hire guidelines. Veterans’ Preference does not apply to direct hire recruitment procedures.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, or if your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website, which can be found at https://www.opm.gov
REMINDER: ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (ALL APPLICANTS):
1. Resume and/or work history profile,
2. Unofficial Transcripts for ALL degrees (Official Transcripts will be required upon selection),
3. FAC-C Level III or equivalent certification (required for GS-13 only). Certificate must be attached to application package.
Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
If you are a CTAP/ICTAP applicant: CTAP/ICTAP applicants must be well qualified to be referred for consideration. If you score 85 or above, you are considered to be well-qualified and will be referred to the selecting official.
If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(u) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the Agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 Non Competitive Appointment. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.br />
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