National Reconnaissance Office
$96,970.00 to $126,062.00
Open & closing dates
$96,970 to $126,062 per year
Pay scale & grade
Permanent - Excepted Service Permanent
4 vacancies in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
The NRO is the U.S. Government agency in charge of designing, building, launching and maintaining America's intelligence satellites. The NRO provides reconnaissance information to the Intelligence Community and the DoD warfighters. For more information see: http://www.nro.gov
VETERANS PREFERENCE/CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL
In accordance with DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, veterans preference is not required to be applied when considering candidates with prior Federal competitive or excepted service who have completed a probationary or trial period and have not been separated for cause. Therefore, veterans preference will not be applied to applicants with current federal service, or former federal civilian service meeting the above criteria.
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As a Contracts Specialist you will be responsible for the following duties:
Serves as a technical contract specialist responsible for pre-award and post-award functions involving complex, highly specialized Intelligence-related procurement activities.
Procurement of major acquisitions related to services and support contracts for multi-discipline, operationally relevant intelligence in the Intelligence Community (IC).
Manages all aspects of the functional area of contract management, including contract formation, solicitation, negotiations, cost and price analysis, award, contract administration, termination and closeout for a variety of contracts.
Frequently the contract management requires special handling or other specialized terms and conditions due to the high visibility of the contracts.
Responsible in executing any or all procurement administration of the resultant contracts.
Performs all necessary acquisition functions in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and other agency-specific guidance.
Performs procurement planning, identifying within assigned programs those services to be acquired by contract.
Plans, develops and establishes long-and short-range procurement plans, strategies and approaches for overall acquisition projects.
Advises program officials in procurement planning meetings of the procurement objectives to be used and explores new or innovative contracting approaches to arrive at equitable contract management.
Serves as a lead negotiator, planning the negotiation strategy, coordination strategy with the negotiation team and leading the negotiations conducted with contractors to reach a fair and reasonable position for all parties involved.
Performs detailed analysis of all elements of costs in contractor proposals, and participates in the source section process for complex requirements.
Serves as a designated Contracting Officer (CO) with signature authority to enter into and bind the government to contracts subject to established dollar threshold when required or as delegated.
Responsible for contract administration functions following contract award throughout the contract life cycle.
Develops and maintains systems to evaluation and monitor contractual performance.
Monitors and ensures contractor performance in accordance with all terms and conditions of the contract.
Negotiates and issues contract modifications driven by technological advances, upgraded operational requirements and other changes characteristic of the type of contract/program involved.
Occasional travel - May be required to travel in military or commercial aircraft to perform temporary duty
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
This announcement is open to: Current and Former Civilian Federal Employees
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
Must be a US citizen
Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
Resume and supporting documents received by 11:59PM EST will be considered
This is a Drug Testing designated position
Position is a (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under U.S.C. 1601
Must obtain/maintain Critical Sensitive TS/SCI clearance w/polygraph
Selectee will be required to sign a mobility agreement
WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible
PCS (Permanent Change of Station): Not Authorized
FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA): Exempt
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Required
TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is Not telework eligible
MOBILITY AGREEMENT: Required NOTICE: Selectee will be required to sign a mobility agreement as a condition of employment.
SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT: For more information please visit: https://www.sss.gov
Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:
Other Notes: Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a two-year trial period.
If selected, Federal employees currently serving in the competitive service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the competitive service by accepting an offer of employment for a DCIPS excepted service positions.
If selected, non-DCIPS candidates must acknowledge in writing that the position they have been selected for is in the excepted service and covered by DCIPS.
Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.
Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA): Selectees are allotted 2 years in which to achieve DAWIA Category C- Contracting Level III certification requirements in accordance with the 1990 Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act. Certification is the procedure through which a military service or DoD Component determines that an employee meets the education, training, and experience standards required for a career level in any acquisition, technology, and logistics career field.
THIS IS A CRITICAL ACQUISITION POSITION (CAP). Selectee for this position will be required to sign a written agreement to remain, for a minimum of three years, in the federal service in this critical acquisition position.
This position serves as a Contracting Officer (CO), which requires the employee to achieve a certificate of appointment after successfully passing a Warrant bond. Selectees must meet DoD 5000.52 requirements as applicable to the duties of the position. See: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/500052p.pdf
This position has a Basic Requirement for the 1102 series: A bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees; AND at least 24 semester hours of study from an accredited institution of higher education in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management obtained within or in addition to the bachelor's degree OR graduate education in one or a combination of fields listed above.
Exception: Current civilian personnel in DoD, who occupied GS-1102 positions or contracting positions with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold in an Executive Department on or before September 30, 2000, are exempt from meeting this requirement. An SF-50 must be provided to show applicant is a current 1102 and has been in this series since October 1, 2000 if using this exception. Current civilian personnel in DoD, in any occupational series, who occupied a similar occupational specialty to the GS-1102 while serving in the military on or before September 30, 2000, are also exempt from meeting this requirement
*NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.
The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1100/contracting-series-1102/
for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position. The experience described in your resume will also be evaluated and screened based on the Department of Defense qualifications standard. See: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/500052p.pdf
for DoD qualification standards, competencies and specialized experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and
QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by 02/19/2018
Applicant must have directly applicable experience that demonstrates the possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies necessary for immediate success in the position. Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience is typically in or directly related to the work of the position to be filled. Experience must be reflected in your resume.
Specialized experience required for this position is: Apply acquisition and contracting policy and regulations in order to advise management on executing a full range of acquisition activities, including pre-award and post award acquisition functions involving highly specialized procurements.
Advise program officials of legal and regulatory requirements, funding requirements, types of contracts, methods for acquisition of major subsystems and support requirements to include cost, schedule and performance incentive plans and subcontracting and set aside policies.
Collaborate with others to monitor and manage contracts, contractor performance, quality and compliance with contract terms and conditions.
Applies knowledge of Federal, DoD and the Intelligence Community acquisition laws, regulations, policies and procedures to the acquisition and contract administration of complex intelligence space systems
Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
1. Organizational Awareness
2. Preparation and Negotiation
3. Advanced Cost and/or Price Analysis
4. Contract Performance Management
5. Oral Communication
Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at: DOD GEN APP INFO
A bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees; AND at least 24 semester hours of study from an accredited institution of higher education in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management obtained within or in addition to the bachelor's degree OR graduate education in one or a combination of fields listed above. Current civilian personnel in DoD, who occupied GS-1102 positions or contracting positions with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold in an Executive Department on or before September 30, 2000, are exempt from meeting this requirement. Current civilian personnel in DoD, in any occupational series, who occupied a similar occupational specialty to the GS-1102 while serving in the military on or before September 30, 2000, are also exempt from meeting this requirement.
Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.
Superior Academic Achievement does not apply to DCIPS positions.
Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.
Foreign Education: For further information, click on the following link: FOREIGN EDUCATION
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All current and former civilian Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive); or similar Notification of Personnel Action documentation, i.e., Transcript of Service, Form 1150, etc.
Employees Serviced by DLA: Civilian Federal employees who receive human resources servicing through the Defense Logistics Agency DO NOT need to submit supporting documentation if applying through merit promotion. Your record in Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF) will be used to verify your eligibility. It is your responsibility to ensure the required documents are in your eOPF for verification purposes. If your documents are not in eOPF, you must submit them to the announcement you are applying for at time of application. Failure to submit all of the documents on time will result in automatic disqualification.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
Background checks and security clearance
Résumé: If multiple resumes are submitted by an applicant, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed for the qualifications and referred for selection consideration if eligible.
Transcripts: REQUIRED--We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59PM EST on 02/19/2018in order to be considered.
Current or former civilian federal employees must provide a copy of your latest SF-50 showing series and grade.
If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment. Additional documents you may be required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying for one of the categories such as a veteran, a current or former permanent Federal employee.)
PLEASE REVIEW the following LINK for additional documents you need to provide or refer to the eligiblity you select in the application process. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits
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How to Apply
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package as described in REQUIRED
Click 'Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
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information about the selected Application Package including: assessment(s) and the status, supporting
documents and their status, correspondence sent to you by the hiring agency, and your application processing
Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at:
Agency contact information
NRO Servicing Team
National Reconnaissance Office
14675 Lee Road
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Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses. A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.
The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.
*NOTE: If you submit a resume but no questionnaire, you cannot be considered for the position. If you submit a questionnaire but no resume, you cannot be considered for the position. Your application will be appropriately documented and you will be removed from further competition against this announcement.
REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants. Note: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.
The National Reconnaissance Office provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the point of contact for this job announcement. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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Fair & Transparent
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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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National Reconnaissance Office
Website : http://www.nro.gov/
When the United States needs eyes and ears in critical places where no human can reach – be it over the most rugged terrain or through the most hostile territory – it turns to the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The NRO is the U.S. Government agency in charge of designing, building, launching, and maintaining America’s intelligence satellites. Whether creating the latest innovations in satellite technology, contracting with the most cost-efficient industrial supplier, conducting rigorous launch schedules, or providing the highest-quality products to our customers, we never lose focus on who we are working to protect: our Nation and its citizens.