Department Of The Interior Bureau of Reclamation
$103,106.00 to $134,038.00
Open & closing dates
$103,106 to $134,038 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - This is a FULL TIME position
Permanent - This is a PERMANENT position.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
Relocation expenses are authorized with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision. First-Post-of Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointment or reinstatement eligibles.
This job is open to
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Individuals with a disability
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Program Manager for a Regional Contracting Office. You can make a difference by ensuring contracts are awarded appropriately and the government's funds are expended wisely.
Here is an opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!
Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.
Location – Boise, ID
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Position serves as the Program Manager of the Acquisition and Financial Assistance Management Group for the Pacific Northwest Region.
- As principal staff officer for procurement and contracts, renders specialized advice and counsel to the Regional Director, Deputy Regional Director, Regional staff officials, and field offices.
- Responsible for the oversight, implementation, and accomplishments of the Pacific Northwest Region’s acquisition programs and initiatives.
- This position is ultimately responsible for maintaining the independence and integrity of the Pacific Northwest Region acquisition programs. The incumbent is responsible for providing senior-level management advice and counsel, as well as serving as a buffer for the acquisition workforce when their independence is questioned or hampered.
- Plans and develops arrangements for providing procurement services that efficiently meet short-and long-term needs most economically.
- Establishes regional policies, standards, and procedures for the administration of a Region-wide procurement program. -
- Exercises supervisory control and authority over the activities of the Acquisition and Financial Assistance Management Group including subordinate offices, supervisors and employees ranging in grade from GS-5 to GS-13.
- Responsible for the management of the Acquisition and Financial Assistance Management Group workload, including but not limited to, assignment, solicitation, award, post-award administration, and close-out.
- Conducts and/or supervises acquisition management reviews and evaluations of subordinate offices.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel to various locations for meetings, training, or site visits to bureau area, power and field offices.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Merit Promotion: Current Federal employees serving under competitive service career or career-conditional appointments, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, persons eligible under CTAP and ICTAP, VEOA eligible veterans or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special appointing authorities (such as 30% Disabled Veterans, VRA, Schedule A, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA, etc.).
Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.
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Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship or National.
Suitability for Fed employment determined by Public Trust investigation.
You must meet specialized experience requirements - See Qualifications.
Submit transcripts to verify education requirements.
Required to complete Financial Disclosure Form if selected.
Required to submit your FAC-C Level III Certificate or DAWIA equivalent.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement.
TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).
Selective Placement Factor: Must possess a Level III Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) or an equivalent certification such as the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III Certification. You must submit a copy of your certification. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position. Current FAC-C holders certified under the previous (Legacy) FAC-C program will be transitioned (grandfather in) at their current level of certification as long as their continuous learning requirements are met. Training requirements for all three levels have changed dramatically with almost all new courses (Refresh) required. Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) must be obtained every two years. To maintain a FAC-C, certificates holders are required to earn 80 CLPs of skills currency training every two years, beginning with the date of their certification. It is the contracting professional’s responsibility to ensure that their continuous learning requirements are met with in their maintenance cycle and that they apply for their recertification in a timely manner.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: A: Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years’ experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13, and must provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.
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.
MANDATORY TRAINING COURSES: The following mandatory training courses (including the former and new training courses or their equivalent) are required to meet DOI Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) certification for appointment or progression to positions at or above the GS-13: https://www.fai.gov/drupal/certification/contracting-fac-c#Cert
Level I (Legacy training): Shaping Smart Business Arrangements (CON 100), Mission Support Planning (CON 110), Mission Strategy Execution (CON 111), Mission Performance Assessment (CON 112), Mission Focused Contracting (CON 120). (Refresh training): Shaping Smart Business Arrangements (CON 100) or Contracting Basics (FCN 101), Contract Planning (CON 121), Contract Execution (CON 124), Contract Management (CON 127), Basic Contracting for GSA Schedules (FAC 023), Small Business Programs (FAC 031), Performance-Based Payment & Value of Cash Flow (CLC 057), Introduction to Contract Pricing (CLC 058), Fundamentals of Cost and Price Analysis (CON 170), FAR Fundamentals (CON 090) or FAR Fundamentals (FCN 190).
Level II (Legacy training): Business Decisions for Contracting (CON 214), Intermediate Contracting for Missions Support (CON 215), Legal Considerations in Contracting (CON 216), Cost Analysis and Negotiation Techniques (CON 217), Advanced Contracting for Mission Support (CON 218). (Refresh training): Business Decisions for Contracting (CON 200), Legal Considerations in Contracting (CON 216), Analyzing Contract Costs (CLC 056), Intermediate Cost and Price Analysis (CON 270), Managing Government Property in the Possession of Contractors (CLC 051), Negotiating (HBS 428), Source Selection and Administration of Services Contracts (CON 280), Contract Administration & Negotiation Techniques in a Supply Environment (CON 290). Plus all required Level I training.
Level III (Legacy training): Advanced Business Solutions for Mission Support (CON 353) and two electives plus at least 4 years contracting experience. (Refresh training): Contracting for Decision Makers (CON 360), Select an HBS module other than HBS 428; AND
32 hours of electives (they need to be acquisition-related, they should be commensurate with your level, and each elective taken must be a minimum of 8 CLPs), Mission-Focused Services Acquisition (ACQ 265), Understanding Industry (ACQ 315), Acquisition Law (ACQ 370), Construction Contracting (CON 244), Fundamentals of Cost Accounting Standards (CON 252), Advanced Contract Pricing (CON 370). Plus all required Level I & II training.
In addition to meeting Basic Education and Mandatory Training courses, applicants must have specialized experience or additional education as defined below:
Specialized Experience Requirements: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, the HR Office must be able to determine that the applicant meets the specialized experience requirement - this information must be included in the resume.
To qualify at the GS-14 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in Federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as: analyzing procurement requests to determine requirements, types of contracts, and acquisition plans; recommending changes to statements of work and specifications; planning of negotiation strategy; and supervising or leading a small team or office. Specialized work experience will include planning, developing, implementing, maintaining, and administering all contractual aspects of a procurement/acquisition program; and may include experience overseeing grants and agreements and financial assistance programs; and experience with negotiation techniques, cost/price analysis, legal and regulatory interpretations, and subcontracting requirements. Communicating with senior management, mid-level supervisors, and staff to achieve objectives; and supervising, developing, motivating, and managing professional, technical, and clerical staff.
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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
This position has a mandatory education requirement. Applicants must submit a copy of college transcript(s) (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support claimed education if substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in being rated not-qualified for the position.
Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
If selected, the selectee will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify educational qualifications. An official transcript bears the University Seal and a signature certifying its authenticity and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree. Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment. Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer.
Applicants initially appointed to a career-conditional position must serve a 1-year probationary period.
If the selectee has not previously served as a federal manager or supervisor, he/she will be required to serve a 1-year managerial probation period.
DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including applicant rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify
Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify registration with the Selective Service System or that the applicant is exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: http://www.sss.gov
Public Trust Background Investigation. The selectee must successfully undergo Public Trust background investigation. The selectee will be required to undergo a reinvestigation of his/her background every 10 years. If the selectee is found to be unsuitable for the position, either initially or upon the reinvestigation, he/she will be removed from the position.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcripts to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through your resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Knowledge of Government-wide, Departmental, and Bureau acquisition laws, regulations, procedures, and related guidance including extensive knowledge of the FAR, DOI, and other procurement regulations and policies. (To effectively provide guidance and direction to program customers and acquisition staff, to ensure the integrity of the acquisitions awarded and administered by the Group, and to effectively implement acquisition programs and initiatives.)
2. Ability to lead and supervise a diverse group of individuals. (To include assigning, tracking, and directing work to ensure timely workload completion and accountability.)
3. Knowledge of various contracting methods and techniques. (To include pre-award and post-award functions, acquisition methods, and financial assistance.)
4. Ability to analyze various situations, identify alternatives, and recommend solutions.
5. Skill with interpersonal communication.
Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education, and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that an applicant has rated themself higher than is apparent in his/her description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that his/her resume/application is incomplete, the applicant may be rated ineligible or his/her score may be lowered.
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Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate.
SF-50, NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) MUST submit a copy of their SF-50, verifying highest rate of pay and documenting career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which the applicant is claiming eligibility. Do not submit award SF-50s. FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN SF-50 VERIFYING STATUS WILL RESULT IN THE APPLICANT NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.
VEOA: For candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), he/she must submit the appropriate DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) documenting eligibility.
Special Non-Competitive Appointing Authorities: For more information on special non-competitive appointing authorities, visit: http://www.usajobs.gov/ei/index.asp
DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: Applicants who are entitled to veterans’ preference must submit a copy of his/her DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from his/her command if he/she is currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves the applicants military service was performed under honorable conditions. If the applicant has a compensable service connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214.
For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp
CTAP/ICTAP: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements) and score at least
on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp
Transcripts: Applicants MUST furnish a copy of college transcripts, if applicable. If selected, the applicant will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.
Training Certificate: A current valid Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C), Level III or equivalent (i.e., DAWIA). Provide proof of certificate with the application and appropriate CLPs, if needed.
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.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top of the page.
This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation’s Hiring System—HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html
As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in the applicant not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include:
-- Auto Requested Fax or uploading from the applicants USAJOBS profile – instructions provided during the online application process
-- E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023
-- Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1425, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234
-- Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources – Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho.
Include the applicant name and vacancy number on supporting documents.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If an applicant needs a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the HR office at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
Agency contact information
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
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Upon successful submission of the application packet, applicants will receive a confirmation email from USAJOBS. If this email confirmation is not received by the applicant, the application has not yet been accepted by the system.
After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in the USAJOBS profile.
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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.
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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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Department Of The Interior Bureau of Reclamation
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