U.S Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency
$54,972.00 to $86,460.00
Open & closing dates
$54,972 to $86,460 per year
Pay scale & grade
GS 09 - 11
Full-Time - Full Time
Multiple Appointment Types
Few vacancies in the following location:
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Individuals with a disability
Family of Overseas Employee
Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agency. DLA provides worldwide logistics support for the missions of the Military Departments and the Unified Combatant Commands under conditions of peace and war. It also provides logistics support to other DoD Components and certain Federal agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, and others as authorized.
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As a Contract Specialist, GS-1102-09/11, you will be responsible for the following duties:
This position may be filled at either grade level. Please indicate the grade(s) for which you want to be considered. If selected at the GS-09 level, the selectee may be non-competitively promoted to the next grade level in the time frame allowed by the merit promotion regulations and upon recommendation of the supervisor. Promotion is contingent upon satisfactory completion of any required training, regulatory requirements; demonstrated ability to perform the duties of the position and the availability of work at the next level at the time of promotion.
At the GS-09 level, incumbent will participate in formal and on-the-job training designed to prepare them for advancement to the target level position. Assignments are designed to provide diversified experience as a foundation for future responsibility.
Procures complex parts, often in support of one or more weapons systems.
Develops contractual strategy and resultant acquisition plan, which may involve the use of various innovative contracting vehicles.
Reviews procurement requests for clarity, adequacy, and completeness.
Reviews contract terms and technical specifications to identify any special requirements.
Analyzes settlement proposals, audit reports, technical evaluations, and subcontractor claims.
ABOUT THE POSITION: This is an Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (ATL) Workforce Position in the Contracting Career Field. The incumbent will be required to become certified at Level II in the applicable career field within 24 months, unless a Position Requirements Waiver is approved to extend the 24 months. AT&L position requirements will be used in the evaluation criteria.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Current Permanent Federal Employee, Interchange Agreement Agency, and Former Federal Employee. ICTAP (Must be in Commuting Area). Individuals with Special Appointing Authorities: Individuals with Disabilities, 30% Disabled Vet or more, Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Military Spouse, Family Member Pref, EO12721,http://www.dla.mil/Portals/104/Documents/Careers/downloads/AOC Eligibility Definitions 20140611.pdf
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Conditions of Employment
Must complete initial online questionnaire and additional assessment(s)
See Conditions of Employment for requirements related to this position.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Work Schedule: Full-Time
Tour of Duty: Flexible
Overtime Work: Occasionally
Security Requirements: Non-Critical Sensitive With Secret Access
Drug Testing Designated Position: Yes
Fair Labor Standards Act: Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
Supervisory Probation: NA
Completion of Supervisory Certification Program: NA
Preemployment Physical: No
Emergency Essential: No
Reemployed Annuitant: Does Not Meet Criteria
The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at:
For an explanation of the conditions of employment, please review the definitions at: http://www.dla.mil/portals/104/documents/careers/GenAppInfoDef.pdf
To qualify for a Contract Specialist, your resume and supporting documentation must support:
A. Basic DoD 1102 Requirement: Public Law 106-398, Section 808: A.) A baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees AND B.) at least 24 semester hours (or equivalent) of study from an accredited institution of higher education in any of the following disciplines; accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management; OR C.) a current civilian employee in DoD or member of the Armed Forces, who occupied an 1102 position, contracting officer position, or comparable military contracting position with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold on or before September 30, 2000 are excluded from the requirements of A. AND B. above.
B. Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is directly in or related to this position. In addition to meeting the Basic DAWIA Requirement above, to qualify for the GS-09 grade level, specialized experience must be at the GS-07 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military or private sector. To qualify for the GS-11 grade level, specialized experience must be at the GS-09 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military or private sector. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade (General Schedule (GS) positions only), time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the cut-off/closing date of the announcement. Creditable specialized experience includes:
Applied knowledge of commonly used contract methods and contract types relating to the performance pre-award functions.
Applied knowledge of formal advertising sufficient to solicit bids to procure a variety of requirements ranging from standard to specialized supplies or services.
Applied knowledge of contract negotiation techniques sufficient to negotiate or administer contracts where the contracting actions are well defined and well precedented.
Skill in using automated procurement and supply systems.
Applied knowledge of a wide range of contracting methods and contract types to develop and/or administer a limited amount of large and sometimes complex contracts including those with specialized provisions or terms.
Skill in analyzing difficult issues and recommending solutions.
Applied knowledge of business practices and market conditions sufficient to evaluate bid responsiveness, contractor responsibility and contractor performance.
Knowledge of procurement statutes, Executive Orders, policies and regulations, procedures, and related material to identify and analyze procurement issues and their impact on local procedures.
C. Education Substitution: Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Education must be from a college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education. See http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx. If using education to meet basic qualifications, YOU MUST SUBMIT A TRANSCRIPT as supplemental documentation. In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement above, to qualify based on education in lieu of specialized experience you must possess:
GS-09: 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D.
GS-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or, three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M. if related.
Please review the General information and Definitions at: http://www.dla.mil/portals/104/documents/careers/GenAppInfoDef.pdf
INFORMATION FOR VETERANS is available at http://www.dla.mil/Careers/Programs/veterans.aspx
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 resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and USA Hire assessments. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
The assessments for this job will measure
Attention to Detail
Contract Administration: Manage and award contracts in accordance with Federal and agency contracting laws.
Contract Termination: Terminate contracts using applicable FAR (and supplemental) requirements if it is in the best interest in the government either termination for convenience or cause/default.
Contract Solicitation of Offers: Conduct conferences to inform offerors of the requirements of the acquisition.
Contract Negotiations: Negotiates price, contract type, and terms and conditions.
Coaching/Mentoring: Encourages employees to continually improve competencies.
For General Competency definitions, please review at: http://www.dla.mil/portals/104/documents/careers/GenAppInfoDef.pdf
Experience: Your Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (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.
If you are applying as an ICTAP candidate please review ICTAP information at: http://www.dla.mil/portals/104/documents/careers/GenAppInfoDef.pdf
(see Special Priority Consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)).
Background checks and security clearance
The documents you are required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee). Please review the following to see if there are any documents you need to provide: http://www.dla.mil/portals/104/documents/Careers/supportingdocumentation.pdf
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.
Benefits for federal employees
Pay and leave
For information regarding Federal benefits, please see: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online questionnaire, the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on Monday, January 22, 2018 to receive consideration. The application process will follow the bullets outlined below. Notifications are provided to correspond with each step that is outlined below.
Click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the initial online questionnaire. To view the initial online questionnaire View Assessment Questions
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
o If you log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
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o When you receive a notification from your USAJOBS account it may indicate that your application is complete after you submit the initial online questionnaire and documentation, however, your application will NOT be complete until you have successfully completed the next step described below.
If you meet minimum qualifications based on the initial online questionnaire responses that you submit, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. The invitation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments will be sent from email address assessments@USAHire.opm.gov
. Failure to complete the entire process will result in you being found ineligible. Please plan to set aside at least 3 hours for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments; however, most applicants complete the assessments in less time.
o You must complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments within 48 hours after the close of this Job Announcement to be eligible for this position. Your results will be kept on record for use when applying for future jobs that require the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You will not be allowed to re-take them for one year.
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To preview the questionnaire, please go to View Assessment Questions
You may review the status of your application within your profile on USAJOBS:
Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, click here for more information about the request process: http://www.usajobs.gov/content/pdfs/USAHireReasonableAccommodation.pdf
. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments must be received before the JOA closes to be considered for this job opening. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. After notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. If the email invitation is sent prior to the close of the Job Opportunity Announcement to which you applied, you must complete all of the assessments within 48 hours of the closing of the Job Opportunity Announcement. If the email invitation is sent after the close of the Job Opportunity Announcement to which you applied, you must complete all of the assessments within 48 hours from the time the email is sent.”
Agency contact information
Jennifer M. Elliott
DLA Human Resources Services Columbus
3990 E Broad Street
Bldg 11 Section 3
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If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, you will receive an email from assessments@USAHire.opm.gov with a link to take the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. This assessment must be completed within 48 hours after the close of this JOA. If you have not received the link to the assessment within 24 hours of the closing date and you meet the minimum qualifications for the position, you should contact HelpDesk@USAHire.opm.gov to request the invitation to be re-sent. NOTE: If you have previously taken a USA Hire assessment, you MUST still click on the link received in the OPM email to connect your previously completed test. Failure to complete the entire process will result in you being found ineligible.
Based on your qualifications and/or assessment scores, applicants that are found among the most highly qualified may be referred to the hiring official for consideration, and you will receive a notification of referral. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and as part of the selection process, applicants may be required to complete additional supplemental documents. Once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision. If interviews are conducted, DLA uses a technique called Behavior Based Interviewing (BBI)
Be sure to check your USA Jobs account for your notification updates.
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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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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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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U.S Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency
Website : http://www.dla.mil/Pages/default.aspx
As America's combat logistics support agency, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, other federal agencies, and combined and allied forces with the full spectrum of logistics, acquisition and technical services. The Agency sources and provides nearly 100 percent of the consumable items America's military forces need to operate, from food, fuel and energy, to uniforms, medical supplies, and construction and barrier equipment. DLA also supplies more than 84 percent of the military's spare parts. In addition, the Agency manages the reutilization of military equipment, provides catalogs and other logistics information products, and offers document automation and production services. The Defense Logistics Agency is headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va. As a global enterprise, wherever the United States has a military presence, DLA is likely there as well.