U.S Department Of The Interior, Office of the Secretary of the Interior
$114,590.00 to $148,967.00
Open & closing dates
$114,590 to $148,967 per year
Pay scale & grade
Few vacancies in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
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.
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
Current career or career conditional Federal employees, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, including employees who are eligible for consideration under a special hiring authority (e.g. Peace Corps, Severely Disabled, 30% disabled, etc.), and current or former time-limited employees eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) are eligible to apply. Note: Applicants applying under LMWFA must apply under competitive merit promotion procedures. For more information regarding the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, P..L. 114-47, please visit: https://www.chcoc.gov/content/implementing-policy-guidance-land-management-workforce-flexibilitiy-act
Veterans who are eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) may apply as well. To be eligible under the VEOA, applicants must be preference eligibles or have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three or more years of continuous active service. Persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special authorities (e.g., Severely Disabled, 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Peace Corps returnees, etc.) Such individuals need not be current or former Federal employees.
This position is in the Department of the Interior, Interior Business Center, Acquisition Services Directorate (AQD). AQD is a line of business within the U.S. Department of the Interior's Interior Business Center (IBC), and provides a full spectrum of acquisition services to all Federal agencies. AQD helps managers in every Federal agency to fulfill their missions by providing expert, compliance-based acquisition solutions. With nationwide offices and more than $6 billion in contract awards, AQD has an unbeatable track record for providing practical solutions to Federal managers.
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As a CONTRACT SPECIALIST typical work assignments include:
Experience and advanced expertise in managing the acquisition of commercial services to include a heavy focus on information technology utilizing FAR Part 12, FAR Part 12 using the guidance from FAR Part 15, FAR Part 13, and FAR Subpart 13.5, Test Program for Certain Commercial Items.
Planning, developing, and establishing contractual strategies for highly complex, long term contracts for which limited or no contractual precedents exist.
Advising senior executives in the organization, IBC, DOI, and client agencies on analysis, planning and approvals required for procurement planning and strategies.
Exercising contracting officer authority to plan, execute, and administer the full range of acquisition responsibilities for highly complex, multi-agency contracts.
Serving as senior contracting advisor; conveying technical leadership to coordinate, consult, and facilitate complex technical and analytical contractual information.
Performing all phases of contract administration for highly complex, multi-million dollar contracts.
Occasional travel - 1 to 5 nights per month for training and conferences.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Status Candidates, Veterans Recruitment, Individuals with Disabilities, Land Management, Military Spouses, Peace Corps, and Former Overseas Employees
Questions? This job is open to 6 groups.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
Direct Deposit of pay is required.
Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
Status candidates must meet time-in-grade (see Requirements).
Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
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).
Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp)
Appointment Authorities: For more information on appointment authority eligibility requirements:
Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A
Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
Other Special Appointment Authorities
OPM Interchange Agreement and Other Miscellaneous Authorities
ALL APPLICANTS FOR THIS POSITION MUST POSSESS THE FOLLOWING BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
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 (NOTE: You are required to submit your unofficial college transcripts from an appropriately accredited educational institution in order to document completion of the educational requirements for this position. The unofficial transcripts must be legible and include your name, major, school name/location, course title/number, date completed, grade, number of credits earned, and degree(s) conferred. In the case that your transcripts do not show that a degree was conferred, you may submit your unofficial transcripts AND a copy of your degree certification. If selected, official transcripts will be required prior to establishing an entrance on duty date.)
At least 4 years experience in contracting or related positions - 1 year of which is specialized experience or equivalent to work at the next lower level in the Federal service.
ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
Current Federal Acquisition Certification - Contracting (FAC-C) Level II or higher CERTIFICATE or Defense Acquisition Workforce Certification (DAWIA) in Contracting Level II or higher CERTIFICATE;
Completed Level I training courses as required by the Federal Acquisition Institute. Individual training courses are listed below:
CON 100 Shaping Smart Business Arrangements OR FCN 101 Contracting Basics;
CON 121 Contract Planning;
CON 124 Contract Execution;
CON 127 Contract Management;
FAC 023 Basic Contracting for GSA Schedules;
FAC 031 Small Business Programs;
CLC 057 Performance-Based Payment & Planning for Cash Flow;
CLC 058 Introduction to Contract Pricing;
CON 170 Fundamentals of Cost and Price Analysis;
CON 090 (DOD) FAR Fundamentals OR FCN 190 (FED) FAR Fundamentals.
The training curriculum for GS-1102s is completion of FAC-C Level II mandatory training courses. Training requirements can also be viewed at the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) webpage.
FAC-C courses are listed below, DAWIA equivalents are also acceptable.
CON 200 Business Decisions for Contracting
CON 216 Legal Considerations in Contracting
CLC 056 Analyzing Contract Costs
CON 270 Intermediate Cost and Price Analysis
CLC 051 Managing Government Property in the Possession of Contractors
HBS 428 Negotiating
CON 280 Source Selection and Administration of Service Contracts
CON 290 Contract Administration & Negotiation Techniques in a Supply Environment
***Legacy FAC-C courses are acceptable if Level II training was completed and the individual FAC-C Level II was certified prior to October 1, 2015. For Level II training completed after October 1, 2015, individuals must have completed FAC-C Refresh courses. DAWIA equivalents are also acceptable.
**Applicants certified at Level II, must achieve Level III certification within 24 months of appointment.
(NOTE: COPIES OF THE CERTIFICATION OR TRAINING CERTIFICATES AS OUTLINED ABOVE MUST BE PROVIDED WITH YOUR APPLICATION BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.)
One year of specialized experience or equivalent work at the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to developing and implementing policies and procedures that affect the full life cycle of procurement and contracting functions; developing acquisition plans in coordination with clients, coordinating and assuring that procurement actions are consistent with federal and organizational policies and objectives; assuring that appropriate documentation is provided to support justification for sole sources solicitation, justification for federal assistance, delegation of procurement authority, and other actions; conducting pre-award and post-award conferences; performing on-site pre-award surveys and monitoring on-site bench marking of proposals; representing the organization at conferences, seminars, and meetings; using innovative procedures and techniques to award complex, competitive negotiated contracts, direct source acquisitions using socioeconomic programs (Small Business Administration 8(a)), and other contracts to produce a positive outcome for the client; performing procurement planning - developing procurement objectives for the program in terms of competition and price range, and constructing the contractual vehicle including use of pricing arrangements, subcontracting policy, set-aside policies, and similar considerations.
Exception: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupied 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. If using this exception to qualify you MUST submit an SF-50 that supports the title, series, and grade occupied on 01/01/00.
A written test is not required.
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.
You are required to submit your unofficial college transcripts from an appropriately accredited educational institution in order to document completion of the educational requirements for this position. The unofficial transcripts must be legible and include your name, major, school name/location, course title/number, date completed, grade, number of credits earned, and degree(s) conferred. In the case that your transcripts do not show that a degree was conferred, you may submit your unofficial transcripts AND a copy of your degree certification. If selected, official transcripts will be required prior to establishing an entrance on duty date.)
All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
The duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.
Stipulations of Employment:
Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.
If selected, you may be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450).
This position allows for a flexible work schedule.
DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Applications: help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information
This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.
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, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
Influencing / Negotiating
Legal, Government, & Jurisprudence
Technical Competency - Contracting / Procurement
Technical Competency - Technical Documentation
Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment mm/yy and duties performed.
2. SF-50 or DD-214
Current/Former Career/Career-Conditional Eligible: Your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, as well as the highest grade (or promotion potential) held, on a permanent basis. (LMWFA eligibles must also submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal or documentation of acceptable level of performance.)
4. FAC-C or DAWIA (Please refer to the Qualifications section of this vacancy for certification details)
5. Other supporting documents:
SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities
Non-competitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal)
Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
Cover letter, optional
It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted prior to the closing date of the announcement.
Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp
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
To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.
You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.
Read the Eligibility questions carefully. The questions address if you are eligible to apply to this JOA. Your responses will affect your consideration for the position. You may qualify for more than one eligibility, so please choose carefully. You will only be considered under the options you have selected. If you respond that you do not meet any of the eligibility questions, you will not be considered for this position.
You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.
To verify the status of your application, 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 Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
You may preview the Assessment Questionnaire at: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10114751
If you have questions about this job, please contact the HR Office representative listed in the Agency Contact Info section of this vacancy announcement. If you need assistance in applying on-line, please refer to the How to Apply section above and explore the Federal Application Process information on the USAJobs website.
Agency contact information
IBC AQD Acquisition Mgmt Division I
381 Elden Street
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For status updates on your application, please follow the directions listed above in the How to Apply section. Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. If you are selected for an interview for this position, you will be contacted directly. A final job offer for this position is typically made within several weeks after the closing date of the vacancy announcement. After confirming a job offer, all other applicants will be notified of their non-selection.
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