U.S Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
$114,590.00 to $164,200.00
Open & closing dates
$114,590 to $164,200 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Falls Church, VA
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Individuals with a disability
Clarification from the agency
Current or Former Permanent Civilian Federal Employees in the Competitive Service; Displaced employees (Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan - ICTAP eligible) within the Local Commuting Area; and individuals eligible for the following Special Appointing Authorities: Veterans with a disability rating of 30% or more, Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) and Individuals with Disabilities.
The position(s) covered by this vacancy announcement is in the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo). For more information please see: ACQDEMO
The Missile Defense Agency develops and fields an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) capable of providing a layered defense for the homeland, deployed forces, friends, and allies against ballistic missiles of all ranges in all phases of flight.
This position is located within the Missile Defense Agency, The Missile Defense Agency develops and fields an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) capable of providing a layered defense for the homeland, deployed forces, friends, and allies against ballistic missiles of all ranges in all phases of flight.
This position is located within the Missile Defense Agency, Contracting Matrix (DAC).
This position will be filled as an NH-04 Medium, with a starting salary of $114,590 to $158,680 for Falls Church, VA (includes 28.22% locality), unless statutory or regulatory rules prevail.
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As a Contract Specialist you will be responsible for the following duties:
- Solicits, analyzes, evaluates and negotiates contractors' proposals for highly specialized research and development and/or weapons systems requirements for programs/activities of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).
- Coordinates, analyzes, and negotiates acquisitions of cost reimbursement, fixed-price contracting, competitive and sole source contracting in such areas as prototype development of sophisticated research and testing equipment; weapon systems/major systems; software systems development; complex services, and development of new and unique materials.
- Conducts acquisition planning and, in coordination with the technical and/or program office, determines the contractual strategy to be used in the acquisition of a specific program element.
- Processes, analyzes, evaluates, performs cost analysis, provides input for the competitive range determinations or makes the competitive range determination if serving as a contracting officer, and develops a pre-negotiation position for proposals.
- Assists in devising negotiation approaches; develops new information to establish a pricing position when historical cost data is not available; negotiates individual contracts to obtain services at a fair and reasonable price within acceptable timeframes; and develops final contract accordingly.
- Serves as a contract specialist and member of a negotiating team responsible for planning, coordinating, and negotiating a variety of procurements pertaining to research, development, test and evaluation, complex services, and/or weapon/major systems requirements essential to MDA's mission.
- Serves as a procuring contracting officer with an unlimited warrant.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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
Suitable for Federal employment determined by background investigation
May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
This is a Drug Testing designated position
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.
ACQUISITION POSITION: This position requires Acquisition Workforce Level III Contracting Certification prior to hiring is not essential but must be accomplished within 24 months after entry into this position.
Work Schedule: Fulltime
Tour of Duty: Flexible
Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
Financial Disclosure: Required
Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
Selective Service Requirement: Please visit http://www.sss.gov for more information
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. 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.
*NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.
You must have one year Specialized Experience equivalent to the NH-03 (GS-13) - level in the Federal service (experience may have been gained in the private/military sector) giving the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. Experience must be reflected in your resume.
Specialized experience required for this position is:
· Demonstrated experience in Federal and/or Industry Procurement and Contracting regulations, policies, and procedures in order to award and/or administer a wide range of contracting options as it relates and is relevant to Special Access Programs.
· Demonstrated experience in researching, analyzing (cost and/or price analysis), organizing, evaluating, communicating data and supporting analyses (oral or written), summarizing results, and making appropriate recommendations to senior level management.
· Demonstrated experience with various types of contracts and procedures to acquire sophisticated or unique research, development, test and evaluation services, weapon systems, equipment and/or components, through the use of cost and fixed-price contracting, cost sharing arrangements, and/or multiple awards, as well as special provisions, such as those relating to proprietary rights in data or similar considerations as it relates and is relevant to Special Access Programs.
· Demonstrated experience in reviewing and evaluating contractor proposals or requests for proposals, developing documentation and criteria to substantiate cost/price negotiations positions, skillfully employing negotiating techniques with representatives of the private sector or with Government experts or managers sufficient to procure extensive services and complex systems and equipment.
· Demonstrated experience in applying procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise in leading a team of acquisition and/or procurement professionals, to include guiding the formulation of sound acquisition strategies, negotiating complex contractual actions, and maintaining credibility on technical issues, to ensure the team delivers quality work products and services as it relates and is relevant to Special Access Programs.
· Demonstrated experience working with Special Access Programs.
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.
Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.
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: Foreign Education
Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, the veteran must be a preference eligible or a veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies 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 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 ICTAP eligibility. For more information:
Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
Person with Disabilities- Schedule A
Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
Other Special Appointment Authorities
Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.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 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.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
1. Demonstrated knowledge of negotiation techniques and guidelines, including proposal evaluation and development of the government's negotiation position.
2. Demonstrated knowledge of sources of supply, including market research techniques to identify prime and subcontracting opportunities.
3. Demonstrated knowledge of various Federal contracting regulations, guidelines, policies, and procedures.
4. Demonstrated knowledge of various contract types, as well as both sole source and competitive acquisition processes.
Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.
This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. 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
Other supporting document
Cover Letter, (optional)
College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education. 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 02/22/2018 in order to be considered
Most recent SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service and not serviced by DLA)
Most recent Performance Appraisal, (if applicable)
DD-214, 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)
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.)
PLEASE REVIEW the following LINK for additional documents you need to provide: Supporting 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.
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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.
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.
To preview the questionnaire, please go to https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10128369
Agency contact information
MDA Servicing Team
Missile Defense Agency
Bldg 5222 Martin Rd
Redstone Arsenal, AL
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Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated. You will receive another notification about the status of your application.
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: 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.
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U.S Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
Website : http://www.mda.mil/
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is a research, development, and acquisition agency within the Department of Defense. Our workforce includes government civilians, military service members, and contractor personnel in multiple locations across the United States. We are focused on retaining and recruiting a dedicated workforce interested in supporting our national security. As we develop, test, and field an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), the MDA works closely with the combatant commands (e.g. Pacific Command, Northern Command, etc.) who will rely on the system to protect the United States, our forward deployed forces, and our friends and allies from hostile ballistic missile attack. We work with the combatant commanders to ensure that we develop a robust BMDS technology and development program to address the challenges of an evolving threat. We are also steadily increasing our international cooperation by supporting mutual security interests in missile defense.