Closing date extended to 8/26/2020.
As a Contract Specialist, you will plan and manage highly specialized procurements within the industries delegated to this portfolio, of significant importance to the Government, an Agency and/or the Nation.
This position is located in General Services Administration (GSA), Federal Acquisition Service, Office of Travel, Transportation and Logistics. 1800 F. Street NW Washington, DC.
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We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed for other GSA organizations.
The incumbent will serve as a senior Contract Specialist within the Acquisition Operations Division, and will perform the following duties:
- Consults with and supports internal and external customer, providing technical guidance and advice on contracting matters in a professional, courteous and timely manner.
- Performs pre and post award functions involving highly specialized procurements of significant importance to the agency
- Develops procurement objectives in terms of competition and price range and constructs the contractual vehicle including use of pricing arrangements, subcontracting policy, set-aside policies and similar considerations
- Provides guidance in the preparation of Statement of Works (SOW) for solicitations and task orders as well as the review of statements of work prepared by team members and/or program offices for the acquisition of non-personal services and commodities and ensures that SOWs are unambiguous, state the Government's requirements and are not intentionally restrictive of competition
- Plans a comprehensive negotiation strategy, coordinates strategy with other technical experts involved and leads negotiations, which are conducted with contractors to develop the contract prices and terms, and awards the contract.
Occasional travel – Occasional travel may be required.
Conditions of Employment
- US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
- Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
- Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable
- Register with Selective Service, if you are a male born after 12/31/1959
- Must participate in Direct Deposit of Pay
If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
- Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
- Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 3 investigation level).
- Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position
For each job on your resume, provide:
- the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
- number of hours per week you worked (if part time).
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The GS-13 salary range starts at $102,663 per year.
Basic Requirements for Contracting Series GS-13 and Above:
You must meet the requirements in 1, 2, or 3 below:
Specialized Experience Requirement:
In addition to the basic requirement above, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the Federal service.
Specialized experience is progressively responsible experience in performing the full range of pre-award and/or post award activities utilizing various types of contracts such as fixed price, various cost types, requirements, performance based and multiple award schedules) and evidence of professional potential, business acumen, and drive for results, relationship building, and self-motivation in order to procure a variety of complex or specialized products and/or services; OR experience requiring sufficient knowledge of contracting regulations, policies, and procedures and an organization's program and technical requirements in order to conduct reviews of contracts or contracting actions, recommend or plan improvements to an organization's procurement program.
Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Bargaining Unit status: NFFE
Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.
Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your overall possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your responses to these questions must be supported by your resume or your score may be lowered.
- Knowledge of Federal and Agency procurement objectives, policies, manuals and regulations, national and worldwide contract laws and procedures applicable to the acquisition and contract administration of a wide range of highly technical, complex equipment, systems and services.
- Knowledge of contract types, methods of contracting and techniques including cost and incentive contracting, award fee, cost sharing arrangements, processing of unsolicited proposals, multiple awards, special provisions relating to proprietary rights and rights in data.
- Knowledge of cost and price evaluation techniques to conduct detailed financial assessments of technical data involving state of the art information technology, defense or security systems and extremely high dollar value procurements.
- Ability to interpret laws, regulations, principles and policies to generate new procurement concepts and to recommend to top management approval of procurements for the largest, newest and/or critical state of the art systems, equipment and services.
- Skill in negotiating techniques to conduct contract negotiations and to meet and deal with high-level business, industry, scientific and/or Government officials.
Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.
If you are eligible under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan or GSA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP) , you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)
Trust determination process
ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.
Note: If required to submit an SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action), an equivalent agency Notice of Personnel Action form is acceptable. Such document(s) must show all of the following: effective date, position, title, series, grade, and rate of basic pay, tenure group 1 (career) or 2 (career-conditional), position occupied group, and name of agency. If you are a GSA employee (except in the OIG), you are not required to submit an SF-50.
If you are ICTAP / CTAP eligible – submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.
Contracting Documentation: Submit A or B:
(A) Mandatory contracting training – submit a or b below:
(a) GSA's Mandatory Training Requirements which can be met by one of the following: Completion of Training listed in Level I & II of FAC-C Course Requirements (use the link to view specific courses); or if you have a FAC-C Level II or III, or a DAWIA level II or III certification, your training is fully qualifying for GSA's Mandatory Training requirement. If your certification is over 2 years old, 80 hours of Continuous Learning Points are required to maintain certification.
(b) list of completed courses including: official course title, course number, training provider, training hours completed, and the date completed
(B) Proof of contracting certification – submit the following:
(a) FAC-C or DAWIA Level II or higher certification (copy of certificate)
If certification is over 2 years old, also submit (b) or (c) below:
(b) Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) history identifying the completion of 80 CLPs every two years. The 80 CLPs every two years must be from the issuance date of certification to current period.
(c) If you are a FAITAS member, you may submit your Continuous Learning Achievement Certificate from FAITAS. On your "My Continuous Learning" page, click on the "approved" link under Achievement Status to print a copy of your most recent certificate.