This position is located in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Procurement and Contract Management Division. The incumbent will serve as the Deputy Director responsible for ensuring that agency policies and procedures comply with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and planning, negotiating, and administering the procurement of goods, systems, or services with specialized state-of-the art, critical or scarce requirements.
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As a Supervisory Contract Specialist, GS-1102-15, your typical work assignments may include the following:

  • Supervises, manages, and evaluates the overall performance for a team of subordinate supervisors, team leaders, professional, technical, and support personnel.
  • Assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the nature, and complexity of work and capabilities; sets priorities and tracks progress of work; and evaluates work performance.
  • Serves as the subject-matter-expert on contract negotiations responsible for organizing and leading negotiations, overseeing contract administration, and closeouts.
  • Provides guidance on policies related to acquisition-specific requirements such as: development of acquisition strategies, source selection, and evaluating the performance of contractual actions.
  • Responds to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on contract protests lodged by commercial vendors and represents the agency in a manner that minimizes costly program delay and litigation.
  • Collaborates with the Office of General Counsel to ensure procurement activities comply with the intent of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Directives.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident is required for this appointment.
  • Males born on (or after) 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System or have an approved exemption. Visit www.SSS.gov for more info.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Direct deposit is required per Public Law 104-134.
  • Relocation expense will not be paid.
  • Subject to random drug tests.
  • Must obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance prior to appointment date. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
  • Must be a current permanent employee with the Executive Office of the President.
  • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
  • May be required to serve a supervisory probationary period.
  • Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) Level III Certification is required.
  • Must complete an Office of Government Ethics (OGE) confidential financial disclosure form 450.
  • Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards. In order to qualify for the Supervisory Contract Specialist, applicants must meet the basic requirement and the minimum qualifications requirements for this position. All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: In accordance with OPM Qualification Standards, the Contracting Series, 1102 has a basic requirement.
In order to meet the basic requirement for the 1102 Series, applicant meets one of the requirements listed below:
I have completed 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. I have at least 1 year of that experience that qualifies as specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position. Note: College transcripts must be included in your application package, if you are qualifying based on your education. -OR-

B. I have completed 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: College transcripts must be included in your application package, if you are qualifying based on your education. -OR-

C. I have an exception. Federal 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. -AND-

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level or pay band in Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 level or pay band in Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector: (1) Providing sound business advice to senior management officials on Federal acquisition laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and statutes. (2) Planning, negotiating, and administering the procurement of goods, systems, or services with state-of-the art, critical, and/or scarce requirements. (3) Guiding the full range of post award contract administrative activities including issuing contract modifications, negotiation changes, exercising options, investigating and resolving contractor delays, contractor performance, terminations, and disposition of claims.

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.


In accordance with OPM Qualification Standards, the Contracting Series, 1102 has a basic requirement. Visit the link below to review basic requirements: https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1100/contracting-series-1102/ .

Are you using education to qualify? You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Pass/Fail Courses: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

Graduate Education: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show 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. Applicants must submit transcripts in application package.

Additional information

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, you must be a preference eligible or a Veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Active Duty Military Members may apply under this announcement due to the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act. You must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions along with your application for Federal employment. A certification is a document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date of application. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service ( https: www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx ).

Inter-Agency Career Transition Assistance Programs & 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 visit: http: www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp . For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link: https: www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/ictap/

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement: http: www.eeoc.gov/federal/index.cfm

Employment Information Resources – Resource Center: https: help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:

  • Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
  • Other Special Appointment Authorities

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 Alternative Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified 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):

Accountability – Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.

Contracting/Procurement – Knowledge of various types of contracts, techniques or requirements (for example, Federal Acquisitions Regulations) for contracting or procurement, and contract negotiation and administration.

Oral Communication – Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.

Problem Solving – Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.

Written Communication – Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.

All eligibility, qualifications, and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed
2. Other supporting documents:

  • Cover Letter, optional
  • College transcript(s), if the position has an education requirement or if you are utilizing education as part of your basic qualifications.
  • Most recent SF-50, "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). Do not submit an Award SF-50 as it does not identify all the required information needed for eligibility verification.
  • 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. DD-214 must be a Member 4 or Service 2 copy which reflects the type of discharge/character of service.
  • Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
  • Career Transition Assistant Program/Inter-Agency 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.)

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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