<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, C4IT-Service Center Contracting Office in Portsmouth, VA.<br /><br />This announcement has multiple cut off dates:<br />04/26/2019 <br />05/12/2019<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />You will serve as a Contract Specialist with complete responsibility to plan and recommend for execution, all contractual actions and phases for assigned programs.<br /><br />Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:<br /><br />At the full performance level of GS-12, typical work assignments include:<br /> <ul> <li>Performing all aspects of the contracting transactions from initiation to recommendation of award to procurement of items or services with specialized requirements.</li> <li>Analyzing the requirement, recommending revisions to the statement of work or specifications, and deciding on the type of contract, milestones, and acquisition plans.</li> <li>Performing contracting work through use of negotiating techniques.</li> <li>Surveying the market to determine the availability of items or services with specialized requirements.</li> <li>Coordinating contract administration activities for long-term, extensive technical service contracts and/or cost type contracts.</li> <li>Utilizing in-depth price/cost analysis techniques.</li> <li>Negotiating complex modifications to contracts.</li> </ul> <br />At the GS-11 level:<br /> <ul> <li>Reviewing procurement requests, prepares and reviews justification and approvals;</li> <li>Preparing solicitations incorporating all the correct provisions and clauses; analyzes bids/proposals</li> <li>Determining compliance and conformance to the solicitations;</li> <li>Developing pre- and post- negotiation memoranda;</li> <li>Monitoring and administering contracts through final delivery and acceptance, final payments and contract closeouts;</li> <li>Analyzing procurement requests to determine requirements, recommending changes to statements of work, and determining appropriate type of contract.</li> </ul> <br />At the GS-09 level, less complex duties will be performed under closer supervision.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 12 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>U.S. Citizenship is required. </li> <li>Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.</li> <li>Unofficial Transcripts are required at the time of application.</li> <li>This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).</li> </ul> <br /> All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Basic Education Requirement for GS-09 through GS-12: 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field; OR 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. EXCEPTIONS TO GS-12 QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.<br /><br />NOTE: The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) does not grant Academic degrees; therefore courses completed at the DAU are not creditable towards meeting the 24 semester hour requirement, in the fields identified above, unless the coursework has been evaluated by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and appears on a college or university transcript.<br /><br />IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS ABOVE, APPLICANTS MUST HAVE SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AS LISTED BELOW:<br /><br />GS-9 level: 1-year of federal specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level. Examples: developing procurement plans; preparing and issuing solicitation documents OR To substitute education for specialized experience, completion of 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related OR combination of education and experience. To qualify for GS-1102 positions on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.<br /><br />GS-11 level: 1-year of federal specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level. Examples: reviewing official contract files; preparing written requests for proposal OR To substitute education for specialized experience, completion of 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, if related OR combination of education and experience. To qualify for GS-1102 positions on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.<br /><br />GS-12 level: 1-year of federal specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level. Examples: negotiating complex modifications to contracts; participating in negotiations or serving as a primary cost/price negotiator.<br /><br />Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.<br /><br />National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.<br /><br />The Office of Personnel management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule, C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />This position has a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail. <br /><br />FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.<br /><br />DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at click here <br /><br />Recruitment incentives may be authorized.<br /><br />All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.<br /><br />For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources . Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. See the required documents section of the announcement.<br /><br />More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.<br /><br />If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6272. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line self assessment questions that are based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:<br /><br />The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are:<br /><br />1.Knowledge of a wide range of contracting methods and contract types and of contracting principles, laws, statutes, Executive Orders, regulations and procedures applicable to pre-award and/or post award actions.<br /><br />2.Knowledge of economic, statistical, accounting, and financial analysis principles and techniques.<br /><br />3.Knowledge of Federal, departmental or agency, and local contract laws, regulations and procedures applicable to the acquisition and contract administration of unique equipment and services.<br /><br />4.Knowledge of various types of contracts, methods of contracting and selection factors.<br /><br />5.Knowledge of report writing techniques sufficient to write procurement memoranda and minutes of meetings and to draft contract provisions and support documentation.<br /><br />6.Skill in identifying business practices and market conditions applicable to program and technical requirements.<br /><br />7.Knowledge of cost accounting methods and techniques sufficient to understand contract cost accumulation and estimating systems<br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />1. Your resume<br />2. Your responses to the online questionnaire<br />3. <strong>Submit a legible copy of your unofficial college transcript from an accredited college/university. </strong>The transcript copy must reflect the college/university name and/or logo. Applicants are highly encouraged to proactively order a copy of their official transcripts to be delivered to their home address so transcripts will be readily available if selected. If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts prior to establishing your start date. Foreign education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited institutions in the U.S. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here. <br />4. If you are claiming special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), submit a copy of your agency notice, most recent performance rating and most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level and duty location. If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. To be considered eligible, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position. Please see ICTAP eligibility. <br />5. If you are a current active duty military member who does not have a DD214 and is claiming preference under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces indicating that you will be discharged or released under honorable conditions from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. Certifications must be on letterhead from the appropriate military branch and include the following information: military dates of service and expected discharge or release date, character of service, military rank, type of discharge and date when terminal leave will begin. Certifications must be signed by, or by direction of military members' military personnel offices, unit commanders or higher headquarters.<br />6. OPM must authorize employment offers for former or current Political Appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information. Submit proof of your former or current status, such as your SF-50. Please see here. <br /><br />All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you are unable to submit your documents electronically, you may fax or mail the documents. A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with fax number and instructions to transmit the requested documents. The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement. The mailing address is COMMANDANT (CG-123HQ), ATTN OFFICE OF CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES (JOBS), US COAST GUARD, 2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE STOP 7912, WASHINGTON, DC 20593-7912.<br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.