<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br /><strong>WHAT IS THE OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT (PR) DIVISION? </strong>The Office of procurement provides acquisition services for all Business Units of the IRS and other Bureaus and Offices within Treasury. Our contracting professionals deliver quality service and support throughout the acquisition life cycle, from planning to close out. Our goal is to deliver quality acquisition services to ensure the IRS can meet its mission of effective tax administration.<br /><br /><strong>See Other Information for Locations</strong><br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><strong>WHAT DOES A CONTRACT SPECIALIST DO? </strong>As an IRS Contract Specialist in the Office of Procurement you will apply Federal procurement laws and regulations Department wide to award outside vendors complex and high-profile Federal contracts involving millions of dollars. This entails evaluating proposals, awarding and administering contracts, performing cost/price analyses, negotiating price and technical issues, and preparing contractually enforceable documents. You will conduct strategic analyses of Department requirements to provide input on developing an overall strategic sourcing plan for the Department.<br /><br />As a Contract Specialist you will:<br /> <ul> <li>Develop policies and implement guidance and controls to improve the procurement program</li> <li>Make and defend business positions orally and in writing, as well as develop and communicate negotiation strategies</li> <li>Perform acquisition planning, contract formation, partnering, contract administration, and resolution of disputes and claims, by means of issuing contracting officer decisions and contract modifications in accordance with all applicable procurement laws, regulations and agency policies.</li> <li>Exercise delegated authority to appoint ordering officer's and contracting officer's representatives.</li> <li>Serve as subject matter expert, responsible for exercising independent judgment to accomplish the myriad contracting responsibilities in support of the organizations mission, Incumbent is accountable to the Division Director.</li> <li>Determine appropriate contract type, assist in the development of Independent Government Cost Estimate, conduct market research, identify sources of supply, promote competition, solicit quotes and proposals, facilitate the technical evaluation of proposals, conduct cost or price analysis, determine price reasonableness, develop negotiation strategies, and negotiate with contractors. Maintain complete contract files.</li> <li>Support customers in developing strategic agency-wide sourcing plan(s)</li> <li>As a business advisor for the Department, you will make and defend business positions orally and in writing, as well as develop and communicate negotiation strategies.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS?</strong> If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov <br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 15 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Must be a U.S. citizen or National</li> <li>Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."</li> <li>Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying</li> </ul> <br /><br />-<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:<strong><br /></strong><strong><br /></strong>You must complete all Mandatory Training requirements as described in <strong>DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ACQUISITION CAREER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM HANDBOOK</strong> . AND <br /><br />Have 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions and 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower level as defined below. <strong>AND</strong> a four (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. <strong>OR</strong><br /><br /><strong>Exception:</strong> Employees occupying a GS-1102 position will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on or after January 1, 2000. However, basic requirements and specialized experience requirements must be met in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade.<br /><br /><strong>GS-15 LEVEL: </strong>You must have one (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Acquisition planning, contract formation, partnering with government and industry, administration, and resolution of disputes and claims, and providing procurement advice and counsel to agency program managers and executives; Responsible for overseeing the development and execution of the contracting portion of project management plans; Ensuring the award and administration of contracts complies with applicable contracting laws, directives, and policies; Managing the procurement of all types of equipment, supplies and/or services using multiple acquisition strategies including competition or contracting by negotiations, settlement of terminations for convenience and default, claims for delay and disruption, and resolution of contractor performance issues.<br /><br />- The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service . One year of experience refers to full-timework; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.<br />- To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.<br /><strong><br /></strong><br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow<strong>.</strong><br /><br /><strong>CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: </strong><br /><br />- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. <br /><br />- This is a <strong>non-bargaining</strong> unit position.<br /><br />- We offer opportunities for telework.<br /><br />- A 1-year probationary period is required.<br /><br />- Must successfully complete a background investigation including an FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).<br /><br />- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency<br /><br />- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.<br /><br />- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.<br /><br />- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.<br /><br />- Undergo an income tax verification and review of prior performance/conduct.<br /><br />- Tour of Duty: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. <br /><br />- Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements <br /><br />- Security Clearance- Public Trust-Background Investigation<br /><br />Position is located in Office of Procurement, One (1) vacancy to be filled at Lanham-Seabrook, MD or Washington, DC. <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 />Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.<br /> This position will be filled through the Direct Hire Authority. Under this authority, competitive rating, ranking, and veterans' preference procedures do not apply. Your application will be considered based on education, training, and quality of your experience. For more information on Direct-Hire Authority visit: OPM Direct Hire Fact Sheet .<br /><br /><strong> Referral : </strong> Applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices). We<strong>will not</strong> reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.<strong><br /><br /></strong>If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ), you must be rated as "<strong>WELL QUALIFIED</strong>" to receive special selection priority.<br /><br />This vacancy announcement will be used as a register to fill vacancies through<strong> 05/01/2020.</strong><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 /><strong>A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents</strong>. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).<br /><br /><strong>All applicants</strong> are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. ( Cover letters are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips <strong><br /><br />VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION<br /></strong>If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15 , along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference view<strong> FedsHireVets .<br /><br /></strong><strong><strong>Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION </strong></strong>If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs both within and outside the commuting area.<br /><strong><br />EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION</strong><strong>:</strong> If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. If the position has specific education requirements and you are currently (or have previously been) in the Federal job series to be filled, there is no need to submit a transcript or equivalent at this time<strong>. </strong>An official transcript will be required if you are selected.<br /> A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .<br /><br />If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions. <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.