Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br /><strong>Securing Travel, Protecting People</strong> – At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please: Click Here <br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />This Contract Specialist position is located within Contracting and Procurement (C&P), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If selected for this position, you will serve as a senior level Contract Specialist (Small Business) for complex acquisition programs. Typical assignments include, but are not limited to:<br /> <ul> <li>Planning small business initiatives and utilization on complex contracts/procurements of goods, systems or services,</li> <li>Developing and/or reviewing complex contractual pricing arrangements and incentives.</li> <li>Managing all small business contractual aspects of a major program, requiring long-range procurement planning.</li> <li>Administering complex contracts which require day-to-day negotiations of significant contract changes, monitoring numerous special provisions, coordinating extensive subcontracting involvement, and observing rigid time frames.</li> <li>Auditing or reviewing major acquisitions of similar complexity, presenting findings, and recommending corrective actions and policy or procedure improvements.</li> <li>Developing guidance materials and providing technical advice to program officials and contracting officers on the nuances of the varied small business programs. Assisting with the receipt of Request for Information (RFI) and identifying small businesses capable for consideration for possible awards. Reviewing, advising on, developing, and recommending operating unit-wide or agency-wide procurement processes and systems, procedures, and policies.</li> </ul> <br />The major duties described above reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, the lower Pay Band (H Band) performs the same duties but will receive more guidance and training and projects or work assignments may be less complex.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> I <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.</li> <li>You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).</li> <li>You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.</li> <li>You must comply with education and training requirements for this position.</li> <li>Disclosure of your financial information is required.</li> <li>See additional "Conditions of Employment" in "Other Information" section</li> </ul> <br /><br /><strong>Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.</strong><br /><br />Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.<br /><br /><strong>Conditions of Employment: </strong><br /> <ul> <li><strong>Selective Service registration is required.</strong></li> <li><strong>You must comply with education and training requirements for this position.</strong></li> <li><strong>You must obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.</strong></li> <li><strong>Selective Service registration is required.</strong><strong><br /></strong></li> <li><strong>For the SV-H: Must be able to obtain and maintain the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level I. Must attain Level II FAC-C for career progression to the I-pay band.</strong></li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>Basic Requirements for SV-H:</strong><br /> <ul> <li>A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;</li> </ul> <br />OR<br /> <ul> <li>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.</li> </ul> <br />Note – For positions at GS-12, applicants who are qualifying based on experience must possess at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level, that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position, in addition to meeting the basic requirements above you must meet the specialized experience.<br /><br /><strong>Specialized Experience for H Band:</strong><br /><br />To qualify for the SV-H Pay Band (equivalent to GS-12), you must have one year of specialized experience at the SV-G or GS-11 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. <strong>Specialized experience is defined as:</strong><br /> <li>Applying contracting laws, regulations, principles, and procedures to plan and carry out contracting and procurement activities; AND</li> <li>Performing contract management activities such as requirement definition, source selection, contract execution, and contract management in pre and post award phases on contracting actions.</li> <br /><strong>Basic Qualifications for SV-I:</strong><br /><br />You must meet all requirements listed below (A, B, C AND D), unless you are covered by an exception or an individual training waiver is necessary:<br /><br />A. <strong>EXPERIENCE</strong>: A minimum of four years of progressively more responsible experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience equivalent to at least the SV-H Pay Band or GS-12 in the Federal Service, or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position (see section D for specifics).<br /><br />B. <strong>EDUCATION</strong>: 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.<br /><br />C. <strong>TRAINING REQUIREMENTS</strong>: In addition to the education and experience requirements listed above, you must have completed all Acquisition Certification Level I and II training prescribed by the Department for progression to the SV-I Pay Band. DHS training requirements are further defined in DHS, CPO Policy on Professional (GS-1102) Career Information and the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Program. This information may be found at: http: www.fai.gov/drupal/certification/contracting-fac-c . Please provide training transcripts that verify CLP credit hours.<br /><br />The Department may obtain an Individual Training Waiver for an individual who does not meet the DHS Training Requirements so that applicants who do meet the above education and specialized experience requirements, but do not meet the above listed DHS Training Requirements, are encouraged to apply. The Assistant Administrator for the TSA Office of Acquisition must obtain the waiver from the DHS Chief Procurement Officer prior to extension of an employment offer.<br /><br />D. <strong>SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE for I Band:</strong> is defined as experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. To qualify for the SV-I Pay Band (equivalent to GS-13), you must have completed all mandatory training listed above prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to SV-I or GS-13 equivalent contracting positions, including 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least one year of that experience must have been specialized experience equivalent to the SV-H Pay Band or GS-12 in the Federal service or equivalent in the private sector. <strong>Specialized experience is defined as:</strong><br /> <li>Applying contracting laws, regulations, principles, and procedures to plan and carry out contracting and procurement activities; AND</li> <li>Performing contract management activities such as requirement definition, source selection, contract execution, and contract management in pre and post award phases on contracting actions; AND</li> <li>Applying project management principles and techniques to lead teams in acquisition program activities. </li> <br /><strong>Exceptions to Qualification Requirements (Applicable to Internal or Status Applicants Only): As of January 1, 2000, all GS-1102 employees who had continuously encumbered GS-1102 positions are considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades GS-5 through GS-12 or equivalent will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12 or SV-H. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade GS-12 or SV-H. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.</strong><br /><br /><strong>SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR for the SV-I: Must possess a Level II Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C).</strong><br /><br /><strong>Note:</strong> Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.<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 />You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies. Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at: http: www.opm.gov .<br /><br />To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position. <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.<br /><br />If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, 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, fine, or imprisonment.<br /><br />TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence. <br /><br />It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. For more information, click here .<br /><br />Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized. <br /><br />More than one position may be filled from this announcement.<br /><br />If you are entering TSA employment on an appointment without time limitations, you must serve a basic trial period unless you have already met the requirement.<br /><br />TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. For more information click here .<br /><br />View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.<br /><br />Veterans and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement. <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 />You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation. You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.<br /><br />Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Grouping procedures. Under Category Grouping, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:<br /><br />Best Qualified – applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;<br /><br />Well Qualified – applicants possessing experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job; and<br /><br />Qualified – applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.<br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Secret <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><strong>In addition to a resume and the assessment questions, you must submit copies of any of the following documents if you are applying based on current or former Federal Government Status, Veterans' Preference or eligible Veterans' Service (a veteran who was honorably discharged from the armed forces after completing at least three (3) years of continuous active duty service), or education or a combination of education and experience:</strong><br /><br /><strong>SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action – Current TSA employees are not required to submit an SF-50 to support eligibility for Status consideration.<br /><br />If you are not a current TSA employee: you must submit your most recent Notification of Personnel Action SF-50 (or equivalent document) to support your eligibility for Status consideration.</strong><br /><br /><strong> NOTE: An award SF-50 (i.e. cash or time off award) does not indicate grade or level (i.e. pay band) or tenure to determine your eligibility for this position and will not be accepted. </strong><br /><br /><strong>DD-214 – If you are claiming Veterans' Preference or eligible Veterans' Service, provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other appropriate documentation to prove your entitlement and to provide verification of an Honorable Discharge. </strong><br /><br /><strong>SF-15 and VA Letter – If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based upon a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 or other proof of entitlement; an SF-15, and the required proof of disability, i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later. </strong><br /><br /><strong>Transcripts – If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.</strong><br /><br /><strong>Certification (SV-I) – You must submit a copy of your Level II Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C). Additionally, you must provide training transcripts that verify continuous learning points (CLP) credit hours.</strong><br /><br /><strong>If you do not submit required documentation described in this job opportunity announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.</strong><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.


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