Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by an Act of Congress in 1968 & headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center provides an essential link between the policy & academic communities by creating programs & communication opportunities that examine current & emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world. It is a non-partisan/non-advocacy institution supported by both public & private funds.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><strong>Applicants are encouraged to read the entire vacancy announcement prior to applying.</strong> <br /><br />This position is located in the Wilson Center's Financial Management Office. The Financial Management Office strives to establish and communicate policies and procedures necessary to safeguard and ensure the proper and efficient use of Wilson Center's financial resources; maintain the Center's accounting and financial reporting systems; and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.<br /><br />The incumbent of the position serves as <strong>CONTRACT SPECIALIST</strong> providing wide range of contracting and financial management duties. At the full performance level, the major duties and responsibilities of this position include, but not limited to:<br /> <ul> <li>Provides contracting services to the organization, which include pre-award analysis and post award contract administration.</li> <li>Serves the organization with delegated contracting authority to execute procurement/contract agreements on behalf of the organization using federal and/or trust funds to purchase goods and services to include, but not limited to, furniture, equipment, software, licensing, supplies, services, and publications (including agreements with intellectual property rights terms).</li> <li>Serves as organization's Contract Technical Officer for purchase orders and retains current training certification.</li> <li>Performs a wide range of analytical, technical and administrative duties in the execution of both Trust and Federal financial activities.</li> <li>Ensures obligations and expenditures are made in accordance to the applicable laws and Wilson Center policies.</li> <li>Prepares, compiles, reviews, and reconciles various internal reports produced by the Trust accounting system for Wilson Center activities which includes general ledger revenue and expenses, accounts payable, and procurement.</li> <li>Retrieves financial reports and data from financial systems to analyze information.</li> <li>Administering the organization's automated travel and time/attendance systems.</li> </ul> <br />At the GS-09 level, you will be performing similar work with additional guidance, trainings, and supervision from your supervisor. The scope and complexity of work is less than that of the full performance level but you will be exposed to complex contracting and financial management issues.<br /><br /><strong>Condition of Employment: </strong>The incumbent will be required to successfully complete appropriate trainings and/or certifications in order to obtain and maintain delegated contracting authority.<br /><br />If selected for the position, you will be required to file an annual financial disclosure. <br /><br /><strong>Recruitment incentive MAY be authorized. </strong><br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Travel may be required (10% or less).<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 11 – Promotion to the full performance level is not automatic or guaranteed. It requires approval from your supervisor. <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a citizen or national of the United States.</li> <li>You must complete a background investigation.</li> <li>Selective Service Registration is required, if applicable</li> <li>You may be required to complete a probationary period.</li> <li>You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit.</li> <li>You must have a valid Social Security Number.</li> </ul> <br /><br />All Qualifications criteria must be met by the closing date of announcement.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>To minimally qualify for this position, you must meet both the BASIC REQUIREMENT and the QUALIFICATIONS CRITERIA: </strong><br /><br /><strong> A. BASIC REQUIREMENT </strong>:<br /><br />A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field<br /><br /><strong> OR </strong><br /><br />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 />Exception: Employees 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 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 US Department of Education, and appears on a college or university transcript. <br /><br /><strong> B. QUALIFICATIONS CRITERIA: </strong><br /><br />Specialized Experience for GS-09: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-07) level:<br /> <ul> <li>Reviewing contracting or procurement actions to ensure accuracy of the contract.</li> <li>Reviewing and/or preparing solicitations or proposals.</li> <li>Assisting in evaluating bids and proposals to obtain reasonable prices for the organization.</li> <li>Performing financial management functions to include gathering financial data, reviewing accounting data for accuracy and preparing a wide variety of accounting and financial documents (i.e., accounts payable, travel, and financial reconciliations).</li> <li>Applying accounting principles, concepts, methods, and techniques to independently perform basic accounting duties, such as reconciliations or close outs for various types of accounts.</li> <li>Administering an organization's automated travel program.</li> <li>Administering an organization's time and attendance system.</li> </ul> <br /> <strong>OR</strong> <br /><br />Education: Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.<br /><br /><strong>OR</strong> <br /><br />Combination of Education and Experience: Combination of graduate level education and specialized experience to qualify for this position. Only graduate level education in excess of one year (i.e., 18 semester hours) may be combined with experience under this standard.<br /><br />NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts to support your eligibility. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. If selected, you will be required to provide copies of your official transcripts. <br /><br /><strong>In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).</strong><br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br /><strong>Time In Grade (TIG) Requirement for General Schedule (GS) Positions: </strong>Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in­-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-07 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-09 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.<br /><br /><strong>CTAP/ICTAP: </strong>To receive special priority consideration for eligible applicants, you must rate a score of 85 or better on the established ranking criteria. Additional information can be found at CTAP/ICTAP .<br /><br /><strong>EEO Policy</strong>: The Wilson Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors.<br /><br /><strong>Reasonable Accommodation</strong>: Federal agencies provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.<br /><br /><strong>Schedule A</strong>: Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For additional information, see https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/hiring/ .<br /><br /><strong>Information for Veterans:</strong> The category rating process does not add veteran's preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade or higher. For additional information, see Veteran Information . <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 />Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement.<br /><br />Qualifying applications will be placed into one of the following categories:<br /><br />1. Gold (Best Qualified)<br />2. Silver<br />3. Bronze<br /><br />Applications in the Best Qualified category will be evaluated to ensure that the Specialized Experience and other eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the résumé and supplemental documents submitted.<br /><br />You will be rated based on the following competencies:<br /> <li>Contracting / Procurement Service Delivery</li> <li>Financial Management Service Delivery</li> <li>Research Skills</li> <li>Financial Systems</li> <li>Communication Skills</li> <br /><strong> Note: Additional assessment/s may be included as part of the application process, which may include, but not limited to, providing a writing sample, a timed writing assessment, situational assessment, and/or panel interviews. </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>The following documents are required for ALL APPLICANTS: </strong><br /> <ul> <li>A Résumé showing relevant experience including <strong>hours worked per week and month/year dates of employment</strong>.</li> <li>Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire completed online</li> <li>Federal employees must submit an SF-50 showing <strong>career or career-conditional tenure</strong>, or other relevant eligibility for appointment to competitive service.</li> <li>Other official document that provides evidence of your eligibility for a special appointment authority.</li> <li>Unofficial transcripts, if you are using your education to qualify.</li> </ul> <br /><strong> Applicants applying for VEOA or other veteran appointments must submit: </strong><br /> <ul> <li>A copy of your DD214, Member Copy 4; or </li> <li> A certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days for current Active Duty members. </li> <li> VA Letter of Disability, if applicable. </li> <li> Veterans claiming 10-Point Preference must also submit an SF-15 Form and ALL documents indicated on the form as proof for the type of preference.<br /> </li> </ul> <br /> <strong>Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP Eligibility must submit:</strong> <br /> <ul> <li>Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from; or </li> <li>Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation; or Separation SF-50; or </li> <li>Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held; or </li> <li>Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>Failure to submit or provide any of the above mentioned required documents, including missing information in your resume, may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents have been </strong><strong>submitted.</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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