Contract Specialist

U.S. Department of State Arlington, VA
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

This position is located in various organizations that comprise the Office of Acquisition Management, Office of Logistics Management, Bureau of Administration (A/LM/AQM). The office manages, plans, and directs the Department's acquisition programs and conducts contract operations in support of activities worldwide, including acquisition planning, contract negotiations, cost and price analysis, and contract administration; provides administrative support and managerial activities for the organizations and employees of the Department and other Federal agencies; provides the department with acquisition expertise, acquisition training assistance, and assistance in the development of acquisition training materials in conjunction with the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) for the professional development of Department employees, as well as in developing policies, standards, and procedures for the implementation of worldwide contracting and business agreement activities; and exercises oversight and management responsibilities for the Department's regional procurement support offices currently located in Frankfurt, Germany and Fort Lauderdale, FL.

This position is eligible for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

This position is also being announced through competitive examining procedures under Announcement #A/LM-2018-0014. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Merit Promotion procedures must apply to both announcements.

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Responsibilities

The duties of the position include but are not limited to:

* Serves as Contract Specialist responsible for all aspects of the contracting transactions from initiation to recommendation of award to procure items or services where standard contracting procedures must be modified and for contracts that encompass issues which are largely undefined and require extensive analysis and evaluation to identify the scope of the problems and to reach decisions on appropriate courses of action.

* Develops procurement objectives in terms of competition and price range, and constructs the contractual vehicle including use of pricing arrangements, subcontracting policy, set-aside policies, and similar considerations.

* Examines and evaluates the contractors prospective cost estimates or price proposals to determine the necessity and reasonableness of proposed contract costs.

* Develops pre-negotiation position and conducts contract negotiations of which receive high level interest such as congressional interest or national media attention.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

14

Who May Apply This job is open to… Agency Employees Only, per 3 FAM 2315

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

* Job family (Series)

1102 Contracting

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* U.S. Citizenship is required.

* Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.

* One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.

* Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.

* Statement of Employment & Financial Interest required prior to appointment.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement.

If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants applying for the GS-14 grade level must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for this position:

IN ADDITION to the requirements below, the following mandatory Defense Acquisition University (DAU) or DAU-equivalent training is required to qualify for this position. Additional information can be found at: www.dau.mil/catalog.

* CON 100 Shaping Smart Business Arrangements

* CON 110 Mission support Planning

* CON 111 Mission Strategy Execution

* CON 112 Mission Performance Assessment

* CON 120 Mission focused Contracting

* CON 214 Business Decisions for Contracting

* CON 215 Intermediate Contracting for Mission Support

* CON 216 Legal Considerations in Contracting

* CON 217 Cost Analysis and Negotiation Techniques

* CON 218 Advanced Contracting for Mission Support

* CON 353 Advanced Business Solutions for Mission Support

* 5 elective courses in related fields

AND

A. In addition to completing the mandatory Defense Acquisition University (DAU) or DAU-equivalent training requirements listed above, you must have at least 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions AND 1 full year of this experience is specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service AND completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field from an accredited college or university AND this degree included or was supplemented by 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.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

* Experience developing advance procurement plans for acquisitions of large and/or complex multiple year projects.

* Experience planning negotiation strategies and leading negotiation sessions with prospective contractors.

* Experience working with the full spectrum of contract administration from pre-award planning and decision making to post-award administration and closeout.

OR

B.In addition to completing the mandatory Defense Acquisition University (DAU) or DAU-equivalent training requirements listed above, you have occupied your position, which is classified in the GS-1102 series, since January 1, 2000 AND have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in paragraph A above under qualifying specialized experience.

OR

C. Have NOT completed the mandatory Defense Acquisition University (DAU) or DAU-equivalent training, the 4 years experience in contracting or related positions AND/OR a 4-year course of study leading to a Bachelor's degree that included 24 semester hours in the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management, HOWEVER, you have 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and therefore you MAY qualify for a waiver based upon your demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance and qualifying experience.

Note: All applicants qualifying based on education / training WILL BE required to submit transcripts and/or training certificates as verification of educational requirement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you will be rated ineligible for this position.

Education

See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.