Supervisory Contract Specialist

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

Help Duties Summary

The position is located in the Bureau of Administration, Office of Logistics Management, Office of Acquisitions Management, Diplomatic Security Contracts Division, Worldwide Protective Services Branch (A/LM/AQM/DSCD/WPS). The Division is responsible for establishing acquisition agreements that include contracts, financial assistance, and inter agency agreements for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS). The Branch provides support to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security's High Threat Protection Operations. Currently, DS manages high threat programs in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Kabul, and Iraq. Program operations provide protection and security to Chiefs of Mission, Embassy Staff, and Foreign Heads of State in these locations and others as deemed necessary by DS. The Branch manages cradle to grave contracting support in the billions of dollars and coordinates DCAA audits. In addition, staff travel to designated high threat areas to provide contract oversight and support.

The incumbent serves as Chief of the Worldwide Protective Services Branch, providing leadership and supervision to a staff of professional and administrative personnel managing complex, sensitive, high-profile contracts that provide security operations in the most critical threat posts around the world. Exercises the full breadth of contract authority through participation in and oversight of acquisition planning, contract formulation, solicitation, negotiation, modification, administration, resolution of disputes, and termination.

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

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* Manages a staff of contract specialist and either personally or through subordinate staff. Provides staff and technical support and oversight for professional and personal services contracts/claims ranging from exceptionally complex and expensive to less complex contracts.

* Formulates, develops and revises contracts for individual personal and professional services-type contracts involving the use of fixed-price, cost plus fixed-fee, lump sum, quantity survey, incentive-type contracts as well as escalator provisions, allowances, provisional sums, prime cost amounts and contingencies.

* Leads negotiating teams in discussion with various professional contractors on the terms and compensation proposed.

* Negotiates contract changes during course of the project lifecycle, and ensures that contractors adhere to contract requirements in terms of quality, timeliness and cost.

* Develops authoritative procurement policies, regulations, business processes, and administrative procedures on procurement based on personal expertise, authoritative assessments of actual and pending legislation, legal precedents, and business conditions both in the U.S. and overseas.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to… Agency Employees Eligible for Promotion or Reassignment and Employees in the Agency Overseas Development Program (ODP) Exercising Reemployment Rights Only

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

* Job family (Series)

1102 Contracting

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.

* U.S. Citizenship is required.

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

* New supervisors must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period.

* 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.


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-15 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:

* 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


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-14 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.


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-14 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.

Note: All applicants 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.


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