Contract Specialist

Department of Defense Columbus, OH
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

Who may apply: Current permanent competitive Department of Defense employees, current DoD employees who are on a VRA appointment.

The following link will help you determine if you meet the eligibility to apply for this position:

PLEASE NOTE: You will be considered only for those appointment eligibilities for which you select, attach supporting documentation and are found eligible.

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* Serves as a senior contracting officer responsible for pre- and post-award functions involving highly specialized procurements.

* Develops and implements a plan to procure a multiyear program or system involving successive program stages.

* Advises program officials of the procurement objectives and reviews during procurement planning meetings.

* Negotiates and deals with representatives of the private sector, government experts, or managers to procure extensive services and complex equipment.

* Will serve as a team leader over a variety of functional specialists to prepare Government position and conducts negotiations with contractors.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

1102 Contracting

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Must be a U.S Citizen or National

* Registered for Selective Service (males born after 12-31-1959)

* Suitable for Federal employment

* Time after Competitive Appointment: Candidates must have served 3 months after latest competitive appointment in the Federal service.

* This national security position, which may require access to classified information, requires a favorable suitability review and security clearance as a condition of employment. Failure to maintain security eligibility may result in termination.

* Time in Grade Requirement - see the Qualifications field below for more details.

* Obtain/Maintain level III DAWIA certification.


To qualify for this position you must meet the basic requirements described below.

Basic Education Requirements:

A. Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees; AND

B. 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 (this requirement can be obtained within the degree or in addition to the degree).

Selectee must be level III certified (or eligible for certification within 24 months of appointment) in the contracting career field. Mandatory training, experience, and education DAWIA requirements will be used during the rating process. Attach a copy of the highest DAWIA certification in contracting which you currently hold.

You may need to send proof of education or of certification to be considered for this position. Click here for more information on who must submit documentation at the time of application and what documentation is acceptable: Transcripts and Certifications.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement, qualified applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-12) in the Federal service, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.

Specialized experience is defined as: experience in leading and/or providing technical advice and assistance to a group of contracting representatives; providing oversight and implementation of contract administration workload; and experience performing contract closeout, pricing, negotiations and/or contract modifications based on extensive knowledge in contracting principles and procedures for pre- and post-award activities.

Time-in-Grade: Current or former federal employees who have held a GS position in the preceding 52 weeks, must meet the time in grade requirement. Applicant must have served 52 weeks as a GS-12 or higher grade in Federal Service.


GS 12 and above: Education is not substitutable for specialized experience at this grade level.