Contract Specialist

Department Of Agriculture Stoneville, MS
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

This position is located in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Administrative and Financial Management (AFM), Acquisition Program with 1 vacancy in each of the following locations: Beltsville, MD; Albany, CA; and Stoneville, MS.

The primary function is to provide acquisition support to the customers of the Agricultural Research Service as well as to provide support to other Research, Education, and Economics agency customers when needed.

The incumbent is responsible for providing contracting support as a Contracting Officer for various types of procurement actions including but not limited to service and supplies contracts, commercial acquisitions, negotiated procurements, Federal Supply Schedule buys, simplified acquisitions, construction contracts, and architect and engineering (A-E) contracts.

Stoneville, MS (Rest of the United States pay table):

$73,375 - $113,428

Beltsville, MD (Washington-Baltimore-Arlington, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA pay table):

$81,548 - $126,062

Albany, CA (San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA pay table):

$88,582 - $136,936

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Responsibilities

Major Duties may include, but are not limited to:

* Serves as advisor to program officials in contract planning meetings and works with program offices and technical contacts to produce specifications, performance work statements or statements of work.

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

* Coordinates with ARS program offices nationwide to initiate projects, develops requirement objectives, conducts risk assessment and benefit analysis, and conducts acquisition planning.

* Analyzes the current industrial climate, geographic area, and economic conditions to maximize competition and understand best practices, and industry product/services specific terms and conditions.

* Performs contract administration to determine contract compliance by the contractor, receipt of quality supplies/services.

* Prepares Requests for Proposals, Requests for Quotes, and invitation for Bids.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel required to attend trainings or conferences

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Who May Apply This job is open to… Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP and VEOA eligibles; Farm Service Agency permanent county employees; reinstatement eligibles; Individuals with Disabilities; certain military spouses; 30% or more disabled veterans; and those eligible for other Special Hiring Authorities within the local commuting area.

Questions? This job is open to 6 groups.

* Job family (Series)

1102 Contracting

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check

* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

* You must be a US Citizen or US National.

* Financial disclosure will be required.

Subject to satisfactory completion of a one year probationary period.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified below.

Time in grade:

Applicants must meet one year at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade (e.g. one year at the GS-11 grade level for consideration for the GS-12 grade level.).

AT THE GS-12 LEVEL

Basic Requirements

A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelors degree with a major in any field;

OR

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.

Exceptions: 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.

AND

Specialized Experience:

Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must be described for each grade level advertised. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:

Qualifying experience for GS-12 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-11 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience assisting in performing pre-award and post-award contracting activities including acquisition strategy, negotiations and contract administration; performing cost analyses to determine fair prices and best values; and monitoring contractors and subcontractors for compliance with contract specifications and regulations.

AND

Selective Placement Factor(s):

In addition to the specialized experience requirement listed above, this position has a selective placement factor(s):

Must possess a Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level II (or equivalent).

If SPF experience is not documented in your resume, you will not receive further consideration under this announcement.

AT THE GS-13 LEVEL

Basic Requirements:

Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4 years' experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.

AND

A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelors 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.

Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph D.

AND

Specialized Experience:

Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must be described for each grade level advertised. The specialized experience requirements for this position are:

Qualifying experience for GS-13 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-12 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience participating in long-range planning for acquisition and contract management programs; performing pre-award and post-award contracting activities including acquisition strategy, negotiations and contract administration; performing cost analyses to determine fair prices and best values; monitoring contractors and subcontractors for compliance with contract specifications and regulations; and conducting market research to support acquisition and contract activities.

AND

Selective Placement Factor(s):

In addition to the specialized experience requirement listed above, this position has a selective placement factor(s):

Must possess a Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level III (or equivalent).

If SPF experience is not documented in your resume, you will not receive further consideration under this announcement.

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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp

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