Contract Specialist

Legislative Branch Washington, DC
* Duties

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This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Acquisition and Material Management Division, A/E and Construction Branch.

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The individual selected for this position will:

* Serve as contracting officer with a $25 million signatory authority to enter into contracts for acquisition of significant systems or programs characterized by: (1) large funding levels and a commitment period extending over a long period of time (approximately five to fifteen years); (2) the magnitude and terms of the contract substantially impact on the economic wellbeing of the AOC; (3) the agency head monitors progress due to criticality and visibility of the program.

* • Serve as a principal contracting advisor for Supreme Court Buildings and Grounds to the Chief, A/E and Construction Branch in the acquisition planning process. Represent the agency or department as the program's contractual authority at conferences and meetings. Analyze and prepare recommendations and determines requirements, ensures validation of independent government cost estimates, and formulates contracting strategies and objectives to be pursued, taking-into account overall AOC considerations such as maximizing competition, pricing arrangements, subcontracting, and similar considerations requiring the use of innovative and unique acquisition techniques. Responsible for preparation of acquisition plans, solicitation documents, pre-proposal conferences, source selections, proposal evaluation, negotiation and competitive range determination. Conduct pre-proposal conferences to convey acquisition information to potential bidders; the media and other interested parties.

* Plan, develop, and establish the contractual strategy for the overall acquisition program. Develop pre-negotiation position and determines the type of contracts and negotiation authority to be used together with the justification.

* Function as principal during contract negotiations. Coordinate and apply advice from various areas of expertise such as technical departments, legal counsel, audit, and subordinate activities. Personally oversee and guide all negotiation and contract actions. This includes acting as the Chairperson of a cost evaluation team coordinating the efforts of cost analysts. Depending on the complexity and costs, may be acting in the capacity of the Source Selection Authority (SSA) if determined appropriate by the Chief, A/E and Construction Branch.

* Negotiate with senior management personnel of major corporations. Participate as lead negotiator of multi-disciplined Government negotiation teams and directs the analysis of the team evaluations. Determine negotiation strategy to assure attainment of negotiation goals and arrive at an agreement determined to be in the best interests of the Government in both technical and cost areas. Directs debrief of unsuccessful bidders and responds to protests.

* Perform contract administration activities for significant, highly specialized procurements. Post-award duties such as incremental funding, redirection of effort, coordination of time extension, incorporation of change orders, approval of progress payments, and final payment to the contractor. Independently review contractor performance through site visits, correspondence and telephone conversation for completion of applicable contract clauses e.g., patent rights, labor laws and progress reports. Recommend issuing cure or show cause notices when the contractor is not in compliance with terms and conditions of the contract. Conduct contract reviews to evaluate performance. Monitor contractor activities through personal contact or review to ensure compliance with technical, financial, delivery, and other terms of the contract. Guide the full range of contract administration actions required for the program, including the issuance of contract modifications, negotiation of changes, exercise of options, investigation and resolution of delays, contractor performances appraisal, subcontractor surveillance, disposition of claims, commissioning, acceptance, close-out and similar matters.

* Need to have exceptional oral and written communications so as to address up to 50 people at a time and to write coherent, compelling memorandums and/or white papers to interface with senior leadership, project executives, technical experts and Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts staff.

* The Level II certification is required.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to… Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens.

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* Job family (Series)

1102 Contracting

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must be a U.S. Citizen.

* You must be able to pass a drug test.

* Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.

* You must meet the definition of specialized experience.

* 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 one (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.


2. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's 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.

3. 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.


You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

Candidates for the GS-13 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position includes:

(1) Performing pre-award and post-award functions; (2) Reviewing requests for procurement of complex equipment and services; (3) Preparing solicitation documents, analyzing proposals, negotiating with potential contractors; (4) Performing cost and/or price analysis; (5) Administering contracts, preparing positions on protests, and closing out contracts; and (6) Completing Facility Maintenance (FM) Services.


A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's 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.

NOTE: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. However, to be creditable, foreign education must have been evaluated by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

You must provide a copy of your college transcript and the letter containing results of the course by course work and degree equivalency evaluation. Transcripts are required upon selection.

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