Contract Specialist

Department Of The Interior Washington, DC
* Duties

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* Perform the full spectrum of procurement lifecycle activities (i.e., procurement plans, determination of findings, etc.).

* Administer various types of contracts (i.e., Firm Fixed-Price, Fixed-Price with Economic Price Adjustment, etc.).

* Develop business strategies and program requirements to implement program goals and objectives.

* Explain contract technical information to management inside and outside of the organization.

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

* U.S. Citizenship required

* Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication

* Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males


To be eligible for this position, you must meet one of the Basic Requirements AND the Additional Qualification Requirement.

Basic Requirements:

A. Completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 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: You must include copies of your transcripts with your application package to support. Or,

B. Have been employed in a GS-1102 position since January 1, 2000. The position occupied on January 1, 2000 must have been a GS-1102 grade GS-13 or higher.

Additional Qualification Requirement:

Completed at least 4-years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least one full year of that experience was specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) and provided the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience must have been demonstrated by performing duties such as: (1) performing the full spectrum of procurement lifecycle activities (i.e., procurement plans, determination of findings, etc.); (2) planning and coordinating the negotiation strategy with contractors to develop contract prices and terms; (3) researching federal acquisition regulations for compliance on varied and complex contracts; and (4) conducting oral briefings on high visibility acquisition-related issues having government wide or far reaching impact.

The selectee may be required to obtain and maintain an appropriate FAC-C level and to hold and maintain a Contracting Officer Certificate of Appointment (COA) commensurate with the workload of the office.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-12 is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 level. (Must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted).

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".


To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.