Contract Specialist

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alexandria, VA

About the Job

* Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary Looking for a great place to work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the best! In 2016, USACE ranked number two of government large-agency subcomponents! As rated by their employees, USACE supervisors strongly support employee development and opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills, while also maintaining an optimal work/life balance. The Corps offers a team-inspiring and collaborative work environment; providing challenging and rewarding careers across a variety of disciplines. Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army. **About the Position:** This is a permanent position. The Humphreys Center Support Activity (HECSA) is located in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, approximately 15 miles south of the Nation's Capitol, in Alexandria, Virginia. For more information on HECSA, please visit: sace.army.mil/HECSA.aspx. This is an open-continuous announcement which is open for 6 months. Incremental rating cut-offs will be utilized for first cut off. First cut-off will be 06 Nov 2017. After initial cut-off, applications will be reviewed and referred for selection as vacancies occur within the organization. Management may select at any of the grade levels announced. This recruitment provides promotion opportunity to the target grade of the position without further competition when selectee is eligible and recommended by management. **Who May Apply:** Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities. * Current Department of Army Civilian Employees * Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army) * Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan * Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentality (NAFI) * Non-Department of Defense (DoD) Transfer * Priority Placement Program (PPP), Program S (Military Spouse) registrant * Reinstatement * Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998 Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities Incumbent will serve as a Contract Specialist for pre-Award and post-award functions associated with research and development, IT services and equipment contracts. Incumbent will receive and review DD Form 3953 Purchase Request and Commitment Form and supporting documentation. Incumbent will ensure that performance work statement, independent government cost estimate, Contract Data Requirements List, sole source justification and any other required documents are full and complete; that funds are appropriately certified by the Finance and Accounting Office; and that the package has been properly signed and approved. Work is performed in support of tenant organizations of the Humphreys Engineer Center, HQUSACE, HECSA,IWR, SERDP and 249th Engineer Battlion. ### Travel Required Not required ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 11 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Current Federal Employees, VEOA, ICTAP, and Military Spouses Questions? This job is open to 4 groups. * #### Job family (Series) 1102 Contracting * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment Other Requirements: * Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration. * You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. * Two year trial/probationary period may be required. * Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination. * Direct Deposit of Pay is Required. * This is an Army Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L;) Workforce position. The employee must meet DoDI 5000.66 requirements applicable to the duties of the position. * This position requires an Intermediate Level II Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification within 24 months of entrance on duty. (Certification requirements may be found in the Defense Acquisition University Catalog at au.mil/. ### Qualifications In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document. **Basic Requirement for Contract Specialist:** Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) from an accredited educational institution and 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. (The 24 semester hour requirement can be obtained within the bachelor's degree OR in addition to the degree.) OR Exemption: You are exempt from the education requirements above if (A) you are a current DoD employee, in any occupational series, who has served on or before September 30, 2000, as follows: (1) Served as a GS/equivalent-1102 position or contracting officer position with authority to award or administer contracts above the SAT in any Federal agency, OR (2) Served as a military member in a comparable military occupational specialty; OR (B) you are a current member of the armed forces who occupied a position within an occupational specialty similar to the GS-1102 series on or before September 30, 2000. In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below: **Experience required at GS-09:** To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: preparing invitation bids to procure specialized supplies, equipment, services or construction; assisting in the utilization of various contracting methods and contract types relating to pre-award, post-award and contract process/cost analysis functions; performing duties which demonstrate a familiarity with business practices and market conditions to evaluate bid responsiveness, contractor responsibility and performance; executing price analysis in the review of contractor proposals and bids to ensure the prices quoted are reasonable; assessing sources of supply and characteristics of commodities and/or services in order to sufficiently identify potential suppliers involved in the contract bid process. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-07). OR **Education Substitution for GS-09:**Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. OR **Combination of Experience and Education Substitution GS-09:**A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the first year (total graduate semester hours minus 18) by 18. Add the two percentages. **Experience required at GS-11:** To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: interpreting and applying contracting principals, policies, regulations in the administration of fixed-price and cost-reimbursable contracts; terminating contracts by analyzing, negotiating, and settling claims and proposals; conducting price analysis sufficient to review contractor proposals and bids; negotiating contract terms and conditions for furnishing products, services, construction, and research and development, to ensure the contacts are executed in the best interest of the organization; developing negotiations plans for individual contractors in order to identify specific areas within the contact that require negotiation. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09). OR **Education Substitution for GS-11:** Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M. in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. OR **Combination of Education and Experience for GS-11:**A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages. You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas: * Communications * Contract Administration * Contracting/Procurement * Cost Accounting * Influencing/Negotiating GS-09: Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-07). GS-11: Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-09). ### Education Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - pm.gov/qualifications and d.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please submit your foreign education evaluation with your application. ### Additional information * If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. * Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees. * If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet. * This is a Career Program (CP) 14 position. * Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. Read more ### How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Not Applicable * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc). Please review the following links to see which documents you need to provide to prove your eligibility to apply: Applicant Merit Checklist and Proof of Eligibility. As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply.** If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further. Your resume:** * Your resume may be submitted in any format. * If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application. * If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy. * For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position. **If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:** You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified." See: Transcripts and Licenses **Proof of Eligibility to Apply:**Your application must include the documents which **prove you are eligible to apply** for the vacancy. The Proof of Eligibility document describes authorities commonly used in merit promotion recruitment and what document(s) are required to prove you meet the requirements of the authority. You must meet the requirements of at least one of the authorities listed in the **Who May Apply** section above to receive further consideration. NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility. #### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. * Benefits Help ## Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Review our benefits Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered. * How to Apply Help ## How to Apply To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/24/2018 to receive consideration. * To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire (sastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10065993). * Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. * It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. * To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. * To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. **You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.** * It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. The Department of Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Read more ### Agency contact information ### Army Applicant Help Desk ##### Phone (000)000-0000 ##### Email USARMY.APG.CHRA-NE.MBX.APPLICANTHELP@MAIL.MIL ##### Address FL-APF-W4LDAA USA HECSA DO NOT MAIL APO, AP US Learn more about this agency ### Next steps If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance. ### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. * Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants Read more ### Reasonable Accommodation Policy Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: * An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace. * An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events. You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * Social security number request * Privacy Act * Signature and false statements * Selective Service * New employee probationary period This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/482826300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 10/27/2017 to 04/24/2018 *Salary:* $54,972 to $86,460 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 9 - 11 *Work schedule:* Full-Time *Appointment type:* Permanent