Contract Specialist

Public Buildings Service | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 12/02/2019

As a Contract Specialist you will be providing mentoring, training, technical advice and guidance to contracting personnel for the PBS organization. 

Location of position: GSA's Mid-Atlantic Region, Public Buildings Service, Acquisition Management Division, Philadelphia, PA. 

We are currently one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.

The major duties of the Contract Specialist, GS-1102-13, are as follows:

    • Serves as senior-level Contract Specialist for pre-award and post -award functions involving highly specialized procurement of significant Regional and Government-wide importance.
    • Responsible for the full range of contract procurement and administration duties for complex operation and maintenance, construction, professional services A/E, construction management (CM), M&I services, design build, construction manager as contractor (CMC), national contracts and other special projects.
    • Serves as lead negotiator by planning the negotiation strategy, coordinating with the negotiation team and other necessary activities such as legal counsel, and audit and subordinate activities.
    • Represents the highest level of management in GSA in day-to-day contacts with contractor officials (e.g., presidents, senior vice -presidents, contract managers, auditors and controllers).
    • Develops procurement objectives for the program in terms of competition and price range.

For each job on your resume, provide:

  • the exact dates you held  each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).    

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

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The GS-13 salary range starts at $96,089 per year.  

1102 Qualifications GS-13 & above:

You must meet the requirements in 1, 2, or 3 below:

  1. All of the following: (a) Completion of Training listed in Level I & II of  FAC-C Course Requirements; or FAC-C Level II or III, or a DAWIA level II or III certification. If your certification is over 2 years old, 80 hours of Continuous Learning Points are required to maintain certification. (b) At least 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions including 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the level described below; and  (c) Completion of 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.
  2. Exception: If you were in a GS-1102 position on January 1, 2000, you will be exempt from meeting the educational requirements for the grade level of that position.  However, to be promoted you will have to meet Option 1 or 3.
  3. Waiver: GSA's senior procurement executive has the discretion to waive any or all of the requirements in 1 above.


Specialized experience is one year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is progressively responsible experience in performing the full range of pre-award and post award activities utilizing various types of contracts such as fixed price, requirements type, performance based and multiple award schedules for the acquisition of services and/or commodities.

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