Contract Specialist

DHS Headquarters | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 3/26/2020
Description This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service, Auburn, Washington and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The primary purpose of this position is to perform contract specialist work related to the acquisition of goods and services.

Salary: The salary range indicated in this announcement will be adjusted to include locality payment for selected duty location. General Schedule locality pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages.

Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the Basic AND Minimum Qualification requirements, as noted below.

Basic Requirement for the GS-1102 Contracting Series for the GS-11 and GS-12 grade levels. You must meet one of the items listed below:

A. Possess a degree: A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field. (Must provide transcripts.)

OR

B. 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. (Must provide transcripts.)

OR

C. 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

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement for the GS-1102 Contracting Series for the GS-11 and GS-12 grade levels, to qualify at the GS-11 grade level you must meet the Minimum Qualifications:

GS-11: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service that included:
  • Initiating and awarding contracts for supplies, services, or construction;
  • Developing procurement plans;
  • Analyzing bids or proposals for compliance with advertised specifications;
  • Writing requests for proposals or invitations for bids; and
  • Monitoring contract administration until final delivery.
OR three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management; or a combination of the required experience and education for this grade level.

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement for the GS-1102 Contracting Series for the GS-11 and GS-12 grade levels, to qualify at the GS-12 grade level you must meet the Minimum Qualifications:

GS-12:
Applicant must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service that included:
  • Receiving and evaluating proposals in conjunction with price/cost analysts or other technical personnel;
  • Conducting pre-award conferences;
  • Monitoring contractor performance in relation to the completion schedule; and
  • Issuing change orders after negotiating settlements for such changes or terminating contracts.
Basic Requirement for the GS-1102 Contracting Series for the GS-13 grade level. You must meet one of the items listed below:

A. Completion of all mandatory training 18 months from entry of duty date prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 contracting positions: FAC-C Level III or DAWIA Level III certification in Contracting, including at least 4-years of 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 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. (Must provide transcripts.)

OR

B. 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 C.

OR

C. Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraph A above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph C, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.

AND

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement for the GS-1102 Contracting Series for GS-13 and above, to qualify at the GS-13 grade level you must meet the Minimum Qualifications:

GS-13: Applicant must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service that included:
  • Conducting pre-award and post-award functions including price/cost analysis, negotiation, and administration to procure supplies or services with specialized requirements for complex equipment, services, or construction;
  • Deciding on method of contracting, milestones, and procurement;
  • Preparing solicitation documents such as cost accounting standards, testing procedures, cost escalation factors, firm fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive, cost-plus-award-fee or cost data requirements;
  • Preparing and conducting pre-proposal conferences or pre-solicitation site visits; and
  • Monitoring contract performance and negotiating contract modifications.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.

NOTE:
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.

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