Contract Specialist

Defense Logistics Agency | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 10/11/2019
Description This job opportunity announcement (JOA) will be used to fill positions in the DLA Pathways to Career Excellence (PaCE) Program for class cohorts beginning January 21, 2020 and June 22, 2020. To receive consideration for the January 2020 cohort all qualifying education for this position must be completed by December 31, 2019. To receive consideration for the June 2020 cohort you must complete all qualifying education by May 31, 2020.


To qualify for a Contract Specialist, your resume and supporting documentation must support:

A. Basic DoD 1102 Requirement: Public Law 106-398, Section 808: A.) A baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees AND B.) at least 24 semester hours (or equivalent) of study from an accredited institution of higher education in any of the following disciplines; accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management; OR C.) a current civilian employee in DoD or member of the Armed Forces, who occupied an 1102 position, contracting officer position, or comparable military contracting position with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold on or before September 30, 2000 are excluded from the requirements of A. AND B. above.

B. Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is directly in or related to this position. In addition to meeting the Basic DoD 1102 Requirement above, to qualify for the GS-07 grade level, specialized experience must be at the GS- 05 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military or private sector. Creditable specialized experience includes:
  • Experience performing developmental and/or recurring assignments in support of a local installation or in a centralized procurement activity
  • Procuring supplies or services primarily through formal advertising or through limited use of negotiation techniques
  • Reviewing requisitions to determine proper specifications or purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents
  • Contacting technical personnel to resolve questions of applicability of specifications, classifications of terms, or acceptance of substitute items
  • Evaluating bids or proposals for compliance with specifications or purchase descriptions and applicable clauses
C. Education Substitution: Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Education must be from a college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education. See http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx. If using education to meet basic qualifications, YOU MUST SUBMIT A TRANSCRIPT as supplemental documentation. To qualify based on education in lieu of specialized experience, you must possess: a bachelor's degree AND meet Superior Academic Achievement -OR possess one (1) full academic year of graduate education or law school .

NOTE ABOUT SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT (SAA) is based on one of the following: (1) class standing (upper third standing in graduating class); (2) grade-point average (2.95 overall or over the last two years of bachelor's degree -or- 3.45 in your major field or over the last two years in your major); or (3) election to membership in a national scholastic honor society. One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit 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.

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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