- Contract Specialist, MD, USA (password)
$56,233 - $88,540 a year - Full-time, Part-time, Contract
The Management Operations Directorate, Procurement Operations Division (Code 210) seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as a Contract Specialist responsible for applying the techniques of procurement planning, negotiation, and contract administration through assigned tasks in support of Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) projects.
As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.
The duties described below are for the highest grade advertised. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.
As a Contract Specialist, you will be responsible for all aspects of the contracting transactions from initiation to recommendation of award to procurement of items or services where standard contracting procedures may need to be modified. You will identify planning needs for future procurement items. You will analyze the requirement, recommend revisions to the statement of work or specifications, and decide on the type of
contract, milestones, and acquisition plans. You will formulate the contracting approach to be taken that will best satisfy the requirement. You will negotiate contract terms and conditions. You will prepare and coordinate the contracts reflecting agreement between the Agency and the vendor through supporting
You will prepare a written request for proposal, publicize the requirement, issue the solicitation document,analyze offers received, prepare a negotiation position, evaluate technical cost proposals, negotiate cost, fee, or profit as well as technical issues, and enter into a formal contract with the offeror. You will monitor contract performance and negotiation of necessary contract modifications to ensure satisfactory progress and completion of contract activities.
This position is being announced in conjunction with a Merit Promotion vacancy announcement number GS18C0243. Current and former Federal employees, disabled Veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities wishing to be considered under merit promotion procedures may apply. Only one position will be filled as a result of these two vacancy announcements.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals
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Conditions of Employment
A one-year probationary period may be required
Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
In addition to the Basic Education Requirement.
At the GS-9 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal Service, which equipped you with the competencies required to successfully perform the duties of the position; OR you may substitute the following education for the specialized experience requirements: Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree.
GS-09 level specialized experience is contracting experience in the pre-award and/or post-award phases of procurement working with various types of contracts and assisting in developing appropriate strategies to procure supplies and services to include the planning needs for future procurement items.
At the GS-11 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal Service, which equipped you with the competencies required to successfully perform the duties of the position; OR applicants may substitute the following education for the specialized experience requirements: Three full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
GS-11 level specialized experience is contracting experience in the pre-award and/or post-award phases of procurement working with various types of contracts and assisting in developing appropriate strategies to procure supplies and services to include the planning needs for future procurement items, identifying sources, reviewing technical evaluations, and assessing vendor's proposals.
Graduate Education. To qualify for GS-1102 positions on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) Level I or Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification Level I certification is preferred, but not required. If you have earned certification, state your FAC-C or DAWIA certification level and date of certification.
Applicants must meet the basic education requirements for the GS-1102 series:
A. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field; 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.
To receive consideration, your resume MUST contain your complete degree information (i.e., type of degree received, year degree received, and major area of study). In addition to completing your degree information on your resume, you MUST list all courses you have taken which meet the education requirements for the 1102 series as well as the semester hours awarded. You MUST include the descriptive title, course code, and number of semester, quarter or classroom hours. (i.e., BUAD-101-Introduction to Business, 3 Semester hours) If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.
Ensure you have completed the Education section of the USAJobs Resume Builder. If you have a degree, provide your degree information. If you have coursework that meets the requirements above, provide a list in the Relevant Coursework section. Include the title, course code, and number of semester, quarter or classroom hours for each course (i.e., BUAD- 101-Introduction to Business, 3 Semester hours).
Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.
NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.
Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service
Identification of promotion potential in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.
Please list your General Schedule (GS) equivalency on your resume for every federal position you have held.
The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
NASA uses an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:
90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.
80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.
70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.
Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide .
Information for Veterans : The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.
For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide . Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
Please be sure to review your resume on the ?Review tab? by clicking on ?Your Resume.? Ensure that the correct copy of the resume you have selected has been transferred from your USAJOBS account. If you fail to validate the information in your resume, you may not be appropriately evaluated for this position. Also, please be sure to review and complete the Supplemental Information questions.
To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.
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.
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 .
Job posted on 26 July 2018.
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