Contract Administrator
Department of Defense - Wichita, KS

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The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is an independent combat support agency within the Department of Defense (DoD). We are the DoD's contract manager, responsible for ensuring Federal acquisition programs (systems, supplies, and services) are delivered on time within projected cost or price, and meet performance requirements.

Great Ben efits Package: paid vacation, sick days, holidays, health and life insurance, and an excellent retirement package!


The position of Contract Administrator (Intern) is a position in the DCMA Keystone Program. DCMA uses the Expedited Hiring Authority to recruit and attract exceptional individuals into the Federal Workforce. The DCMA Keystone Intern program is generally a three-year developmental program.

Prior to appointment, all candidates will be required to sign a Keystone Conditions of Employment Agreement.

NOTE: During the Keystone Intern Program, participants will receive specialized formal classroom training, computer-based training, and on-the-job (OJT) training. The training program will consist of the following:

  • Report initially to CMO/Center for at least 2 weeks.
  • Travel TDY for four weeks to attend training at a DCMA Learning Center (DLC).
  • Spend 6 months in the CMO/Center for more OJT and developmental training.
  • Return possibly to the DLC for 1 week assessment/update training.
  • Return to the CMO/Center for more OJT and developmental training.
  • Return as necessary to the DLC throughout the 2nd year for additional training.
    • Position may be filled at the GS-05 or GS-07 grade level.
    • Salary does include applicable locality pay.
    • PCS and Agency Recruitment Incentives may be offered on a case-by-case basis.
    • DNRP: Defense National Relocation Program is not authorized.
    • This is an acquisition position.
    • This is a Non-Critical Sensitive position.
    • FLSA: Non-Exempt.
    • This is a bargaining unit position.
    • This position is not subject to a Financial Disclosure Statement.
    • The Full Performance Level: 11
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    • U.S. Citizenship Required
    • Must Be Able to Obtain and Maintain a Security Clearance
    • Drug Testing May Be Required
    • Temporary Duty (TDY) is 25%
    • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (See Other Information)

    • Completes classroom and on-the-job training to acquire, exercise, and maintain knowledge of the duties inherent in the administration of firm-fixed-price contracts and other contracts of similar complexity or of specific phases of more complex contracts such as overhaul and repair, facilities, cost-plus-fixed-fee, etc .
    • Monitors contractor performance for compliance with applicable laws, delivery schedules, payment provisions, inspections, contract and date reporting requirements .
    • As necessary, contacts contractors to clarify issues on contractual requirements, participate with the Administrative Contracting Officer in conferences with other Government and buying activities such a post-award conferences and meetings to resolve technical problems .


    Applicants must meet the DoD Basic Requirements for Contracting (1102) positions.

    NOTE: The education requirements listed below apply only to individuals entering DoD 1102 positions on or after October 1, 2000. Current civilian personnel in DoD, who occupied GS-1102 positions or contracting positions with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold in DoD on or before September 30, 2000, are exempt from meeting this requirement

    Basic Education Requirements:

    · A. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees; AND

    · 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. (This requirement can be obtained within the degree or in addition to the degree).

    You may start at the GS-05 if you have the following qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees ; 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. This requirement can be obtained within the degree or in addition to the degree.

    You may start at the GS-07 if you have the following qualifications: One (1) full academic year of graduate education, law school, or superior academic achievement; OR one (1) year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level.

    Specialized Experience is described as:
    • Procuring supplies or services through formal advertising, or through use of negotiation techniques
    • Evaluating bids or proposals for compliance with specifications or purchase descriptions and applicable clauses
    • Reviewing requisitions to determine that proper specifications or purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents
    • Maintaining, interpreting, and applying contracting policies
    • Preparing solicitation documents
    • Recognizing and responding to evidence of fraud, waste, or mismanagement
    • Knowledge of inspection/acceptance procedures, requirements, and practices
    • Determining the validity of claims and establish the amount of equitable adjustment
    • Implementing contract closeout actions for simplified acquisition procedures
    • Knowledge of business and industry practices and market conditions
    Superior Academic Achievement is obtained through: (1) Class standing - being in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision based on completed courses; (2) Grade-point average - (a) having a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on the official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) having a grade point average of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or, (3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society.

    Graduate Education: To qualify for GS-1102 positions on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the fields identified in (B) above is required.


    Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet position education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the U.S. Department of Education web site at: .

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: How You Will Be Evaluated:

    We will review your application package to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications from the responses you provide to the assessment questionnaire located under the “How to Apply” section in this vacancy announcement. The Assessment Questionnaire evaluates your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. The questions cover the knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies required of the position.


    Benefits Package:

    Working for the DoD offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here: .

    OTHER INFORMATION: Other Information:

    1. U.S. Citizenship is required . If selected, you will be required to show proof of U.S. Citizenship. You may access an I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form via to see what documents are acceptable.

    2. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. For more information, please visit:

    3. If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

    4. If you are a Veteran with preference eligibility , and you are claiming 5-point Veteran’s Preference , you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point Veteran’s Preference , you must also submit a completed SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" plus the proof required by that form. Failure to provide this information will result in your score being adjusted to exclude veteran’s preference points.

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