Contract Management Support Training Program
National Industries for the Blind - Alexandria, VA

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Job Description
: New Career Opportunity: Contract Management Support (CMS)

National Industries for the Blind (NIB) is seeking motivated blind or severely visually impaired individuals to join its Contract Management Support (CMS) training program. The federal government is facing a critical shortage of qualified contracting personnel, and NIB has developed a training program to help meet this need while simultaneously providing high-growth career opportunities to people who are blind or severely visually impaired.

What is Contract Management Support?
Contract management support (CMS) services include the tasks required to conduct contract close-out and administration. These tasks range from research and analysis prior to awarding a contract to contract negotiation and post-award vendor follow-up. In 2008, the federal government spent over $500 billion on the purchase of various goods and services, but is facing a critical shortage of qualified contract specialists as hiring has not kept up with retirements and government demand has increased for contracted goods and services.

What is National Industries for the Blind?
NIB’s mission is to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. Jobs ranging from manufacturing to call centers, high-tech distribution and management exist through a nationwide network of associated agencies.

What is included in the CMS training?
The AbilityOne Program is partnering with the Department of Defense’s Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to provide the core training courses required to establish a foundation on contract management. The training is conducted in two tracks. Track 1 focuses on contract close-outs and requires a four-year degree or equivalent work experience. Track 2 requires a four-year degree and 24 business credits and focuses on direct placement in the federal government as an 1102 Contract Specialist.

Where are these jobs located?
Federal agencies need contract management services in locations across the United States. For those available to relocate, the Washington, D.C., area is notable for its concentration of contracting opportunities.

Job Requirements
: Track 1: Contract Close-Out
Contract Close-Out Specialist Coursework
NIB is partnering with the Department of Defense’s Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to provide the core training courses required to establish a foundation on contract management. With the contract close-out training you will receive the online training needed to familiarize yourself with the tasks required to conduct contract management.

Eligibility
Please be sure that you meet all of the following before applying:
* U.S. citizen
* Legally blind
* 4-year college degree or equivalent work experience
* Proficient computer skills
* Highly proficient using adaptive technology such as screen readers, JAWS or Zoom Text

Career Opportunities
Possible career/job opportunities may include but are not limited to:
* NIB associated agencies
* Contractor for NIB agency
* Private sector as close-out specialist

Track 2: Contract Specialist
Contract Specialist Coursework
NIB is partnering with the Department of Defense’s Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to provide the core training courses required to establish a foundation on contract management. With the Contract Close-Out Training Program, you will receive the online training needed to familiarize yourself with all the tasks required to conduct contract management.

Eligibility
Please be sure that you meet all of the following before applying:
* U.S. citizen
* Legally blind
* 4-year college degree and 24 business credit hours
* Proficient Computer Skills
* Highly proficient using adaptive technology such as screen readers, JAWS and Zoom Text

Career Opportunities
While it will be the responsibility of each program participant to conduct their own job search, NIB will work with you and various federal agencies to identify possible career opportunities in contract management when possible. Federal agencies need contract management services in locations across the United States and the willingness to relocate will be key in your search. For individuals available to relocate, the Washington, D.C., area is notable for its concentration of contracting opportunities.

Possible career/job opportunities may include but are not limited to:
* Federal Government
* NIB associated agencies
* Contractor for NIB agency
* Private sector

DAU Online Coursework Descriptions
CON 100: Shaping Smart Business Arrangements
* Summary: Personnel new to the Contracting career field will gain a comprehensive understanding of the environment in which they will serve. They will develop professional skills for making business decisions and for advising other acquisition team members in successfully meeting customers’ needs. Before beginning their study of technical knowledge and contracting procedures, course attendees will learn about the different DoD mission areas and the procurement alternatives for each. Knowledge management and information systems will be introduced as well. Small group exercises will prepare attendees to provide contracting support within the overarching business relationships of government and industry.
* Objectives: Those who successfully complete this course will be able to:
• Describe the acquisition/contracting mission and its impact on the U.S. economic system
• Select training and development opportunities for career progression
• Describe the interdependence of functional team members
• Describe the importance of the oversight roles of the Government Accountability Office and the DoD Inspector General
• Explain the characteristics and responsibilities of the contracting professional in the role of a business advisor
• Explain the distinctive interests of both the buyer and seller and the role those interests play
• Determine the relationship between financial and acquisition communities and how fundamental financial principles and requirements are important
• Describe commercial acquisition and government-unique requirements of market research in identifying the best arrangements to meet mission requirements
• Explain e-business and information technology in supporting business processes
• Prerequisites: None
• DAU Format: On-line
• DAU Course Length: Estimated 30 hours

CON 110: Mission-Support Planning
* Summary: New contracting personnel will gain an understanding of their role as business advisors in the acquisition process. This course will help professionals learn how they can support their customers’ mission and how they can plan successful mission support strategies based on their knowledge of the contracting environment and their customers’ needs. Participants will learn how to use the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (D-FAR), conduct effective market research, develop alternative acquisition strategies, and understand how socioeconomic programs support the acquisition-planning process.
* Objectives: Those who successfully complete this course will be able to:
• Identify key characteristics necessary to establish successful customer relationships
• Locate information in the Federal Acquisition Regulation and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement
• Identify, select, and analyze sources and types of market research information available for a specific acquisition
• Identify factors to consider when developing an acquisition strategy and a requirements document
• Differentiate among various socioeconomic programs
• Differentiate among various methods of acquisition and contract types
• Prerequisites: None (CON 100 recommended)
• DAU Format: On-line
• DAU Course Length: Eight lessons totaling approximately 23 hours (must be completed within 60 days)

CON 111: Mission-Planning Execution
* Summary: Mission-Planning Execution provides professionals with the knowledge necessary to execute an acquisition that optimizes the customer’s mission performance. Participants will learn the techniques and benefits of early industry involvement in shaping requirements, basic procedures for acquisition of both commercial and noncommercial requirements, and how to effectively conduct price analysis and determine when a price is fair and reasonable. Finally, participants will learn how to conduct basic competitive acquisitions, process awards, and handle protests before and after the contract award.
* Objectives: Those who successfully complete this course will be able to:
• Evaluate and determine the adequacy of a purchase request package
• Identify the components of and procedures for preparing an oral or written solicitation
• Identify and select a technique for making a price reasonableness determination
• Recognize factors to be considered when evaluating and providing government financing
• Conduct price analysis to determine a fair and reasonable price
• Identify appropriate actions to resolve protests
• Prerequisites: CON 110, Mission-Support Planning
• DAU Format: On-line
• DAU Course Length: Eight lessons totaling approximately 26 hours (must be completed within 60 days)

CON 112: Mission-Performance Assessment
* Summary: Mission-Performance Assessment builds on the foundation established in CON 110 and CON 111. The course provides professionals with the knowledge they need to identify and utilize appropriate performance metrics when evaluating the contractor’s performance in the mission. Course participants will explore processes for working with their customer to ensure contract performance meets mission requirements. Participants will explore assessment strategies and performance remedies, and they’ll learn how to make and price contract changes after award, handle disputes, and close out completed contracts.
* Objectives: Those who successfully complete this course will be able to:
• Evaluate a contractor’s performance in the mission
• Identify and evaluate commercial and noncommercial financing arrangements
• Determine the appropriate actions necessary to ensure customer satisfaction
• Identify and select the appropriate course of action for resolving a contractor dispute
• Identify contract close-out procedures
• Prerequisites: CON 111, Mission-Planning Execution
• DAU Format: On-line
• DAU Course Length: Six lessons totaling approximately 14 hours (must be completed within 60 days)

How can I get more information?
Visit www.nib.org and click on our Contract Management Support section to review the requirements and Frequently Asked Questions or contact the CMS team at cms.info@nib.org.

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