The VA Mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.
You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for consideration.
You must submit your resume and supporting documents (see How to Apply).
Position may be subject to telework
Relocation expenses will not be paid
This position requires travel up to 5 nights per month
The purpose of this position is to serve as a Contract Specialist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with responsibility for performing professional work involving the procurement of supplies and services using procedures outlined in the Federal Acquisition Regulations, VA Acquisition Regulations, Public Laws, and Agency policy. Specifically, the Contract Specialist:
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- Analyzes and evaluates acquisition requirements
- Initiates, develops and/or recommends contract vehicle
- Performs cost benefit analysis to determine bid responsiveness
- Analyzes proposals and coordinates technical evaluations
- Negotiates price and/or delivery orders and awards contracts
- Monitors contractor performance for compliance
- Reviews file to determine that the contract is ready to be closed
To qualify for this Contract Specialist position you must meet both the basic educational requirements and the additional qualification requirements listed below.
Basic Educational Requirements for GS-11 (Transcripts ARE required) :
A. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field
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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.
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Additional Qualification Requirements for GS-11:
A. At least 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal Service. This experience may also have been obtained in the private sector, but it must demonstrate that it is comparable to the GS grade indicated. Specialized experience may have included performing developmental contracting duties such as acquisition planning, solicitation, negotiations of price or terms, contract administration, cost/price analysis, evaluation and reporting of contractor performance, and contract closeout.
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B. Three full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. To qualify on the basis of graduate education, it has to be 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. Transcripts ARE required (unofficial) to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution.
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C. Combination of education and specialized experience as described above.
Education: Transcripts ARE required (unofficial) to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution. Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
Exception to Experience and Education Requirements: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy since January 1, 2000. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.
Experience: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of actual time spent performing the duties. To receive credit you must indicate clearly the nature of duties and number of hours per week spent in such employment.
Education: If you are using education to qualify for this position, transcripts ARE required (unofficial) to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution. Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Background Investigation: You may need to successfully complete a background investigation before appointed into the position.
Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a one year probationary period.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
CATEGORY RATING : Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are: Best Qualified , Well Qualified , Qualified .
Your rating will be based on both your entire application package as well as the responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your category rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position.
Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies:
1. Knowledge of contract law, and procedures applicable to acquisition and contract administration including change orders, supplemental agreements, terminations, claims, and close out of contracts.
2. Knowledge of cost/price analysis techniques used in evaluation of contractor proposals, change order proposals and to conducts negotiations.
3. Skill in negotiation techniques sufficient to negotiates prices, terms and conditions, contract modifications and settlements.
4. Knowledge of the market and sources to include identification of offerors in specific socio-economic categories eligible for set-asides.
5. Knowledge of contract administrations principles and practices sufficient to monitor contractor performance and compliance with all terms and conditions of the contract.
6. Ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner.
7. C ompetency identifying appropriate acquisition strategy and contract vehicle by reviewing technical evaluations and unsolicited proposals.
Information for Veterans: Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.
VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs 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. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at https://my.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc
Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/ ).
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap .
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