Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at www.uscis.gov .
Every day, our Supervisory Contract Specialists are responsible and accountable for the management, administration, and technical direction of the Contracting Branch with the USCIS Contracting Office; assign work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements assignments and the capabilities of employees and continually observe and evaluate effectiveness of operations.
This position of SUPERVISORY CONTRACT SPECIALIST (ASSOCIATE CHIEF) starts at a salary of $96,690.00 (GS-14 step 1), with a salary range to $125,695.00 (GS-14 step 10). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Contracting, Williston, VT within DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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USCIS will not pay your relocation expenses.
This position is not in the bargaining unit.
This position is considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.
Relocation expenses are authorized if you are assigned to the RAIO program and have been approved for rotation from an overseas assignment. Relocation expenses for employees assigned to an OCONUS location will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy. KEY REQUIREMENTS
You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position
Successfully pass a background investigation including financial disclosure
You must pass drug screening
Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements.
Current Federal employees must meet Time-in-Grade requirements
You must submit resume and supporting documentation DUTIES:
As a Supervisory Contract Specialist (Associate Chief) , you will supervise a staff of contract specialists responsible for the acquisition of equipment and services of significant importance to the agency. You will:
Associate Chief, Major Awards Division (Supervisory Contract Specialist)
Associate Chief, Mission Support Acquisition Division (Supervisory Contract Specialist)
- Review contract actions with estimated value of $5M - $500M
- Provide administration and technical supervision for team of contract specialists
- Oversee in depth compliance review and evaluation of complex contract actions
- Lead team to successfully award large scale, complex acquisitions which are mission critical for the agency
- Serve as primary Contracting Officer for 1 st line staff mostly consisting of pre award function actions
Basic Education Requirement : A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree that included or was supplemented by 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.
- Review contract actions with estimated value of $3K - $5M
- Provide administration and technical supervision for team of mostly junior contract specialists
- Oversee high volume, small dollar actions which support both field office and headquarter requirements
- Serve as primary Contracting Officer for 1 st line staff consisting of both pre award and contract administration functions
- Preform Contractor oversight activities on contracts valued between $3K and $5M
- Provide contracting support to several customers/program offices on numerous requirements QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Note: Failure to submit transcripts will result in an ineligible rating
Completion of mandatory training Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C issued by the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) or equivalent to Level 3.
GS-14: You qualify at the GS-14 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:
Developing, implementing and reviewing complex contracting plans for pre-award, post-award, price/cost analysis and a wide variety of procurement activities.
Providing technical advice, guidance and legal interpretations in all areas of contracting.
The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement (Friday, February 15, 2013).
Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. The Time-in-Grade requirement must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement (Friday, February 15, 2013).
Travel: You will be required to travel occasionally.
Supervisory/Managerial Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a twelve-month probationary period upon appointment to this position. You may also be required to complete an appropriate supervisory training course within the one year of assignment to this position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated for this position based upon information reflected in your resume. Your resume must support your responses to the job specific assessment questionnaire, level of education claimed, experience, and/or training. To remain in consideration for this position, please ensure your resume covers this requirement and that your application has been successfully submitted as part of your on-line application.
Creation of this package includes completing the on-line assessment questionnaire, uploading your resume, and uploading any required supporting documents.
NOTE : Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
If you are found best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPMs Career Transition Resources website. To be con sidered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 95 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
Veterans: Certain veterans are eligible to apply as a status candidate under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). For more information, please click here . BENEFITS:
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to
http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/careers/content_multi_image_0016.shtm OTHER INFORMATION:
Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position. This may include (e.g. a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.)
Special Hiring Authorities: Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and individuals with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
USCIS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify .
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