Supervisory Contract Specialist
Department Of Health And Human Services 119 reviews - Phoenix, AZ

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The Indian Health Service is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are qualified and suitable for Federal employment. The Indian Health Service (IHS) by law is committed to affording employment preference to American Indian and Alaska Native candidates who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. In other than the above, the Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Phoenix, AZ United States 1 vacancy

POSITION DETAILS: Permanent Full-Time Supervisory Contract Specialist (Director) for the Division of Acquisitions Management, Phoenix Area Office, Phoenix, AZ.

Salary range: $98,892.00 - $128,557.00 ( Annually )

Promotion potential: None, position is at full performance level.

Merit Promotion Position: Yes.

Travel Required: No.

Supervisory/Managerial Position: Yes. You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Relocation Expenses Paid: Relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid. You will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.

Is position covered by PL 101-630? Yes, see item #2 in the required forms section.

Is drug testing required? No.

Is government housing available? No.

Is this a bargaining unit position? Yes.

Alternative work schedule, call back, standby, rotating shifts, nights/weekends/holidays? No.

  • Excepted Service Examining Plan Candidates (ESEP);
  • Merit Promotion Plan Candidates (MPP);
  • Veteran's Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunity Act Candidates (VEOA); and
  • Commissioned Corps Personnel (current/active Public Health Service Officers).
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  • Position subject to background investigation.
  • As part of the pre-employment process, fingerprint checks are required.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)

DUTIES: Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or result in you losing consideration for the job.
  • Responsible for all contracting, simplified acquisitions, Government purchase card transactions and Collaborative, Inter-Agency and Intra-Agency agreements, as well as being the Grants Management Officer.
  • Manages plans, develops and directs assigned contracting activities in tribally owned, direct Federal, and federally assisted projects within Indian Health Service.
  • Plans, develops, establishes and organizes the contract strategy for the overall acquisition contracting process within the area for a wide variety of contracts.
  • Directs the full range of contract administration actions required for the acquisition program, including the issuance of task orders, contract modifications, and negotiation of changes, exercise of options, investigation and resolution of contractor delays, contractor performance, subcontractor surveillance, disposition of claims, terminations.
  • Supervise a staff of approximately fifteen (15) professional, technical and administrative employees.
  • A Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting Level III is highly desirable for this position, please submit a copy of certification, if applicable.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: This is an individual qualification standard developed by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy under the authority of 41 U.S.C. 433. It does not apply to Department of Defense positions.

Basic Requirements:

  • Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position; AND
  • 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.
  • Exception: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph 4.
  • Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement officer executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs 1 and 2 above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience.
  • In addition to meeting the basic requirements, all applicants must meet the specialized experience:

    GS-14: 1 year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level with demonstrated experience obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: awarding and executing contracts; planning, developing and implementing contracting policies, standards and procedures; performing regular and special standards and procedures; advising managers on a procurement policy matters for a large multi-faceted program; and providing guidance to senior contracting staff on technical and policy questions.

    You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    As per the IHS Excepted Service Hiring Plan: Current employees and eligible applicants are considered under merit promotion only, unless they provide an appropriate Standard Form (SF)-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," and indicate under which plan they are applying. Please indicate on your resume and during the online assessment process which hiring plan you want to be considered under: Merit Promotion and/or the IHS Excepted Service Hiring Plan. See for more details.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: The HHS Careers system simplifies the Federal application process by replacing the former KSA job-element statements with on-line self-assessment questions. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications requirements will be invited to complete an on-line questionnaire assessing the following:

    - Procurement;

    - Contracting;

    - Reasoning, Planning and Evaluating; and

    - Writing.

    If found qualified, your score will range from 70-100 points (not including points that may be assigned for Veterans' Preference). We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. You will be deemed well qualified if you score 85 and above.

    For I/CTAP purposes, you will be deemed well-qualified if you are placed in at least the well-qualified category.

    BENEFITS: The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at .

    OTHER INFORMATION: If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be well qualified with a score of at least 85 for this position. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:

    Additional selections of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement, for filling additional or similar positions. However if there are no qualified Indian Preference candidates on the Certificate the vacancy must be reannounced.

    Candidates must meet time-after-competitive appointment, time-in-grade (if applicable), qualification requirements, licensure requirements, performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

    Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.

    After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position.

    The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.

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