Supervisory Contract Specialist
Department of Defense - Arlington, VA

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These positions may be filled under the Acquisition Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA) using OPM’s Direct Hire Authority.

These positions are located in the Acquisition Directorate (AD), Washington Headquarters Service (WHS). The incumbent serves as a member of the team responsible for executing cradle to grave actions related to a broad range of acquisition including: specialized equipment and supplies, specialized supplies and services, security and force protection services, facility operation and maintenance, information technology, construction, professional studies, research, and the award and management of grants and cooperative agreements.

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Must be a U.S. citizen.

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Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives May Be Authorized.

Cutoffs are established upon receipt of request to fill.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Costs are NOT Authorized.

  • As Branch Chief, the incumbent has the responsibility of directing large, complex, politically sensitive and varied acquisition program utilizing many innovative procurement techniques. Oversees the adequacy of the contracts awarded to ensure the highest quality of contracting.
  • The incumbent is responsible for managing, planning, controlling and directing a staff of senior procurement personnel in complex and/or unusual situations related to the acquisition and contract administration, as well as establishing guidelines for the entire Division on proper program execution.
  • Formulates technical and administrative policies and procedures necessary to accomplish selection of architects, engineers, consultants, construction firms, supplies, artists and sculptors, including ensuring that all pertinent program data is available and complete.
  • Advises the various divisions within the Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Service of the pertinent program data required to successfully procure professional services and major construction work.
  • Provides guidance to members of the A-E Evaluation Board, and chairs the Committee tasked with negotiation of professional services contracts. Negotiations and agreements reached in these meetings are final.
  • As assigned, represents the Director in (1) advising officials of other organizations as to the proper procedures to follow in connection with procurement of professional and construction services; and (2) advising professional societies and representatives of the design and construction industry on requirements, policies and procedures applicable within the Department of Defense.
  • Incumbent responds to and represents the Director of Contracting in all matters concerning project acquisition and contracting. Guidelines consist of Federal and DOD contract laws, regulations, and policies. Guidelines provide general contracting methods and requirements, but do not have specific applicability to particular procurements, or to the wide variety of situations encountered.
  • Extensive judgement and originality are required in planning procurement strategies, in structuring contracts to provide economic incentives and flexibility for future contract changes, and in resolving administrative problems which arise during the life of the contract.
  • Thorough knowledge of the applicable laws, regulations and instructions applicable to the acquisition, contract administration, of a broad range of professional services (including architect-engineering design projects) and of major construction services, primarily the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Department of Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS), Comptroller General Decisions, etc.
  • Incumbent's duties require a comprehensive knowledge of procurement concepts, principals, and practices, as well as knowledge of the elements of Government procurement practices and must possess the ability to analyze these practices in terms of contract requirements and contractor capabilities. Incumbent must possess skill in directing the development of innovative contract language, terms and conditions.
  • Specialized knowledge of current price trends and cost factors applicable to the review and evaluation of contractor proposals, source selection, and the ability to direct and oversee detailed analysis and individual elements of and indirect cost, and the development of documentation to substantiate Government negotiation positions.
  • Skill in the independent use of negotiation techniques on major, complex, unique, and sensitive professional services and construction projects. This includes the ability to successfully negotiate with senior level representatives of private industry.
  • Specialized knowledge of Government contract termination concepts, procedures, and precedents sufficient to independently evaluate contractor claims and to execute settlement agreements relating to a broad range of contract administration issues.
Applicants must meet the BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS as follows:

A. 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.


B. 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.

THE 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 D.

THE WAIVER OPTION : When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B 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. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.

Transcripts must be provided, IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE "EXCEPTION" RULE. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant’s name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in

this office by 11:59PM EST on the closing date in order to be considered.

In accordance with the Qualifications Standards for General Schedule (GS) positions under the Individual Occupational Requirements for Contracting Series Positions, the following is being provided to you. For the GS-14, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level. Examples of specialized experience includes the following:

Serves as Branch Chief for the Policy Branch.

Provide policy and guidance to contract specialists and contracting officers to ensure effective planning, award, and administration of effective and cost-efficient acquisition instruments.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

1. Knowledge of contracting laws, regulations and instructions applicable to acquisition and contracting.

2. Ability to oversee teams to insure the implementation of sound procurement practices.

3. Skill in negotiation techniques on major, complex, unique, and sensitive professional services.

4. Ability to conduct and oversee formal Source Selections.

Substitution of Education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience at the GS-14 grade levels.


OVERTIME: Occasionally

TRAVEL: Occasionally


(You must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test for this position. If you decline to take the drug test, it will be considered a declination for employment. )

SECURITY REQUIREMENTS: Critical Sensitive/Top Secret

Other Notes:
This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies with various security clearances during the next 90 days. This could result in a few or many vacancies being from this announcement.

Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives may be authorized.

PCS is NOT Authorized

This is a telework eligible position.

DEFENSE ACQUISITION WORKFORCE IMPROVEMENT ACT (DAWIA) CRITICAL ACQUISITION POSITION REQUIREMENTS. Selectee must meet the following requirements for Acquisition Corps Membership or have an approved waiver prior to placement in the position. The Acquisition Corps Membership requirements are a degree in any field AND 24 semester hours of study from an accredited institution in any of the following disciplines; accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management (may substitute 24semester hours in career field and 12 semester hours in DAWIA disciplines),OR 10 years acquisition experience prior to 10/1/91; AND 4 years acquisition experience and requisite training.

The incumbent is required to possess and continuously maintain the DAWIA Level III certification in Contracting, including satisfying the requirement for eighty hours of continous learning credits each two year period.

The incumbent must continuously qualify for an unlimited contracting officer warrant and exhibit the knowledge, judgment and temperament associated with that position of responsibility.

This position is subject to the DoD Drug Free Workplace Program. The selectee must test negative for the presence of illegal drugs before placement in the position, and will be subject to random drug testing thereafter. If a determination of the use of illegal drugs is confirmed in this position or other testing designated positions in OSD or WHS, non-selection or disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service, may result. All tentative selectees for this position will be required to undergo a urinalysis test to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and periodically thereafter.

Applicants will be evaluated as highly qualified based on an assessment of candidates experience and competencies against criteria through a job analysis of the duties.

Eligible candidates will be evaluated based in a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience or related education as reflected in their resume and supporting documents.

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit:

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit:

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit:

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit:

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, and Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit:

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

Other Information:
NOTE: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link: This position is open to all US Citizens and Merit Promotion eligibles. You may apply under both merit promotion and open-competitive procedures; however, you must meet the requirements for one of the following categories to apply as a Merit Promotion eligible. Also, please note the required supporting documentation required per category.

ICTAP: Please visit this link to obtain requirements for applying as an ICTAP eligible applicant.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE : Documentation intended to establish preference must be received by 11:59PM EST on (Tag Closing Date). Information on veterans’ preference and other veteran entitlements can be found in the VetInfo Guide


SELECTIVE SERVICE: MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.


NOTE: If you submit a resume but no questionnaire, you will not be considered for the position. If you submit a questionnaire but no resume, you cannot be considered for the position. Your application will be appropriately documented and you will be removed from competition before Round 2.

REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment.

In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.

Questions concerning this announcement should be directed to:
WHS HR Servicing Team


Fax: (478) 757-3144
TDD: 800-750-0750

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