Supervisory Contract Specialist
Department of Defense - Quantico, VA

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Department Of Defense
Defense Security Service

The Defense Security Service (DSS) oversees the protection of US and foreign classified information in the hands of industry, administers the National Industrial Security Program for DoD to include issuance of security clearances to industry, supports the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in the conduct of personnel security investigations for DoD, provides security education and training in core security disciplines to the DoD community and provides information technology services that support the industrial and personnel security missions of DoD and its partner agencies.


Must be a U.S. citizen.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.

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

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs are authorized.

This is an EXCEPTED SERVICE position.

Area of Consideration: U.S. Citizens

This Position is in the Excepted Service under Title 10, Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). This is a Full Time permanent position.

Excepted Service includes all positions in the executive branch of the Federal Government which are specifically excepted from the competitive service by or pursuant to statute, by the President, or by the Office of Personnel Management, and which are not in the Senior Executive Service.

This position is placed in the DSS Contracting Office.

Title 10 (Public): Open to all U.S. Citizens. If you have never been a federal employee you would apply public.

Merit: Open to current and former Federal employees. SF-50 showing title, series, and grade is required to show Federal merit status.

As a Supervisory Contract Specialist, you will:
• Plan, organize, direct, and supervise the personnel and activities of the Contracting Office.
• Develop, monitor, and evaluate the agency's acquisition strategy as well as its implementation.
• Serve as senior technical advisor, responsible for providing technical advice, guidance, and legal interpretation in all areas of contracting.
• Maintain primary responsibility for day-to-day DSS acquisition management.

This is a General Grade GG-14 position in the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Duties of this position are at the GS/GG-14 level.

To qualify for this position at the GG-14 level you must have specialized experience equivalent to the GS/GG-13 grade level. Specialized Experience is defined as experience planning, managing and supervising major contracts, but not limited to pre-award planning, negotiation, award, administration, and post-award management of numerous acquisitions, procurement contracts, grants and agreements.

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Basic Education Requirements for GS-13 and Above:
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.

C . Exceptions: 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.

D . Waiver: 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.

This education must be from an accredited college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education. 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.

Substitution of Education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience at this grade level.

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)

This position requires a Top Secret security clearance - This position is designated critical sensitive, as defined in DoD 5200.2-R, Personnel Security Program, and therefore requires that a personnel security investigation be adjudicated for security eligibility on a pre-appointed basis. This requirement may take 120 days or longer to process.

Other Notes:
A two-year trial period appointment will be required; if a trial period has not been previously completed.

This position is subject to random drug testing.

This position may require occasional temporary duty travel (TDY).

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

1. Ability to supervise and lead staff.
2. Ability to serve as a subject matter expert in contracting.
3. Skill in managing a wide range of contract plans for pre-award and post-award functions.
4. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job and are found among the top candidates you will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

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

Veterans’ Preference: If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point veterans’ preference, you must submit documentation described in “Required Documents.”

EEO Policy Statement:
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:
Veterans Information:
Legal and Regulatory Guidance:

If you need additional assistance please contact:
DSS Excepted Service Applicant
FAX: (478)757-3144
TDD: (800)654-5984 - 20 months ago - save job - block
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