Contract Specialist
General Services Administration - Auburn, WA

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GSA employees leverage the buying power of the federal government to acquire best value for taxpayers and our federal customers. We exercise responsible asset management. We deliver superior workplaces, quality acquisition services, and expert business solutions. We develop innovative and effective management policies. GSA has been repeatedly named by the Partnership for Public Service as one of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government".

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The incumbent of this position serves as a Contract Specialist fulfilling customer needs through the professional placement of Government contracts. At the full performance level (GS-12), he/she is responsible for the full range of preaward and postaward functions, e.g., price/cost analysis, negotiation, administration and termination in a regional Public Buildings Service organization. Duties include procuring a wide range of real property related services such as new construction, building design, major repair and alteration projects, and professional and/or specialized services (i.e., architect-engineering services, construction management, or commercial facilities management firms; telecommunications, information technology, hardware, software and technical services; operation, maintenance and/or replacement of complex mechanical systems/equipment; and janitorial/guard services, real estate brokerage/appraisal, space planning, public utilities, asbestos abatement and other health and safety related services. Procurement actions may involve contracts up to and exceeding $10 million dollars and may generate intense Congressional interest.

This vacancy is also being announced under OPM's Delegated Examining procedures as Vacancy Announcement Number 1310009KCMP. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration. You must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered under both procedures.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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U.S. Citizenship or National

DUTIES:
The Contract Specialist performs the following duties:
Solicits proposals, negotiates, awards and administers contracts.

Monitors contractor's performance and maintains compliance with contract, regulatory and statutory provisions.

Closes out contracts; issues termination notices; reviews settlement proposals; and develops the Government's position with respect to contractor claims.

Determines the type/method of procurement, and develops an acquisition plan to assure project completion in a timely and efficient manner.

Negotiates modifications, determining contract cost changes, price adjustments, progress, and partial/final payments.

Reviews and analyzes procurement specifications to ensure adequacy and identifies changes needed in standard contract provisions to accommodate unique circumstances.

Researches market conditions and develops justifications for required competition.

Performs cost and/or price proposal analyses, identifies reasonable costs, and evaluates technical submissions, bids or offers.

Establishes competitive range for negotiations by analyzing overhead costs, determining reasonable profit, and utilizing contractor audit information to negotiate final contract price.

Consults with internal and external customers to provide technical expertise and advice/status on contracting matters.

Conducts informational discussions and negotiations with contractors; maintains liaison to interpret contractual obligations and resolve problems.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Application packages are reviewed to verify that these qualifications requirements are met.

In addition to meeting the educational requirements as stated under "BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT", you must meet the following requirements as described for each grade level. You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

The GS-09 salary range starts at $50,628 per year. To qualify, you must have one year of specialized experience that is equivalent to the GS-07 level in federal service as defined in this paragraph OR you must meet the required educational requirements for GS-09. Specialized experience is experience equivalent to the GS-07 level working with various contracting methods/contract types and providing assistance with planning and carrying out pre-award and/or post-award procurement actions, analyzing contracting issues, and identifying alternative courses of action. The experience requirement may be met with the completion of two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or a masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D. that is 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. This qualification requirement may also be met with a combination of graduate education and specialized experience.

The GS-11 salary range starts at $61,255 per year. To qualify, you must have one year of specialized experience that is equivalent to the GS-09 level in Federal service as defined in this paragraph OR you must meet the required educational requirements for GS-11. Specialized experience is experience equivalent to the GS-09 level working with a range of contracting methods and contract types relative to building services or construction. Experience must include planning and carrying out pre-award and/or post-award procurement actions and preparing/processing unilateral modifications that include at least one of the following tasks: administrative changes, change orders, changes authorized by other than change clauses, and issuing termination notices. Work experience must demonstrate the ability to analyze contracting issues and assist in identifying alternative courses of action. The experience requirement may be met with the completion of three full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that is 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. This qualification requirement may also be met with a combination of graduate education and specialized experience.

The GS-12 salary range starts at $73,420 per year. To qualify, you must have one year of specialized experience that is equivalent to the GS-11 level in Federal Service. Specialized experience includes working with a wide range of contracting methods and contract types relative to building services and construction. Experience must include planning and carrying out pre-award and/or post-award procurement actions and preparing/processing unilateral modifications that include at least two of the following tasks: administrative changes, change orders, changes authorized by other than change clauses, and issuing termination notices. Work experience must demonstrate ability in the specialized area to analyze difficult contracting issues and identify alternative courses of action.

BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT: A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field OR 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. PROOF OF EDUCATION MUST BE SUBMITTED - Copies of official transcripts are acceptable; Official transcripts are not required at time of application. EXCEPTION: If you occupied a GS-1102 position at the GS-5 through GS-12 level on January 1, 2000, you are considered to meet the basic educational requirement if you have continued to occupy a 1102 series position since that date.

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
Serve a one year probationary period (unless you have previously satisfied this requirement).

Be able to make a direct deposit of your salary check to a financial organization.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service.

Complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment.

Undergo a background security investigation and receive a favorable adjudication.

If you are not a current GSA employee, you must complete the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 to determine identity and employment (work status) eligibility. GSA will verify the information through the DHS e-Verify automated system. Any identified discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The Category Rating procedure is being used to rate candidates. If you are found qualified for the position, your responses to the self assessment vacancy questions will be used to place you in one of the following categories: Qualified, Well Qualified, Best Qualified. Your responses to the vacancy questions must be supported by your resume or the Human Resources Specialist may adjust your responses lower. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Appropriate documentation must be received to adjudicate veterans' preference.
You will be evaluated on the vacancy related questions that were designed to assess your overall possession of the following competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Knowledge of Federal contracting laws, policies, regulations and procedures to acquire and administer contracts for a wide range of extensive or unique services, supplies and equipment using cost and fixed-price type contracting, multiple awards and other special provisions; proprietary rights, warranties, bonds and insurance liability or similar considerations involving the use of Alternate Dispute Resolution procedures.

Knowledge of various types of contracts and methods of contracting/selection factors to satisfy complex requirements and to conduct negotiations in the preaward and postaward phases of contracting.

Knowledge of cost/price analysis and cost accounting standards sufficient to perform the full range of strategic, analytical and technical procurement assignments, including the acquisition of complex design, construction, alterations and/or building services.

Knowledge of business practices sufficient to identify sources, recent developments or trends, and economic factors affecting procurements in order to analyze cost/pricing data and evaluate contract proposals.

Skill in the use of negotiation techniques sufficient to negotiate prices, terms and conditions, contract modifications and settlements; and the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with individuals both within and outside of GSA.

A variety of assessments/assessment tools may be used to evaluate candidates for specific vacancies covered by this announcement. Candidates will be notified when further assessments are implemented and provided with instructions on how to access and complete the assessment(s). Be sure to APPLY EARLY as most assessments must be completed fully and submitted before the announcement closing.

If you are an Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan eligible or a GSA Career Transition Assistance eligible, you must be considered well qualified (minimum score of 85) to receive priority. ICTAP/CTAP
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BENEFITS:
GSA offers its employees a wide range of benefits including:
Federal health insurance plans (choose from a wide range of plans)

Life insurance coverage with several options to choose from

Leave policies to help you take care of your personal, recreational, and health care needs

Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)

Flexible work schedules and telework

Transit and child care subsidies

Training and development

There are a variety of benefits available to Federal Government employees. For details click: Benefits

OTHER INFORMATION:
BARGAINING UNIT STATUS: AFGE. Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed. This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means, such as new appointment from an Office of Personnel Management or Delegated Examining list of eligibles, reassignment, transfer, reinstatement, or noncompetitive action. Management also has the right not to fill the position. GSA does not accept applications or application materials submitted with Government-paid postage. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for this position. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.

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