CONTRACT SPECIALIST
Department Of Agriculture - Washington, DC

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PLEASE READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS UNDER "HOW TO APPLY" BEFORE YOU BEGIN.

RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is looking for dedicated and talented individuals to assist in its mission of partnering with the American farmers and ranchers to attain an economically and environmentally sound future for American agriculture. FSA supports America's farmers and ranchers as they face the uncertainties of weather and market conditions. FSA delivers commodity, credit, conservation, disaster, and emergency assistance programs that help improve the stability and strength of the agricultural economy.

FSA is an exciting and rewarding place to start, build and/or continue your career. Be part of our team and support the well-being of American agriculture and the American public.

FSA's diverse culture and benefits allow for a healthy balance between your career and home life. In addition to a generous salary, FSA offers a friendly and professional working environment with a diverse workforce, flexible hours/work schedules, and other family-friendly benefits such as: paid vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement and supplemental savings plan, a wide array of health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans, flexible spending accounts, and long-term care insurance.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.

Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.

Registered for Selective Service, if applicable.

Meet education and/or experience requirements.

May be used to fill more than one vacancy.

Complete the Occupational Questionnaire/Submit resume/supporting documents.

DUTIES:
This position is assigned to the Farm Service Agency, Acquisition Management Division, located in Washington DC.

This Division is responsible for administering national contracting, procurement, and acquisition policies and procedures for general equipment, supplies and services, including IT and telecommunications procurements.

Major responsibilities include:
  • assistance with rules and regulations to govern and guide program and administrative offices in their acquisition activities;
  • short and long range acquisition planning;
  • technical assistance to program and administrative divisions;
  • processing of procurement requests through available and appropriate means; and
  • overseeing and assisting the divisions in administration of contracts and acquisitions;
  • provides expertise in pre-award and post-award functions for the full range of contract types as required to obtain complex and diversified IT and telecommunications supplies, equipment and services for FFAS on a nationwide and international basis, including those involving requirements unique to the FFAS and those contracting actions for which no adequate precedent exist.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by Monday, April 23, 2012 .

You may start at the GS-5 level if you have one of the following qualifications:

  • Successfully completed a bachelor's degree or 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; OR
  • Currently occupy a GS-1102 position (prior to January 1, 2000) in the Federal service and meet the basic eligibility requirements.; OR
  • A combination of graduate education and experience as listed above.
You may start at the GS-7 level if you have one of the following qualifications:

  • Superior Academic Achievement: A bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university with either: 1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale; 2) a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale for required courses completed in a major field of study during the last two years of undergraduate study; 3) class standing of upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision of the college; 4) membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, excluding freshman honor societies; AND a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university; OR
  • Successfully completed one year of graduate education, OR I possess a master's or higher graduate degree from an accredited college or university 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; OR
  • At least one full-time year (12 months) of specialized experience performing entry-level contract administration and negotiation work. This experience may have been gained in such work as providing technical assistance with the preparation of terms and conditions in bids or proposals related to the award of contracts or negotiating and awarding contracts, contract modifications, and subcontracts or experience involving the analysis of procurement policies and procedures; OR
  • A combination of graduate education and experience as listed above.
College Transcript : Submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume.
You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. Please refer to the "How to Apply, Alternative Methods for Submitting Your Application Materials" section, for instructions on submitting the transcript.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT : If selected for this position, you will be required to submit an Annual Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your application, including an online assessment questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that (a) minimum qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete may result in receipt of a lower or ineligible rating.

For Competitive Applicants/All US Citizens - If you meet the qualification requirements based on the extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position and your responses to the automated scoring system, your application will be placed in one of the three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified . Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

BENEFITS:
Permanent employees are eligible to elect life and health insurance coverage and will be covered by a Retirement System. Employees will earn annual and sick leave. For additional information on benefits, click here .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent), and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation notice or Certification of Expected Separation, and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 80 or above excluding veteran's preference points.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/ .

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