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The Defense Contract Management Agency is a rich resource of indispensable partners who contribute to and benefit from integrated missions and programs. We are an independent combat support agency within the Department of Defense (DoD). We are the Department's contract manager, responsible for ensuring Federal acquisition programs, supplies, and services are delivered on time, within cost and meet performance requirements.
About the Position:
The position of Quality Assurance Specialist (Intern) is a position in the DCMA Keystone Program. DCMA uses the Expedited Hiring Authority to recruit and attract exceptional individuals into the Federal Workforce. The DCMA Keystone Intern program is generally a three-year developmental program.
Prior to appointment, all candidates will be required to sign a Keystone Conditions of Employment Agreement.
NOTE: During the Keystone Intern Program, participants will receive specialized formal classroom training, computer-based training, and on-the-job (OJT) training. The training program will consist of the following:
1. Report initially to CMO/Center for at least 2 weeks.
2. Travel TDY for four weeks to attend training at a DCMA Learning Center (DLC).
3. Spend 6 months in the CMO/Center for more OJT and developmental training.
4. Return possibly to the DLC for 1 week assessment/update training.
5. Return to the CMO/Center for more OJT and developmental training.
6. Return as necessary to the DLC throughout the 2nd year for additional training.
DCMA Keystone Program
Who May Apply:
- All U.S. Citizens and Nationals with allegiance to the United States
- Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligibles
Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication
PCS and Recruitment Incentives may be offered on a case-by-case basis.
Pre-appointment drug test may be required.
Temporary Duty (TDY) is approximately 25 percent.
This is an acquisition position.
- Completes classroom and on-the-job training to acquire, exercise, and maintain knowledge of the duties required to perform surveillance of contractors manufacturing and quality management.
- Validates manufacturing processes and performs technical surveillance of contractor facilities involved in a variety of production support services.
- In a trainee capacity, conducts the performance of pre-award and post-award contract review to assess the appropriate level of quality assurance recommendations and requirements.
Applicants must meet the OPM Qualification Requirements for the Quality Assurance series (1910) listed in the Individual Occupational Requirements. To view OPM Qualifications, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
You may start at the GS-05 if you have the following qualifications: 4-year course of study leading to a Bachelor's degree OR 3 years of General Experience, one (1) year which was equivalent to at least the GS-04 level. General Experience is described as:
You may start at the GS-07 if you have the following qualifications: 1 full year of graduate level education; OR Superior Academic Achievement; OR 1 year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level. Specialized Experience is described as:
- Experience in quality control; quality inspection; contracting and purchasing; supply and storage; industrial or production planning; research and engineering; maintenance; or test and evaluation that provided (1) experience with quality assurance or related work, (2) experience with product or process , (3) experience interpreting and applying contract requirements and engineering specifications, or (4) experience with others in person-to-person work relationships
Superior Academic Achievement is obtained through: (1) Class standing - being in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision based on completed courses; (2) Grade-point average - (a) having a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on the official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) having a grade point average of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or, (3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society.
- Experience that provided a practical knowledge in monitoring, controlling, or maintaining the quality of products or services. Examples include the following:
- Reviewing production activities and capabilities in light of contract quality requirements
- Reviewing written quality or inspection procedures for adequacy and evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of quality/inspection systems, including sampling plans
- Analyzing quality data to detect unsatisfactory trends or weaknesses in the quality/inspection system
- Verifying by test or inspection, using sampling inspection or intensive product inspection techniques, that products comply with requirements prior to acceptance
- Identifying inadequacies and requesting corrective action
- Computing data, summarizing results, and preparing reports or charts depicting pertinent relationships using statistical methods
- Investigations customer complaints and deficiency reports, and providing identification of causes to appropriate authorities
- Reading, interpreting, and applying technical data such as blueprints, engineering drawings, product specifications, or technical manuals
- Reviewing and evaluating supply systems operations and procedures through periodic audits and surveillance inspections.
Undergraduate and Graduate Education: To qualify for GS-1910 series on the basis of undergraduate or graduate education, the education must be in one of the following fields: quality assurance, statistics, mathematics, production management, industrial management, computer science, engineering, engineering technology, physical sciences, textiles, or other fields related to the position.
Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
- You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
- Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
- Must comply with Drug Abuse Testing Program requirements.
- Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
- Must sign a mobility agreement if selected.
- If selected, official college or university transcript must be submitted.
- This position is designated as an acquisition position.
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .
The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:
- Comprehensive health and life insurance
- Competitive salaries
- Generous retirement programs
- Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
- Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules
- Paid employment related training and education
- Possible student loan repayment
- Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
- Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job. Click here for more information.
- Tour of Duty: Full-Time
- FLSA: Non-Exempt
- Bargaining Unit: Yes
- Emergency Essential Position: No
- Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
- The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at http://www.cpms.osd.mil/ASSETS/E8AB932EA1E44617BAC7222922E42A62/DoDl140025-V300.pdf
- In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives .)
- Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
- Noncompetitive promotion potential to target grade.
- Current Federal Civilian Employees: If you are selected for this assignment, your selection will be subject to your current supervisor's approval before a final job offer will be made. You are encouraged to coordinate your interest in this assignment with your supervisor prior to responding to this announcement.
- Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations.
- Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized.
- Temporary Duty (TDY) travel is approximately 25 percent.
- Further certification from this announcement may take place up to 180 days beyond the closing date of this announcement.
- Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.
- Management may select at any of the grade levels announced.
- Multiple positions will be filled from this announcement.
- This announcement will be used to fill multiple positions at various locations.
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