Contract Specialist
Department Of The Interior - Boise, ID

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Join the National Business Center!

Are you interested in a work environment with an unbeatable track record for providing practical solutions to Federal Managers by providing expert, compliance-based acquisition solutions? We are interested in innovative and solutions-oriented professionals to join our team in providing cost-effective Acquisition and Contracting Solutions.

The National Business Center (NBC) supports federal agencies as a Shared Service Center , providing world class business management solutions. We offer a diverse yet integrated set of administrative solutions, and are currently the only federal agency designated to both OMB and OPM as a Center of Excellence in the financial management and human resources line of business. Customer service, innovation, and best value are the cornerstones of the NBC. Our workforce of dedicated professionals allows us to service our customer base of more than 150 government agencies.


US Citizenship is required.

Background investigation, fingerprints, and credit check may be required.

A s an entry level contracting professional, you will receive developmental assignments designed to provide the training and experience needed to prepare you for progressively more responsible and complex assignments. Typical assignments include:

Preparing solicitations for acquisition of goods, services, Information Technology, and/or Research and Development
Performing market survey to determine availability of requirements
Conducting negotiations and prepares associated correspondence
Drafting final contract
Analyzing proposals to determine compliance
Utilizing various socio-economic programs for acquisitions
Monitoring contractor performan ce
Preparing case file for close-out

You must have:
A. 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. This education was obtained at an accredited college or university. (Note: You must provide legible transcripts as verification of your education) OR

B. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field. (Note: You must provide legible transcripts as verification of your education)

In addition to meeting paragraph A or B above, you must have:
Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education OR masters OR equivalent graduate degree OR LL.B. or J.D. 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.


One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level.

Specialized xperience for this position includes but is not limited to:

Reviewing acquisitions to determine proper specifications and purchase descriptions
Evaluating bids or proposals for compliance with specifications
Considering financial responsibility of suppliers by evaluating contract performance on previous contracts
Monitoring progress of contractors
Coordinating contracting activities with other Government agencies having interrelated requirements
Applying guideline material by reading and interpreting procurement regulations and technical material in order to assist in the preparation of solicitation of documents
Limited range on contracts involving firm, fixed-price actions
Drafting simple contract provisions and supporting documentation

A combination of education and/or experience may substitute for the specialized experience requirement.

EXCEPTION: Federal employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the qualification requirements for positions they occupied on 01/01/2000 and meet the specialized experience requirements. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade.

All academic degrees and coursework must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions.

A written test is not required.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

We will review your resume and transcript(s) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The Assessment Questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and collects information on your education, training, and experience related to the following critical competencies: Contracting/Procurement based on Federal Acquisition Statutes, Regulations, Policies; Negotiation; Written Communication; Oral Communication; Business Analysis; and Leadership. To preview the assessment questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the competencies required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

Working for the NBC offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The NBC supports a family friendly workplace by offering flexible work schedules and telework, employee assistance programs, child and elder care information, job sharing, and other programs. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here

Conditions of Employment:
Selection for this position may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.
This position requires approximately 1-5 nights of travel per month.
If selected, you will be required to file, prior to entrance on duty, a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450).
Promotion up to the full performance level may be made without competition. However, promotion(s) will be based on individual performance and are not guaranteed.

Relocation Expenses: Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses for this position will not be authorized.

Career Transition Assistance Programs : The Interagency Career Transition

Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible surplus and 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 surplus or displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified, an ICTAP or CTAP applicant must meet all qualification requirements for the position including any selective factors and receive a rating of at least 85 (from a range of 70-100) on the questionnaire. Proof of ICTAP/.CTAP eligibility may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

• For 5-point veterans’ preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

• For 10-point veterans’ preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15 , Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

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