Contract Specialist
Department Of Homeland Security - Washington, DC

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the second largest investigative agency in the Federal government. Created in 2003 through a merger of the investigative and interior enforcement elements of the U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, ICE now has more than 20,000 employees in more than 400 offices in the United States and 47 foreign countries around the world. ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to http://www.ice.gov .

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Organizational Location: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Acquisition Management, Washington, D.C.
  • The Office of Acquisition Management (OAQ) is a highly professional, customer-focused organization with an enterprise-wide strategic approach to procurement.
  • OAQ operates as a full business partner with internal and external organizations and serves as a strategic asset dedicated to improving the agency's overall business performance.
  • OAQ's mission is to create quality business solutions that accomplish Immigration and Customs Enforcement's mission goals.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This is a bargaining unit position.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation and drug screen
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service

DUTIES: As a Contract Specialist you will perform the following duties:
  • Solicitation, administration, close-out and termination of purchase orders and contracts;
  • Acquiring a wide variety of commodities including but not limited to: furniture, telecommunication equipment, ammunition and surveillance equipment;
  • Purchasing and/or managing a variety of service contracts including IT support services, financial management services, detention management services and guard services;
  • Serving as a business advisor to a wide range of customers, advising customers of the pertinent program data required to successfully procure professional services and/or equipment.
You will be assigned to support a designated contracting section within Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Acquisition Management (OAQ). We are seeking competent, experienced and mission-focused Contract Specialists for dynamic acquisition assignments in the following areas:

Information Technology Engineering and Security (ITE&S)

The ITE&S Division is responsible for awarding and administering contracts for Automated Information Systems (AIS) approved IT hardware, software, cellular and blackberry devices, and IT related inter-agency agreements and non-services requirements for all ICE program offices.

Detention Management (DM)

The DM Division provides acquisition support to ICE Headquarters and field offices throughout the country for detention, along with ancillary services and supplies in support of the ICE mission.

Mission Support Washington (MSW)

The OAQ-MSW Division is comprised of two branches that award and administer contracts and inter-agency agreements for a broad range of supplies and services (other than information technology) providing mission-based acquisition support to various program offices within the ICE Office of the Director.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Basic Requirement: You must meet the following basic requirements to qualify for this position:

(A) A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;

OR

(B) 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 organizational management.

(C) Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades GS-5 through GS-12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.

Minimum Qualifications: In addition to meeting the basic requirements in paragraph (A) and (B) above, you must also possess the following minimum qualifications:

GS-9: You qualify at the GS-9 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:
  • Reviewing requisitions to determine that proper specification or purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents;
  • Evaluating bids or proposals for compliance with specifications or purchase descriptions and applicable clauses;
  • Coordinating contracting activities with other government agencies that have interrelated requirements.
With Education: In lieu of experience you must meet one of the following to qualify for a GS-9 position:
  • You may substitute successful completion of two (2) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or L.L.B. or J.D. for experience required at the GS-9 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skill necessary to do the work of the position. (A course of study in accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods or organization and management is qualifying.) Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise one (1) year of graduate education.
GS-11: You qualify at the GS-11 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:
  • Planning and carrying out pre-award, post-award, price/cost analysis and other related staff functions in a relatively standardized or controlled work situation using established contracting procedures.
With Education: In lieu of experience you must meet one of the following to qualify for a GS-11 position:
  • You may substitute successful completion of three (3) full academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree for experience required at the GS-11 level. This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skill necessary to do the work of the position. (A course of study in accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods or organization and management is qualifying.) Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise one (1) year of graduate education.
GS-12: You qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one year of specialized experience performing duties such as:
  • Assisting managers in defining their acquisition needs and sources for obtaining them;
  • Developing sources for supplying goods and/or services, identifying specifications, conducting market reviews and preparing analysis of price/cost services of products;
  • Performing a wide range of contracting methods and contract types to plan and carry out pre-award and post-award procurement actions.
With Education: There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 grade level.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.

Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Probationary Period: This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment). Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Proof of Education: If basing our qualifications on education, you must submit transcripts that show the list of college courses with credit hours, major(s) and grade point average or class standing and degree conferred. Prior to appointment an official college transcript may be required. This education must be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire. The questions are related to the following fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) needed to perform the duties of this job:
  • Knowledge of commonly used contract types such as fixed-price, cost reimbursement or indefinite delivery and required clauses to plan and/or carry out procurement;
  • Knowledge of contracting principles, laws, regulations and procedures applicable to pre-award and/or post-award actions sufficient for procurement;
  • Skill in solving practical contract related problems, such as pricing matters, transportation, etc., as they relate to the development of the specifications or delivery of supplies or services.
Based on your responses, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

  • Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
  • Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
  • Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Applicants in the Best Qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager and may be called for an interview.

    Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligible: If you have never been a Federal employee, you are not eligible to apply under CTAP/ICTAP. This program offers displaced Federal employees priority for jobs within the agency from which they have separated or are separating. For more information, please see: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/ .

    To be considered well qualified under ICTAP/CTAP you MUST be placed in the Well Qualified Category for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are placed in the best qualified category above non-preference eligibles, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. This position is considered scientific/professional. For more information regarding veterans' preference, please see: http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp

    BENEFITS: DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits".

    OTHER INFORMATION: Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

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