Contract Specialist
Department of the Navy - Washington, DC

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Discover a civilian career with the U.S. Department of the Navy that is filled with possibilities and be a part of something that makes a difference for you, the country, and the world. Great Benefits Package: paid vacation, sick days, holidays, health and life insurance, and an excellent retirement package!

THIS IS AN EXPEDITED HIRING AUTHORITY ANNOUNCEMENT. The Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) FY 2009 provides that the Secretary of Defense can designate acquisition positions as shortage positions and recruit and appoint highly qualified persons to these positions. This announcement is open to accept resumes from candidates interested in helping the Department of the Navy meet our mission requirements for the acquisition of systems, equipment and facilities.

The Department of the Navy (DON) is more than ships, aircraft, and sailors; it is over 181,000 civilian employees at Navy and Marine Corps commands, bases, stations and facilities throughout the U.S. and around the world.

It requires a highly trained, educated and skilled workforce to support today's sophisticated Navy and Marine Corps ships, aircraft, weapon systems and computer systems. Over 41,000 acquisition professionals perform "cradle to grave" management of highly technical systems, equipment, facilities, supplies and services.

Individuals will be placed in the Naval Acquisition Development Program (NADP). The NADP is a structured management-training program including formal education, diverse rotational assignments, extensive on-the-job training, and graduate tuition assistance that is tailored to various acquisition career fields for up to three years. These positions are located throughout the U.S.; however a majority are located within the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, CA, WA, MD, VA, PA, NJ, RI and FL.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a US Citizen.

Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal & Regulatory Guidance.

Suitable for Federal employment as determined by background investigation.

Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.

You must obtain and maintain a security clearance.

All college transcripts must be submitted as proof of claimed education.

DUTIES:
Conducts advertised procurements: provides guidance to technical personnel; decides contracting approach to be taken; ensures bid schedule is properly structured; prepares solicitation; determines sources to be solicited; conducts pre-bid conferences; determines bid responsiveness based upon Policy and Regulation; and awards or recommends award based on award criteria.
Prepares analyses when historical cost data is available and directly applicable including portions of contractor price and cost proposals considering labor rates, labor and engineering hours, material and subcontracting costs, overhead, tooling costs, profit or fee or other factors as directed.
Participates in the development of procurements, plans the procurement action, provides guidance for the statement of work; determines most suitable type of contract; develops special clauses; determines sources to be solicited; prepares determinations and findings;
Drafts documents including contract modifications, cure or show cause notices and other administration documentation characteristic of the contract administration phase either independently or based on specific detailed information provided by senior contract specialists/supervisor
Conducts or assists in the pre-proposal conferences; responds to inquires; prepares replies and final documentaion of actions taken.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience. Qualifications must be met by June 30, 2013.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:
This position has a Selective Placement Factor (screen-out) which will be used to determine minimum qualifications for this position. Applicants not possessing this Selective Placement Factor will be found ineligible for this position. The Selective Placement Factor is: Applicants must possess a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) on all undergraduate work.

BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR CONTRACT SPECIALIST:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees that included or was supplemented by 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 requirement can be obtained within the degree or in addition to the degree)

GS-07 REQUIREMENT:
A degree that meets the requirements through one of the following methods, no more than 10% of academic credit can be based on pass/fail or similar non-traditional grading systems.

  • 2.95 GPA overall or higher in last 2 years (= or less than 10% Pass/Fail)
  • 3.45 GPA or higher in major or last 2 years in major (=or less than 10% Pass/Fail)
  • Upper 1/3 ranking in graduating class (you must submit proof with your application)
National Scholastic Honor Society. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision. (you must submit proof with your application)

OR

One year of graduate education (18 semester hours) in business or related disciplines or Law School.

OR

Experience: One year of professional experience in an appropriate field comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-5 level work or equivalent in the Federal service that equipped applicants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of an Contract Specialist. Examples of duties: Applying contract regulations, contract law and legal precedents; identifying indefinite delivery type of contracts, service contracts, and cost plus award fee/cost plus incentive fee contracts; and analyzing technical and production reports and audits used in evaluating cost proposals. OR
Combination of Education and Experience: Applicants that possess a percentage of the required professional experience and a percentage of the required graduate level of education such that, when the percentages of the required graduate education and specialized experience are added together, they equal 100%. (Only graduate education and only professional experience equivalent to the GS-5 or higher is creditable.)

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web site: https://ww2.afpc.randolph.af.mil/resweb/docs/QUALIFICATION%20STANDARD%20FOR%20GS-1102.pdf

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE : Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire. To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility.

EDUCATION:
Are you using your education to qualify? For positions requiring positive education requirements , or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements , you must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) . See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education . Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying f or further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

REQUIREMENTS:
Selectee is required to participate in the Department of Defense direct deposit of pay program.

A secret security clearance is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal. If you possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and termination date in your resume.

A 40 hour work week is typical for this position.

Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.

Applicants will be required to sign a mobility agreement upon acceptance of position. Failure to agree to mobility agreement will result in revocation of a position offer.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

This position has promotion potential to the 12 grade. If selected below the full performance level, incumbent may be noncompetitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and upon the recommendation of management. Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

This position is covered under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and requires additional education, training and experience. Applicants should meet the DAWIA certification requirements for the applicable career field and be certified at Level 1 within 12 months of appointment and Level 2 within 24-36 months of appointment.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
When the application process is complete, we will review your r esume to ensure you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the Occupational Questionnaire , along with your supporting documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies for this position.

You will be rated under Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which your experience meets the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for the position and rated as shown below. Additional points are not added for veterans' preference; however, preference is still applied. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:

Best Qualified - Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for announced position.

Highly Qualified -Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for announced position.

Qualified - Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for announced position.

If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities or you may be found ineligible/not qualified.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

BENEFITS:
Department of the Navy offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and a 401K-type retirement plan.

OTHER INFORMATION:
This Position is subject to Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Relocation expenses may or may not be authorized.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

The Department of the Navy uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify .

Federal Annuitant Information:
The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/CivJobOpps/Documents/FedCivAnnuitants.pdf

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligible:

ICTAP applicants must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. A well-qualified ICTAP applicant is one whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements; however, the individual would not necessarily be considered highly or best qualified. For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link: http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/CivJobOpps/Documents/ICTAP_Statement.pdf

Veteran’s Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA):
http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/CivJobOpps/Documents/VEOA_Eligible.pdf

Military Spouse Preference (MSP):
http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/CivJobOpps/Documents/Mil_Spouse_Pref_Statement.pdf

Veteran’s Preference Information:
http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/CivJobOpps/Documents/Vet_%20Preference_Statement.pdf

30% or More Disabled Veterans:
http://www.public.navy.mil/donhr/Employment/CivJobOpps/Documents/30_or_%20More_%20Disabled_Vet.pdf

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