The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agency. DLA provides worldwide logistics support for the missions of the Military Departments and the Unified Combatant Commands under conditions of peace and war. It also provides logistics support to other DoD Components and certain Federal agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, and others as authorized.Learn more about this agency
As a Contract Specialist, you will be responsible for the following duties:
-Performs contract functions (ex. Pre-award/post-award) required for the acquisition of the various services to meet the needs of the military department.
-Prepares Acquisition Plan (AP), documenting details of the solicitation and type of contract envisioned.
-Prepares Request for Proposal (RFP), selecting clauses, terms and conditions required by FAR and local implementing documents.
-Monitors the solicitation through its entire phase, issuing amendments, answering potential offerors' questions, conducting pre-proposal conferences as necessary, and assuring that all suppliers are treated equally to maximize receipt of competition and minimize protests.
-Evaluates offers based on input from staff offices and on own analysis of the responsiveness of individual offers. Prepares price analysis as necessary.
-Formulates negotiation strategy and identifies areas subject to negotiation.
-Conducts extensive negotiations before and/or after contract award. Negotiates required changes as necessary.
-Conducts industry surveys or market analysis to determine availability of services and identify potential suppliers.
-Performs the full range of contract administration functions and actions for the assigned purchase programs.
-Handles complex, controversial post-award actions and problems, justifying and explaining issues and positions, and solving particular contractual problems.
ABOUT THE POSITION: This is an Acquisition, Technology& Logistics (AT&L) Workforce Position in the Contracting Career Field. The incumbent will be required to become certified at Level II for a GS-12 position and Level III for a GS-13 position in the applicable career field within 24 months, unless a Position Requirements Waiver is approved to extend the 24 months. AT&L position requirements will be used in the evaluation criteria.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Current Permanent DoD Federal Employee. ICTAP (Must be in Commuting Area). Individuals eligible for the following Special Appointing Authorities are not required to be in the commuting area: Individuals with Disabilities, 30% Disabled Vet or more, Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) http://www.dla.mil/Portals/104/Documents/Careers/downloads/AOC%20Eligibility%20Definitions%2020140611.pdf
Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.
Job family (Series)
Conditions Of Employment
- Must complete initial online questionnaire and additional assessment(s)
Work Schedule: Full-Time
Tour of Duty: Set Schedule
Overtime Work: Occasionally
Security Requirements: Non-Critical Sensitive
Drug Testing Designated Position: No
Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt
Bargaining Unit Position: No
Preemployment Physical: No
Emergency Essential: No
Reemployed Annuitant: Does not meet criteria.
The DoD criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants can be found at:
DAWIA EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, Public Law 106-398, Section 808: A.) A baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees AND B.) at least 24 semester hours (or equivalent) of study from an accredited institution of higher education in any of the following disciplines; accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management; OR C.) a civilian employee in DOD or member of the Armed Forces, who occupied a GS-1102 position or contracting officer position with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold on or before September 30th, 2000 is excluded from the requirements of A. AND B. above, but must meet the requirements identified in Public Law 101-510, section 1724: A OR B above.
To qualify for a Contract Specialist, your qualifications must include
Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade (General Schedule (GS) positions only), time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the cut-off/closing date of the announcement. Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is directly in or related to this position. To qualify at the GS-13 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military or private sector. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade (General Schedule (GS) positions only), time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the cut-off/closing date of the announcement. Creditable specialized experience includes:
-Performs pre-award and post-award contracting functions associated with petroleum/energy related services.
-Studying the swift change of market conditions and best industry practices in the evolving energy markets.
-Plans and performs contract administration duties, including analyzing, negotiating, settling contractual agreements, issues, or problems.
Education: Applicants may not qualify for this position based on education in lieu of specialized experience.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills and abilities) in the following:
-Ability to Conduct Solicitation
-Contract Performance Management
Please review the General Information and Definitions at http://www.hr.dla.mil/downloads/ApplicationInfo/GenAppInfoDef.pdf
DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for DLA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with DLA for a period of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564. The Defense Logistics Agency's Drug Free Workplace Plan's drug testing panel includes testing for the following illegal substances: marijuana, cocaine, opiates (codeine/morphine), 6-Acetylmorphine (heroin), phencyclidine, amphetamines (amphetamine/methamphetamine), methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation may be completed and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and USA Hire assessments. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position. If your resume and or supporting documentation is reviewed and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
The assessments for this job will measure:
General Competencies: (Insert the general competencies listed on the Competency Verification List)
Technical Competencies: (Insert the Technical competencies that are being measured in the USA Staffing Questionnaire)
For General Competency definitions, please review at: http://www.dla.mil/portals/104/documents/careers/GenAppInfoDef.pdf
Volunteer Experience: Your Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
If you are applying as an ICTAP candidate please review ICTAP information at: http://www.dla.mil/portals/104/documents/careers/GenAppInfoDef.pdf (see Special Priority Consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)).
Background checks and security clearance
The documents you are required to submit vary based on what authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee). Please review the following to see if there are any documents you need to provide: http://www.dla.mil/portals/104/documents/Careers/supportingdocumentation.pdf
Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, click here for more information about the request process: http://www.usajobs.gov/content/pdfs/USAHireReasonableAccommodation.pdf. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments must be received before the JOA closes to be considered for this job opening. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. After notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. If the email invitation is sent prior to the close of the Job Opportunity Announcement to which you applied, you must complete all of the assessments within 48 hours of the closing of the Job Opportunity Announcement. If the email invitation is sent after the close of the Job Opportunity Announcement to which you applied, you must complete all of the assessments within 48 hours from the time the email is sent."
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
For information on Employee Benefits visit https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online questionnaire, the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 to receive consideration. The application process will follow the bullets outlined below. Notifications are provided to correspond with each step that is outlined below.
Click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the initial online questionnaire. To view the initial online questionnaire TAG:Link to Questions Only.
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
o If you log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
o To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
o When you receive a notification from your USAJOBS account it may indicate that your application is complete after you submit the initial online questionnaire and documentation, however, your application will NOT be complete until you have successfully completed the next step described below.
If you meet minimum qualifications based on the initial online questionnaire responses that you submit, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. The invitation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments will be sent from email address assessments@USAHire.opm.gov. Please plan to set aside at least 3 hours for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments; however, most applicants complete the assessments in less time. NOTE: If you have previously taken a USA Hire assessment, you MUST still click on the link received in the OPM email to connect your previously completed test. Failure to complete the entire process will result in your being found ineligible.
o You must complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments within 48 hours after the close of this Job Announcement to be eligible for this position. Your results will be kept on record for use when applying for future jobs that require the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You will not be allowed to re-take them for one year.
o Before attempting to take the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you should visit https://usahire.opm.gov/assess/default/sample/Sample.action to determine if the computer you are using is likely to experience any issues during testing. If you have questions about the computer requirements or require technical assistance please contact email@example.com.
o If you accidentally deleted the invitation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments or otherwise need the information re-sent (e.g., you feel you have not received it due to a SPAM filter), you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request the invitation to be re-sent. Requests to re-send invitations to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments must be received by email@example.com BEFORE the close of the JOA.
To preview the questionnaire, please go to View Assessment Questions.You may review the status of your application within your profile on USAJOBS.
Agency contact information
Lisa A. Cupp
2001 Mission Drive Suite 3
New Cumberland, PA 17070-5042
America's Combat Logistics Support Agency
If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, you will receive an email from assessments@USAHire.opm.gov with a link to take the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. This assessment must be completed within 48 hours after the close of this JOA. If you have not received the link to the assessment within 24 hours of the closing date and you meet the minimum qualifications for the position, you should contact HelpDesk@USAHire.opm.gov to request the invitation to be re-sent. NOTE: If you have previously taken a USA Hire assessment, you MUST still click on the link received in the OPM email to connect your previously completed test. Failure to complete the entire process will result in you being found ineligible.
Based on your qualifications and/or assessment scores, applicants that are found among the most highly qualified may be referred to the hiring official for consideration, and you will receive a notification of referral. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and as part of the selection process, applicants may be required to complete additional supplemental documents. Once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision. If interviews are conducted, DLA uses a technique called Behavior Based Interviewing (BBI). Be sure to check your USA Jobs account for your notification updates.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/486132000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.