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    Summary

    This Direct-Hire position is in the Food and Drug Administration, with multiple locations throughout the U.S. and its territories.
    See the sections below for more details on the duties & qualifications for this position.
    Note: Salary figures shown represent the "Rest of U.S." locality pay rate. Salaries may vary based on the actual location you are hired at. You can reference OPM's 2018 General Schedule Pay Tables site to see the current locality-adjusted salary rates for any region.

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    Responsibilities

    -Serve as Contracting Officer with unlimited signatory authority.

    -Serve as a resource and advisor to subordinate staff and is an authority on contractual matters and in the interpretation of agency and federal acquisition policies and regulations.

    -Direct contractual strategy for the overall acquisition program.

    -Direct the full range of contract administration actions required for the acquisition program, including the issuance of contract modifications, negotiation of changes, exercise of options, investigation and resolution of contractor delays, contractor performance appraisal, subcontractor surveillance, disposition of claims, and similar matters.

    -Serve as principal business advisor to the program management office.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Job family (Series)

    1102 Contracting

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    Conditions of Employment:

    • Security and Background Requirements: Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. If hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection or appropriate disciplinary action.
    • E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.
    • Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
    • Pre-employment physical required: No
    • Drug testing required: No
    • License required: No
    • Mobility agreement required: No
    • Immunization required: No
    • Bargaining Unit Position: No
    • Relocation Incentives may be authorized: If authorized, certain incentives will require you to sign a service agreement to remain in the Federal government for a period of up to 3 years. Note: This statement does not imply nor guarantee an incentive will be offered and paid.
    • Financial disclosure statement, OGE-450, required: Please be advised that this position will be subject to FDA's prohibited financial interest regulation and may require the incumbent of this position to divest of certain financial interests.
    • This is a Direct-Hire advertisement: Veterans Preference is not applicable to this advertisement. Learn more about Direct-Hire at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/competitive-hiring/#url=directhire ...
    • Note: Additional selections may be made from this vacancy.
    • Selecting Service Registration: If you were born male, after, December 31st 1959, you must be registered with the Selective Service System, or have an approved exemption. Learn more at www.SSS.gov...

    Qualifications

    BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
    In order be eligible for the position of Supervisory Contract Specialist,
    (GS-1102-14/15), you must meet the following requirements...


    Basic Requirements for Series 1102: GS-13 and Above

    A. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.

    AND

    B. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, 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.


    C. Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph D.


    D. Waiver: When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record the basis of the waiver. If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.

    Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS:
    GS-14: You must possess one year (52-weeks) of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-13) in the Federal service.
    Such experience includes: Mastery of procurement regulations and contracting principles, including the latest procedures and techniques sufficient to plan, develop, implement, maintain, and administer all contractual aspects of an acquisition program; develop innovative contractual language, terms and conditions, and serve as the acquisition authority and advisor for program offices; guiding and training staff.

    GS-15: You must possess one year (52-weeks) of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-14) in the Federal service.
    Such experience includes: Serve as a resource and advisor to subordinate staff and is an authority on contractual matters and in the interpretation of agency and federal acquisition policies and regulations; selects, trains, and provides oversight to staff to ensure that procurement documentation is sound, complete and legally sufficient; develops organizational guidelines, policies, and standard operating procedures.
    ****Must be FAC-C level III certified.

    In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description.
    Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.

    PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply through this announcement. Candidates will be referred as Commissioned Corps personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.

    All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on 12/19/2018. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, you may be deemed ineligible or your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.

    Education

    Graduate Education: To qualify for GS-1102 positions on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

    Foreign Education
    If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.
    For more information about this requirement, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website for Foreign Education Evaluation.

    Additional information

    • If you are serving, or have served in the last 5 years (from 12/19/2018) as an Executive Branch political, Schedule C, or Non-career SES appointee, HHS/FDA may be required to obtain approval by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) prior to beginning employment. You can find out if you have held one of these appointment types by looking at your Standard Form 50s in your Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF), in Section 5 where the legal authorities are listed. If you have served or are currently serving, you must provide a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting this appointment. In addition, you will be required to respond to the question in the assessment and certify your responses to the questionnaire. See Political Appointee FAQ - OPM for more...
    • Direct-Hire Authority: On October 11th, 2018, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a special government-wide Direct Hire Authority (DHA) for Scientific, Technical, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and cyber security-related positions nationwide. This position is open to all U.S. Citizens and all qualified candidates will be referred for consideration. The hiring manager may select from any of these qualified candidates without regard to veteran's preference. Learn more about Direct-Hire on OPM's website...
    • Veterans Preference: Veterans Preference does not apply to this advertisement because it falls under the aforementioned DHA.
    • Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Bethesda Center Help Desk (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (866) 539-4484; or by email quickquestions@fda.hhs.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. See the Reasonable Accommodation Policy for more information...
    • Equal Employment Opportunity: 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 See the EEO Policy for more information...

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the job opportunity announcement closes (at 11:59 pm ET on 12/19/2018), your resume and all supporting documents will be reviewed by HR to determine your eligibility for Federal employment and your qualification for this position specifically.

    Because this vacancy will be filled through OPM's Direct Hire Authority. Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to positions filled under this announcement. Applications received as a result of job fairs, recruitment events, and emergency hiring mechanisms in support of this hiring initiative will also be accepted during the duration of the direct-hire authority. All qualified candidates will be referred for consideration; the hiring office may conduct interviews at their discretion.

    Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics). You do not have to respond to the KSA's separately, but your resume should contain sufficient information to demonstrate possession of the Competencies/KSA's.

    1. Pre-awards/Post-awards
    2. Negotiation
    3. Written Communication
    4. Leadership

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Q - Nonsensitive

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    The following documents are REQUIRED for this vacancy,

    • Resume

    A document that is required must be submitted by all applicants because the document is needed to verify your qualifications, education, or other eligibility information. Failure to provide one of the documents in the list below may result in your application being considered incomplete.

    The following additional documents are ACCEPTED for this vacancy.
    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214
    • OF-306
    • Licensure, Certification, etc.
    • VA Letter, etc.
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50
    • Transcript

    These supplemental documents are ued to support your application claims but may not apply to every applicant. If a document appears in this list, it may still be required for verification purposes, such as claims for special hiring authorities, licensure or certification, education, etc. The links below will provide additional information about documentation.

    Learn more about supporting documents and documentation requirements on USAJOBS:

    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.

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    Benefits

    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.

    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.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the assessment questionnaire and submit all documentation specified in the Required Documents section. To receive consideration for this position, you must submit your complete application by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement (12/19/2018).

    Instructions for applying to this job:

    1. You must be signed in to USAJOBS. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you must first create one before you can apply
    2. If you are signed in, you can tap/click "Apply Online" to begin the process.
    3. USAJOBS will ask you to select a resume to submit. We recommend that you submit a USAJOBS Resume Builder formatted resume so that you know you're submitting all the information we will need. You may also submit a resume in the format of your choice. For tips on what to include in your resume, see the USAJOBS Resume Help site.
    4. USAJOBS will then allow you to include documentation from your USAJOBS Saved Documents area. (You may also attach additional supporting documents during this stage, or you may do so prior to submitting your application.)
    5. You will then be required to respond to certify your application materials and you'll be given the chance to elect to provide demographic information (if you have completed this part of your USAJOBS profile).
    6. Finally, you will be transferred to the USA Staffing® Application Manager system to complete the occupational questionnaire and finalize your application for submission. Follow the on-screen instructions provided and respond to ALL questions presented to you. You will be allowed to finalize and submit additional documents one last time. You will review your application and make final submission. You will then be returned back to USAJOBS.
    7. Should you need help while using the Application Manger site, please click the ? Help icon at the top-right corner of the screen, or see the Applicant Help Site. If this does not resolve your question, the FDA Applicant Help Desk contact information is below.
    Instructions for reviewing or editing your application:
    1. If you need to make a change to your application, or if you just want to know your application status, you will need to be logged in to your USAJOBS account. Tap/click on your name in the top-right corner, then select "Applications".
    2. You will see a list of the most recent applications you have submitted. Tap/click on the one you wish to review or edit. The item will expand and provide your current status, along with additional information about that application. If you wish to change something then tap/click the "Update Application" button.
    3. You will be taken through the same steps you did when you initially applied. You can make changes to add or remove supporting documents before being transferred over to the USA Staffing® Application Manager where you can continue making changes to your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Step through the process as you did the first time, taking care to make the changes you need, and submitting in the final step.
    If you would like to preview the assessment questionnaire you may do so by clicking this link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10371933

    You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the FDA Applicant Help Desk at (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (800) 877-8339; or by email quickquestions@fda.gov. (If you request by e-mail, please replace the blank space in the body with the Vacancy Identification Number, VIN, which is:10371933). Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
    The FDA Applicant Help Desk is staffed from 7am to 6pm (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    Agency contact information

    FDA Applicant Help Desk

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    Office of Operations
    10903 New Hampshire Ave
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    Next steps

    Once you have submitted your complete application, (to include the resume, all required supporting documentation, and the responses to the assessment questionnaires), your application will be reviewed by HR to determine your eligibility and qualification status. If you are referred to the hiring office, they may contact you at their discretion for an interview. If you are not referred, you may not immediately receive a notification due to the high volume of applications that are typically submitted to direct-hire advertisements.

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/518483400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.