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    Duties

    Summary

    The incumbent serves as a Procurement Analyst in the Business Resource Service of the VA National Acquisition Center. As such, serves as a technical expert for procurement, policy and acquisition matters for the Facility by providing technical reviews, guidance and /assistance on acquisition matters. Maintains state-of-the-art acquisition knowledge including FAC-C Level III certification in contracting.

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    Responsibilities

    Provides comprehensive, authoritative technical reviews and guidance on pre-solicitations, pre-awards, post-awards, and contract files. Coordinates and facilities customer review boards, participates on integrated procurement teams, customer review teams, and customer advisory boards. Offers recommendations for standardized contract formats, special clauses, and dissemination of information and lessons learned to improve the overall quality and effectiveness of contracts awarded and administered. Incumbent is assigned special projects, reviews and analysis of broad, complex, unique and sensitive procurements/ and contracting issues and problems involving the full spectrum of acquisition functions for which the VA National Acquisition Center and its Services, have assigned program responsibilities. The incumbent has considerable latitude to determine the scope of the projects or reviews, resources required and the processes to be followed. The nature of a problem and/or any issues that arise may require continuous adjustments to plans to ensure a thorough analysis is completed and appropriate resolution is reached.

    Work Schedule: M-F 8am-4:30pm
    Position Description Title/PD#: Procurement Analyst (Direct Hire Authority)/ 44130-A
    Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. Work may require some lifting when documents are provided for review and/or forwarded within the
    facility. However, incumbent may be subjected to stress due to changed requirements, short
    deadlines, limited information, and uncontrollable workload peaks.

    NOTE: Candidates may be referred to the selecting official based off the number of applicants. The first 100 applicants will be reviewed. Additional candidates may be referred based on hiring needs.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Job family (Series)

    1102 Contracting

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    Conditions Of Employment
    You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
    Subject to a background/suitability investigation
    Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
    May serve a probationary period
    Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
    Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

    Qualifications

    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Basic Requirements:
    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
    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.

    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.

    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.

    GS-13 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: Diverse contracting experience that includes experience buying a variety of good and services such as medical supplies, healthcare services, IT goods and services, construction and facility maintenance, leasing, and/or professional services. Demonstrated mastery, knowledge and experience with federal procurement regulations and policies and the entire procurement life cycle, cradle to grave, including but not limited to, acquisition strategy and planning, solicitation preparation, negotiation, award determination, contract administration and closeout of procurement and acquisition concepts, principles and laws. Demonstrated experience with multiple parts of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) such as, Required Sources of Supplies and Services, Acquisition of Commercial Items, Simplified Acquisition Procedures, Contracting by Negotiation, Types of Contracts, and Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts. Customer service experience resolving difficult contract issues. Experience in analyzing, researching and interpreting agency and federal regulations and policies and communicating regulations and polices in plain language that can be understood at the entry level and experts. Experience creating presentations and briefs for audiences, ranging from entry-level training presentations to executive briefs regarding federal contracting and acquisitions. Demonstrated experience in problem solving, critical thinking, decision-making and analytical skills using qualitative and quantitative methods

    There is no educational substitution for the GS-13 level.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; 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.

    Education

    Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.

    If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

    Additional information

    VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/.

    Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Applicants will be referred in alphabetical order. Competency 1 - Contracting/Procurement Principles and Procedures
    Competency 2 - Acquisition Program Analysis
    Competency 3 - Written Communication
    Competency 4 - Oral Communication
    Competency 5 - Customer Service
    Competency 6 - Compliance

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    NCS/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

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    Required Documents

    Documents Accepted:

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214
    • OF-306
    • Other
    • Other Veterans Document
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50
    • Transcript

    Documents Required:
    • Resume

    -Resume Must include series, grade, step, starting and ending dates of employment, month and year and hours worked per week, and salary information.
    -Copy of unofficial transcripts. Must show name of college to determine accreditation. If qualifying based on degree, or for positions requiring a degree, the transcript must show date the degree was conferred. If selected, you must provide official transcripts. NOTE: Transcripts should state degree conferred, and have a date.

    Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

    Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

    Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    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.

    http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp

    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

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 05/24/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10498952.

    1. To begin, 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 occupational questionnaire.

    2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

    NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, 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.

    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.

    NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCP that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.

    Agency contact information

    VHA SERVICE CENTER

    Address

    National Acquisition Center
    1st Avenue
    1 Block North of 22nd Street
    Hines, IL 60141
    US
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    OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

    The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.
    The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").
    As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips.

    DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority (5 CFR 337.201) for this occupation.

    Visit our careers page

    Learn more about what it's like to work at Executive Director, Office of Acquisition and Logistics, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    http://www.vacareers.va.gov/./

    Next steps

    After the vacancy announcement closes, applicants are evaluated to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email.

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/533724100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.