This position is part of the R10-Acquisition and Prop - Acq Construction AE Ops. As a Supervisory Contract Specialist you will supervise contracting staff in the Service Delivery Areas (SDA) of Acquisition Construction/A&E Operations.Learn more about this agency
ACQUISITION PROGRAM AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Serves as a senior advisor to the Section and Branch Chief and Subject Matter Expert (SME) on all aspects of the assigned service delivery area (Construction/A&E) providing advice and guidance on especially complex acquisitions, the modification and interpretation of guidance in major duty areas, and recommendations regarding new policies and procedures based on investigations performed or on trends and patterns identified. The incumbent performs the following duties and responsibilities:
Plans and directs the work of the Section overseeing and coordinating the acquisition of supplies, systems, equipment, research, construction, and/or services in support of the Service's programs through the use of a variety of contract types. Acquisitions range from those for HQ programs to reimbursable contracts for multiple award task order contracts for other Bureaus.
Directs a staff of Contract Specialists in preparing and administering contracts in one or more of the following areas: supplies, equipment, research, construction, and/or services through the use of informal or formal advertising and sole source procurements. Develops or oversees the development of proposals and justifications to meet the Service's contract requirements and researches and advises management on best practices available for application to projects. Drafts or oversees the drafting of requirements, solicitation documents, competitive range determinations, negotiations, final contract documents, and contract modification actions, in accordance with laws, regulations, policies and procedures of the Department of Interior (DOI) and Federal procurement regulations. Evaluates and examines the cost estimates or price proposals utilizing cost or price analysis techniques to ensure fairness.
Personally, performs a wide range of highly complex assignments within the program area of responsibility typically requiring complex and involved contracting methods and types to procure multifaceted and/or nonstandard acquisition of supplies, systems, services, equipment, and/or construction. He/she serves as a senior acquisition advisor on the most complex contract matters within their assigned SDA and may also serve as a contracting officer on related major projects or teams.
Responsible for assuring timely, accurate and economical accomplishment of a variety of complex work assignments that involve all types of procurement. Keeps management informed of anticipated workload demands. Anticipate problems and provides advice and guidance to staff and Service personnel on effective implementation and time frames required.
Advises the Branch and Section Chiefs regarding contract problems. In collaboration with the Chiefs, develops recommended solutions for presentation to the Solicitor's Officer or Comptroller General, as appropriate. As needed, develops briefing materials and participates in meetings regarding recommended actions with the Division Chief and Deputy Chief.
Provides guidance in the processing of requirements. Provides guidance and procedures on complex procurement issues for pre and post award. Prepares or oversees the preparation of positions on protests and claims and renders or recommends a decision for submission to the Office of the Solicitor to support the Government's position. If required, represents the Service with counsel, in defense of acquisition actions.
Provides advice and guidance to managers and employees regarding acquisition laws, regulations, processes, procedures and methods. As needed, acts as the contractual authority at industry meetings and serves on project review committees.
SUPERVISION AND LEADERSHIP
The incumbent serves as a first line supervisor, overseeing a staff of Contract Specialists. The incumbent assigns work and priorities to subordinates; evaluates work performance, advises, counsels, and/or instructs employees on both work and administrative matters; interviews candidates for positions in the unit; recommends appointments or promotions; hears and resolves complaints from employees, referring group grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to a higher level manager; effects minor disciplinary measures, recommending other action (s) in more serious cases; identifies developmental and training needs of employees, providing or arranging for needed development and training, and makes decisions on costly training; promotes teamwork and improves business practices; develops and ensures Branch equity in performance standards and rating techniques; recommends awards and bonuses for employees; approves expenses comparable to with-in grade increases; and, exercises significant responsibilities in dealing program officials and advising higher level managers and supervisors.
25% or less - You may be expected to travel 25% for this position.
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Conditions Of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
- Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
- Suitability for employment, as determined by Non-Sensitive-Moderate background investigation
- May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
- Time-in-Grade requirements apply to status candidates
- Must be a permanent FWS Employee or LMWFA
- FAC-C Level III Certification is required
- The selectee will be required to file an OGE Form, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report
QualificationsOnly experience and education obtained by 09/11/2019 will be considered.
Basic Requirements for GS-13: A. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester/36 quarter hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
Completion of DOI's listing of mandatory training: CN100: Shaping Smart Business Arrangements (only applicable to those who began training in contracting after October 1, 2006), CN110: Mission Support Planning, CON111: Mission Strategy Execution, CON112: Mission Performance Assessment, CON120: Mission Focused Contracting, CON214: Business Decisions for Contracting, CON215: Intermediate Contracting for Missions Support, CON216: Legal Considerations in Contracting, CON217: Cost Analysis and Negotiation Techniques, CON 218: Advanced Contracting for Mission Support; and CON 353: Advanced Business Solutions for Mission Support. Predecessor and equivalent training may be substituted, as provided by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) or the Federal acquisition Institute (FAI). Applicants may be considered to meet the DOI specialized training requirement if they hold a current level II Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) certification from a civilian agency or a current Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level II certification from any department of Defense Activity.
At least 4 years of contracting experience. Must have extensive experience on complex acquisitions under FAR Parts 14 and 15 procedures and/or administration of contracts sufficient to have full comprehension of required contracting duties. Applicants must have one year of specialized experience as described below: Specialized Experience Requirements: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-12) of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience are those which include developing procurement principles and contract strategies to plan multi-million dollar long term pre-award and post-award procurement actions; supervising subordinates contract specialists planning work and setting priorities; performing in-depth evaluations of financial and technical capabilities; researching qualified contractors for small business administration program; reviewing technical specifications to assure adequacy/lack of ambiguity to allow full and open competition.
You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.
Basic Requirements for GS-13 and above:
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.
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.
Exceptions: Employee 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.
You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.64. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.
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; 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.
PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.
PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx
FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of 09/11/2019; OR More than one position may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.
A PCS move is not authorized.
Supervisory Probationary Period: If you have not previously completed a supervisory probationary period, you will be required to serve a one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period for this position.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
DRIVER'S LICENSE: You must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during your tenure.
Direct Deposit: If you are new employee of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, you must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of your pay prior to appointment.
Government Charge Card: If you are expected to travel on official business, you will be required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of entrance on duty into this position.
Physical Demands Work Environment:
The work is primarily sedentary. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. Some travel may be required. Work is usually performed in an office environment, with some travel to attend meetings or conferences, present training, review acquisition operations, and visit program operations or contractors.
The duty station may vary. If selected you may be placed at one of the above duty locations or at a remote duty station at the discretion of management.
The starting/ending pay for this position will vary depending upon duty location. For current pay information in your location click here.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Knowledge of the various types of contracts, techniques for contacting or procurement and contract negotiation and administration set forth in the Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR) and governing procedures.
- Skill in oral communication to present briefings and training, ensure collaboration with internal/external customers, and ensure timely completion of assignments.
- Skill in interpersonal relations used to negotiate in the pre and post award phases of contracting.
- Ability to supervise, coordinate and prioritize workload; meet deadlines; mentor subordinates; and lead and promote a diverse workforce.
- Ability to manage complex programs and projects often with competing and short deadlines.
- Ability to develop a strategic vision; build a shared understanding and commitment with others; influence others to translate a strategic vision into action; and, act as a catalyst for organizational change.
- Knowledge of Service program goals and objectives, the sufficient to formulate effective customer service and JAO program support strategies consistent with the mission, vision and priorities of the organization.
- Ability to develop objectives, set priorities, and delegate work; establish metrics for accomplishment of work in accordance with established controls systems and rules; and, establish and implement accountability systems for the attainment of high quality, timely and cost-effective results for self and others.
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
- Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk
- Other supporting documents:
- Cover Letter, optional
- Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show 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 further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
- SF-50 (non-award), or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee. Your SF-50 (non-award) must show tenure code 1 or 2 in block 24, and position occupied code 1 (competitive service) in block 34. Note: Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action," that shows you are serving under a permanent career or career-conditional appointment (code 1 or 2 in block 24) in the Competitive Service (code 1 in block 34). The SF-50 must show the position title, series, grade, and step of your position. If you are claiming reinstatement eligibility, you must submit an SF-50 showing your separation (resignation, termination, etc.). If you have previously held a higher grade than the grade/position you currently occupy, you must submit a copy of the last non-award SF-50 you received for that position. If you have any questions regarding which SF-50's to submit, it is highly recommended that you contact the person listed on this vacancy announcement before the closing date.
- Note: You must submit ALL SF-50s and performance information for each period of temporary/term employment if you are requesting to be considered Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act eligibility. For Public Land Corp eligibility, a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Compliance Hiring Based for Public Land Corps Service is required for verification of eligibility.
- Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
- If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
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.
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
- Review the Appointment Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility section of the application process is designed to allow you to choose how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. You will ONLY be considered for the appointment eligibilities that you selected. You must provide proof of your eligibility as required by appointment eligibility to be considered.
- Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month/day/year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.
- You must also complete the online application and assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
- To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
- Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is received. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
- After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
- You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
- You will be considered for all eligibilities for which you select "yes" and submit the required documents and supporting documentation (e.g. DD 214, Schedule A letter, etc.). The supporting documentation you submit will be used to determine your eligibility. Please review the list of documentation provided in the eligibilities language to ensure you provide the appropriate information.
- Please note, your eligibility will be based solely on the selections you have indicated "yes" in this section. You must provide the supporting documentation to support your claim to be considered. You may choose more than one eligibilities in this section.
- To view the assessment questionnaire, click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10588842
The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA),P.L. 114-47, allows certain individuals who currently or formerly were under time-limited competitive appointments at certain land management agencies to compete under merit promotion procedures: Current appointees: Note: You must submit ALL SF-50s and performance information for each period of temporary/term employment that qualifies for LMWFA.· Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency.· Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND· Must have performed at an acceptable level. Former appointees:·Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency,· Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years;·Must apply for position within 2 years after separation,· Must have been separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND·Must have performed at an acceptable level
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5275 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
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