This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Procurement, Acquisition and Logistics (OPAL); Technology Acquisition Center. OPAL is a world class Acquisition organization that is customer-focused, emulated by others and an employer of choice. It is an efficient and effective organization offering our customers customized, responsive service at the best value.Learn more about this agency
This is an open continuous announcement for 180 days or until all positions are filled. It will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies for this agency. There will be multiple cut-off dates with the first being 15 days after the initial opening date of 07/27/2020. Additional 30-day cut-off dates will be established until all vacancies have been filled. Candidates will be referred to the selecting official based off the number of applicants. Applications will be reviewed, as received, with 75 applicants reviewed for each cut-off date. Additional candidates may be referred based on hiring needs. This announcement may be extended an additional 180 days at the request of the service if vacancies have not been filled.
Formulate and recommend policies and plans pertaining to acquisition planning, procurement, and contract administration in connection with acquiring the supplies, equipment and services required; Evaluate the effectiveness and economy of procurement activities and provide for the necessary research in the broad aspects of procurement management; Analyze, interpret and apply Federal procurement regulations or their equivalent; Provide advice and technical guidance for initiatives such as subsistence prime vendor, service contracting, consolidated procurement, and other complex initiatives; Accomplish major systems acquisitions with an emphasis on information and technology; Conduct a program of quality review to assure procurement programs are in accordance with established criteria; Make recommendations and decisions related to program planning and evaluation of long-range acquisition projects that eventually are included in the Acquisition Plans; Develop, lead and direct the functions of a diverse subordinate staff of contract specialists; Serve as a formal Team Lead balancing and distributing team members' workload and monitoring the progress of team members in completing assigned workload; Coordinate various aspects of leading a diverse workforce, developing performance plans, and monitoring performance; Resolve problems and foster workforce diversity; Demonstrate experience in the preparation and presentation of briefings and oral and written communication for high level management with little or minor clerical edits; Negotiate, justify or defend projects, program segments or organizational units to obtain or commit resources; Actively participate in conferences, meetings, hearings, or presentations involving problems or issues of considerable consequence or importance to the program ;Represent the organization as contractual authority at interagency meetings; Research commercial practices for moderate to complex acquisitions to ensure utilization of commercial practices; Assess contractual issues on moderate to complex acquisitions providing regulatory and business advice to non-contracting personnel; Provide technical advice to senior acquisition personnel or program offices on complex contracting assignments based on regulatory compliance.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00a.m to 4:30p.m
Position Description Title/PD#: Supervisory Contract Specialist (Direct-Hire Authority)/ 44210-0
Telework Eligible: Ad Hoc basis
This recruitment is for 1 position with the Office of Procurement, Acquisition, and Logistics - Technology Acquisition Center located at: 23 Christopher Way, Eatontown, NJ 07724
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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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
Physical Requirements: The subject position is primarily of an administrative nature in an office setting. However, where travel to work sites is required there may be light physical work required, such as walking over uneven surfaces or assisting technical personnel in taking measurements or elevations. Government travel for training, meetings, or customer interactions will be required in this position.
QualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
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.
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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.
GS-14 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-13 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: Expert knowledge and exp in the following: acquisition/contract administration principles and practices; monitor contractor performance and compliance to ensure terms and conditions of contracts are met; performing cradle to grave contracting; acting as the procurement SME providing technical advice on acquisition policies, regulations and practices; managing procurement support for complex and highly technical IT programs; cost/price analysis techniques; contracts and methods to include simplified acquisitions, cost sharing, multiple awards, commercial items and special provisions; negotiation-prices, terms and conditions, contract modifications and settlements; preparing/presenting briefings and oral and written communication for management, staff and customers; providing exceptional customer service; participating in conferences, meetings, hearings, or presentations. Exp. as a team lead or supervisor; assigning work to subordinates; assisting with selections for subordinate positions; hearing and resolving complaints from employees; effecting disciplinary measures; identifying developmental and training needs of subordinates.
There is no educational substitution for the GS-14 level.
Preferred: Incumbent must meet all the eligibility requirements to receive and maintain a Level III FAC-C certification. FAC link: : www.fai.gov/drupal/certification/contracting-fac-c
Additional information on the qualification requirements are outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at: www.opm.gov/qualifications.
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.
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.
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 - Acquisition Strategies
Competency 2 - Leadership/Management
Competency 3 - Communication
Competency 4 - Customer Service
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (Schedule A)
- Disability Letter (VA)
- Interchange Agreement Documentation
- VA Compensatible Disability Letter
- Other (3)
- PCS Orders
- Performance Appraisal
- Professional Certification
- Proof of Enrollment
- Proof of Marriage Status
- Separation Notice (RIF)
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
- 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.
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
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 09/17/2020 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10873615.
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
AddressTechnology Acquisition Center
23 Christopher Way
Eatontown, NJ 07724
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.
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