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    Summary

    The position(s) covered by this vacancy announcement is in the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo). For more information please see: AcqDemo

    This position is part of the Missile Defense Agency.

    FIRST CUT OFF: October 1, 2020. Thereafter, selections will be made from this announcement on an as needed basis as identified by Management.

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    Responsibilities

    This position is being filled under DoD Modified Direct Hire Authority, Section 1109; PL, 116-92, dated 12/20/2019 .

    As a CONTRACT SPECIALIST at the NH-1102-3 some of your typical work assignments may include:

    • Solicits, analyzes, evaluates, and negotiates contractor's proposals for highly specialized research and development requirements for classified programs/activities of the Missile Defense Agency. Prepares all contract file documentation for Contracting Officer approval.
    • Coordinates, analyzes, and negotiates classified acquisitions of both cost reimbursement and fixed-price contracting in such areas as prototype development of sophisticated research and testing equipment; weapons systems; software systems development; and development of new and unique materials; and/or Foreign Military Sales.
    • Conducts acquisition planning and, in coordination with the technical program office, determines the recommended contractual strategy to be used in the acquisition of a specific program element.
    • Processes, analyzes, evaluates, performs cost analysis, provides input for the competitive range determinations and develops a pre-negotiation position for proposals.
    • Serves as a point of contact for advising and assisting the MDA Deputies and Directors in areas not requiring contracting officer authorization, such as, coordination of future classified procurement requirements; preparation of required procurement supporting documentation; and the resolution of specific procurement problems.
    • Serves as a contract specialist and member of a negotiating team responsible for planning, coordinating, and negotiating a variety of classified procurements pertaining to research, development, test and evaluation requirements essential to MDA's mission.
    • As part of the negotiating team, plans and coordinates activities performed on a variety of contracts associated with development, deployment and sustainment of MDA elements and supporting services.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    3

  • Job family (Series)

    1102 Contracting

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen
    • Occasional Travel
    • Work Schedule: Full-time
    • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
    • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
    • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
    • Overtime: Occasionally
    • Tour of Duty: Flexible
    • Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: May be Authorized
    • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
    • Financial Disclosure: Required
    • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible
    • Incumbent required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret (SCI) Security Clearance.
    • Pre-employment urinalysis testing and random testing required.

    Qualifications

    You may qualify at the NH-03 , if you fulfill the following qualifications:

    A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the NH-02/GS-11 grade level in the Federal service as listed below:
    • Experience utilizing a variety of contract types to procure supplies and services, specifically major systems/weapon systems, knowledge-based services, systems test/test support, and unique research and development services/products; and/or Foreign Military Sales.
    • Experience applying a variety of Federal guidelines, regulations, policies and procedures to acquisition planning, solicitation development, contract negotiations, contract execution and post-award contract-management/administration.
    • Experience negotiating contracts, including proposal evaluation and development of the government's negotiation position.
    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.

    In addition to meeting qualifications, your application package must reflect the applicable experience to meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the 1102, series as listed below:

    A. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees. OR
    B. A Current civilian personnel in DoD, in any occupational series, who occupied a similar occupational specialty to the GS-1102 while serving in the military on or before September 30, 2000. OR
    C. A Current civilian personnel in DoD, who occupied GS-1102 positions or contracting positions with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold in an Executive Department on or before September 30, 2000.

    Education

    Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

    ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable at time of application, or (2) If you are serviced by the office filling this position and your transcripts are on file in your official personnel folder, you are not required to submit. However, it is your responsibility to ensure transcripts are on file.

    All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that 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 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 further information, visit: Foreign Education

    Additional information

    ACQUISITION POSITION: This position requires Acquisition Workforce Level II in Contracting. Certification prior to hiring is not essential but must be accomplished within 24 months after entry into this position.

    This position DOES NOT meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:
    http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/140025/1400.25-V300.pdf

    All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information:
    https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/

    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    We will review your resume and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies, identified below, required for this position.

    Competencies:

    1. Demonstrated experience in various types of contracts and procedures to acquire sophisticated or unique research, development, test and evaluation services, weapon systems, equipment and/or components through use of cost and fixed-price contracting, cost sharing arrangements, and/or multiple awards, as well as special provisions such as those relating to rights in data or similar considerations.
    2. Demonstrated experience in Federal Contracting regulations, policies and procedures leading to award and/or administration of a wide range of contracting actions.
    3. Demonstrated experience analyzing current price trends and cost factors applicable to the review of and evaluation of contractor proposals, including performing detailed analysis on individual elements of cost and profit and developing documentation and criteria to substantiate cost and negotiation positions.
    4. Demonstrated experience in researching, analyzing (such as cost and/or price analysis), organizing, evaluating and presenting data; and supporting analyses through interpersonal communication (oral and written).
    Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Your application (resume and supporting documentation) will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required as listed on the announcement under qualification requirements.

    Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

    For information on entitlement see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required

    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    National security

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    Required Documents

    The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc).

    Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    The following documents are REQUIRED
    1. Your resume:

    • Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the number of hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e.," HRS per week and month/year" or "HRS per week and month/year to present").
    • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
    2. Transcripts
    • This position has a degree or education requirement so you are required to submit a copy of your transcript
    • College transcript(s), required if qualifying based on education. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain your name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the lists of classes and credits earned.
    3. Veteran's Documents
    • If applying using veteran's preference or under a Veteran's hiring authority you must submit the following documents:
    • DD214 showing character of service, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty.
    PLEASE REVIEW THE BELOW LINK FOR OTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS needed for proof of eligibility:
    https://www.dla.mil/Portals/104/Documents/Careers/downloads/FourthEstateRequiredSupportingDocumentation%205-4-2020.pdf?ver=2020-05-07-140551-783

    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.

    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.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date to receive consideration.

    To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.

    You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.

    You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.

    To verify the status of your application, 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 Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    To preview the questionnaire, please go to https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10909695.

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    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.

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    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process 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:

    - When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for a job.
    - When an employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job or to gain access to the workplace, And
    - When an employee with a disability needs an accommodation to enjoy equal access to benefits and privileges of employment (e.g., details, trainings, office-sponsored events).

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    Agency contact information

    MDA Servicing Team

    Phone

    6146920299

    Fax

    6146931696

    Email

    DHRC-DMDAHR@DLA.MIL

    Address

    Missile Defense Agency
    Bldg 5222 Martin Rd
    Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898
    US
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    • Do you enjoy challenges and seek opportunities?
    • Are identifying problems, analyzing facts, and making recommendations some of your strong suits?
    • Would you like to obtain the rare opportunity to participate in some of the greatest technological achievements developed?
    • Would you like to serve your country and defend freedom in one of the most critical efforts in history?
    If you answered yes, then this job is for you! The Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) mission is to develop, test, and field an integrated, layered, ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) to defend the United States, its deployed forces, allies, and friends against all ranges of enemy ballistic missiles in all phases of flight.

    We are seeking a prepared, talented, and motivated Contract Specialists who seek challenges and opportunities. You will earn a competitive salary and enjoy outstanding benefits while working alongside some of the brightest, most motivated thinkers of our time.

    Redstone Arsenal, AL: Position filled at NH-03 HIGH, with a starting salary of $79,301 to $122,592 (includes 19.85% locality), unless statutory/regulatory rates prevail.

    Schriever (SAFB): Position filled at NH-03 HIGH, with a starting salary of $77,931 to $120,475 (includes 17.78% locality), unless statutory/regulatory rates prevail

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    Learn more about what it's like to work at Missile Defense Agency, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    https://www.mda.mil//

    Next steps

    A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.

    The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.

    REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

    NOTE: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.

    This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/579437800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.