Although all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement (see "How to Apply"), applicants have until 30 days after the closing date to meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements listed below.
Requirements: In order to qualify, you must meet the requirements outlined in paragraphs A, B, and C below, as well as Time-In-Grade, Time after Competetive appointment (if applicable), and Specialized Experience:
A. Four years experience in contracting or related positions. At least one 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.
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. The FAC-C Level III course has been completed and the applicant holds a valid, current FAC-C Level III credential (please submit proof of current credential with application documents).
For the GS-14 level: Candidates must have been a GS-13 for 52 weeks (when applicable).
Time After Competitive Appointment:
Candidates who are current Federal employees serving on a non-temporary competitive appointment must have served at least three months in that appointment.
For GS-14 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes performing all aspects of contracting transactions from initiation to awarding contracts, to the administration and closing of contracts. This experience can also include leading or participating in projects that focus on policy development, operation/program improvements, and/or training other contract specialists.
Notes: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be evaluated by a credentialing agency.
For a specific vacant position at grade 13 and above, the GS-1102 qualification standard includes a provision that permits the SPE to waive mandatory requirements. The SPE may consider waiving the following requirements in unusual situations when a highly qualified candidate does not meet the GS-1102 standard:
(1) Mandatory procurement training as prescribed in this Advisory (Appendix L)
(2) 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree requirement
(3) 24 semester hours in specified business courses, and
(4) Experience in performing contracting duties.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application includes your:
- Responses to the online questions, and
- Required supporting documents.
We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.
Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
- Ability to establish relationships, negotiate agreements and maintain effective working relationships;
- Ability to interpret and apply procurement policies, guidelines and regulations;
- Knowledge of contract regulations, techniques and administration/formulation procedures;and
- Skill in written and oral communication and presenting factual information clearly in order to write policy guidance and train others in procurement procedures and contract administration.
Your application will be rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of this position. We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.
3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must receive a rating of at least 85 out 100 to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process. To preview questions please click here.