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Job Title:Contract Specialist (Senior Contracts Advisor)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Food and Nutrition Service

Job Announcement Number:12-FNS-411

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, September 20, 2012 to Thursday, October 11, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Alexandria, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. citizens who meet any of the categories shown under the heading "Who May Apply" at the end of the Job Summary section below.

JOB SUMMARY:

This position is located in Alexandria, VA (approximately 6.4 miles outside of Washington, DC). The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.

This position is located in the Contracts Management Division. FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!
Key Information:

FNS offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

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Who May Apply:

  1. Current Federal employees on career or career conditional appointments in the competitive service, or former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility;
  2. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles;
  3. Individuals eligible under special hiring authorities (e.g., individual with disabilities, covered by an interchange agreement, Certain Military Spouses), etc.
  4. USDA employees currently serving on a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA); OR
  5. Individuals eligible for appointment under the Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).

KEY REQUIREMENTS


    DUTIES:

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    As a Contract Specialist (Senior Contracts Advisor), you will:

    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships and liaison activities with agency staff , the Regions, other USDA mission areas  inter-agency working groups and resources, appropriate Congressional committees, Departmental officials, other  governmental offices and organizations and individuals interested in FNS and its programs;
    • Formulate policy and make process decisions, to include obtaining input from various sources and engaging the appropriate stakeholders, within the overall direction provided by the Division Director;
    • Provide expert technical advice to the Division Director, Associate Administrator’s Office, and the rest of the Agency;
    • Develop materials and draft communications to assist the Division Director in communicating policies, objectives, procedures, project summaries and status reports, recommendations with supporting rationale, and responses to requests for information, advice or guidance; and
    • Write legislation, regulations, memoranda, position papers, and other material for the Division Director. 


    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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    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).

    Time-in-Grade:
    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.


    Specialized Experience:
    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:

    1. Resume,
    2. Responses to the online questions, and
    3. 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. 

    2.   Rating: 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.


    BENEFITS:

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    Our comprehensive benefits are some of the most generous. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • Relocation will not be paid.
    • This is a bargaining-designated position.
    • If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.  
    • To file a complaint of discrimination, within 45 days of notification, write USDA, EEO Counselor, FNS, Office of Civil Rights, 12th floor, Alexandria, VA 22302-1500, or call (703) 305-2195. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.
    • FNS has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) to provide certain Human Resource services to its organization. BPD's responsibilities include advertising FNS' vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.  
    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:
    • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31,1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.  
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identify and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.  
    • Successfully complete a background investigation.


    HOW TO APPLY:

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    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. FNS provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

    Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) We recommend you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluations section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. See Resume Tips.

    Step 2 - Apply Online Click "Apply Online." You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well. After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click "Apply for this position now!" and follow the prompts to register (if you haven't already done so), answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. You will have the opportunity to submit documents via 3 different options: 1) download from USAJOBS, 2) upload from your computer, or 3) fax. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

     Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    SF-50 (Current and Former Federal Employees)

  • Submit a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current grade and competitive civil service status. If your current grade is not your highest permanent grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing your highest grade. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)
  • If you are currently on a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit a copy of an SF-50 showing that.
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    Performance Appraisal
    Submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 18 months, that includes the final rating. If you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application.

    CTAP/ICTAP
    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed list of documents, click here.

    Special Hiring Authorities Documentation
    If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.

    Veterans' Documentation
    If you are applying through VEOA, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.


    Education Documentation

    Submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. To be used in meeting qualifications requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.asp#e4a.

    Certificate Documentation

    Proof of valid, current FAC-C Level III credential

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Applicant Call Center
    Phone: 304-480-7300
    Fax: 111-111-1111
    TDD: 304-480-8725
    Email: FNSINQUIRIES@BPD.TREAS.GOV
    Agency Information:
    USDA, Food and Nutrition Service
    Administrative Resource Center
    FESB Room A2-F
    200 3rd Street
    Parkersburg, WV
    26106
    US
    Fax: 111-111-1111

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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    Job Announcement Number:

    12-FNS-411

    Control Number:

    326827900