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Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Citizenship and Immigration Services

Job Announcement Number:CIS-758976-CON

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, October 03, 2012 to Wednesday, October 24, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




6 vacancies in the following location:
Williston, VT United StatesView Map


Current or Former Federal Employees with Competitive Status; Reinstatement Eligibles; OPM Interchange Agreement Eligibles; VEOA, Disability, Surplus/Displaced Eligibles.


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at

Every day, our Senior Contract Specialist solicits, negotiates, administers, closes-out and terminates purchase orders and contracts; acquires a wide variety of commodities and develops, implements and reviews contracting plans for pre-award, post-award, price/cost analysis. 

This position of SENIOR CONTRACT SPECIALIST starts at a salary of $81,823.00 (GS-13 step 1), with promotion potential to $106,369.00 (GS-13 step 10).  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of Contracting, Williston, VT within DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Who May Apply

Status Candidates which include:

  • Federal employees with competitive status and reinstatement eligibles.
  • Persons eligible under an Interchange Agreement (click here to view a list of covered agreements)
  • Veterans’ preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after substantially completing at least three consecutive years of active duty (click here for information on veterans)
  • Persons that are applying under a Special Hiring Authority (see "Other Information" section of this announcement)
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

USCIS will not pay your relocation expenses.
This position is in the bargaining unit.
This position is not considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.

Relocation expenses are authorized if you are assigned to the RAIO program and have been approved for rotation from an overseas assignment. Relocation expenses for employees assigned to an OCONUS location will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Note: USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position
  • Successfully pass a background investigation including financial disclosure
  • You must pass drug screening
  • Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements.
  • Current Federal employees must meet Time-in-Grade requirements
  • You must submit resume and supporting documentation


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As a Senior Contract Specialist, you will be responsible for the acquisition of equipment and services of significant importance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. You will:

  • Solicit, negotiate, administer, close-out and terminate purchase orders and contracts;
  • Acquire a wide variety of commodities including furniture, telecommunication equipment, surveillance equipment, and various services and maintenance efforts;
  • Develop, implement and review contracting plans for pre-award, post-award, price/cost analysis and a wide variety of procurement activities.  

As a Senior Contract Specialist, you may also be required to:

  • Ensure that the organization's strategic plan, mission, vision and values are communicated;
  • Explain work assignments, actionable events, issues, and deadlines;
  • Train team members in methods and techniques in team building, administrative procedures, and technical requirements of the job;
  • Coach the team in consensus building.


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GS-13: You must complete all mandatory training (Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting FAC-C Level 2 or equivalent certification), possess 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions, and meet the basic education requirements. You qualify at the GS-13 level if you posses one (1) year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal government, such as:  

  • Acquiring equipment and services including the responsibility for solicitation, negotiation, administration, close-out and termination of purchase orders and contracts for a wide variety of commodities and providing technical advice, guidance and legal interpretations in all areas of contracting.


  • Successfully completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelors 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



  • Completed mandatory training for the progression to a higher level contracting position such as Federal Acquisition Certification (FAC-C) issued by the Federal Acquisition Institute or equivalent no lower than Level 2.  


  • Exception to Educational Requirement: If you occupied a position in the GS-1102 series since January 1, 2000, you meet the qualification requirements for that position. This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met. However, you will have to meet all job requirements, including specialized experience and the education requirement, in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade.

The qualifications for this position must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement (Wednesday, October 24, 2012).

Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service.  The Time-in-Grade requirement must be met by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement (Wednesday, October 24, 2012).

Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

Basic Requirements

A. Training: Completion of all mandatory training (FAC-C Level 2 or equivalent) for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-year's 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.


B. Education: 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. This position has a positive education requirement. Proof of successful completion of required course work must be provided to determine if you meet the basic qualification requirements for the position. Without this proof, your application will be rated ineligible.

C. Exception to Educational Requirement: Applicants who have been in a GS-1102 position (at or above a GS-13) since January 2000, without a break in service, will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupied 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.

Selective Placement Factor: Your resume must support experience interpreting and applying Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) when preparing a contract.

Travel : You will be required to travel occasionally.


You will be evaluated for this position based upon information reflected in your resume.  Your resume must support your responses to the job specific assessment questionnaire, level of education claimed, experience, and/or training.  To remain in consideration for this position, please ensure your resume covers this requirement and that your application has been successfully submitted as part of your on-line application. 

Creation of this package includes completing the on-line assessment questionnaire, uploading your resume, and uploading any required supporting documents.

NOTE : Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified.  If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

If you are found best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.  To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:   If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.   Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM's Career Transition Resources website.   To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 95  for this position.   In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

Veterans:  Certain veterans are eligible to apply as a status candidate under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).


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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:   health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.   Other benefits may include:   flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.   DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.   For more information, go to


Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.  This may include (e.g. a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.)


USCIS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.  To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit


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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Wednesday, October 24, 2012.  To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents.  See Required Documents section for more detail. 


If you are a Federal employee and have received a current performance rating, it is strongly encouraged that a copy accompanies your application submission. Doing so allows the selecting official access to all information surrounding your potential to fulfill the duties and responsibilities commensurate of the position being considered for. Failure to provide may impede the selecting official's understanding of the qualifications and experience that you possess. 

We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you can not apply online, you must contact the Human Resource office listed below at least one day prior to the closing date for instructions.  Applications will not be accepted by mail. 

To Fax a Resume or Supporting Documents:

If you previously uploaded documents to this vacancy, please do not FAX the same documents. If you need to fax a part of your documentation:

  • Use the official FAX coversheet found here.
  • Make sure that you include the 8-character vacancy identification number: "MB758976”
  • Provide your SSN, name, and address in the blocks provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • Print your SSN and Name neatly using the exact name as the one used when you filled out the assessment questionnaire.
  • The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.


  • Your resumé
  • Education:   Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable).   Those with foreign education, click this link .  
  • Are you a veteran?   Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability.   Click here for more veterans' information.
  • Are you a current or former Federal employee ?   Submit a copy of your official SF-50 (no text version) or other official "Notification of Personnel Action" document that shows your appointment in the competitive service, your tenure and full performance level. SF-50B print screens from NFC are not official documents and are not acceptable. All current DHS employees can print their own SF-50's by accessing If you are a current CIS employee and need access information to eOPF, please contact For all other agencies please see your servicing Human Resources office.
  • Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?   Submit:

    ·          a copy of your agency notice,

    ·          a copy of your most recent performance rating, and

    ·          a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location


Phone: (802)660-1145
Agency Information:
US Citizenship and Immigration Services
70 Kimball Avenue
South Burlington, VT


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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