Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service.
Specialized experience is experience that is directly related to the line of work of the position which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience require the applicant to have experience with all of the following: Mastery of laws, regulations, Comptroller General decisions, OMB Circulars and policies and procedures that affect the planning, award, administration and management of grants sufficient to provide program officials and other grants management specialists with expert advice regarding various aspects of federal assistance activities; thorough knowledge of principles of federal assistance planning sufficient to develop and implement a plan to execute and award complex and diversified types of grants and to propose solutions to identify contractual problems that adhere to existing rules and procedures; comprehensive knowledge of price/cost analysis techniques sufficient to evaluate offeror’s proposals and to prepare a pre-negotiation position; and expert knowledge of grant administration and termination techniques sufficient to administer and to advise on closeout of grants. All of the aforementioned knowledge must be clearly identified in your resume.
<b>Basic Requirements for GS-13 and above:</b>
A. 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 the next
lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge,
skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the
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, quantative methods, or organization management.
The Group Coverage Qualifications Standards for GS-1102 series as published by the Office of Personnel Management in the Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions apply.
There is an educational requirement. Please see qualification section.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.
Category A - Best Qualified -- Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B - Well qualified -- Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.
Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):
1. Written Communication Skills - Ability to communicate sufficient to develop necessary documentation to provide guidance on program operations and present findings in various written media.
2. Oral Communication Skills - Ability to communicate and negotiate sufficient 1) to lead and conduct grant negotiations; 2) to handle subsequent negotiations involving changes in specification, work statements, program objectives, etc.; and 3) to meet and deal with high level business, industry, scientific, and/or government officials.
3. Program Knowledge - Mastery knowledge of laws, regulations, Comptroller General decisions, OMB Circulars and policies and procedures that affect the planning, award, administration and management of grants sufficient to provide program officials and other grants management specialists with expert advice regarding various aspects of federal assistance activities.
4. Analytical and Research Skills - Ability to analyze price/cost techniques sufficient to evaluate proposals and to prepare a pre-negotiation position.
5. Planning and Organizing - Ability to develop and implement a plan to execute and award complex and diversified types of grants and to propose solutions to identify contractual problems that adhere to existing rules and procedures.
6. Information Technology Skills - Comprehensive knowledge of the organizational structures and procurement management systems used by various types of assistance recipients, i.e., state and local governments, universities, and other private and public organizations, sufficient to develop policies and procedures that present the minimum administrative burden for recipients; Knowledge of applicable systems and software in order to perform analysis, build grants, create charts/maps and execute awards.
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The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".
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