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Job Title:Contract Specialist

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center

Job Announcement Number:NEDB12232878797379

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$51,871.00 to $81,583.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, December 10, 2012 to Thursday, December 13, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Milford, MA United StatesView Map
Natick, MA United StatesView Map
Orlando, FL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

"The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) provides that the Secretary of Defense can designate acquisition positions within the Department of Defense as shortage positions and recruit and appoint qualified persons to those positions using Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA)".

 

About the Position:
The Natick Contracting (NCD) is a full service contracting organization managing integrated acquisition from basic research through production. Our mission includes research and development, services and supplies, base operations, spare parts and low rate initial production. Our acquisition program includes the full range of equipment, food, and shelter. Our goal is the sustainment and survivability of the war fighter. In general terms: Anything a Soldier Wears, Carries, Eats, or Lives in falls within our purview. When you see a soldier in Theater, everything from his or her helmet to boots, including the uniform, load carrying gear, and body armor, were originally researched, developed, and acquired through NCD contracting efforts. Our vision is implement acquisition practices that mirror world-class commercial practices and to provide the best contractual services possible while maintaining our standing as a valued team member of the US Army Contracting Command.

Who May Apply:

Unites States Citizens

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • See Requirements Below:
  • Relocation expenses are NOT authorized
  • Financial Disclosure Statement Required
  • Secret Security Clearance Required
  • Acquisition Certification Required within 24 months
  • Business Travel away from Duty Station 5%

DUTIES:

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DUTIES:

You will prepare and issue solicitations, evaluate proposals, perform cost/price analysis, negotiate contract terms and/or modifications and make contract awards.  You will monitor contractor performance, respond to protests and/or congressional inquiries.  You will utilize automated tools to perform contracting functions and perform contract closeout documentation. 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Specialized Experience: To Qualify at the GS-09 applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level of GS-07. Specialized experience is defined as knowledge of/or experience in: using procurement regulations, procedures, and techniques in order to perform recurring and developmental contracting assignments.  Examples of such are: drafting contracts including standard clauses and special provisions; recommending awards and necessary documents to support awards; assisting with negotiations or conducting non-complex negotiations; analyzing bids or proposals for responsiveness, assisting with monitoring the contractor's performance; and reviewing contract files for completeness and closure.


OR


GS-09: Two full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters’ degree or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D.
 
To qualify at the GS-11 grade level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09).  Specialized experience is defined as knowledge of/or experience in: applying procurement regulations, procedures, and techniques. Applicant must also have experience in formal advertising and negotiated procurement procedures to develop solicitations, evaluate offers, negotiate prices and terms, and recommend award of contracts for range of standard or specialized supplies or services.


OR


GS-11: Three full academic years of progressively higher level graduate or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
 
Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time in Grade Restriction.
 
Time in Grade Restriction:
GS-09:  Must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade level (or equivalent) of GS-07.
GS-11:  Must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade level (or equivalent) of GS-09.

 

 

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Procurement Planning
  • Ability to Plan Negotiation Strategy
  • Knowledge of Contract Administration
  • Skill in Effective Communication

 


BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT for 1102 Positions within Department of Defense: 
The Contract Specialist occupation has specific educational requirements which apply to all positions. Education above the high school level must have been completed in a U.S. college, university, or other educational institution that has been accredited by one of the accrediting agencies or associations recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts are required at the time of application.

 

(A)  A baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees.

 

AND

 

(B) Completion of at least 24 semester credit hours (or equivalent) of study from an accredited institution of higher education in any of the following disciplines: accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, and organization and management.

 

NOTE: The education requirements listed above apply only to individuals entering DoD 1102 positions on or after October 1, 2000. 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 DoD on or before September 30, 2000, are exempt from meeting this requirement.
 
For consideration, your resume MUST indicate that you possess a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees AND your resume MUST show that you possess at least 24 semester hours of study from an accredited institution of higher education in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management obtained within or in additional to the bachelor's degree. This requirement applies to those entering DoD 1102 position on or after Oct 1, 2000.

Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Secret Security Clearance Required
  • Overnight Business Travel Away from Duty Station 5%
  • Submission of Financial Disclosure Statement Required
  • Acquisition Certification Level I (GS-09) Required within 24 months
  • Acquisition Certification Level II (GS-11) Required within 24 months

 

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).  The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

 


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of telework and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.


  • OTHER INFORMATION:

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    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.


    • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at  http://www.cpms.osd.mil/ASSETS/E8AB932EA1E44617BAC7222922E42A62/DoDI140025-V300.pdf

    • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.)

    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.
    Application packages must include:

    1. Your resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    2. Your responses to the questionnaire
    3. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, December 13, 2012.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 797379.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online, you will need to provide the same information obtained in the online process.  You will need three documents to complete this process:  the Occupational Questionnaire, the scan response form, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Occupational Questionnaire (OPM Form 1203-FX), and a separate document described in item #3. below. 

    1. Download the scan response form, OPM Form 1203-FX, from http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.

    2. View Occupational Questionnaire.  Use this information to guide you in completing the OPM Form 1203-FX.  Note that you may be instructed to leave some responses blank on the scan response form.

    3.  On a separate document, please identify which position(s) on your resume (include title, organization, and employment dates) support any response of “E” ("I am considered an expert in performing this task...."). 

    4. Fax the completed OPM Form 1203-FX, along with your required and supporting documents, to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    PLEASE NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire.  Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one.  When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.  This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible. 

    It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.
     

    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    The following documents are required:

    • Resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    • If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience or solely on education, you must submit your college transcripts with your application.
    • You MUST submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to: for current employment verification, a SF-50 or DD3434 (you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis); If you are claiming Veterans Preference or Military Spouse preference (MSP), to verify your preference claim you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to:   for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran Preference, DD214 (which indicates character of service) SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.

    • If you are currently serving on active duty: You MUST submit a certification from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. If you supply a certification at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified prior to appointment.   For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link: http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.   Please upload veteran's documents under the appropriate category

    • If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further. 

    PLEASE NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office.   Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for other than the applicant. These documents may be sanitized to remove such personal information before submission with the application. Applicants may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents upon selection to confirm eligibility.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Email: USARMY.APG.CHRA-NE.MBX.APPLICANTHELP@MAIL.MIL
    Agency Information:
    DA NER Natick US Army Soldier Systems
    ATTN PECH-NER-E
    Kansas Street Bldg 1
    Natick, MA
    01760-5013

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

     

    To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

     

    If no email address is provided, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in Application Manager. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.

     

    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact the Army Applicant Helpdesk at usarmy.apg.chra-ne.mbx.applicanthelp@mail.mil


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    Job Announcement Number:

    NEDB12232878797379

    Control Number:

    333237700