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Job Title:Contract Specialist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-PN-DE-SRA-13-099

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, February 14, 2013 to Thursday, February 28, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a FULL TIME position. - This is a PERMANENT position.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Burley, ID, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals. 

JOB SUMMARY:

Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit: http://www.usbr.gov. View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video/

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-SRA-13-098 (at the GS-7 and GS-9 levels) for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on your expertise as a Contract Specialist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands working at the Upper Snake Field Office.

Here is an opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

Location - Burley, Idaho http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/area-information.html

Payment of travel and relocation expenses will be your responsibility.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply for Federal employment.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation. (See How to Apply)
  • This position requires a Contracting Warrant (see Other Information)
  • You must submit transcripts to verify education requirements
  • You will be required to complete Financial Disclosure Form if selected

DUTIES:

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- Serves as a Contract Specialist responsible for a full range of pre-award and post-award functions.

- Provides guidance to technical personnel in regards to formally advertised and negotiated procurements.

- Monitors contractor performance.

- Implements simplified acquisition procedures.

- Responsible for complying with safety instructions and regulations.

- Supports and utilizes electronic procurement systems including commerce FedBizOps and FedBid.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Education Requirements:

1. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;

OR

2. 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.

Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position.

In addition to the basic education requirements, applicants must have specialized experience to qualify at the GS-09 level:

For the GS-09 level: 1 year specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-07 in Federal service or 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.

Graduate Education. To qualify for GS-1102 positions on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

For positions at GS-7 through GS-12, applicants who are qualifying based on experience must possess at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level, that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position, in addition to meeting the basic requirements in paragraph A or B, above.

Specialized Experience is defined as: experience that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position.

For the GS-09 level: Using contracting principles and procedures applicable to pre-award and/or post award actions sufficient to procure and/or administer contracts for a variety of specialized equipment and/or services.

If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications. An official transcript bears the University Seal and a signature certifying its authenticity and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree. Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment.  Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer.  


This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified, and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 45 minutes to complete

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume and responses to the online questions.  

KSA 1: Knowledge of federal acquisition regulations.

KSA 2: Ability to compile research data for specifications as well as to ascertain correct procedures and independently judge the course of actions to follow.

KSA 3: Knowledge of sources of supply and characteristics of assigned commodities or services sufficient to identify potential suppliers, ensure adequate competition, and evaluate responsiveness and responsibility of the potential offerors.

KSA 4: Knowledge of cost and price analysis techniques sufficient to review contractor proposals and bids and to perform basic analyses.

KSA 5: Skill in effectively communicating information, both orally and in writing and skill negotiating basic, routine issues/actions. 

Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education, and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/fastfacts/quickguide.pdf



OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are initially appointed to a career-conditional position, you must serve a 1-year probationary period.

Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  Go to: http://www.sss.gov

The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Selection for positions is made solely on the basis of merit, fitness and qualifications without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.

The referral list from this public notice may be used to fill subsequent positions (similar title, series and grade, location, and KSA requirements) within 180 days of the date the referral list was issued.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button on the right side of any page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System-HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html .

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include:

 -- Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process

 -- E-mail to scolson@usbr.gov

 -- Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023

 -- Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1433, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234

 - or –

 -- Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources - Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho.

Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting documents.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty:  If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. If you have a compensable service connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214.

For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

CTAP/ICTAP: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements) and score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306: You will be required to complete an (OF-306), http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf  prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or for dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001). 

Transcripts:  Applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcripts, if applicable.  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: 208-378-5155
Fax: 208-378-5023
Email: scolson@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
Attn: PN-1433
Boise, ID
83706-1234
US
Fax: 208-378-5023

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in the USAJOBS profile.

If you are determined to be in the Best Qualified group, you may be required to submit written, essay-style responses to additional assessment questions as a continuation of the evaluation process. Failure to respond to the additional assessment questions will result in loss of further consideration for this position.


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Job Announcement Number:

BR-PN-DE-SRA-13-099

Control Number:

337780300