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Job Title:Contract Specialist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Materiel Management

Job Announcement Number:VA-EA-842374-MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, February 21, 2013 to Sunday, May 05, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location:
Fredericksburg, VA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

JOB SUMMARY:

Our mission:  To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan," - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. 

You Can Make a Difference!

 

Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve.  You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

Location: This position is within the Office of Acquisition Operations.

 

** THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT.   The cut-off date for the first referral will be March 6, 2013.  Subsequent referrals will be issued every 30 days until May 5, 2013. ***

Area of Consideration: To be considered eligible for this position, you must be eligible as a Competitive Merit Promotion and/or Non-Competitive Merit Promotion eligible, as explained below.  If you do not have an eligibility described below, you will be considered outside the area of consideration.

Competitive Merit Promotion:
• Current Employees, Transfer or Reinstatement eligibles:  Current or former Federal career or career conditional employees who hold, or have held, a permanent position in the competitive service, at a lower grade level than the position being announced.
• Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles: Veterans who are preference eligibles OR who have separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service.

Non-Competitive Merit Promotion:
• Disabled veterans receiving 30% or more disability compensation from the VA;
• Individuals with severe disabilities (eligible for Schedule A appointments); Individuals eligible under other non-competitive appointment authorities such as: military spouses under E.O. 13473; Veteran’s Recruitment Authority (VRA); certain former overseas employees; present and former Peace Corps, Vista or Action volunteers; former White House staff; present and former Foreign Service officers and employees; certain National Guard technicians; Current and former Federal employees who meet the established criteria outlined in an Office of Personnel Management Interchange Agreement;
• Transfer or Reinstatement eligibles that hold, or have previously held a Federal career or career-conditional position at the same or higher grade level as the position being announced.
• Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligible’s: displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration as determined by their employing agency.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.
 Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job
  • You must be eligible under the Area of Consideration
  • You must submit your resume and supporting documents (See How to Apply)
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • FAC-C Certification (See Required Documents area)

DUTIES:

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As a Contract Specialist you will be responsible for performing professional work involving the procurement of supplies and services in accordance with regulatory guidance.  Examples of equipment and supplies include: medical or facility equipment, medical/surgical supplies, nursing home services, readjustment counseling services, medical services, minor construction, and information technology services to include hardware and software.

 Major duties include:

• Negotiating contracts of significant monetary value
• Planning and coordinating procurement assignments for supplies and services
• Developing and maintaining systems to evaluate and monitor contractual performance
• Analyzing information (such as business trends, market conditions, etc.) to negotiate prices
• Incorporating changed contract requirements

 

View Assessment Questions


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position at the GS-12 level, you must possess one of the Basic Requirements AND the Additional Qualification Requirement:

Basic Requirements:

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


B. 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. OR

C. Meet the following exception to the requirements stated in "A" above: Occupied and continue to occupy a GS-1102 position since 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)

NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS

AND

Additional Qualification Requirement:

A. At least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Service, or equivalent pay band in other pay systems. This experience may also have been obtained in the private sector, but it must demonstrate that it is comparable to the GS grade indicated. Examples of such specialized experience include: negotiating contracts of significant monetary value; planning and coordinating procurement assignments for supplies and services; developing and maintaining systems to evaluate and monitor contractual performance; analyzing information (such as business trends, market conditions, etc.) to negotiate prices; and incorporating changed contract requirements.

 

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.


Education:   

When you are using education to qualify, or there is a positive education requirement, transcripts are required at the time of application (unofficial) to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution.

 

Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalence with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

 

 

REQUIREMENTS:

·         Background Investigation: You may need to successfully complete a background investigation before appointed into the position.

 

·         Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a one year probationary period.

 

·         Time in Grade (TIG): Current employees, Transfer and/or Reinstatement Eligibles must have a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade GS-grade level to be eligible under Merit Promotion.   An SF-50 must be provided which shows your current pay plan/series/grade to verify time-in-grade requirements are met.  Failure to provide an appropriate SF-50 will result in an ineligible rating.  

 

·         Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

 

Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.

Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies:

• Contracting Principles
• Planning and Organizing
• Oral Communication
• Written Communication   

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCEPlease note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

 

 


BENEFITS:

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VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at https://my.usajobs.gov/Resource Center/Index/Interactive/Benfits#icc

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.  This position may be authorized for telework.  Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual for Non-Federal Work Experience and Experience in the Uniformed Service:  At the sole discretion of the Agency, newly appointed Federal employees may be given credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service toward the accrual of annual leave. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.  Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Placement Policy:   The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion.  The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement.  Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position."



OTHER INFORMATION:

 

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

 

Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/).

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See “Required Documents” section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Sunday, May 05, 2013

 

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 occupational questionnaire.

Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.  Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

 

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS (https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx) to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1.    Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following       842374

2.  Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire.     View Occupational Questionnaire 

2.    Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.

3.    Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

4.  Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required and must be received Sunday, May 05, 2013

 

·         Resume

·         Completed Occupational Questionnaire

·         Unofficial College Transcripts are required when education is used to meet any basic educational requirement and/or you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.  If selected you may be required to produce official transcripts before being appointed. Failure to provide transcripts will result in an ineligible rating.

·         SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action is required from current employees, transfer or reinstatement applicants to determine eligibility, and to verify that time-in-grade requirements have been met.  The SF-50 must include the pay plan/series/grade and type of appointment.  Failure to provide an SF-50 reflecting this information will result in an ineligible rating.

·         Veterans Preference Documentation:  DD-214 or Statement of Service which shows dates of service and character of service, and VA or Armed Forces Disability Letter if  claiming 10-point preference.

·         Other documents – use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).  You will not be contacted for additional information.

* FAC-C Level II certification, or industry equivalent, including 80 hours of training within the last two years.

OR

* FAC-C Level I Certification, and I meet the eligibility requirements for FAC-C Level II certification, or industry equivalent contract management certification (i.e., all required courses, experience level, and 80 hours of training within the last two years).

 

Veterans' Preference:   When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted 5 points tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Elisa Acevedo
Phone: (210)805-3733
Email: ELISA.ACEVEDO@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
VA Central Office HRS
999
Washington, DC
99999

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The status of your application will be updated via Application Manager throughout the hiring process.   You can access Application Manger at https://applicationmanager.gov

 


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Job Announcement Number:

VA-EA-842374-MP

Control Number:

338154700