Basic Requirements for GS-12:
A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field OR 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.
To Qualify at the GS-12 Grade Level:
GS-12: In addition, you must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at the least the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience includes: serving as contract specialist responsible for all aspects of the contracting transactions from initiation to recommendation of award for the: (1) central procurement of commodities or services for several activities in a geographic area, or for an agency, a department or departments; or (2) procurement of variety of supplies, services, or construction in support of an installation or activity; reviewing requisitions and determining appropriate methods of procurement; developing procurement plans by reviewing previous history, market conditions, and specifications or technical data packages; compiling bidders' list from qualified bidders' applications, knowledge of suppliers, contacts with trade associations, Small Business Administration, or other sources; preparing and issuing solicitation documents; performing detailed analysis of bids or proposals received; administering a variety of contracts with various and complex terms; conducting conferences with contractors to clarify issues on contractual requirements; monitoring contractor performance; providing guidance to contractor concerning obligations to perform within contractual terms; reviewing, analyzing, and recommending action on problem situations; and/or negotiating changes to contracts.
Basic Requirements for GS-13:
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 GS-12 level, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.
A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field 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.
B. Possess significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience. If referred and selected for this position, the selecting official will request a waiver of the education requirements by the senior procurement executive of the Department of Health and Human Services.
To Qualify at the GS-13 Grade Level:
GS-13: In addition, you must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: serving as a contract specialist responsible for pre-award and post-award functions, including price/cost analysis, negotiation, and administration for services, materials, and equipment associated with research, development, test, evaluation, and/or production activities of one or more organizations, typically involving specialized equipment, professional or technical services, and/or specialized construction; reviewing and analyzing requests for the procurement of complex equipment, services, and/or construction, sole source and other required clearances, and preparing documentation; preparing solicitation documents, incorporating specific provisions; analyzing proposals for conformance with the solicitation; conducting extensive negotiations before and/or after contract award; negotiating with potential contractors; awarding contracts within delegated contracting officer authority; and/or administering complex contracts, including monitoring contractor's performance.
Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy 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.
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This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education . If you are currently or were previously in this occupation series you do not need to submit transcripts. Instead, submit an SF-50 showing the appointment in this occupational series.
Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Qualified candidates will be referred for consideration in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management direct hire guidelines. Veteran's Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures. Selections made under this bulletin will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. Current civil service employees would, therefore, be given new appointments to the civil service.