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Job Title:Contract Specialist-NIAID-DH

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:National Institutes of Health

Job Announcement Number:NIH-NIAID-DH-13-855364

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 to Tuesday, March 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-09/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location:
Montgomery County, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

JOB SUMMARY:

The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.

This position is located in the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Division of Extramural Activities (DEA), Office of Acquisitions (OA), R&D and non-R&D, in Bethesda, MD.  The OA is responsible for the planning, award, and administration of all biomedical and behavioral research and development (R&D) and station support (SS) contracts and simplified acquisitions sponsored by NIAID.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement met by closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Position requires overnight travel an average of 5 nights per year.

DUTIES:

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If selected for this position you will serve as a Contract Specialist with responsibility for procurement planning, contract negotiations, contract administration, terminations and close-outs. If selected you will perform the following duties:
 
Perform specialized and complex contract award and contract administration work.  
 
Serve as a senior Contract Specialist and lead Negotiator and may have Contracting Officer authority for acquisition planning, preparation of price/cost analyses for designated actions, formulation of negotiation strategies, development of negotiation objectives, and negotiation of all types of contracts including complex Research and Development (R&D), Non R&D, and Simplified Acquisitions  (SA).
 
Perform all necessary acquisitions functions in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulations (HHSAR), NIH Manual Issuances, and all other applicable regulations and policies.
 
Use contract methods and types that include cost reimbursement, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed price, incentive, etc., to procure large, highly complex, and significant equipment systems, programs, services, or construction where little or no contractual precedent exists.

At the GS-09, GS-11 and GS-12 levels, you will perform the same duties as those at the full performance level described above, however duties are less complex and will be performed under closer supervision and more detailed guidance.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements for GS-09 through GS-12:

You must have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;

OR

Have 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

Occupied a GS-1102 position 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.

In addition to the basic requirements, you must also meet the specialized experience and/or educational requirements listed below for each grade level you are applying for.

GS-9:

Completed 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D. To qualify 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.

OR

Have a combination of post baccalaureate education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirments for this position.

OR

Have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks:  reviewing requisitions for supplies or services to determine that proper specifications or purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents; evaluating bids or proposals for supplies or services to ensure compliance with specifications or purchase descriptions; or evaluating the prior contract performance of potential suppliers to determine their financial responsibility.

GS-11:

Completed 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. To qualilfy 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.

OR

Have a combination of post bassalaureate education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

OR

Have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: performing recurring assignments in support of a local installation or in a centralized procurement activity; procuring supplies or services primarily through formal advertising, or through limited use of negotiation techniques; reviewing requisitions to determine that proper specifications or purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents; and/or evaluating bids or proposals for compliance with specifications or purchase descriptions and applicable clauses.

GS-12:

Have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: 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 a 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 in contracts. 
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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.


BENEFITS:

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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.

OTHER INFORMATION:

We are unable to pay relocation expenses.

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.

A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee’s entrance on duty. The use of this service credit incentive is at the discretion of the selecting official and service credit is granted only for a position deemed hard-to-fill.

If selected, you will be required to complete Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency. This information is required annually.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application.   You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:

  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire.   Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)  
  • A complete Assessment Questionnaire, View Assessment Questions.
  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)
  • If you would prefer to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) for consideration, you may submit a skeletal online resume and Fax your CV.   Submission of a resume/CV alone IS NOT a complete application.   You must complete the online questionnaire that will appear when you begin your application on USAJOBS.   (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)

To begin the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button at the bottom of this screen to log in to your existing USAJOBS account or to create an account if you do not already have one.

  • Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment 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, you must use the fax coversheet found at http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf .    Include the vacancy announcement number for the job to which you are applying, 855364.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you have questions or require reasonable accommodation during the application process,  please contact the HR staff member listed below.   If you cannot apply online, these are the steps to follow:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203-FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.
  4. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

If you have difficulties with hearing and are seeking assistance, please call a relay operator at 1-800-735-2258 or visit Maryland Relay or AT&T Relay.

For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at 301-451-1436 or hrsystemssupport@mail.nih.gov.

Additional Information on How to Apply

Information on Reasonable Accommodation

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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following information must be received by 11:59pm ET on the closing date of the announcement, Tuesday, March 19, 2013.  

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (CTAP/ICTAP, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Sheri L. Liggett
Phone: (301)402-3908
Email: SLIGGETT@MAIL.NIH.GOV
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD
20892

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Within 15 business days of the closing date, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, you may check your status online at USAJOBS We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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Job Announcement Number:

NIH-NIAID-DH-13-855364

Control Number:

339558000