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Job Title:Contract Specialist, GS-1102-09/11/12

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Coast Guard

Job Announcement Number:13-1420-HQ-DC-DHA

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:

Thursday, March 21, 2013 to Wednesday, April 03, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-09/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a full-time position.
- This is a permanent appointment.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This position will be filled through Direct Hire Authority (DHA). All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for further consideration. The "Rule of Three", Veterans Preference, and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy. For more information on Direct-Hire Authority: http://www.opm.gov/directhire/factsheet.asp

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.  DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.  

This position is located in the U.S. Coast Guard, Acquisition Directorate, Office of Contract Operations,  CG-9122, Washington D.C. 

 

Note:  Currently this position is located at 1900 Half Street, SW, Washington, DC.  In the Fall of 2013, this position will relocate to new facilities being constructed at the historic St. Elizabeths west campus located at 2701 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Washington DC 20020.  The historic campus is currently under renovation and will eventually serve as the new DHS Consolidated Headquarters Campus.  Information on this new site can be found on the Coast Guard web page at http://www.uscg.mil/stelizabeths, and at GSA's web site http://www.stelizabethsdevelopment.com.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position may require travel.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).

DUTIES:

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The incumbent will serve as a contract specialist in the Office of Contract Operations and will be responsible for the acquisition of supplies and services. 

 

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:

  • Developing procurement plans by reviewing previous history, market conditions, and specifications or technical data packages
  • Preparing written requests for proposals, publicizing the requirements, issuing solicitation documents, analyzing the offers received, preparing negotiation positions, negotiating cost, fee, or profit as well as technical issues and drafting final contracts
  • Performing cost-price analyses to develop negotiation strategies and ensuring bidders are in compliance with federal regulatory guidelines
  • Investigating circumstances and recommending actions when the contractor is not in compliance with contract provisions


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All applicants must meet the following basic education requirement: 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.


NOTE: The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) does not grant Academic degrees; therefore courses completed at the DAU are not creditable towards meeting the 24 semester hour requirement, unless the course work has been evaluated by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and appears on a college or university transcript.


In addition to the basic education requirements, the following additional experience and/or education is required:


Applicants for the GS-9 grade level must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level reviewing contracting or procurement actions to determine that proper specifications/purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents; and evaluating bids or proposals for compliance with specifications/purchase descriptions and applicable clauses.


OR,


To substitute education for specialized experience, completion of 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or masters or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

 

Applicants for the GS-11 grade level must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level independently reviewing requisitions and determining the appropriate method of procurement; using a variety of contract methods and types (e.g., fixed-price, cost reimbursement, best value, etc.) to plan and carry out the procurement of products and services; negotiating contract modifications, deviations, or extensions; performing bid analysis to determine bid responsiveness and responsibility; and developing solicitation documents, procurement plans, and final contracts.


OR,


To substitute education for specialized experience, completion of 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, if related.

Applicants for the GS-12 grade level must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level analyzing procurement requests to determine requirements, appropriate method of contracting, type of contract, and procurement plan; recommending changes to statements of work or specifications; coordinating procurement plan and other contractual/procurement aspects (e.g., funding arrangements, technical or performance criteria, etc.) with request(s)/technical representative/finance; developing procurement/contractual documents inclusive of determining standard and non-standard terms and conditions; conducting pre-bid/proposal conferences and negotiations; analyzing bids/proposals for compliance with guidelines; analyzing cost and pricing data and contractor responsibility where comparative data may be lacking; recommending award of contracts; and, carrying out a variety of post -award functions (i.e., monitoring contracts, evaluating audit and technical performance reports, interpreting and providing advice/guidance on contractual provisions, negotiating contract modifications, processing terminations, conducting close-outs).         

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 management.


This position has a positive education requirement. Be sure to include education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


This position has a positive education requirement.

 

If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

You are required to submit your unofficial college transcripts from an appropriately accredited educational institution in order to document completion of the educational requirements for this position.  Official transcripts will be required if selected.  

Information on Defense Aquisition University equivalent providers may be found at
http://www.dau.mil/learning/appg.aspx.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.              

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications you will be referred for consideration.

 

- Knowledge of contracting laws, Statutes, Executive Orders, regulations and procedures applicable to pre-award and/or post-award actions.

- Knowledge of price/cost analysis techniques.

- Ability to negotiate modifications to contracts.



               


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BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits."

OTHER INFORMATION:

Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.  Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration


Moving expenses will not be paid.

If selection is made below the full performance level, the incumbent may be promoted up to the target grade without further competition, if all
legal and regulatory requirements are met and when recommended by the supervisor.  However, promotion to the full performance level is not
guaranteed and is dependent on successful performance at the lower grade level(s).

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

Competitive status is not required if the person selected is an individual with a disability who is eligible for appointment under Schedule A of the excepted service.  Visit Opportunities for People with Disabilities

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or  other non-merit factors.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 703.872.6262  Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications  for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement.  There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application

    Resume
    Supporting documents, if requested

If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date.  You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  Hours of operation:  Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, excluding Federal holidays.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

CTAP or ICTAP Eligibles must submit proof of eligibility consisting of a copy of your agency notice and a copy of your most recent performance rating.  Applicants who have special priority consideration rights under CTAP or ICTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority consideration.  CTAP or ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they attain a cut-off score of 85 or above.

For more information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility click here.   

 

Unofficial transcripts must be submitted at time of application.

All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement and must include the vacancy announcement number on the documents.  A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with number and instructions to transmit the requested documents.  The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement.  The mailing address is COMMANDANT (CG-1211HQ),
ATTN CIVILIAN PERSONNEL,
US COAST GUARD, 4200 WILSON BLVD STE 800 STOP 7130, ARLINGTON, VA 20598-7130.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: mgshelp@monster.com
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
Commandant USCG 1211
4200 Wilson Blvd STE 800 Stop 7130
Attn: Human Resource Service Center Headquarters
Arlington, VA
20598-7130
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

To check the status of your application, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information."  You may also opt to receive email notifications of application status changes by logging into your USAJOBS account and enabling notification alerts.


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Job Announcement Number:

13-1420-HQ-DC-DHA

Control Number:

340259900