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Job Title:  Contract Specialist - GS - 1102 - 12 (Open to All U.S. Citizens) - BP
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NHTSA.NPO-2013-0018

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year
Friday, March 22, 2013 to Monday, April 08, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
East Liberty, OH, USView Map

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen. A separate job announcement is being advertised for applicants eligible for status consideration. Current and former status employees and veterans who qualify under VEOA are encouraged to also apply to announcement: NHTSA.NPO-2013-0016


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. The agency strives to exceed the expectations of its customers through its core values of Integrity, Service and Leadership. Save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity. Work for NHTSA.

The Vehicle Research and Test  Center (VRTC) located in East Liberty, OH is NHTSA’s primary testing facility responsible for crash tests and safety defect investigations. The majority of VRTC staff is comprised of a variety of technical and professional personnel, both federal and contractor employees. 

This vacancy announcement seeks to hire one (1) Contract Specialist to provide direct, on-site support to VRTC. As VRTC’s sole Contract Specialist, you will be working independently to provide professional acquisition support to VRTC’s various research, testing, and other activities.  Although physically located in East Liberty, OH, you will fall under the supervision of the Director, Office of Acquisition Management (OAM) and one of the two Team Leads located in Washington DC.  In your capacity as VRTC’s contract specialist, you will serve as the “procurement expert” in various  acquisition teams as well as provide general acquisition support to VRTC management.  To perform successfully, you will be required to possess in-depth knowledge of different contract types (e.g.  FFP, IDIQ, T&M, Cost Reimbursement, Task/Delivery Orders, Purchase Orders, Government Purchase Card Transactions) as well as inter/intraagency agreements.  You will be required to have a general understanding of the appropriate use and administration of assistance agreements (both grants and cooperative agreements).  Cradle to grave acquisition knowledge is also required.

This position is best suited for a mid-level contract specialist who is self-motivated, thrives in a dynamic, challenging and fast-paced working environment, is well organized and able to multi-task, has excellent communication skills, and enjoys providing outstanding service to its customers.





  • You must be a U.S. citizen and meet specialized experience
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • Position is telework eligible.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.
  • Announcement also advertised merit promotion: NHTSA.NPO-2013-0016


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As a Contract Specialist, you will:         

  • Provide sound advice to program personnel on how to develop legally-binding procurement documents.
  • Determine appropriate procurement instruments to be used.
  • Draft solicitation and award documents.
  • Conduct cost/price analysis of proposals;
  • Conduct negotiations with prospective contractors.
  • Keep OAM management informed of issues of interest;
  • Keep appraised of changes to procurement policies and procedures; and
  • Ensure that FAC-C certification and training requirements are kept current. 

Perform contract administration functions to include:

  • Ensuring all terms and conditions of awarded contracts are complied with:
  • Drafting contract modifications;
  • Reviewing and approving invoices;
  • Meeting with program and contractor personnel to discuss problem areas and developing solutions to those problems.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the mandatory education AND specialized experience requirements.

LEVEL To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  • Experience applying contracting methods and contract types relating to the performance of pre-award, post-award, and/or contract price/cost analysis functions.
  • Experience negotiating and administering contracts, grants, cooperative agreements or  interagency agreements for study efforts, technical services, hardware, and research and development.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



  • 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.

Note - For positions at GS-9 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.

PLEASE NOTE: This Position has Mandatory Education Requirements; Transcripts are required.

Applicants cannot be promoted to the GS-13 without meeting all educational and experience qualifications for the GS-13.




  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.


If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience, or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.

To preview questions please click here.


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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here. This position is telework eligible.


Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

NHTSA is a Local 3313 bargaining unit agency.


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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to or call us at (202)366-1298.


The following documents must be provided by the closing date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • VETERANS: In order to be considered as preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are claiming compensably disabled preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference,  SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide at:
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the following: (1) your most recent performance appraisal, (2) the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and (3) your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85).
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.


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Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
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1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
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You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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